Young Artist Program

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

15 Years of Cultivating Young Artists: And the Winners were...

Impacting the lives of almost 100 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 and is now a member of the Baltimore Symphony, 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 2018 YAP Fellows in performance, click here.

Composer-in-Residence Juan Pablo Contreras's piece San Jarocho (The Sound of Veracruz) was performed by the YAP ensemble "The Prickly Octet" at the July 13, 2019 CPMF concert.

16th Annual Young Artist Program Information

To be held Wednesday July 2 - Sunday July 21, 2019

Between three to nine young instrumentalists will be chosen and awarded full-tuition scholarships for an intensive 2 1/2 week program. The Young Artists will form an ensemble—and ensembles—to study and perform chamber music. The curriculum will include 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 the final two San Antonio Festival concerts.

 

Eligibility for 2019 [instrumentation varies each year]

The instrumentation for 2019 is yet to be determined. In 2018, serious Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola & Cello students ages 14 through 18, and Piano students between the ages of 14 and 20, who live in or near San Antonio, Texas, were eligible to apply. (Room and board not included, but home stays may be arranged if commuting is an impossibility.) Individuals as well as pre-formed groups could be considered for acceptance. Pianists MUST prepare the two short chamber music pieces available with the links that follow (even in 2019).

 

APPLICATIONS [March 29 deadline] & AUDITIONS [TBD] •

Only applicants who audition in person will be considered for participation. Auditions will occur in San Antonio by appointment only in April. Applicants should prepare two contrasting solo works (accompanist not necessary) and may be asked to sight read chamber music. Pianists, in addition, will be asked to prepare two short chamber music excerpts that are available on this page. All applicants will be notified of audition results two days after the audition. For additional information contact Mr. Craig Sorgi, YAP Education Director at cpmfeddirector@gmail.com. [Application requirements: signed & completed application form; 2 letters of recommendation from music instructors; $75 non-refundable audition/application fee. Fee may be partially to fully waived on documented financial need.]

 

Piano Students download the following two pieces:
Schubert Trout Music
Schumann Music

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 they performed at the San Antonio concert on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
TPR Article & Video