Aperio, Music of the Americas
Aperio, Music of the Americas is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to presenting unique chamber music in performances that showcase contemporary composers from the Americas. Drawn from Latin, the word "aperio" means "to open, reveal, or unveil; to hear with new understanding." The ensemble's concerts celebrate the discovery of art music of South and North America through an interactive performance format that emphasizes cultural connectivity and understanding. Aperio’s unique repertoire features music by popular masters of the New World, as well as a young and emerging new generation of composers. Programs can range from intimate chamber music salons to orchestral style events. Several programs explore the intersection of popular culture and classical music highlighting the influences of folk music, tango, jazz, and even rock’n’roll in classical music. With flexible performing options and diverse instrumentation, Aperio’s ensemble can range from two to thirty players. Founded in 2006, Aperio has performed its unique brand of concerts throughout Texas, the United States and South America. Recent landmark performances include the North American symphonic premiere of Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia, collaborations with GRAMMY Award winners Ana Maria Martinez and Jorge Callandrelli, as well as a critically acclaimed nationally released recording titled Across Oceans. Photo by Trish Badger Photography.
827 Byrne St
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $3,000 - $30,000
school performance $2,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $750 - $6,000
The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. It was founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. A high-energy, unconventional show sets the stage in this historically informed performance. Performers include members of the Austin Symphony and University of Texas faculty, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. Program 1 - Introduction to Renaissance music (6-7 musicians) ; Program 2 - Music of Shakespeare's Theatre (6-7 musicians ); Program 3 - Mediterranean Journey (Medieval music from Mediterranean countries, 6-7 musicians) ; Program 4 - Lute song (Soprano and lute duets, 2-4 musicians). Photo by Maya Sokovic.
13276 Research Boulevard, Suite # 201
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $700
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
Dallas String Quartet
DSQ Electric is an international music sensation, a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings. With the 2016 release of their fourth album, "DSQ," they continue to expand their passionate following on Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius XM radio DSQ performs as a quartet with the full accompaniment of drums and guitar . The Wall Street Journal, A&E, WFAA-ABC, and ESPN have all featured Dallas String Quartet Electric. In addition to performing Internationally, DSQ has performed "at home” for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoff, the NBA, and the NFL. DSQ has sold out venues like the House of Blues and symphony halls alike. They have played alongside Josh Groban, Chicago and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Comprised of composer and violinist Ion Zanca, violinists Eleanor Dunbar and Melissa Priller, bassist Young Heo, guitarist Anthony Plant and percussionist/drummer Efren Guzman, DSQ takes you on a journey to the nexus of classical music and modern pop where artists like Beethoven and Bono collide. "This is not your Grandmother's String Quartet” -Wall Street Journal. Photo by Teresa Jolie.
80 Knights Bridge Road #1D
Great Neck, NY 11021
public performance/concert $9,500
school performance $4,750
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
State Artist James Dick
Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, OP. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.
1801 Lavaca Street, Ste. 111
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $2,000 - $5,000
school performance $2,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,000
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 66 internationally-recruited musicians who have brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for over 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and dynamic approach to music education programming. With the help of an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra frequently presents inspiring public or student-focused performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools. Whenever possible, the FWSO seeks to make symphonic music accessible to children and adults who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. The Orchestra regularly presents a wide range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience-specific and age-appropriate, both in Fort Worth and throughout neighboring communities. Also, education programs include study materials, provided in advance of each performance to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on availability and the presenter's budget, community concerts can feature soloists, incorporate choral support, and take place in outdoor venues. The FWSO's unique programs are constantly being updated. Please consult their website or contact the FWSO for current details. Photo by Julien Lambert.
