Melissa Escobar is 18 years old and a senior at Pasadena Memorial High school. She started playing viola in 5th grade, and soon in her 8th grade year, she tried out for TMEA Region 19 and recently made All-State. Besides keeping busy with Virtuosi of Houston during the school year, Melissa also joins summer youth orchestras such as AFA summer music festival. This year is Melissa’s second year in the Virtuosi of Houston orchestra. Besides playing the viola, she enjoys Mexican food take outs from “El Borrego” taco truck, watching American cartoons such as SpongeBob Square Pants and Steven Universe, and is an obsessed meme collector. But most importantly, she loves her one-year old German Shepherd, Chapo Escobar.
It is vital that Virtuosi of Houston continues to develop and maintain the resources required to carry on its admirable efforts and perpetuate its positive influence in the Houston arts community.
I was extremely impressed with the high caliber of the musicians in the orchestra. They are truly the best of the best. They had a very challenging repertoire and played it at the highest level. The Orchestra has become a treasure to the Houston Arts scene that rivals the Houston Symphony and many other major arts organizations in the city. The overall management of the group and public image is impeccable.
It’s rare to find a performance program that cares about giving a well-rounded experience to their students. The entire workshop was well run and organized, focusing on exposing students to an in-depth study of the string quartet and its literature… With top-notch staff, faculty, facilities, and a clear vision, it would be difficult to find something better in Houston.
They played beautifully, and everyone was impressed not only by their talent but also by their professionalism! Although I thanked them publicly last night, I just wanted to let them know again, how much we appreciated their music. Please pass on my gratitude on behalf of the M.D. Anderson Faculty and Family Organization, particularly Adriel who did a fabulous job as the first violin.
During the 2003–04 school year I received a scholarship as a member of the Virtuosi of Houston and experienced great concerts & memorable moments with that orchestra. Since I received such great support and encouragement from the Virtuosi of Houston I would very much like to come back and enjoy seeing the next generation of young artists reaching for the highest quality under such fine guidance of Maestro Krager and Maestro Grabiec. I am currently the first Principal Cellist of the Hamburg Symph…
I left my first Virtuosi concert telling everyone that this group of musicians could play in any orchestra pit in America.
I recently had the opportunity to work with some of their students for a program we had here at Kawai Piano Gallery. It is unusual to see young people who are so professional and poised under pressure and this is a direct result of the leadership they receive from the people at Virtuosi of Houston. The students were asked to perform in front of a crowd of people and then have their performance critiqued by a professional musician. This is a daunting situation for even the most advanced college s…
As a professional flutist, I am a prime example of the benefits that Virtuosi so proudly gives. Eight years ago, I was looking for a way to share my talent. Virtuosi took me in and watched me flourish: it was a formative experience for me both socially and musically. Maestro Krager and Maestro Grabiec gave me knowledge and love for a wide variety of music, repertoire that is not often experienced because it is intended only for chamber orchestras. I developed skill and the sensitivity required f…
Virtuosi exceeded our expectations from the beginning. We believe that Sara’s success in music can be traced back to the education, support and encouragement she received at Virtuosi.
I was very impressed not only at the general level of the student participants but at the quality of their work and the obvious commitment they all showed. It is a feather in the cap for Virtuosi to attract the high quality of students that they do and provide an environment of high class teaching, support and encouragement.