Young Artist Program

Former YAP Fellow Colin Sorgi's 2008 Composition
"Huapango" performed by the 2008 YAP ensemble

And the 2018 YAP Winners are…

Antonio Jasiczek, flute

Erin Guetzloe, piano

Emily Averyt, violin

Age 18
Brandeis High School
Student of Kristin Hayes

Age 17
Home School
Student of A.J. Collins

Age 17
St. Mary's Hall
Student of Stephanie Westney

Elise Maas, violin

Cy Bell, viola

Clayton Boyer, viola

Age 18
Reagan High School
Student of Beth Johnson

Age 17
Brandeis High School
Student of Allyson Dawkins

Age 15
Boerne High School
Student of Emily Watkins Freudigman

Max Healy, cello

Jacob Resendez, cello

Age 17
Alamo Heights High School
Student of Ignacio Gallego

Age 18
Churchill High School
Student of Cora Harnish

Texas Public Radio wrote a very nice article on the YAP program and the 2017 Fellows.
Click the link below for the article and a link to the Black Tie Cacti ensemble's rehearsal of the piece commissioned just for them, The Eternal Return by Icli Zitella, which was performed at the San Antonio concert on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
TPR Article & Video

15 Years of Cultivating Young Artists

and impacting the lives of almost 90 young adults since 2004

As our mission statement declares, Cactus Pear is committed to significantly contributing to the musical education of South Texas young people, not only during the summer festival but throughout the year. Exposing young people to this inspiring musical art form and the intimacy of listening to chamber music—or in making it themselves—has been a primary objective of the CPMF board and its founder since the beginning. We truly believe in passing the torch.


One of our flagship programs is our Young Artist Program Fellowship under the direction of Education Director Craig Sorgi and Artistic Director Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio. Every year, between four and nine young instrumentalists are chosen and awarded FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS for an intensive 2 1/2 week program. The Young Artists form an ensemble—and ensembles—to study and perform chamber music. The curriculum includes private instruction and chamber music coachings with Festival Artists, lecture classes on aspects of music performance/careers, free admittance to all festival rehearsals & concerts for Fellows and family, and approximately 8 outreach performance opportunities including on the final two San Antonio Festival concerts.


In 2008, Cactus Pear commissioned Colin Sorgi, a former YAP fellow who attended Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, to write a new composition for that year's YAP fellows. What a memorable moment to hear this new work of art by a former YAP fellow performed by our latest group of scholarship fellows. Take a listen to this one-minute excerpt from Colin's composition. This is what we mean by "passing the torch" and helping bring along the next generation of musicians. Listen to Colin's piece as you meet our newest crop of YAP Fellows below.


To watch a video of our 2010 YAP Fellows in performance, click here to go to our Media/PR page.