Empowering their pursuit of the arts

Foundational Training

The theater department provides solid training in foundational elements such as history, movement, acting styles and techniques, dramaturgy, stage management and production, design and direction.

Perform, Perform, Perform!

Performance opportunities are provided to students at all grade levels. In the upper grades, a full-scale musical is produced each fall as well as a play in the spring. Juniors and seniors prepare for college auditions and portfolio submissions.

Pinnacle of Dance Training

The Academy Dance Company is the high school ensemble and the pinnacle of dance training at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Students begin training in ballet and jazz techniques during elementary and middle school, building a solid foundation of vocabulary, choreography and improvisation.

Modern Techniques

As training continues, modern styles are incorporated, as well as dance history and criticism and cultural dance. Students are prepared for college and training program auditions.

67-year Legacy

Rooted in the 67-year legacy of Texas Boys Choir, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts develops exceptional singers in grades 3 through 12. Musicality, artistry and technical proficiency are the focus, using sacred and secular literature from early-Baroque through contemporary styles.

Rigorous Training

Whether a student is part of the Children’s Choir of Texas, the Singing Girls of Texas or Texas Boys Choir – the musical training is rigorous and culminates in high-quality performance success.

Newest Program

Orchestra is the newest artistic program at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, but is already performing at a high level. Students who enroll in this program play standard orchestra instruments including strings, winds and percussion.

Any level of experience

Students with prior instrumental background are welcome, as well as beginners in middle school and high school. The program prepares students for college and conservatory auditions.

Foundations of Design

The visual arts department develops students’ eyes and technique inspiring them to explore and re-contextualize the world around them. Foundations of design elements and principles are taught at all levels.

Multiple Media and Styles

Students are exposed to many media and styles in both 2-and 3-dimensional art-making as their skills strengthen. At the upper levels, students develop artist statements and portfolios of work that can be used for college and financial assistance applications.

At FWAFA, encouraging young people to pursue their love of artistic expression is our passion. Instilling in them the skills and determination to excel is our forte. Seeing them realize their dreams is our inspiration. Yes, our programs are challenging – yet our students emerge outstanding.

Challenging Programs

Training is given in five arts disciplines: choral and orchestral music, dance, theater and the visual arts. Elementary school students at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts study four of these areas, and in middle school, students choose two fine arts areas. FWAFA students are involved in a minimum of two hours of fine arts coursework each day. By high school each student is expected to specialize in one artistic discipline.

Significant Opportunities

Students are provided an abundance of occasions and venues to perform or exhibit their work to the public. FWAFA gives more than 100 performances annually, including the prestigious Performing Arts Series, which is marketed to the general public. And while the musicians, dancers, and actors get to play on stage, the visual artists frequently exhibit their work both inside and outside the school.

Outstanding Successes

Jay_Armstrong_Johnson.jpgJay Armstrong Johnson

Since graduating from FWAFA in 2005, Jay Armstrong Johnson has made a name for himself coast-to-coast in regional theaters and on Broadway. He currently stars as Chip in the Broadway revival of On The Town at the Lyric Theater.

Jay came to FWAFA as a member of Texas Boys Choir, and eventually discovered his passion for musical theater. After starring in shows like Singin’ in the Rain and  Seven Brides for Seven Brother at FWAFA, Jay graduated and moved to New York to attend New York University as a music major. While at NYU, he landed the role of Mark in the national tour of A Chorus Line. Since then, he has appeared on Broadway as Greg Wilhote in Hands On A Hardbody, understudied Claude and Woof in the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR, and was Aaron Tviet’s standby in Catch Me If You Can. He also appeared in Sweeney Todd, Live from Lincoln Center which was telecast on PBS. Other TV credits include Law and Order: SVU and The Apprentice.

Jay’s current role in On The Town has earned him great acclaim. He has been named one of the Top 25 dancers to watch by Dance Magazine and is listed alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Alan Cumming on Advocate’s “5 Best Out Broadway Performers of 2014.” On the Town has been lauded by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

Exemplary Mentors

Ian_Yeung_photo_crop.jpgDr. Ian Yeung

Dr. Ian Yeung has been a music faculty member and Artistic Director of Singing Girls of Texas (SGT) at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts since 2011. Under Dr. Yeung’s direction, SGT has been selected to perform at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. More than 250 choral groups applied to perform, and SGT is among only 22 selected for this prestigious honor.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Ian Yeung, earned an MM and DMA in choral conducting from the University of North Texas (UNT). While there, he held fellowships in teaching and directing, and concurrently pursued a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Yeung taught at several institutions including University of Texas at Dallas, UNT, North Lake College, and Vernon College. He also served as Artistic Director of the Dallas Chinese Choral Society, director of the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra and UNT Men’s Chorus, and is founder of the Vernon Choral Society. Dr. Yeung was a conducting fellow at national choral workshops including the Dennis Keene Festival and the Oregon Bach Festival.

A long time conductor, adjudicator, accompanist, and church musician, Dr. Yeung has found a home at FWAFA. He has led SGT to be renowned nationally for its outstanding vocal blend, variety of repertoire, passion for musicianship and exceptional performance quality. The choir has performed across the U.S., and internationally in Austria, Italy and Greece.