Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as "one of the world's highest-visibility classical-music contests" and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the three winners of the competition receive three years of career management, with the Cliburn arranging and providing full artist services for hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and concerto performances, master classes, outreach events, and in-school presentations. Each of the three artists has prepared classical piano repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Photo by Jeremy Enlow.
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $4,000 - $7,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
In a career that has given rise to more than a decade's worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener and dance floor. Each album has been a mix of well-crafted original songs and cover songs so thoughtfully chosen and so representative of the band, fans think they are as original as the band themselves. Challenged by their fans to create a sound that mirrors the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor, the Derailers have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60s pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores long after the last drink has been served. In terms of sound, the Derailers have gotten smoother with age. As guitarist Brian Hofeldt puts it, "I think we have retained the path we are going for. But we have certainly grown as players and allowed other influences to come in." Their music celebrates the legacies of Buck Owens, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich and the Beatles, while still being on the edge of today’s country music. Photo by Tiffany Hofeldt.
4425 S. Mopac Expy Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $4,000 - $6,000
school performance $3,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
The Gimbles (Dick and Emily) carry on the tradition of playing true Texas music and not only that, they know it first-hand. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble, who is considered the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western swing. Playing alongside Johnny for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only an intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has played with Johnny and Dick spanning two decades; meanwhile she plays with her own generation of musicians and has been revitalizing Western swing for the future. The Gimbles' program consists of a mix of Western swing, jazz standards from the 30's & 40's, some honky tonk and country blues, and some of Johnny's classic compositions. Emily and Dick can perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny's devotees, including such beloved fiddlers as Katie Shore, Wes Westmoreland, Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, & Warren Hood. The Gimbles can assemble a band from duo to a full-on Texas swing ensemble. They are equally passionate about sharing their knowledge of Texas music through workshops and music camps across the state & country. Photo by Marilynn Gimble.
168 Private Road
Waco, TX 76708
public performance/concert $1,200- $4,000
school performance $1,200 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
Terri Hendrix W/Lloyd Maines
Terri Hendrix is a Texas singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) with three generations of loyal fans around the globe. Her performances are energetic and uplifting in any setting-- from listening rooms and theaters, to outdoor festivals and children's shows. She's also experienced in performing for those with disabilities. For the past twenty years, she's been performing and conducting workshops with Lloyd Maines in both a duo and band format. As a GRAMMY Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist (steel, guitar, dobro), Maines has played an instrumental role in some of the Lone Star State's most famous albums. Photo by Kathleen Hill.
415 N Guadalupe Street, Unit 288
San Marcos, TX 78666
public performance/concert $800 - $10,000
school performance $250 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $250
Toni Simmons is an award-winning, dynamic storyteller and author who brings new life to her stories with songs, rhythms, chants and audience participation. Toni is a former librarian and drama teacher who has presented her multicultural tales throughout the US. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, in Germany, and in Mexico. She was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her interactive sessions also use creative drama with a variety of age-appropriate folklore. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip to different continents all the while helping to tell the stories. Her programs are designed to motivate, inspire, and educate while being entertaining. She performs at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and museums. Photo by Duane Reed.
5306 Perrington heights lane
Houston, TX 77056
public performance/concert $350 - $1,000
school performance $695 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $500
State Artist Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, 2015 Texas State Poet Laureate, is known internationally for her moving inspirational performances and heart-felt poetry readings. A poet, children’s writer, performance artist, storyteller, motivational speaker, and Associate Professor at UTSA, Tafolla was chosen in 2012 as the first Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Her mission as State Poet Laureate is to plant seeds of poetry all over Texas through her “Poet Trees” initiative, sponsored by UTSA, in which twenty public schools with predominantly low-income student populations will be chosen to receive books and workshops free of charge between August 2015 and April 2016. Dr.Tafolla also conducts dramatic performances, keynotes, readings and workshops in English and Spanish to all age groups. The author of more than 20 books, her work appears internationally in five languages, in journals, magazines, newspapers, college textbooks, and elementary school readers, and she has won numerous awards including the Américas Award, the Charlotte Zolotow, the Art of Peace, two Tomas Rivera Book Awards, and five International Latino Book Awards.
