Music Encounters


Music Encounters is a DACAMERA initiative that brings classical music and jazz into students’ core-curricular classrooms throughout Houston. The mission of the program is to establish creative learning environments that support the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS) by promoting collaboration between artists, students and classroom teachers.

Learn more about Music Encounters including sample lessons and videos. DACAMERA’s Music Encounters and DACAMERA’s program at Travis Elementary’s TREK program and The Hub are supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Arts Respond.

Mentors in Music


Mentors in Music is a series of master classes in which Houston’s most talented student musicians have an opportunity to work directly with DACAMERA guest artists. Most master classes are open to the public although some are exclusive to certain school partners.

DACAMERA has presented master classes by soprano Dawn Upshaw, violinist Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence Quartet (pictured above with a DACAMERA Young Artist), the Brentano String Quartet and many more.

DACAMERA Young Artist Program


The DACAMERA Young Artist Program is a chamber music fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, singers and composers. This program is designed to achieve two goals:

1) Provide career-expanding experiences and training to the next generation of artists, encouraging them to create music for the community throughout their careers .

2) Offer young students and neglected audiences exposure to great music and talented performers, using music as a vehicle for scholastic exploration and inspiration.

Jason Moran: Homecoming Residency


From 2014 to 2017, DACAMERA hosted “Homecoming,” a multi-year residency with jazz pianist/composer and Houston native Jason Moran, presented in partnership with the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Jason Moran lead activities engaging Houston’s historic Third and Fourth Ward communities and presented public programs such as the world premiere of Holed Up. Moran’s residency featured in-school and community programs with his ensemble The Bandwagon, focusing on an exploration of the interconnected relationships between jazz, neighborhood, community and visual art. Visit the residency page. The Homecoming residency inspired additional residency activities in subsequent seasons with Houston native artists Robert Glasper, Kendrick Scott and Helen Sung.