330 East Fourth St, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $20,000 - $30,000
school performance $10,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging TBD
Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is an internationally recognized orchestra known for its artistic excellence, innovation, and service to the community. Each year, the 88 full-time musicians of the Houston Symphony perform more than 250 concerts, recitals, education and community programs and events that impact the lives of more than 300,000 people, including over 97,000 children and students and more than 100,000 who attend performances free of charge. In addition to concerts in major performance spaces, the orchestra regularly performs in hospitals, schools, places of worship, and other community centers throughout the city. The Houston Symphony offers a wide variety of programming options that can be customized to meet the diverse needs of its presenters. In addition to concerts featuring classical masterpieces and popular programming, the Houston Symphony can perform interactive family concerts, multicultural programs, and engaging educational concerts that are TEKS-aligned. Also available for tour are performances of the orchestra's multimedia HD Odyssey film projects: "The Planets," "The Earth" and the recently completed "The Cosmos." Photo by Wilson Parish.
615 Louisiana Street, Suite 102
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $50,000 - $100,000
school performance $15,000 - $50,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $45,000
Line Upon Line Percussion
Formed in 2009, Line Upon Line Percussion exists to strengthen others and to challenge the status quo. To date, the Austin-based trio has premiered thirty new works written specifically for the group, in addition to performing the greatest existing music for percussion instruments by influential composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis. The trio has twice been named "Best Ensemble" by the Austin Critics' Table and its self-presented concert series, now in its fifth year, was listed as one of the Austin Chronicle's Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures. The Austinist called Line Upon Line "the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South" and the Austin American-Statesman considers the group "a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio.”Line Upon Line has been in residence at Stanford University and has performed and taught at universities in twenty-one states. Internationally, the group has twice toured England and also performed in Basel (Hochschule für Musik), Berlin (Unerhörte Musik) and Cologne (Loft Köln). Line Upon Line has performed at the 2013 and 2017 Fusebox Festivals, 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, as well as SXSW, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Photo by Rino Pizzi.
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX 78765
public performance/concert $3,000 - $9,000
school performance $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $375 - $3,500
Founded in Houston in 2000, Mercury has a mission to serve the community by celebrating the power of music, Baroque and beyond, teaching, sharing and performing with passion, intimacy and excellence. The orchestra offers performances of a broad repertoire of music on period instruments and has garnered critical acclaim around the world through innovative and accessible performances, domestic and international tours, and groundbreaking music education programs. Each year, Mercury performs over fifty concerts and reaches over 20,000 listeners and 5,000 youth in its performances around the Houston area and beyond.Touring programs are flexible to meet presenters' needs but range from two-hour concerts of orchestral music featuring the full ensemble performing works from the Baroque to Romantic eras for large audiences of up to 1,000 to smaller ensembles for more intimate venues. Mercury also offers 45-minute educational presentations for school assemblies that mix standard curriculum topics such as science and history with an introduction to classical music as well as workshops for school orchestral programs. Photo by Runaway Productions.
3400 Main St Ste 295
Houston, TX 77002
public performance/concert $2,500 - $20,000
school performance $500 - $1,400
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $5,000
Pianist Evan Mitchell's recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Victoria, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. Evan's new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances "intoxicating," deeming this "a seminal recording." He is also featured on the 2012 release "Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music." Since 2014 Evan has been featured on the TCA Texas Touring Roster, and over the past six years he has given more than 200 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom. He teaches privately and at Tarrant County College, and serves as a chamber music coach for the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra.Programs include a repertoire of some 30 concertos, an extensive chamber and collaborative repertoire, and thoughtfully curated solo recital programs. Photo by Dani Snell.
1000 South Denver Avenue, Suite 2104
Tulsa, OK 74119
public performance/concert $900 - $3,400
school performance $650 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $750
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
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as "revolutionary chamber musicians," WindSync is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. On the roster of Young Audiences of Houston, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, family-friendly concerts, and concerts dedicated to children with autism. WindSync's "Voyager” is a space-themed program celebrating the ensemble’s hometown of Houston and the achievements of NASA. A suite of original arrangements from the Voyager Golden Record will show off the wide array of colors created by flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn and the virtuosity of each musician. "Peter and the Wolf” introduces the five wind instruments of the orchestra in an educational, family-friendly outreach program. Through a unique costumed and choreographed version of Prokofiev’s classic tale, WindSync inspires audiences of all ages. Photo by Shannon Langman.
220 Westmoreland St.
Houston, TX 77006
public performance/concert $3,500 - $8,500
school performance $1,000 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $850