Passing the Torch . . . and the Passion
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.
CPMF accomplishes this mission through our free Young Peoples' Concerts that occur during the festival season (our 2016 schedule will be posted below in the spring 2016), through our Young Artist Program (YAP)—a full-scholarship fellowship now in its 13th year that provides a group of young musicians 2.5-weeks of intensive training with the festival professionals and opportunities for performance—in tandem with our CPMF X-Prize In Composition (formerly the Young Composer Xtreme Competition), and through Master Classes and our fun and educational Kinder Konzert series geared to children ages 3 to 10.
In 2008, Cactus Pear commissioned Colin Sorgi, a former and recent YAP fellow who attended Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, to write a new composition for our 2008 ensemble of 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.
YAP 2016 APPLICATION
is available now. Click here.
YAP PIANO APPLICANTS
Download the following
2 required pieces…
CPMF X-Prize Competition Application
will be available directly from the designated-school's professors.
This inspired the CPMF board to create CPMF's Young Composer Xtreme Competition. For more information, see below.
Check out our video to watch the 2010 YAP ensemble perform the winning 2010 Young Composer composition Velocity by Colin Sorgi.
And watch this video of the 2012 YAP ensemble, The Cactuccinos, as they rehearse an excerpt from Bach's Second Orchestral Suite. The video was posted by John Clare of KPAC's Classical Spotlight.
13th Annual YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM — Full Scholarship Program
The THIRTEENTH Annual Young Artist Program will be held Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday July 17, 2016. Auditions will be held Saturday, April 2. To audition you must submit an application (see sidebar for download link).
Every year, between four and eight 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 2016 [instrumentation varies each year]
Serious Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, 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, may apply. (Room and board not included, but home stays may be arranged if commuting is an impossibility.) Individuals as well as pre-formed groups will be considered for acceptance. Pianists MUST prepare the two short chamber music pieces available online (see Audition Checklist below.)
DOWNLOAD OUR 2016 APPLICATION from the sidebar to the left.
The 2015 Winners were:
Gretchen Noble, piano [16, Marshall HS]
Emily Bustos, violin [16, MacArthur HS]
Dora Cheng, violin [17, Churchill HS]
Brian Kang, violin [14, Garcia Middle School]
Bailey Boyen, viola [15, Health Careers HS]
Audrey Jellett Adrian, cello [13, Peterson Middle School]
Logan Robison, cello [17, O’Connor HS]
The 2015 Runner-Ups:
Quentin Johnston, piano [14, Home School]
Zoe Roensch, cello [16, Alamo Heights HS]
YAP Education Director
The distinguished San Antonio Symphony First Violinist and
Mid Texas Symphony's Concertmaster CRAIG SORGI is the
YAP Education Director. Craig is also the Adjunct Professor
of Violin at Trinity University.
Every year, between four and eight 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.
CPMF's X-PRIZE COMPOSITION COMPETITION with a $1,000 winner's prize
CPMF introduced in 2015 the CPMF X-Prize Competition. A revised competition from CPMF's original Young Composer X-treme Competition, is now open ONLY to enrolled University level composition students from ONE invited University whose composition professors accept the challenge for their students. Other colleges or universities may petition CPMF to participate in subsequent seasons; once the new participating school has been selected we will announce the news on our website.
This season, the composition students from the University of North Texas College of Music will compete for the X-Prize. The 2015 designated university was Rice University Shepherd School of Music. Our winner was Thomas Dougherty, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, who had just completed his Master’s at Rice after earning his Bachelor of Music degree in composition and violin performance at the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers were Karim Al-Zand and Arthur Gottschalk. He is pursuing his DMA in composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Stephanie and Craig were so impressed by his string quartet, Propel, Glide, Wind, that it was decided to premiere it at CPMF’s upcoming 20th Anniversary season by the festival artists. Stephanie has programmed it for the Saturday, July 9, 2016 concert. 2005 YAP alumnus violinist Colin Sorgi will be first violin in that performance
Why X-Prize? CPMF is looking for EXcellence and EXceptionalism in young American composers studying in the fine composition departments found throughout Texas. All applicants must be US citizens and permanent residents living in or attending school full-time within the state of Texas.
The original competition was created in 2010 by the Board of Directors of Cactus Pear Music Festival, and is meant to encourage young composers in the state of Texas to create chamber music works, to provide a prominent forum for the recognition of their talent, and to deepen public awareness and appreciation of new American chamber music.
THE 2016 INSTRUMENTATION IS:
STRING QUARTET: 2 violins, viola and cello
or STRING TRIO: violin, viola, cello
All music must be unpublished (but may have been previously performed) and no more than six minutes in length. (see other guidelines listed in the application)
Previous Competition Results
Our 2011 winner was HARLAN HODGES a 24-year old pianist/composer from West Texas who studied at Texas Tech University with Dr. Peter Fischer as well as Dr. Mei-fang Lin. This young, up-and-coming composer won the First Prize award with his composition entitled Vision of a Mockingbird.
THE FIRST ANNUAL AWARD WINNER WAS COLIN SORGI, who received the winner's cash award for his unanimously selected composition Velocity.
YOUNG PEOPLE'S CONCERTS: Free YPC concerts that are fun and educational
These YPC concerts are free and open to the public every summer! A few of the five festival concert programs are presented in shortened form by the festival artists who make the performances fun and educational for children. During our festival season, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR GROUPS OF SIX OR MORE! Please call (210) 838-2218 for group reservations.
The 2015 YPC Schedule was. . .
Wed., July 8, 2 pm •
CANCIONES, CLARINET & FLUTE
@ St. Mary's Hall, Coates Auditorium
. . . works by Mozart, Schubert, Haydn,
Arroyo & Jaeger
St. Mary's Hall
9401 Starcrest Drive, San Antonio
Wed., July 15, 2 pm • GERMANIC GIANTS
@ Patrick Heath Library, Boerne
. . . selections from works by Beethoven, Brahms & Mozart
Patrick Heath Public Library
451 N Main Street
Boerne, TX 78006
Thur., July 16, 2 pm • BELLA ITALIA
@ McKenna Children's Museum, New Braunfels
. . . selections from works by Verdi, Wolf &
McKenna Event Center
801 W. San Antonio Street
New Braunfels, TX 78130
FREE Community Concerts & Events
When July 2016 arrives, inspire your students as they experience the joy of chamber music performed by a group of very talented young artists who have trained and studied with the Festival professionals!
We will post the 2016 as it becomes available. This was last season's free concert schedule.
2015 YAP SCHEDULE
Sunday, July 12 • 7:55 am and NOON services
Coker United Methodist Church, sanctuary
231 E. North Loop Rd, San Antonio
Tuesday, July 14 • 11 am
Rotary Club of San Antonio at The Dominion
Wednesday, July 15 • 3 pm
The Meadows Retirement Community
730 Babcock Road, San Antonio
Friday, July 17 • 10:30 am
Army Retirement Residence, San Antonio
Saturday, July 18 • 11 am
Coker United Methodist Church, sanctuary
231 E. North Loop Rd, San Antonio
FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT
Sunday, July 19, 3 PM
First Presbyterian Church
404 N. Alamo (between McCullough & Fourth)
The Young Artist Program fellows
have many various performance opportunities including in community venues, churches, retirement communities and for social service programs. Their
concertizing culminates in performances at the last San Antonio festival concert as well
as their own showcase concert at the McNay Museum on the last
day of the festival.