Da Camera Society of Texas

Transformative Musical Experiences

aka Da Camera of Houston   |   Houston, TX   |  www.dacamera.com

Mission

DACAMERA’s mission is to inspire individuals and enrich communities through diverse and inventive musical experiences.

Ruling year info

1988

Principal Officer

Sarah Rothenberg

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Brandon Bell

Main address

1402 Sul Ross St

Houston, TX 77006 United States

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EIN

76-0232578

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

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DACAMERA Concert and Education Season

DACAMERA is internationally recognized as a leading producer and presenter of chamber music and jazz. Presenting an annual subscription series in Houston’s Downtown Theater District and at The Menil Collection, DACAMERA brings the world’s leading artists to Houston. In 2021, DACAMERA expanded with the inaugural Houston SUMMERJAZZ, and in 2020-21, received critical acclaim for a streaming series “that stands apart from the virtual crowd” (The New Yorker). Under the artistic direction of pianist Sarah Rothenberg since 1994, DACAMERA programs create connections among musical genres, art forms, and ideas; between people and places; between the past and the present. DACAMERA’s Music and the Literary Imagination series, was presented at Lincoln Center, with subsequent performances at The Kennedy Center, Bard Summerscape, and in Amsterdam, London, and across the U.S. DACAMERA’s Education and Community Initiatives bring young professional musicians into classrooms for music integrated lessons

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

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Charting impact

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DACAMERA’s goals include connecting music to other art forms; expanding the awareness of American music through the presentation of jazz and the commissioning of new compositions; and developing partnerships with a wide range of cultural institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

Each season, DACAMERA’s artist roster includes over 60 musicians, representing distinguished performers from around the world and outstanding musicians based in Houston, who perform at the Wortham Theater Center, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and The Menil Collection in a subscription series of curated programs. Enjoying a 34-year partnership with The Menil Collection, DACAMERA’s concerts at the museum feature special programs created for the exhibits, free family events and community residency activities. As a member of Theater District Houston, DACAMERA is recognized, along with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera, as one of the city’s major performing arts organizations.

DACAMERA was invited to present Marcel Proust’s Paris, the first of its Music and the Literary Imagination programs created by Sarah Rothenberg, at New York’s Great Performers at Lincoln Center series in 1995; the success resulted in a Lincoln Center series for the next four years, as well as the co-commissioning of Moondrunk, a chamber music/dance theater piece which was hailed in New York as “the birth of a new genre.” DACAMERA programs have also traveled to Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, London’s Barbican Centre and to other prestigious concert series and festivals in the U.S., Mexico and Europe. DACAMERA’s most recent production, A Proust Sonata, had its premiere in 2016 at Houston’s Wortham Theater Center and its New York premiere in 2018. In 2014, DACAMERA launched the Jason Moran Homecoming Residency, with the acclaimed Houston-native jazz pianist and composer, which included the world premiere of The Rauschenberg Project: Holed Up.

2015 saw the release of two major recordings: DACAMERA’s unique Music for Rothko Chapel program featuring Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and works of Satie and John Cage, on the prestigious ECM label; and an all-Kaija Saariaho disc on Ondine featuring the DACAMERA-commissioned Sombre. Previous recordings include Heartsounds: The Chamber Music of George Tsontakis on Koch and chamber works by Charles Wuorinen, including the DACAMERA-commissioned Ashberyana, on Naxos. Another DACAMERA commission, Tobias Picker’s Quintet, performed by Sarah Rothenberg and the Brentano String Quartet, appears on the 2014 CD Invisible Lilacs on Tzadik.

In 2009, DACAMERA launched the Young Artist Program, a professional development program for instrumentalists, singers and composers. Providing career-expanding experiences and training to the next generation of artists, the Young Artist Program encourages them to advocate for music in the community throughout their careers. DACAMERA Young Artists form the core artist-teachers who lead DACAMERA’s innovative Music Encounters in classrooms throughout Houston.

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Da Camera Society of Texas

Board of directors
as of 04/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Heidi Gerger

Laura Buss Sayavedra

John Arensdorf

Collin Cox

Paul Ehrsam

Heidi Gerger

Chinhui Allen

Priscilla Angly

Nancy Bratic

Dr. Robert Card

Dr. Mark Dannenbaum

Dr. Garvin Davis

Elaine Finger

Beatrice Graham

Claudia Hatcher

Micheal Helm

Anna Holliday

Dr. Garfield Johnson

Paul Landen

Robert Leslie

Marian Lloyd

Stephen Massad

J. Sigler

Angela Tellez

Tym Tombar

Salle Vaughn

Organizational demographics

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Person without a disability

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