Young Artists

For years Catacoustic mentored promising young musicians with a loose arrangement of support, guidance, and performance opportunities. Many of these former mentees have gone on to successful careers in teaching and performance. Now we have taken the step of creating a formalized program, which represents a yearlong commitment on the part of both Catacoustic and the young musicians.

Promising performers of early music instruments and vocalists receive lessons, coachings, and performance opportunities at the side of top professionals in Early Music from around the world. The Young Artist Program provides this experienced and professional direction at no cost to the participants, and it is an extraordinary opportunity for serious students and performers of early music to gain skill, insight, and proficiency in the field of historically informed performance practice of early music.

The benefits to the students are obvious; the benefits to Catacoustic and Cincinnati include the growth in our community of highly skilled musicians. Working to make Cincinnati a leader in early music has long been part of our mission statement.

We have witnessed enormous growth among early music ensembles regularly performing around the city. Our goal with this program is to develop artists in our community, creating a rank of skilled professionals available to work with these amazing groups.


Our Young Artists for this year are returning viol players Micah Donar and Wei-Shuan Yu. In addition, accomplished mezzo-soprano Lauren McAllister is our first Young Artist vocalist.

Report from 6th Catacoustic Grant Winner, Shelby Mass


The 2016 winner of Catacoustic’s Early Music Grant was Shelby Mass. 

Shelby is currently a senior at Miami University, majoring in violin performance and Italian. Her hope is to continue on to graduate school and specialize in Baroque performance.

She has attended Baroque performance workshops both in the US and in Europe. Her biggest need when she applied for the grant?  A Baroque bow!  Here is her report: … (read more)

Report from 5th Catacoustic Grant Winner, Nelson Velez


I had studied Natural Horn at IU Bloomington’s Early Music Institute from 1996-1999, but my career took me away from music. My passion has never left me, though, and the Catacoustic Grant has helped push me forward again. … (read more)

Catacoustic Early Music Grant Winners — Where Are They Now? (Years 1-4)

This spring Catacoustic will award its 5th Annual Early Music Grant. Here’s a check in with our past award winners: Way back in 2011, our first winner was Elizabeth Motter. An accomplished professional harpist, Elizabeth was interested in taking on the Baroque triple harp. It turns out the difference between a modern pedal harp and the Baroque triple harp is substantial. She began her journey at the Accademia d’Amore in Seattle, courtesy of the Catacoustic grant. Since then she has attended… (read more)

Report from 4th Catacoustic Grant Winners, Stephen Goist & Cole Guillien


In 2014 Catacoustic was fortunate enough to be able to award two grants, to two young music students to purchase their own viols. Here’s what both of them have been up to this past year. … (read more)

 Report from 3rd Catacoustic Grant Winner, Michael Zaret

Many years ago (like back in the late 1970s), I was deeply involved in Early Music performance. Five students at CCM formed an ensemble, Musica Camerata. During our five years as a group we performed numerous concerts from New York to Florida, and Philadelphia west to Texas, including a stop in St. Paul to play on “Prairie Home Companion” and “Baroque and Beyond.”… (read more)

Report from 2nd Catacoustic Grant Winner, Micah Fusselman


I’m very happy to report the completion of my viola da gamba purchasing project! I am now the proud owner of a 7-string bass viol by John Pringle, with a good bow and case. Good thing it’s here; … (read more)

Report from 1st Catacoustic Grant Winner, Elizabeth Motter, on Attending Seattle’s Accademia d’Amore

Thanks to a generous grant from Catacoustic Consort, I was able to attend a baroque opera workshop in Seattle called Accademia d’Amore. Stephen Stubbs is the Artistic and Musical Director, and his wife, Maxine, is an outstanding triple harp player… (read more)