Cantate Young Artists of Color

Ronald “Trey” Walton Named Cantate’s 2022-2023 Young Artist

Takoma Park, Md. — Cantate is proud to announce its second Cantate Young Artists of Color (CYAC) honoree in an ongoing initiative in which Cantate features and mentors a young BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artist from one of the following categories for one season: vocalists, composers, and conductors.  Composer and organist Ronald “Trey” Walton joins Cantate as its 2022-2023 Young Artist of Color, working with mentors and advisors throughout the Cantate programming season and presenting his works as part of Cantate’s mainstage programming this spring.

Artistic leadership of Cantate partners with an Advisory Council, made up exclusively of established BIPOC artists, to offer mentoring and career guidance, and to help build a professional network for these emerging artists. Mentorship is central to the CYAC program, conceived by Music Director Victoria Gau. One principal mentor is assigned to the young artist from his or her own discipline. After the first year of participation, each young artist will spend a year on the Advisory Council as a “peer advisor”, thus becoming a resource for the next young artist. Cantate expects these relationships to be ongoing, as program alumni return to perform with Cantate and the mentorship continues. Serving on the Advisory Council are conductor Stanley Thurston, composer Carlos Simon, and vocalist Kevin Short.

For more information about the CYAC program, contact

Cantate, a nonprofit corporation under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, and The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.
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