Tapestry Dance Company
Under the direction of international tap dance artist Acia Gray, Tapestry Dance Company was founded in 1989 and exists as the only fulltime, professional repertory tap company in the world. The company has presented over 550 original dance works, has hosted numerous tap dance legends and masters in residence, and was on the 2007-2009 NEA Masterpieces Touring Roster. The company's vision, presentation/preservation of classic work and the creation of contemporary rhythm and percussive dance, educates audiences about tap's unique heritage and value. Through its multiracial dancers, Tapestry reflects the diversity of Texas' cultural heritage and broadens the understanding of contemporary/traditional choreography with an emphasis on rhythm/percussive dance. Under the direction of Acia Gray, Tapestry presents an exciting and eclectic concert and outreach programs of tap dance, bringing the best of traditional to contemporary tap works (tied together with modern dance, body percussion and contemporary movement) to the stage. Tapestry shares common bonds while defying stereotypes in presenting accessible, unique, and sophisticated works. Tapestry celebrates universal values and always surprises their audiences with fresh dance experiences. When Tapestry performs, the excitement is shared by performers and viewers alike. Photo by Blue Suede Photography.
7325 Gaines Mill Ln.
Austin, TX 78745
public performance/concert $7,000 - $10,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
The Telling Project is a national performing arts nonprofit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans' experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. Photo by Luke Heikkila.
1006 W Monroe St
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $3,500 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $1,000
Terrence Taps began studying the art of tap dancing at the age of nineteen. He has accumulated extensive performance experience. He has performed hundreds of solo performances in Texas libraries and schools. He was even called upon to perform for special events such as the Caribbean International Literary Festival in Antigua, the National Association of Energy Distributors Trade Show, & at the Sphatika Corporate Launch Party in the world famous "Rainbow Room" atop 30 Rockefeller Center. Terrence Taps' library performances include "The Amazing Tap Experience," an interactive show that uses basic concepts like opposities, musical dynamics, and phonics to help the audience get inside the mind of a tap dancer. Terrence Taps school performances include "Beat & Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap Dancing," an enjoyable guided tour through the history of tap dancing and "The Tap Movement Workshop" where kids see, learn, and practice actual tap dance steps. Photo by Terrence Bennett.
7711 Oconnor Drive #1009
Round Rock, TX 78681
public performance/concert $300 - $1,000
school performance $300 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
Texas Boys Choir
The Texas Boys Choir is an auditioned, professional, treble choir composed of boys ages 10-15. The choir has been an educational and performance institution since 1946 and has since continued to provide any boy, regardless of socioeconomic or ethnic background, a structured environment in which to learn the fundamentals of world-class vocal performance. Throughout its history, the choir has traveled the world, performing before popes, presidents and kings. TBC has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts. With numerous awards, including two GRAMMYs and more than 40 professional recordings, TBC continues to maintain its reputation as one of the premier boychoirs in the world. A typical program will feature a wide range of musical styles, from sacred and classical music to lighter fare, such as music from Americana/patriotic, spiritual, western, folk and world traditions. TBC also has selections appropriate for holidays and special events. Photo by Texas Center for Arts and Academics.
3901 S Hulen St.
Fort Worth, TX 76109
public performance/concert $0 - $10,000
school performance $0 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $4,500
Texas Comedies creates entertaining and engaging musical comedies about famous-- and infamous-- events in Texas history. Shows such as "The True Story of Bonnie & Clyde," "Prohibition,” and "Murders & Moontowers” have entertained audiences in Austin and throughout the state. Based on newspapers, trial transcripts and other sources, every Texas Comedy performance is an audience-pleasing night out for all ages. They offer several complete shows for touring, including "Bonnie & Clyde,” "Alamo Aftermath,” "Boomtown” (about the 1920s oil boom), "Murders & Moontowers” (Austin in the 1890s), "Prohibition,” "Red Scare” (set in the 1950s) and "Cabeza de Vaca” (set in the 1520s). Each Texas Comedies show runs approximately one hour and includes between 6 to 12 performers and a live band. For more information, including video and music clips, please visit www.texascomedies.com. Photo by John Langford.
2603 Addison Ave
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $3,500 – $5,300
school performance $2,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
The 2018-2020 touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/Tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, the Dallas Street Ramblers (Elizabeth Kelly and Donovan Bourque), Nachito Morales & Los Morales Boyz, Luis Gonzales, Mason Nesvadba, and the All Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer). Touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led master classes and related "Accordion Kings and Queens" photo exhibit celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. Project can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. As the National Endowment for the Arts-designated folk and traditional arts organization of Texas, they are engaged in projects around the state, including free and low-cost events that attract multi-generational audiences, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, Texas Folklife media projects, film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent.
