For much of his young life, Dan Schumacher has looked up to classical guitarist David Russell. So the 21-year-old jumped at the chance to take part in a master class with the Scotsman earlier this month. The master classes — broken into two two-hour sessions — were part of Russell’s visit for a sold-out performance presented by Arts San Antonio. The organization is one of several San Antonio arts groups — including the Carver Community Cultural Center and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts — that regularly offer master classes as part of their programming.
The Tobin Center also strives to offer master classes and other up-close encounters with as many artists as possible. “We try to maximize those (opportunities) as best we can,” said Kendall Purpura, chief development officer. “Our mantra is we want touring acts across the nation and around the world to know that when they come to San Antonio, they’re not just going to work hard on our stage, they’re going to work hard in our community.”