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ConcertiaHTX

We are a non-profit organization empowering social causes through the prism of new and emerging art.

Who We Are

Originally founded in 2017, ConcertiaHTX is focused on creating meaningful impact on the communities we serve through bold, social cause based programming. We partner with non-arts organizations that align with our programs, and connect audiences with them through moving, thought-provoking multi-disciplinary arts performances.

Today, we're made up of award-winning multidisciplinary professionals based in Houston with pluralistic expertise in the performing arts world and beyond. We converge with ConcertiaHTX through our passion for the performing arts and its potential to drive social impact.

Artistic Director, Founder

J.E. Hernández

Composer and cinematographer J.E. Hernández (b.1993) is a Mexican-born, Houston-based composer focusing on elevating personal and cultural narrative through his work. J.E.’s music has been featured by distinguished ensembles and organizations such as the Kennedy Center for the Arts, Houston Grand Opera, American Opera Project, Apollo Chamber Players, Foundation for Modern Music, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, American Composers Forum, the Brazil National Orchestra, and in a wide variety of films, both in the United States and abroad. He holds a degree from the University of Houston. Past teachers include Marcus Maroney and Gregory Spears.

J.E.’s work focuses on both traditional and multi-disciplinary mediums, and he has collaborated with directors, choreographers, and playwrights. His process cultivates creativity through stewarding tangible life experiences through an intensive, multi-narrative process that is mathematical, philosophical, and historical; these include environmental displacement, anthropologic self-assessments, and non-artistic life narratives.

Recent and upcoming projects include helah, a chamber work focusing on the transformative aspect of trauma, commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera. Voces Fantasmas, a multi-disciplinary work dedicated to people in immigrant facilities, to be premiered by Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, excerpts of which were streamed by the Kennedy Center for the Arts, a McKnight Visiting Composer Residency with American Composers Forum, and a fellowship with American Opera Project’s Composers & the Voice program, where he will workshop a wide variety of operatic works with world class singers, culminating in a premiere.

Executive Director

Ashton Prince

Ashton Prince, a Houston based percussionist, is a young professional in the Music non-profit community. He completed his undergraduate studies with Blake Wilkins and Alec Warren as a member of the percussion studio for the Moores School of Music — University of Houston. Ashton’s professional endeavors span several channels of work. He works as a freelance percussionist throughout varying Houston performing ensembles and artists. While collaborating as a musician, Ashton is also making his footprint in the non-profit community. He is working on the staff for the DACAMERA Society of Texas, a jazz and chamber performance organization, and is board member, and Director of Communications, for Through the Staff (music accessibility organization).

Controller, Founder

Alfonso Mendoza

Alfonso Mendoza is one of the founding members of ConcertiaHTX.

A graduate of the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Alfonso has worked in the accounting field for 10+ years. His top to bottom experience enables him to provide relevant and timely advice on a multitude of accounting and finance related topics such as internal accounting, periodic reporting, forecasting, risk, best practices and forward planning.

Outside of ConcertiaHTX he is one of several owners of a Houston based creative agency and also performs accounting work under his individual practice where he focuses on helping small businesses with financial literacy and having accounting practices in place to keep them on par with larger entities.

Communications Director

A.G. Perez

A.G. Perez is a Houston-based composer interested in multidisciplinary collaboration.

Their works have been performed by ensembles and individuals such as the Longy School’s Divergent Trio, the Moores School’s Iris Trio, the Kingwood Park High School Orchestra, Sarah Daniels, Bennett Imai, and Noah Perkins. Most recently, Perez has been commissioned by the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, nexus^bloom, vocalist Barret Allen, and the Galena Park High School Wind Ensemble.

Perez is currently producing and scoring a play with director/actor Brenda Palestina, scoring Romanian filmmaker Andrea Stanciu’s upcoming documentary, and writing a piece for the Kazuko Saxophone Quartet in collaboration with University of Houston Public Arts.

In addition to composing, Perez works with ConcertiaHTX and Through The Staff—two non-profit music organizations that aim to reduce inequity in the arts.

Production Manager

Henna Mohamed

Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, Henna Mohamed is a Houston-based cellist who has a passion for performing and teaching young musicians. Henna has the privilege of working with young, talented cellists and pianists from Texas, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Henna is a performer of chamber music both old and new. She was the cellist of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble during their 2021–2022 season. With AURA, she premiered new works by J.E. Hernández and Alejandro Basulto. Currently, Henna performs with the Miror Piano Quartet of which she is a founding member.
Henna has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Music For Youth Malafronte Scholarship and the Greenwich Symphony’s Music Award and Scholarship. She has been a finalist of several competitions including the Lyra Music Competition, the Stamford Young Artists competition, the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Williams Chorale Bacardi Fallon Scholarship Competition.
In addition to teaching and performing, Henna has served in internship positions with Chamber Music Central and Young Talent Chamber Music Inc., and she has held a faculty position in the Young Artists Philharmonic. Last spring, she received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the Moores School of Music, University of Houston.
Artistic Assistant

Mitchell Wright

Mitchell Wright is a Houston-based cellist currently studying cello performance at the Moores School of Music. His previous teachers include Vagram Sarajian and Estelle Choi of the Calidore Quartet; he is currently studying under Eunghee Cho. Mitchell frequently collaborates with composers and musicians to perform new works. Premieres include Misook Kim’s Danza II, Megan DiGeorgio’s seed/quiescence for solo cello, and J.E. Hernández’s SHEER in a project sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Mitchell is a founding member of the Iris Trio, an award-winning piano trio formed at the Moores School of Music. They were awarded Second Prize in the 2020 ENKOR International Music Competition for performance by a chamber ensemble, and they were a featured ensemble in the 2019 Contemporary Music Festival at Cy-Fair College.

Impact Through Adventurous Programming

We curate programming that lives at the edge of what is possible. The human condition requires this to be expressed: true ingenuity.

Our community and organizational partners helps us leverage our programming to make an impact on our community, creating a dialogue that breaks barriers.

Culture

Uncompromisingly bold programming.

Giving our artists free rein to spark their curiosity and connect with the human condition.

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Building powerful connections with audiences.

Through our model of partnering with non-arts organizations, we strive to move audiences towards making a real impact in our communities.

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Building infrastructure for the future of performing arts.

We are focusing on creating a working model for the performing arts to drive societal change that isn’t simply performative, and creating opportunities for our arts community in the process.

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Let's create bold programming together

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, all donations to us are tax deductible. Consider making a donation to ConcertiaHTX today.

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