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.
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.
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.
Jay 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.
Dr. 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.