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Where Are They Now: Michael Mayes

By admin | November 15, 2021

Baritone Michael Mayes is YTA’s 2002 Gold Medalist in Voice. He recently shared an update on his career with us. How would you say your experience with YTA has impacted you and your music career? At that point in my career, I was in grad school, which ain’t cheap. I had a lot of scholarships…

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St. John Flynn: Demystifying Classical Music

By admin | November 9, 2021

In the early 1990s, when St. John Flynn first began working as a classical music announcer for WUGA-FM, part of the Georgia Public Broadcasting radio network, the conventional wisdom was that each piece of music should be given a suitable introduction that might include the history of the composer and the music, and an explanation…

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Young Texas Artists Announces Big Comeback, Expanded Offerings

By admin | October 20, 2021

Organization will present Fine Arts Weekend March 10-13, 2022 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – Oct. 20, 2021 – After two canceled seasons due to COVID-19, performing arts organization Young Texas Artists (YTA) announced a 2022 comeback with dramatically expanded events during YTA’s Classics At The Glade party. The event, held at Glade Cultural Center in The…

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Young Texas Artists Explores Contemporary Classical Music

By admin | September 10, 2021

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – September 10, 2021 – Followers of the fine arts organization Young Texas Artists (YTA), best known for the YTA Music competition, will have an opportunity to experience and better understand the energy and creativity of contemporary classical music when YTA presents the third episode of its free video series, YTA Insights—A…

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Young Texas Artists Sees Bright Future

By admin | May 20, 2021

Fine arts group raises $100,000 for annual fund, releases YTA Insights: Episode 2 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – May 20, 2021 – May has been an exciting month for Young Texas Artists (YTA): Community members rallied to help the nonprofit meet the YTA Leadership Team’s $50,000 Matching Grant Challenge, allowing the fine arts group to raise more than $100,000 in just 35…

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Young Texas Artists Receives $50,000 Matching Grant to Support First Annual Fund

By admin | May 5, 2021

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – May 5, 2021 – Young Texas Artists (YTA), a one-of-a-kind fine arts organization best known for the YTA Music Competition, has received a generous Matching Grant Challenge to move the organization closer to reaching its $250,000 annual fund goal. All gifts received by May 15 will be doubled — matched dollar…

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A Trying Journey, Rich Rewards

By admin | March 18, 2021

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

By admin | March 18, 2021

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

By admin | December 7, 2020

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

By admin | June 15, 2020

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

By admin | March 23, 2020

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

By admin | March 9, 2020

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

By admin | February 13, 2020

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

By admin | January 28, 2020

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

By admin | January 21, 2020

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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Hosting Contestants a Win-Win

By admin | November 26, 2019

You could say YTA volunteer David Hwa is a master puzzle solver.   Every winter, Hwa gathers the schedules, needs and preferences of the out-of-town musicians who will need a place to stay when they come to Conroe for the YTA competition in March. Then he looks at the capabilities, homes and preferences of the…

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Young Texas Artists Wows Guests During Spectacular Kick-Off Party

By admin | November 4, 2019

Classics At The Glade provides captivating preview of 2020 gala and concert Guests got to experience the high caliber of talent that Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) draws each year during YTA’s 2019-20 kick-off party, Classics At The Glade, a fabulous evening of food, art and performances by several of YTA’s brightest stars. The…

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Board Chair Proud of YTA’s impact

By admin | September 20, 2019

For Dr. Richard Griffin, board chairman of Young Texas Artists Music Competition, one of the best things about watching the annual Finalists’ Concert is taking in the performers’ expressions. After years of playing saxophone, Griffin understands their journey. “They go to a place that is just for them,” he said. “They experience a connectivity and…

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Area Classical Music Club Hosts Opera in the Heights Artistic Director and Conductor

By admin | August 7, 2019

For classical music lovers in Montgomery County, driving to Houston venues can be daunting.   Fortunately, YTA Circle, a program for supporters of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA), goes the distance instead. The group brings artists and conductors to the area for special members-only programming.   That includes Eiki Isomura, artistic director and…

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Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue Gala Pulls Out All of the Stops for Young Texas Artists’ 35th Anniversary

By admin | April 9, 2019

Quintessential celebration of classical music with a Texas twist raises $100K for the nonprofit CONROE, Texas – April ?, 2019 –The Young Texas Artists (YTA) Bach, Beethoven and Barbecue gala on March 9 was jam-packed with one phenomenal moment after another, including a performance by members of the iconic Kilgore College Rangerettes and a visit…

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Young Texas Artists Music Competition Winners Announced

By admin | March 13, 2019

Talented Musicians Dazzle Audience During 35th Annual Event CONROE, Texas – March 13, 2019 – The 35th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition culminated on Saturday, March 9, with the highly anticipated Finalists’ Concert & Awards at Conroe’s Crighton Theatre. The event featured CEO of Steinway & Sons Ron Losby, who flew in from New…

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YTA Group Welcomes New Chairman

By admin | February 28, 2019

For the last four or five years, Sarah Baxter has had an opportunity to get to know some of the world’s most talented young artists in a way few audience members do: by welcoming them into her home.   As a volunteer hostess for Young Texas Artists (YTA), Baxter provides participants in the organization’s music…

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Kilgore Rangerettes Kick Off Young Texas Artists’ 35th Anniversary Gala

By admin | February 21, 2019

Steinway CEO, SPIRIO high-tech piano, special guests and world-class talent highlight unforgettable Texas evening CONROE, Texas – Feb. 21, 2019  – From members of the world-famous Kilgore College Rangerettes to Ron Losby, worldwide CEO of Steinway & Sons, Young Texas Artists (YTA) is elevating the glamour, fun and excitement of its Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue…

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Co-Chairs Announced for Young Texas Artists’ 35th Anniversary Gala

By admin | February 6, 2019

CONROE, Texas – Feb. 6, 2019  – Young Texas Artists (YTA) has announced that their 2019 benefit gala, Bach, Beethoven & Barbecue, which helps support YTA’s acclaimed annual music competition, will be co-chaired by Terry Husbands Giles of Conroe and Allyson Ayton of April Sound on Lake Conroe.   The “jeans to jewels” gala, scheduled…

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International Panel of Judges Selected for 2019 Young Texas Artists Music Competition

By admin | January 18, 2019

CONROE, Texas – Dec. 17, 2018 – An elite panel of judges has been selected for the 2019 Young Texas Artists Music Competition, scheduled for March 7-9, 2019,  at the Crighton Theatre, 234 North Main St., in Downtown Conroe. The competition features musicians between the ages of 18 and 32 who are Texas residents or those attending…

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YTA Artistic Director Emelyne Bingham Savors Each Moment

By admin | November 10, 2018

For Emelyne Bingham, the joy of being a musician isn’t about prestige or achievement; it’s the richness of each moment she experiences as a musician, conductor and educator. “It’s not about the product for me; it’s about the process,” said Bingham, artistic director of Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) and senior lecturer at Vanderbilt…

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Planet Lincoln Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of Charity Classic & Fun Day

By admin | September 15, 2018

Planet Lincoln Signs on as Presenting Sponsor of Charity Classic & Fun Day April Sound brings family-friendly fun to annual golf tournament, Saturday, Sept. 29 CONROE, Texas – Aug. 29, 2018 – On Saturday, Sept. 29, the 2018 April Sound Charity Classic & Fun Day, with presenting sponsor Planet Lincoln, will provide fun-filled family-friendly fundraising…

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April Sound Charity Classic YTAMC

2018 April Sound Charity Classic and 35th Anniversary Young Texas Artists To Join Forces For Charity

By admin | September 15, 2018

2018 April Sound Charity Classic and  35th Anniversary Young Texas Artists To Join Forces For Charity Charity Classic & Fun Day, Saturday, Sept. 29   CONROE, TEXAS – July 18, 2018 – Two of Montgomery County’s most dynamic organizations are partnering for an especially exciting April Sound Charity Classic, a day of family fun and…

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Bach Beethoven and Barbeque Supporters

Bach, Beethoven and BBQ

By admin | July 5, 2018

Our 2019 Gala has been set for Saturday, March 9. Reserve your seats now for a night of delicious BBQ and world-class performances by young artists in downtown Conroe, Texas

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YTA YTAMC Silver-Winner

2013 YTA Silver Medalist Gains Worldwide Prestige

By admin | June 26, 2017

2013 YTA Silver Medalist Gains Worldwide Prestige Kenneth Broberg earns silver in Van Cliburn International Piano Competition CONROE, Texas – June 26, 2017 – Kenneth Broberg, a 2013 silver medalist in the Young Texas Artists Competition in Conroe, is now the silver medal winner in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. “We are just thrilled,” Susie Pokorski, chair…

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