American Dreamer is four gifted musicians who bring a heavy dose of strings to their unique blend of indie-folk. Each member, Courtney Castaneda, Dana Marie, Camille Schiess, and Sasha Klare-Ayvazian, contributes something distinctive to their rich and remarkable sound. The quartet’s music builds on relatable folk songs, transformed through bold string arrangements (violin, cello, bass) and resplendent three-part harmony. American Dreamer’s four members met while pursuing graduate degrees at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. They share a lifelong passion for crafting their art and using it to connect with urban and rural communities. American Dreamer strives to honor America’s deeply rooted folk tradition while exploring contemporary elements that roll the genre forward. American Dreamer is available for public performances, private engagements, school events, and workshops. The group can perform with or without vocals to accommodate different events and settings. American Dreamer offers workshops for classical string players on improvisation, soloing, and playing from chord charts. Reciprocally, the group assists songwriters in writing string arrangements for their music and communicating ideas to string players. Photo by Rachel Piotrzkowski.

Additional information



Contact name

Sasha Klare-Ayvazian

Contact address

800 W 38th St. Austin TX 78705

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Public performance

$500 – $2500

School performance

$500 – $2000

Workshop fees

$500 – $1000

Travel per diem lodging

$0 – $300




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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