Carolina is a storyteller performer who has researched and brought to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from the length and breadth of Hispanic and Latin America. She has developed a distinctive bilingual style of telling that shines with poetic intensity. Her performances find common language and meanings to convey powerful images in her tales. Carolina has performed in schools, libraries and festivals in Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2016, she was awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant and became a Wolf Trap Teacher Artist Children have laughed and learned with her shows “Juan Bobo and Other Children Heroes,” "When the Animals Could Talk,” “In Search of Heroes,” “The Feathered Serpent,” and “Of Love and Other Tricksters." Adults have been inspired by “Peace by Piece,” “Las Animas de los Muertos,” and “Curanderiando: Tales of Healing.” In 2018-2019, Carolina is bringing to the stage “Quimeras of Gold, Dust and Silver: Men in Search of Legendary Places,” “Lost Mines, Devils and Vaqueros,” “Raven and Coyote: Doing and Undoing the World,” and “Señora Muerte: Come, Danza y te lleva con la guadaña!”
3909 DeWitt County Ct
Killeen, TX 76549
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $250 - $750
workshop fees $1,000 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $600
State Artist Rosemary Catacalos
Rosemary Catacalos, 2013 Texas State Poet Laureate, was accidentally born in Florida during WWII of parents from San Antonio. She returned to San Antonio when she was three. Her poems are widely published in high school and college textbooks, among other venues. Her work has twice been collected in the annual Best American Poetry anthology and has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University, and the Paisano Fellowship of the Texas Institute of Letters/University of Texas at Austin. One of her poems is included in Caroline Kennedy’s anthology, She Walks In Beauty, A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. Ms. Catacalos’ first full-length collection, Again for the First Time received the 1985 Texas Institute of Letters poetry prize. Again for the First Time was reissued in 2013 on its thirtieth anniversary. Also published in 2013 was a chapbook of newer poems, Begin Here, also from Wings Press.
1018 Avant Ave
San Antonio, TX 78210
public performance/concert $700 - $3,000
school performance $300 - $700
workshop fees TBD
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
Lizza Connor presents: "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids," a dynamic, interactive live experience. As an entertainer who has performed for thousands of kids over the past few years across Texas, Lizza Connor employs music & movement to teach and inspire communities to live healthier. A dynamic live performer, Lizza brings her interactive, one-of-a-kind program "Hoopla! Healthy Songs, Happy Kids" to schools, libraries, community events, and more. With her award-winning, health-centric lyrics, Lizza leads audiences of all ages through fun sing-a-longs, live instrument play and fresh, choreographed dance moves. Lizza's latest CD, Commander Salamander, won the prestigious Parent's Choice Silver Award, placing it among the best children’s music in the nation. Her CD and inventive "Hoopla!" program are unique and creative ways to combat skyrocketing childhood obesity and metabolic diseases by getting children and families singing, moving and learning about healthy lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, hygiene and self esteem). Additionally, Connor, among several others, was recently tapped by artist Jack Ingram, the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association and Texas Songwriter U as a songwriter on the rise in the Lonestar state. She serves as a teaching artist with Junior Players/Big Thought and Art House Dallas. Photo by Laurel Pankratz.
5810 Morningside Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200-$1,500
GRAMMY Award-winning Conspirare is an Austin-based professional choir led by founding artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. Conspirare has performed in many Texas, national, and international locations. Conspirare performs broad repertoire, including works from the choral canon and contemporary compositions embracing a wide variety of styles. Conspirare's current touring programs include: (1) "Conspirare Christmas," a seasonal program that mixes sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, classical and pop in Craig Hella Johnson's signature "collage" programming. Performed a cappella with a guest artist and instrumentalists. (2) Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard, performed with choir, soloists, and instrumental ensemble. Conspirare also offers additional programs that vary by season. These programs may include works spanning genres, composers, and time periods and are offered in conjunction with Conspirare’s season repertoire. Photo by Scott Van Osdol.
