Some of the brightest and most talented young artists in Texas will soon shine as Texas Young Masters!
These emerging artistic luminaries need your support!
The Texas Cultural Trust celebrates a new class of Texas Young Masters every biennium with an awards celebration highlighting their extraordinary talent, creativity, and artistic excellence.
The 2020 Young Masters will be honored on April 20, 2020 at the beautiful ZACH Theatre in Austin
A joint initiative between the Texas Cultural Trust and the Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas Young Masters recognizes 8th through 11th grade students who demonstrate artistic excellence in dance, film, media, literary arts, music, musical theatre, theatre, set design and visual arts.
The Texas Young Masters program opens doors and provides opportunities that might otherwise not be possible for these students. Fifteen students each are awarded $10,000 scholastic grants, which are disbursed over two years, to enhance and build their formal artistic study. The grant dollars provide exceptionally talented students with the ability to enrich their education in ways they might not otherwise have the financial resources to obtain.
Your generous support will have an impact across our state.
In addition to these educational grants for emerging young artists, the Texas Cultural Trust provides robust support for the arts and arts education, impactful economic research and data, legislative and public advocacy, and statewide grants for arts organizations that increase arts access for our youngest generation.
Your support of the 2020 Texas Young Masters program is an investment that raises awareness of the importance of arts education for every young Texan.
“To be young, motivated, and free to truly explore what it means to be an artist; this is a powerful combination of forces. The Young Masters Program is important because it recognizes this time.”
Sarah & Ernest Butler Endowed Scholarship in Music
Wayne Fisher Young Master Scholarship in Music
Judy and Kirk Robison
Vo used his scholarship grant to do a summer of study at Juilliard, which led to his eventual acceptance into the Juilliard program — one of only ten freshmen who received a full scholarship. He has toured extensively in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away national tour. He was also a featured dancer in the NBC show Smash, and is recognized as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Vo is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts.
Saki is from Dallas, but is a first generation Iranian-American whose love of dance stems in part from her mother not being able to study the art form as a young girl in Iran. Since Young Masters, she has wowed the judges on So You Think You Can Dance, and received numerous national honors, including Distinguished Performer of the Year and Outstanding Dancer of the Year. She was also the first female dancer to be named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Saki also co-created/performed in a show that premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Described by The Boston Globe as, “One who plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star”, Yang has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Yang attended The Juilliard School after graduating from Westlake High School in Austin.
Cho is a two-time National Young Arts Foundation Winner in Classical Music. She has won top prizes at the MTNA National Solo Competition, Austin Civic Orchestra’s Pearl Amster Competition, Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Awards, and the Longy School of Music’s Concerto Competition. At the age of five, she was the youngest violinist of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Matthys
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew West
Mr. & Mrs. Andy Bilger
Chip & Ginger Jones
Devon De Leon
Mr. & Mrs. Don Jones
Lauren A. Perez
Mary Katherine Matalon
Mr. & Mrs. Andy Bilger
R.C. Rondero de Mosier
Robbie Jane Pope
Ann S Graham
Bill & Deborah Hammond
Billye Proctor Shaw
Caroline Alexander Forgason
Celeste & Martin Hubert
Charles & Trudy Smith
Courtney & Mike MacDonald
Jennifer Ransom Rice
Jenny & Brandon Aghamalian
Kim & Greg Reynolds
Laura & Tobin Wiegand
Lilliana R. Garcia
Lori & Don Henson
Mary Hammon Quinn
Mary Lamar Leyendecker
Meg & Jay Propes
Pam & Bill Fielding
Resources for Learning
Robert & Hanna Rochelle
Sonya Medina Williams
Terri Broussard Williams
Tyler & Meredith Spears
The Young Masters program was established with generous contributions from AT&T Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Applied Materials, Burlington Northern, The Honorable David Dewhurst, Emerson Electric, Mrs. Gene Jones, Mr. George Mitchell, Plum Foundation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Raytheon, Texas Women for the Arts and Mrs. W. D. Noel. This Program’s continuing success stems directly from these generous donors, but also from the support of Texas individuals and families who recognize the arts as an essential feature to the future of these rising stars.