The DACAMERA 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 DACAMERA’s innovative Music Encounters program.

The 2019/2020 Young Artists are: Bree Ahern, cello; Theo Chandler, composer; Hope Cowan, harp; Danny Cruz, oboe; Malgorzata Goroszewska, piano; Camille Jasensky, soprano; Mary Grace Johnson, violin; Ran Kampel, clarinet; Austin Lewellen, bass; Ellie Parker, saxophone; Masha Popova, flute; Matt Richards, percussion; Pablo Munoz Salido, viola; Jacob Sandridge, composer; Nicky Sohn, composer; Chelsea de Souza, piano; Sebastian Stefanovic, viola and Christoph Wagner, cello.  The second year fellows are Theo Chandler, Hope Cowan, Camille Jasensky, Austin Lewellen, Ellie Parker, and Christoph Wagner.

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

 

  • Bree Ahern

    Bree Ahern, cello

    A native of Oklahoma, cellist Bree Ahern has been a prizewinner in the Crescendo Music Awards, the Ad Astra String Competition, and a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association’s Young Artist Competition, among others.  A fierce advocate for contemporary music, she has dedicated herself to presenting new works...

  • Tinca Belinschi

    Tinca Belinschi, violin

    Romanian violinist Tinca Belinschi performs extensively as a chamber and orchestral musician. She holds awards from various competitions, including the John Oliveira String Competition, Alhambra Concerto Competition, Remember Enescu International Competition, and The National Music Competition of Romania. Summer festival appearances include the International Music Academy in Austria, Wintergreen Music...

  • Theo Chandler

    Theo Chandler, composer

    Theo Chandler is Houston-based composer, currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Chandler is the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Graduate Music Award from the Presser Foundation, and a Morton Gould Award from...

  • Hope Cowan

    Hope Cowan, harp

    Harpist Hope Cowan performs and teaches throughout the Houston area. Active as both an orchestral and chamber musician, she performs with the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Mississippi Symphony and is a founding member of both the Deciduous and Lynx Trios. A strong advocate for the local Houston harp community,...

  • Danny Cruz

    Danny Cruz, oboe

    Oboist Danny Cruz is an active performer and teacher serving Greater Houston. He developed his skills as an educator teaching at Zwink Elementary (Klein ISD), as a teaching assistant at Louisiana State University, and maintaining a private studio. He currently produces educational videos on the OboeFiles YouTube channel.  Mr. Cruz...

  • Malgorzata Goroszewska

    Malgorzata Goroszewska, piano

    Pianist Malgorzata Goroszewska earned her doctoral degree from Stony Brook University and master’s degree from The Juilliard School. A Polish native, she grew up with affinity for Fryderyk Chopin, and was honored for her interpretations of his music by The Polish Institute in Vienna in 2010. She has also won...

  • Camille Jasensky

    Camille Jasensky, soprano

    Houston-based soprano Camille Jasensky is a second-year Young Artist with DACAMERA. An active performer of chamber music, Lieder, opera, and musical theater, Camille’s career has been multifaceted and diverse. She has portrayed the roles of Beth in Little Women, Mrs. Hayes in Susannah, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Zerlina in Don...

  • Mary Grace Johnson

    Mary Grace Johnson, violin

    Violinist Mary Grace Johnson received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School where she studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. She made her solo debut with the Nashville Symphony at age 17 and was first prize winner of the 2017...

  • Ran Kampel

    Ran Kampel, clarinet

    Israeli-born clarinetist Ran Kampel enjoys a versatile career of solo, chamber music, and orchestral performances. He has been the principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony, interim principal clarinet of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and a fellow with the New World Symphony. He has also performed as a guest musician with...

  • Austin Lewellen

    Austin Lewellen, double bass

    Born into a musical family, Austin Lewellen played several different instruments before settling on the double bass. Well-versed in both orchestral and contemporary music, Austin has recently held fellowships at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, and the Lucerne Festival Academy...

  • Ellie Parker

    Ellie Parker, saxophone

    A keen advocate of new music and creative collaboration, British saxophonist Ellie Parker has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a chamber musician and soloist. Her primary teachers have been Dr. Masahito Sugihara and Naomi Sullivan, and she is currently pursuing her D.M.A. at the University of Houston...

  • Masha Popova

    Masha Popova, flute

    Flutist Masha Popova recently completely a fellowship with the New World Symphony and is currently principal flute with Central City Opera in Colorado. In addition, she has performed as guest principal flutist with the Seattle Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Ms. Popova was the Albert M. Greenfield Concerto Competition senior...

  • Matt Richards

    Matt Richards, percussion

    Matt Richards is a percussionist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale and principal percussionist of the Missouri Symphony. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New World Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, San Juan Symphony, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Richards completed a Graduate Certificate in...

  • Pablo Salido

    Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola

    Born in Melilla, Spain, Pablo Muñoz Salido is a versatile violist currently pursuing a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Mr. Muñoz was a founding member of the Zorá String Quartet, 1st Prize winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Grand Prize and Gold...

  • Jake Sandridge

    Jacob Sandridge, composer

    Composer and sound artist Jacob Sandridge creates music as a method of expressing themes of memory, transformation, nature, and comfort. He understands art as a unique space that allows for the suspension of disbelief, where audiences and performers can experiment with the juxtaposition of ideas that might originate from dissimilar...

  • Nicky Sohn

    Nicky Sohn, composer

    From ballet and opera to traditional Korean orchestras, the wide-ranging talent of composer Nicky Sohn is sought-after across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Characterized by her jazz-inspired, rhythmically driven themes, Sohn’s work has been described as “like John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine on steroids” (YourObserver), “dynamic...

  • Chelsea de Souza

    Chelsea de Souza, piano

    Chelsea de Souza is a pianist from Mumbai, India. A Steinway Young Artist, she has won four All-India piano competitions, the 2010 IIYM international piano competition, and the Global Scholar-Education World Young Achievers Award in Music and Arts. A committed performer of music by living composers, Ms. de Souza has...

  • Sebastian Stefanovic

    Sebastian Stefanovic, viola

    A native of Baltimore, Sebastian Stefanovic is a violist currently studying for his Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. While completing his undergraduate studies at Rice, he organized and presented solo and chamber music performances in venues as diverse as bookstores, dorms, embassies, and concert...

  • Christoph Wagner

    Christoph Wagner, cello

    Christoph Wagner, a native of Germany, is a sought-after cellist who has concertized on four continents. In 2018, he received the Sviatoslav Richter Grant from Rice University, followed by the Amici di Via Gabina Fellowship in 2019. He participated in a summer residency with Street Symphony in Los Angeles in...