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 one of the three choir ensembles at the school: Children's Choir of Texas, 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 SATB boychoir that strives to make music at the highest artistic level. Advanced singers from 5th to 12th 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.
S. Bryan Priddy assumed the position of Artistic Director of The Texas Boys Choir in August of 2008. He holds music degrees from Georgia State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Eastman School of Music. Prior to his work with the Texas Boys Choir, Mr. Priddy served as Director of Music at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia, which has 8,500 members, and as Director of Choral Activities at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, where he conducted The Whitworth Choir, one of the Northwest’s premiere collegiate choral ensembles. His collegiate and church choirs have performed at Northwest and Southern regional ACDA and MENC conventions. In 2013, the Texas Boys Choir performed under his direction at both the National American Choral Directors Association conference in Dallas and the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio. During his more than 30 years as a school and church music educator, Mr. Priddy has presented more than 100 workshops and seminars on choral music, vocal pedagogy and the art of choral conducting. He currently serves as the Boychoir Repertoire and Standards Chair of the Southwest American Choral Directors Association.
Dr. Ian Yeung received his master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting at University of North Texas, where he held Teaching Fellowships to teach undergraduate conducting as well as directing the Men’s Chorus. Dr. Yeung accepted the appointment as the Artistic Director of the Singing Girls of Texas, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Prior to this, he held music faculty positions at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), North Lake College and Vernon College. In addition to his teaching commitments, Dr. Yeung is now serving as the Artistic Director of Dallas Chinese Choral Society and conductor of the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra. Dr. Yeung has been a church musician since age 16. He has served as organist, pianist and worship leader in Chinese churches in Hong Kong and in Denton, Texas.