CPMF Announces 2021’s Young Artist Program Winners

Cactus Pear Music Festival
Education Director Craig Sorgi and Artistic Director Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio are pleased to announce the 5 winners of this season’s Young Artist Program [YAP] auditions. Craig was enthusiastic about this spring’s auditions: “It’s always great during our audition process to hear our talented young San Antonio musicians on a personal basis like we do. We were impressed, again, this year. Congratulations to our new YAP fellows.”
This marks the 17th Season for this highly regarded FULL-SCHOLARSHIPmusic education residency in which Cactus Pear has mentored—since 2004—over 100 young string and piano students serious about their music education. We couldn’t provide this tuition-free program without the generous sponsors who have a passion for education. We thank this years sponsors listed below!
2021 YAP Fellows
Pictured clockwise from upper left to center:
Seva Joshi, violin [15, Churchill HS]
—sponsored by Dr. Jan Garverick
Ellie Kennedy, violin [15, Irvine Virtual Academy]—sponsored by Dr. Garverick
Samuel Garcia Villar, cello [18, Reagan HS]—sponsored by the Rotary Club of SA at the Dominion
Justin Colon, viola [17, Health Careers HS]
—sponsored by John Hudson, DDS
Calla Xu, piano & viola [18, Reagan HS]
—co-sponsored by Wilbur & Bunny Matthews, and Renee Meriwether
We Thank these Additional Sponsors:
YAP Education Director Craig Sorgi
—co-sponsored by J.Paul Giolma, and Alberto & Reina Serrano
YAP Education Assistant Karen Stiles
—sponsored by Robert Buchanan
The program is based at CPMF’s San Antonio concert venue, Trinity Baptist Church. The Young Artists form an ensemble—and ensembles—to study and perform chamber music. The curriculum includes private instruction and chamber music coachings with Education Director Craig Sorgi, Education Assistant Karen Stiles, and Festival Artists, lecture classes on aspects of music performance/careers, as well as several community engagement concerts. The Young Artists, who are calling their ensemble The Zoomin’ Quacti, will be presented in their own final concert on July 10 at Trinity Baptist, showcasing the exceptional work they have put in over their 2+ week residency under the guidance of seasoned, world-class teaching. We expect great things from this stellar group of new YAP Fellows.
Stay On the Lookout for our Festival Live Concerts Registration Email
Coming your way soon will be our email invitation to our patrons to
to our four live festival concerts. Due to Trinity Baptist Church’s and CPMF’s continuing regard for the safety of our patrons, the live concerts on July 8, 9, 10 and 11 will have limited and distanced seating. We expect to only be able to allow the first 250 registrants to attend. Because of the limited restriction, we will be asking you to register individually for each concert you expect to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot register a package of 4 concerts, each concert you wish to attend must be registered separately. The confirmation “ticket” you receive will be required at the door. We will not be able to admit anyone without a confirmation. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
You can expect the registration email the first week of June.