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Help nurture our rising stars to become the Texas legends of tomorrow!

“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.”

Katie Rose Pipkin, 2008 Texas Young Master in Visual Arts

Special Thanks to Our Generous 2018 Young Masters Sponsors

Sarah & Ernest Butler Endowed Scholarship in Music
Wayne Fisher Young Master Scholarship in Music
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Success Stories

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Christopher Vo; 2002 Young Master in Dance

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.

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Ida Saki; 2010 Young Master in Dance

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.

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Charles Yang; 2004 Young Master in Music

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.

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Ann Cho; 2014 Young Master in Music

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.

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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.

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