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2017 Emerging Artist applications will be accepted through January 6, 2017.

In its commitment to nurturing new musical talent, VBF supports the Emerging Artist program, affording young musicians the opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals in their field.  In addition to formal concerts, the Emerging Artists visit assisted living facilities and service clubs in the community, and perform for audiences at the Victoria Public Library and Boys and Girls Club.

The program is led by Emerging Artist Coordinator Faith DeBow. Applications for the June Festival are accepted in the fall through January 6. Learn more about how to apply.

Listen to performances from past Emerging Artist concerts.

The Emerging Artists program began in 1992 as the New Young Artists, and has featured over 50 of the nation’s most promising young musicians. Past New Young Artists include:

2016: Katya Gruzglina, soprano Chloë Schaaf, mezzo-soprano

2015: Reese Farnell, horn Brian Giebler, tenor

2014: Erin Calata, mezzo-soprano ~  Patrick Kilbride, tenor

2013: Jennifer Berg, oboeJane Leggiero, baroque cello and viola da gamba

2012: Estelí Gomez, soprano ~ Laura Miller, bassoon

2011: Dashon Burton, bass-baritone ~ Nicole Greenidge Joseph, soprano ~ Hilary Janysek, flute

2010: Erin English, soprano ~ Thales Smith, guitar

2009: Catherine Clarke, soprano ~ Seth Lafler, tenor

2008:  Taylor Baggott, tenorJoey Kantor, piano

2007: Kathrine Schmidt, soprano ~ Jonathon Subia, tenor

2006: Jessica Anastasio, flute ~ Dann Coakwell, tenor ~ Lauren Snouffer, soprano

2005: Paul Max Tipton, baritone ~ Mark Dupere, baroque cello ~ Ivan Trevino, percussion

2004: Kathleen Ritch Brown, sopranoDavid Farwig, baritone

2003: Stephanie Moore, soprano ~ J.D. Burnett, tenor

2002: Jenifer Thyssen, soprano ~ Jorge Iván Gonzalez, violin

2001: Amy Cowan, soprano ~ Mela (Sara Jane) Dailey, soprano ~ Douglas Harvey, cello

2000: Keith Gipson, tenor ~  Jennifer Needham, soprano ~ John Markert, organ

1999: Matthew Oltman, tenor ~ Annie Su

1998: Diane Schoff, soprano ~ Carr Hornbuckle, bass

1997: Hanan Alattar, soprano ~ Todd Keister, tenor

1996: Nina Keidann Revering, soprano ~ David Dillard, baritone

1995: Jill Bates, soprano ~ Garrett Maddox, tenor ~ João Lourenço

1994: Stella Keidann Hastings, soprano ~ Richard Gabrillo, bass

1993: Melissa Marsepiano ~ Oliver Worthington, baritone

1992: Jana Holzmeier, soprano ~ David Blackburn, tenor