The long tradition of choral excellence handed down from Texas Boys Choir continues at FWAFA. As early as 3rd grade, students begin training to help prepare them to perform with the many choral ensembles at the school: Academy Men's Ensemble, Academy Singers, Children's Choir of Texas, Middle School and High School Mixed Choir, Singing Girls of Texas, and Texas Boys Choir.
In addition to the in-depth choral training, our students benefit from music history, theory and composition courses. These classes build musical vocabulary, establish a foundation for melodic and harmonic understanding, begin teaching compositional and analytical skills, and integrate basic keyboard skills with sight-reading and aural training.
High school students also have the option to utilize their other musical abilities in a collaborative music ensemble or guitar elective. Music students often participate in Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB), National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and University Interscholastic League (UIL) activities.
Elementary School Choir
Elementary choir students rehearse daily or every other day with Kodaly Method instruction to develop the students’ voices. The curriculum is aligned with TEKS standards, yet the experience that students get from opportunities to perform in the community goes above and beyond the typical school setting. Students are exposed to a wide variety of choral repertoire and performance settings.
Children's Choir of Texas
Created as an ensemble for younger singers who wish to have more performance opportunities, the Children’s Choir of Texas takes the stage for events ranging from annual holiday concerts to music festivals to the Fort Worth Opera Children’s Chorus.
Singing Girls of Texas
For girls who wish to join the Singing Girls of Texas, training begins in 7th grade. These students sing with the Resident Training Choir to begin developing vocal skills – and get introduced to a wide variety of choral music.
Once students enter high school, they may audition for the Chamber Choir or Tour Choir, both of which provide further opportunities to learn and perform. The Chamber Choir is an attractive option for students who wish to continue their choir training, but are also interested in other artistic disciplines. The Tour Choir is an advanced performance-based ensemble that gives high-quality concerts in regional, national, and international tours.
For boys who wish to pursue choir, the Texas Boys Choir offers the widest range of age and skill levels. Students must audition to join one of the choirs, ranging from the younger Training, Cadet and Town Choirs, to the Cambiata and Tour Choirs for boys with more singing experience. Boys at all choir levels learn ear training through solfege; study music theory; learn to sing in several languages; and are exposed to music from many genres and cultures. TBC’s Tour Choir is a professional-level treble boychoir that strives to make music at the highest artistic level. Advanced singers from 5th to 9th grade who are selected for the tour choir perform frequent concerts, travel nationally and internationally on tour, and record choral material several times each year. For more information on the Texas Boys Choir, please visit their website at www.texasboyschoir.org.
Victor Johnson is a native of Dallas, Texas, and has taught at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and been the artistic director of the Children's Choir of Texas since 2001. Mr. Johnson attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. While attending UTA, he served as student conductor of the university’s choral ensembles and opera workshop accompanist.
As a composer, Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards since 2000. His first piece was published in 1994 while he was a sophomore in high school. To date, he has more than 250 octavos and choral products in the catalogs of Heritage Music Press, The Lorenz Corporation, Chorister's Guild, Alfred Music, Shawnee Press, and Hal Leonard Corporation.
Victor has led reading sessions and choral workshops in numerous states, and has conducted All-State and Regional Honor choirs in Texas, California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas and Kentucky. His own choir, the Children's Choir of Texas, was selected to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in 2011 and 2014, and at the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Conference in 2016.
His professional affiliations include American Choral Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Texas Choral Directors Association, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Inc.
Ellie Lin is also the Choir Director at Arlington Chinese Church and the Music Director of the Great Land Choral Society. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. Other positions Ms. Lin has held include Conductor of the Pinnacle Choristers, Conductor of Southwest Christian School High School Choir in Fort Worth, and Piano Instructor at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
As a conductor, Ms. Lin led the Great Land Choral Society to successful, internationally-televised concert performances in Vienna in 2012, in Taiwan in 2010 and China in 2008. Prior to that, she twice led another choir, Good Earth Singers, on concert tours to China and Taiwan in 2004 and 2006. In addition to conducting and accompanying, Ms. Lin is a popular piano teacher, a member of the Fort Worth Teachers Association, and is certified as a professional Chinese interpreter and translator.