The Da Camera Young Artist Program is a fellowship program for emerging professional instrumentalists, vocalists, 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, and 2) Offer young students and neglected audiences exposure to great music and talented performers, using music as a vehicle for scholastic exploration and inspiration. Da Camera Young Artists participate in an exciting variety of performances, workshops and school visits. They perform at the Wortham Center; The Menil Collection; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and area hospitals. They are the principal teaching artists for Da Camera’s innovative Music Encounters program.

The 2017/2018 Young Artists are: Robert J. Coe, composer; Kyle Comer, guitar; Callie Denbigh, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Ducote, piano; Amanda Galick, flute; Stephanie Gustafson, harp; Timothy Krippner, piano; Matt Lammers, violin; Giancarlo Latta, violin; Amelia Love, soprano; August Ramos, double bass; Annamarie Reader, cello; Jacob Schafer, violin; Brady Spitz, percussion; Nathan Watts, cello; Rainey Weber, viola; Anya Wilkening, violin; and Sergein Yap, viola. The second year fellows are Kyle Comer, Callie Denbigh, Wesley Ducote, Amanda Galick, Stephanie Gustafson and Amelia Love.

Click on the photo to learn more about each Da Camera Young Artist. Look for upcoming performances by the Da Camera Young Artists on our Free Events page.

 

  • Robert Coe 400

    Robert J. Coe

    Robert J. Coe is an award-winning, internationally recognized composer of contemporary classical music. Coe’s music has been performed in Europe, Australia, and throughout North America by such illustrious ensembles as ETHEL, the Hobart Wind Symphony, the Videri String Quartet, and the Phoenix Quartet. Coe’s works have been selected for the...

  • Kyle Comer 400

    Kyle Comer

    Kyle Comer began studying the classical guitar at age nine and has been a top prizewinner in numerous competitions around the U.S., including the University of Colorado’s International Guitar Festival & Competition, and the esteemed Guitar Foundation of America’s International Youth Competition. Mr. Comer has performed for a wide range...

  • Callie Denbigh BA906873

    Callie Denbigh

    Mezzo-soprano Callie Denbigh was a 2014-2015 Opera Works Artist at English National Opera in London and is thrilled to be returning to Da Camera for the 2017-2018 season as a fellow in the Young Artist Program. Described in the Huddersfield Examiner (UK) as having “a very wide range and bags...

  • Wesley Ducote BA906853

    Wesley Ducote

    A pianist of a wide-ranging repertoire, Wesley Ducote is often in demand as a collaborator performing in vocal, instrumental, composition, and orchestral concerts. Recent highlights include performances of George Crumb’s Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Hear & Now Contemporary Ensemble, and “16×16: The...

  • Amanda Galick BA

    Amanda Galick

    Amanda Galick is a flutist and educator in the Houston area. A second-year Young Artist fellow with Da Camera, she has performed in many concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as more unconventional settings such as...

  • Stephanie Gustafson BA906961

    Stephanie Gustafson

    Originally from Chicago, harpist Stephanie Gustafson is an accomplished performer and educator. An experienced orchestral musician, she has been principal harpist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since August 2015 and is a regular guest of the Houston Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans. She has also...

  • Timothy Krippner BA907317

    Timothy Krippner

    Praised as “a true artist” by the late Aldo Ciccolini, pianist Timothy Krippner embraces the solo and chamber repertoire with equal enthusiasm. He holds a Master of Music from Rice University where he studied with Dr. Robert Roux, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan where...

  • Matt Lammers BA907033

    Matt Lammers

    Violinist Matt Lammers is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in performance at Rice University, a student of Paul Kantor, where he is also a faculty member in the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program. He is a graduate of the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, and his...

  • Giancarlo Latta 400

    Giancarlo Latta

    Fiercely committed to the music of our time, violinist Giancarlo Latta has premiered dozens of works by composers both emerging and established. He has worked with Marcos Balter, Mario Davidovsky, Pierre Jalbert, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Steven Stucky, among many others, and has performed in venues as diverse as the...

  • Amelia Love BA907383

    Amelia Love

    Soprano Amelia Love made her professional debut as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Austin Lyric Opera in 2013, and has enjoyed returning to Austin to perform as Musetta in LOLA Production’s all-female rendition of La Bohème (La Femme Bohème). Ms. Love enjoys bringing a quirky sense of humor...

  • August Ramos 400

    August Ramos

    August Ramos is currently pursuing a master’s degree in double bass performance at Rice University in the studio of Paul Ellison. Mr. Ramos has participated in many summer festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Throughout his career, Mr....

  • Annamarie Reader BA907199

    Annamarie Reader

    An active performer and teacher in the Houston area, cellist Annamarie Reader is thrilled to be joining Da Camera’s Young Artist’s program for the 2017-2018 season. Whether it is through performing or teaching, her ultimate goal is to inspire young audiences to experience the joy of music and equip them...

  • Jacob Schafer 400

    Jacob Schafer

    Violinist Jacob Schafer performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has received numerous awards and honors for his violin playing, including the Sharp and Wrexham prizes for excellence in musical performance from the Yale Department of Music. He was also a winner of the Yale Friends...

  • Brady Spitz BA906906

    Brady Spitz

    Brady Spitz is a percussionist and educator in the Houston area with extensive experience in all mediums of contemporary music. He is equally at home in the concert hall or behind the drumset in theatre and popular genres. Spitz is the former principal timpanist of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and...

  • Nathan Watts BA907126

    Nathan Watts

    Cellist Nathan Watts has performed music ranging from classical to contemporary on the stages of prominent national and international concert halls. As an artist committed to engaging a variety of audiences, he also enjoys performing chamber music in unconventional venues. A passionate educator, he is registered to teach the Suzuki...

  • Rainey Weber BA907250

    Rainey Weber

    An active and versatile performer, violist Rainey Weber is based in Houston, Texas, where she is currently the violist of the Calliope String Quartet and St. Andrew’s Strings and is a Da Camera Young Artist. Highlights from recent seasons include a tour with the Calliope Quartet of Italy and Austria, recording string...

  • Anya Wilkening BA907084

    Anya Wilkening

    Anya Wilkening, violinist, has performed in multiple venues including the Aspen Music Festival and Schoool, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and at Carnegie Hall with the Shepherd School of Music.  An avid chamber musician, Ms. Wilkening recently participated in the prestigious Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar, appeared as a Young...

  • Sergein Yap final 400

    Sergein Yap

    A native of Miami, Florida, violist Sergein Yap studied with Ivo van der Werff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, with Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory, and with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2016, Mr. Yap was selected as a...