John R. Erickson
John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He has written more than ninety books and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios, which has sold more than nine million copies! Erickson self-published the first Hank book through Maverick Books. Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of three his family had moved to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. In live performances, John Erickson brings the characters from his bestselling Hank the Cowdog series to life through readings from his books and by performing original songs from Hank's adventures. He also can do programs about writing. Hank programs are great for all ages and sure to bring a smile to any audience. Photo by Western Horseman.
PO Box 549
Perryton, TX 79070
public performance/concert $1,500 - $4,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
Jason Roberts Band
GRAMMY Award winner and four-time Hall of Fame individual inductee Jason Roberts leads the Jason Roberts Band on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. The band plays Western swing, jazz, and traditional country at performing arts centers, theaters, dance halls, festivals and private events. Band musicians include George Strait's long-time guitar player Rick McRae; country music veteran Albert Quaid on bass; Tony Ramsey on drums; Dave Biller on steel; and Wayne Glasson on piano. In addition to standard two- or three-set live shows, the Jason Roberts Band performs a thematic program that is well received at performing arts centers and local theaters. The show illustrates the evolution of swing music, starting briefly with traditional fiddle, then progressing through ragtime/Dixieland, the blues, big band, Western swing, and ending with straight up "Jazz in Cowboy Hats." The strength of the musicians in the Jason Roberts Band lies in their range and ability to showcase all of these genres. Audiences see how all of these influences came together to become Western swing, itself a precursor to rock and roll and how Bob Wills and his players were bending strings to boogie rhythms in the 1940s-- long before Elvis and Little Richard. Photo by Lisa Pollard, LP Artwork.
4203 Shoalwood Ave.
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $2,500 - $5,000
school performance $2,500 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $5,000
Jazz Houston is a Houston-based jazz institution led by renowned trombonist and artistic director Vincent Gardner. He has spent the last 17 years performing with Wynton Marsalis and is currently the principal trombonist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He also spent the previous four years as the founding director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Jazz Houston has a broad roster of artists and repertoire consisting of multiple programs showcasing works across genres, composers, and time periods that can be customized for each audience. The programs are a mix of sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, jazz, blues, Latin and gospel, performed by various sized ensembles from vocal soloists to the full 15-piece jazz orchestra. Photo by Frank Stewart.
PO Box 37268
Houston, TX 77237
public performance/concert $1,500 - $15,000
school performance $700 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $2,500
State Artist Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles.
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX 78754
public performance/concert $2,000 - $10,000
Referred to as "a Texas treasure" by the State Library Association, Joe McDermott released his first album of children's music in 1988. A former Montessori teacher, Joe has dedicated the last 30 years to honing the art and craft of entertaining children. His song writing has garnered numerous Parent’s Choice Awards and nominations, in addition to NAPPA and International Song Writing Contest awards. In 1998, he won first place in the Children’s Music category from the John Lennon Song Writing Contest. He was invited to team up with Stan and Jan Berenstain to set ten of their books to music. Impressed by Joe’s musical talent, Stan Berenstain quipped that Joe was an "absolute wizard at communicating to children with music.” In addition to his lively concerts, Joe produces school-specific music video workshops for elementary school students. With the aide of Hollywood special effects programs, children ride in rockets, airplanes, and ocean liners and visit other countries or planets! It’s an experiential workshop that showcases diverse types of student talent. In a more classical setting, thirteen of Joe’s compositions are scored for partial or full symphony orchestra. For bigger organizations such as towns and cities, Joe presents a Family Holiday Sing-Along. Photo by Joe McDermott.
3413 Gable Drive
Austin, TX 78759
public performance/concert $350 - $1,200
school performance $200 - $400
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
Taiwanese-American pianist Jonathan Tsay is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician based in the DFW Metroplex. Jonathan has performed numerous solo concert engagements including performances for the Cliburn, Music at Southminster in Ottawa, Blanco Performing Arts, and the Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas; he recently finished a multi-city solo tour of Taiwan. A solo album featuring works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Debussy, Liszt, and Muczynski was released worldwide in 2009 and three more recordings slated for 2018-2020 release. His 2017 collaborative CD entitled "Ensemble75 Vol. 1: Harmonic Allusions" was named as one of the "Top 5 CDs of 2017” by TheaterJones. Touring programs include standard solo recitals of music ranging from Haydn to modern Taiwanese composers. One of his more popular lecture programs, "Beethoven Split: Controversy in the Romantic Era,” is a multimedia exploration of the works of 19th century composers and their influence on tonality during this turbulent period in art. Dr. Tsay is also the moderator the iTunes podcast "Between the Barlines.” In addition to performing, Dr. Tsay also is a regular adjudicator and has served on the juries of professional competitions, and gives lessons and masterclasses to pre-college to graduate level students. Photo by Teresa Berg Photography.
2521 Morningside Drive
Garland, TX 75041
public performance/concert $750 - $3,500
school performance $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $750
Johnny Villarreal/The Edge of Imagination Station
Have you ever wanted to bring your art to life? Johnny Villarreal and the Edge of Imagination Station are here to help! With ten years' experience teaching in the community, Johnny has shown users of all ages, abilities, and skill levels how to create animated sequences and short stories. His workshops cover the basics of stop motion animation and topics such as storyboarding, character development, shot selection, audio recording, and post production. All of Johnny’s stop motion animation workshops incorporate some mix of chalk, paper, clay, and found objects. Available programs include: a drop-in activity where participants learn the basics of stop motion animation and create their own animated sequence; a guided storytelling workshop where participants learn how to organize and narrate a short story; stop motion (PLUS) workshops where participants will learn about stop motion and incorporate additional processes and materials such as watercolor, cardboard sculpture, or special effects/post production; promotional video production where teens in the community work together to create a promotional video for an organization; creative content development workshop where you work with Johnny to plan and develop original creative content for your organization. Photo by Sweetleaf Photography.
PO Box 152965
Austin, TX 78715
public performance/concert $750 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000