This prestigious program, by invitation only, was established 13 years ago by Santa Fe Pro Musica to provide professional experience for student musicians who have demonstrated high levels of skill and maturity. Young musicians who exhibit these qualities are invited to join the Pro Musica Orchestra and participate in rehearsals and concerts at the professional level.
The 2018-19 Apprentice Artist is Toby Vigneau. He began his musical studies at age 5 on violin and piano, and at age 10 started playing the bass. He has performed with the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, Landmark Musicals, Chatter Varsity, Santa Fe Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, and has appeared several times as concerto soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic, including as the first-place winner in the 2018 Jackie McGehee Young Artist’s Competition. At home he is surrounded by music. Both his parents are UNM professors and Pro Musica Musicians: Kim Fredenburgh, principal viola and Kevin Vigneau, principal oboe. His grandfather is the jazz pianist Frank Fredenburgh. Toby attends Early College Academy High School, a program offered by the Albuquerque Public Schools.