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $500 - $7,500
school performance $200 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,500
Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow
The Texas Shakespeare Festival has been providing high caliber professional theater to the East Texas region for over three decades. It has produced 231 productions for over 265,000 people. The festival has been featured in the New York Times, Nation Magazine, hundreds of newspapers and magazines in Texas, and the Austin American-Statesman named it as "indisputably the best Shakespeare Festival in Texas." The Texas Shakespeare Festival's Roadshow brings abridged productions of Shakespeare into schools and communities throughout the state. Since it began in 2016, the tour has reached over 10,000 students traveling as far as 600 miles from the Festival's home in Kilgore, Texas. The TSF Roadshow has been honored with numerous grant awards from Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Production offerings change every season with multiple productions available for students from middle school to high school. Photo by John Dodd.
Kilgore, TX 75662
public performance/concert $1,000 - $2,500
school performance $1,000 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $100
A resident of Canyon Lake, Texas, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs a variety of Native American and Texas folklore for all ages. Playing his cedar flute and deerskin drum, his stories for younger audiences include crowd-participating tales "How Rabbit Lost His Tale," "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire," and "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale. "Crossing Bok Chitto," a Choctaw-aided slave escape tale—and best-selling book—is Tingle's most requested story, for all ages. For young adult audiences, "No Name,” is a powerful piece, as is "Saltypie,” a tale of racism his Choctaw grandmother endured. "How I Became A Ghost,” a middle grade adventure novel of the Trails of Tears, is also a popular performance piece; as is "Danny Blackgoat,” a Navajo Long Walk adventure. Co-author with Doc Moore of three Texas ghost story books, he is known as a quiet and spooky teller of Southwestern and Choctaw ghost stories. In 2014, Tingle gave a keynote address at the National Book Festival, at the Library of Congress, discussing the importance of Native literature. Writing workshops, keynote addresses, and theater or school performances, Tim enjoys his work and is eager to please. Photo by Lisa Reed.
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
public performance/concert $150 - $950
school performance $250 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
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
Twice Upon a Time Storytellers
Since 1999, Twice Upon a Time has shared stories from preschools to prisons. Gene and Peggy blend degrees in science and journalism; professional experience in living history museums and writing; and respect for creativity, cultural diversity, social justice, and the strength of the spoken word to educate, entertain, and empower children and adults. In this effort, they work weekly at a Dallas drug treatment center helping clients share their personal accounts of recovery. Although telling stories is a serious commitment, the opportunity to spread laughter is never turned down. Both are recipients of Tejas Storytelling Association's prestigious John Henry Faulk Award and have contributed chapters for two books on storytelling: "Team Up! Tell in Tandem" and "Engaging Community through Storytelling-Library and Community Programming." This tandem team offers appealing storytelling programs for all ages, including "Different Ways to Make a Story," "Texas Prairie Tales," "Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins," "Heart to Heart: Stories from Diverse Cultural and Spiritual Traditions" and "World-wise Traveler: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the Globe." Their "Strings 'n Things" demonstrates string tricks, folk toys, and games from early rural America. Twice Upon a Time also offers storytelling workshops and reenacts characters from Texas history. Photo by Jennifer Walz.
9003 Piper Lane
Dallas, TX 75228
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $800
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
The Wonder Bread Years
A fresh and funny salute to Americana, "The Wonder Bread Years" starring Pat Hazell is a fast-paced one-man show that hilariously illustrates our collective consciousness. The production not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. From sitting at the kids' table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, "The Wonder Bread Years" is a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere, and has been hailed by Jerry Seinfeld as "Milk-snorting funny!" Pat Hazell is Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative in Austin. Showtime declared Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer, and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater. Hazell is one of the original writers for NBC's "Seinfeld," a veteran of "The Tonight Show," a contributor to NPR, and a critically acclaimed playwright. Pat’s first endeavor, "Bunk Bed Brothers," was optioned by Columbia Pictures and filmed as the sitcom "American Pie" for NBC. Hazell’s signature work, "The Wonder Bread Years," aired on PBS and continues to tour the country. Pat teaches workshops and master classes for students of all ages/demographics. Photo by Andy Snow.
6407 Weatherwood Cv
Austin, TX 78746
public performance/concert $6,000 - $8,000
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $800