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A Trying Journey, Rich Rewards

When YTA Artistic Director Emelyne Bingham began pursuing her doctor of musical arts degree several years ago, she couldn’t have imagined that lightning would strike, both figuratively and literally, before she was through.   Bingham, who officially became Dr. Bingham in late 2020, unlocked a promising teaching method while researching her doctoral dissertation. She found…

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Young Texas Artists Launches Interactive Video Series

Young Texas Artists (YTA), a one-of-a-kind nonprofit, fine arts organization best known for the YTA Music Competition, is launching a free classical music video series designed to educate and entertain. The first one-hour episode of “YTA Insights — A Journey Into the World of Classical Music” will be presented at 7 p.m. CDT Sunday, March…

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Young Texas Artists Announces Schedule Changes, Expanded Programming for 2021-2022

Young Texas Artists (YTA) will re-focus 2021 activities on providing free cultural programs; securing important performance opportunities, increased cash awards and career development for winners of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition; enhancing awareness of YTA across the state; and planning a major YTA arts weekend for March 2022. Performance Series in 2021 Keynoting the…

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The Art of Collaboration

If collaborative pianist Neal Kurz could offer one piece of advice to classical musicians interested in his specialty, it would be… not to specialize. Being an effective accompanist, he says, calls for being ready to play just about anything.   “The thing I would emphasize for anybody who’s interested in this kind of work is…

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A Letter from Susie Pokorski, President/CEO

Dear Friends, I want to give you all an update on Young Texas Artists (YTA), along with my thanks. I am sorry I cannot respond to everyone individually, because so many of you have been such an important part of the last few days.  It’s been a wild ride. First, I must give my heartfelt thanks to…

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Setting the Stage for Success

Ask YTA Stage Manager Sadie Langenkamp about her job, and she could go into the technicalities of lighting and stage preparations. But she tends to look at her role more in terms of its impact. “I like to think of myself as a resource for the competitors, someone who makes sure they have everything they…

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Outstanding Classical Musicians Take the Stage in Conroe

Young Texas Artists Finalists’ Concert and Awards set for March 14 Talented classical musicians from around the globe will perform in Conroe’s Crighton Theatre Saturday, March 14 when Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) presents its Finalists’ Concert and Awards.  “Our concerts, always unforgettable, are the culmination of everything we work toward,” YTA President and…

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New Look, New Location and Beethoven Birthday Bash at Young Texas Artists Gala

Evening culminates in concert showcasing talents of rising classical musicians CONROE, Texas – Guests can look forward to a new, convenient location; dazzling décor; and a sensational 250th birthday bash for Ludwig van Beethoven at the Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue benefit gala for Young Texas Artists (YTA) on Saturday, March 14. “Our Grand Pavilion this year will be right in front…

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Big Prizes from a Big Name in Texas

Young Texas Artists Music Competition expands prize package The Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) will hold its internationally recognized competition March 12-14. Musicians compete in four divisions: Voice; Piano; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp and Guitar.   Open to classical artists, ages 18-32 (20-32 for Voice division), who are Texas residents or affiliated with…

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