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Educational Engagements

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
Click here.

YAP PIANO APPLICANTS

Download the following

2 required pieces…

 

Schubert Trout Music

CPMF X-Prize Competition Application

will be available directly from the designated-school's professors.

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

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. WINNERS Announced!

    The THIRTEENTH Annual Young Artist Program will be held Wednesday, June 29 through Sunday July 17, 2016. Auditions were held Saturday, April 2, and the EIGHT YAP Fellows have been announced. The 2016 YAP Fellows are:

     

    Rhiannon Bishop, piano [18, Home Schooled]
    Scott Rogers, piano [17, Judson HS]

    Darrian Lee, violin [18, Johnson HS]
    Deborah Olivier, violin [16, Communication Arts HS]

    Isaac Fuentes, viola [16, Alamo Heights HS]
    Victoria Day, cello [15, Roosevelt HS]

    Jacob Resendez, cello [16, Churchill HS]

    Emmali Ouderkirk, bassoon [16, Steele HS]

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Every year, between four and eight 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 the final two San Antonio Festival concerts.

     

     

     

    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.

     

    ELIGIBILITY FOR 2016 Was . . . [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.)

     

    OUR 2017 APPLICATION will be available in January 2017. You may download the 2016 application from the left sidebar to look more closely at our requirements.

     

     

    2013 YAP ensemble performs Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale."

     

    Listen to a Camp KPAC interview with the 2013 YAP Fellows.

     

     

     

  • 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 or 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 2016 YPC Schedule is. . .

     

    Wed., July 6, 2 pm •
    FANTASIES & FOLKTALES

    @ First United Methodist Church, Boerne

    . . . works by Schubert, Dvorak, Faure &
    Pulitizer prize winning composer Kevin Puts

     

    First United Methodist Church

    205 James Street, Boerne

     

    Post-concert cookie decorating generously provided by
    Paul Hayward & Bear Moon Bakery

     

     

    Wed., July 13, 7 pm • FRENCH IMPRESSIONS

    @ Second Baptist Church, San Antonio

    . . . selections from works by Ravel, Puts, Martinu,
    Poulenc & Auric

     

    Second Baptist Church

    3310 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio

     

     

    Thur., July 14, 2 pm • FRENCH IMPRESSIONS

    @ McKenna Children's Museum, New Braunfels

    . . . selections from works by Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc
    & Martinu

     

    McKenna Event Center

    801 W. San Antonio Street

    New Braunfels, TX 78130

     

    Post-concert cookie decorating generously provided by
    Friends of CPMF

     

  • 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!

     

    2016 YAP SCHEDULE

    Sunday, July 10 • 8:15 am and 11 am services

    Coker United Methodist Church, sanctuary

    231 E. North Loop Rd, San Antonio

     

    Tuesday, July 12 • Noon [not open to the public]

    Rotary Club of San Antonio at The Dominion

     

    Wednesday, July 13 • 3 pm

    The Meadows Retirement Community

    730 Babcock Road, San Antonio

     

    Friday, July 15 • 10:30 am

    Army Retirement Residence, San Antonio

     

    Saturday, July 16 • Noon

    Coker United Methodist Church, sanctuary

    231 E. North Loop Rd, San Antonio

     

     

    FREE COMMUNITY CONCERTS
    Friday, July 8 • 2 pm

    The Inn at Los Patios
    8700 Post Oak Lane

    San Antonio, TX 78217

     

    Sunday, July 17 • 3 PM

    First Presbyterian Church

    404 N. Alamo (between McCullough & Fourth)

    San Antonio

     

Also visit our

EDUCATION

KORNER

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.

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