1812 Centre Creek Dr. Suite 110
Austin, TX 78754
public performance/concert $25,000 - $40,000
school performance $8,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $5,000
Decee Cornish is an oral historian, writer and storyteller providing multicultural programs for schools, festivals, libraries, and special events. He has over twenty years experience in storytelling and over 17 years experience in the secondary level classroom. He offers programs on Martin Luther King, Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, tall tales, fables, multicultural folklore, or curriculum related as needed. Mr. Cornish has performed nationally and provides workshops on writing for youth. His programs with at-risk populations have been recognized on both the local and national level. He presents the one-man stage play "To Love the Earth: George Washington Carver, the Wizard of Tuskegee" and the "Life and Times of Gator Bill," the Seminole Indian scout. Photo by Tonya Starks.
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX 78633
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $800 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $200
Sarah Cortez, a councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters and Fellow of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture, has been published in leading magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Although she is an award-winning poet, essayist, and memoirist, her true love is the classroom. She uses her teaching experience in academia and in the community to foster excitement, skill, and joy in writing for children, teens, and adults. She can bring "Your Life, Your Story, Your Truth," a workshop in personal and writing empowerment; or "The Circle Poem," a workshop in community-building and imaginative excitement; or "Let's Write a Mystery" to your middle school, high school, or adult learners. And, yes, to your elementary students as well! Photo by Phillippe Diederich.
Houston, TX 77098
public performance/concert $350 - $500
school performance $350 - $500
workshop fees $250 - $850
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $800
The Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts classes to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Sewing/textile arts classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills. Sewing/textile arts classes taught by the Creativity Shell are customized and structured based on the age, location and size of the class they are working with. Structured programs are designed to give confidence to the students. On the first day of class, students are usually able to finish a project and take it home. After the first month of instant gratification, students are weaned off simple projects and gradually begin receiving bigger and more complicated projects to work on. By the time the students are enrolled in their second month of the program, their confidence in using the machine and making small items encourages them to have patience for larger more complicated items. At the end of a 12-week residency, children will have the opportunity to present their designs in the annual fashion show, Creativity Rocks! Photo by Creativity Shell.
1570 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
workshop fees $1,500 - $6,500
travel/per diem/lodging $200 - $500
Carson McHone, a songwriter from Austin, Texas, "writes songs like her life depends on it" (Ray Wylie Hubbard), and brings an intelligence to alt-country that is both immediate and lyrical. She has shared the stage with Vince Gill, Gary Clark Jr., Ryan Bingham, Lydia Loveless, Charlie Mars, David Ramirez, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Shaky Graves, among others. McHone has been working on a new album in Nashville with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Heartless Bastards, Patty Griffin) and performed at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the Americana Music Festival. Photo by Aaron Bir.
210 Peach Street
Buda, TX 78610
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $750 - $1,500
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $400
Curtis McMurtry, born and raised in Austin, TX, strives to push the definition of Americana music in new and eclectic directions. Influenced by Fiona Apple, Django Reinhardt and Leonard Cohen, Curtis' music combines polished, sinister lyrics with lush, unconventional arrangements. Curtis studied music composition and ethnomusicology in college, primarily writing contemporary chamber music for banjo and strings. After graduation, he moved to Nashville to sharpen his songwriting by co-writing with elder statesmen including Fred Koller and Guy Clark. Beginning with his first album, Respectable Enemy, Curtis has forged a singular musical style that combines the lyrical craft of his Texas singer-songwriter heroes with the classical and jazz composition skills he acquired in college. Curtis has been touring relentlessly since the release Respectable Enemy in 2014, often opening shows for Sarah Jarosz, Hayes Carll, John Fullbright and many others. Curtis' sophomore album The Hornet's Nest was released in February 2017, and continues to garner critical acclaim. Curtis' music has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition, and his song "Wrong Inflection" was included in the soundtrack for comedian Tig Notaro's Amazon Prime series One Mississippi. Photo by Foreside Photography.
7513 Hart Ln.
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $500 - $3,000
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000