You can be a dream maker. Become a partner with Virtuosi of Houston and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts and help send Houston’s premier youth chamber orchestra to Paris for a week in March of 2015. They will have the rare opportunity to study and perform at the Conservatoire de Paris; an institution for young French musicians, whose history dates back to the 18th century. The Texan-French Alliance for the Arts develops and facilitates artistic, cultural exchanges and educational programs between Texas and France. Through its support, artistic and cultural institutions build partnerships that advance Texas culture in France and French culture in Texas.
What is Virtuosi of Houston?
Virtuosi of Houston is a premier young artists chamber orchestra, which was established in 1996. Virtuosi focuses on education and performance opportunities leading to a music profession for Houston’s exceptionally gifted middle to high school age musicians and it brings an expanded repertoire of chamber works to Houston audiences. Each year, Virtuosi nurtures and educates close to 60 talented musicians, aged 11-18, through a chamber orchestra and supplemental programs. We provide the finest training, rehearsal and performance opportunities, which enable our students to learn, share and enjoy the complexity of chamber music. Our exceptional musicians experience increased confidence, leadership, responsibility and skill through individual attention from two world-class conductors. They experience superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Franz Anton Krager, Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestras, and Andrzej Grabiec, Professor of Violin, both faculty members at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music. They perform in world-class concert halls and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful career in classical music. In fact, 95% of our students go on to have successful careers in music and 100% attend institutes of higher education.
Our vision is that someday these amazing young musicians will return to Texas as performers, educators and arts advocates, to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists. In Virtuosi’s nineteen year history, we have already seen this vision realized through the lives of many of our alumni. Some of these successful professionals are: Arne-Christian Pelz, Principal cellist – Hamburg Symphony; Beatriz Macias, Flutist – Royal Opera House, Brussels; Emileigh Vandiver, Cellist – Professor of cello, University of New Hampshire; Courtenay Vandiver, Cellist – A Far Cry, chamber orchestra; Ashley Vandiver, Violinist – Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canada. Six other alumni currently maintain successful private studios in the Houston community, as well as hold positions in area schools as band and orchestra directors. These are merely a few of our many former students who are performing and teaching around the world.
What will the Virtuosi be doing in Paris?
Our musicians will experience a life changing opportunity – one in which their hard work and commitment will culminate in a performance with the young musicians of the Conservatoire de Paris. For many, this trip will be a defining moment, one that will cement the path of a career in music.
Our students will:
·Participate in daily master classes and educational rehearsals in the Conservatoire de Paris
·Perform in a collaborative concert with the Conservatoire students in one of Paris’ famed venues
·Experience French culture with Conservatoire students and their families, touring Paris, trying French cuisine and visiting French tourist attractions
Why should you support Virtuosi?
·YOU MAKE dreams come true, especially for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds for whom a career in music without Virtuosi would be just that – a dream.
·YOU HELP local students have an international educational and cultural experience.
·YOU OPEN doors for local students to explore the performance and musical experience of another culture.
·YOU GIVE young musicians a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study under world-class musicians.
·YOU ALLOW aspiring young musicians a chance to build personal and professional relationships with international musicians and educators.
·YOU BELIEVE in the value of an arts education.
Risks and challenges
Traveling with children is a risk unto itself, much less a large group of them in foreign territory; however, our children are obedient and cooperative, capable of overcoming any challenge that they may face while in France.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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