Established in 2007, the Classical Artists Development Foundation (CADF) was co-founded by three close friends: Dr. Karl K. Miller, Professor Darlene Wiley and Col. Ben I Gomez. Their objectives were to help gifted young artists transition from student status to a professional career and to promote the appreciation of classical music in Texas.
CADF believes that many emerging young Texas artists find themselves without the resources or know-how to launch their careers after completing their college training. As a consequence, they frequently end up pursuing careers in other fields and their great potential for success in music is lost. CADF was formed to help the most gifted Texas classical musicians between the ages of 21 and 30 launch their careers.
CADF also believes that music’s unique language transcends all human diversity and, therefore, has the capacity to more closely unite communities. Believing that each generation is responsible for preserving and enriching its music heritage for the enjoyment of future generations, CADF helps promote the early appreciation and enjoyment of classical music through live performances in public schools and other community venues.