American Festival for the Arts

Houston, TX   |  www.afatexas.org

Mission

AFA enriches the
lives of young people through music.AFA achieves its mission by: 1) Creating music education programs for young people in safe and nurturing environments; 2) Encouraging talent and creativity in opportunities that make music a vehicle for social, personal, intellectual and emotional growth; 3) Committing to excellence in teaching, faculty, and state-of-the-art educational initiatives; and 4) Leading collaborations that meet the needs of Houston's arts education community. 

Ruling year info

1995

Principal Officer

Mrs. Amanda Fisher

Main address

1718A Lubbock Street

Houston, TX 77007 USA

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EIN

76-0460311

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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AFA Summer Music Festival

AFA’s flagship program, the SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, provides the
most intensive, age-appropriate training that AFA offers. More than 500 grade
2-12 vocalists, instrumental performers, pianists and composers participate in
challenging, multi-week experiences in an atmosphere of supportive learning and
camaraderie at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.The Summer Music Festival impacts
students’ artistic, social and personal development through daily rehearsals of
experience-appropriate repertory, academic classes that provide historical and
cultural contexts for the music students learn, and participation in more than
two dozen recitals and community outreach performances. Offering over 32,000 hours of classroom teaching over five weeks, students from over 160 area
schools travel from throughout greater Houston to participate. Students are accepted to the Summer Music
Festival through an audition and interview process that selects not just
those students who meet the minimum standards of technical proficiency, but
also those applicants for whom AFA represents an opportunity that they would
not otherwise have. As such, it is not only the “most talented” student who is
offered a place in the program, it is also the student who will gain the most
from the experience. Merit scholarships and financial aid ensure that the students in
the program reflect the broad diversity and cultural richness of our region.

Population(s) Served

AFA’s YEAR-ROUND CURRICULUM (Chamber Music Academy, Composer
Institute, Houston Girls Chorus), presented with artistic support from several
of Houston’s finest arts organizations,  offers unique after-school and weekend
learning opportunities in the fall/spring semesters that challenge intermediate
to advanced level musicians at their next level of musical accomplishment. AFA’s CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY offers pianists and
instrumentalists the opportunity to work in small groups under the guidance of
professional musicians and is designed to increase instrumental ability, musical knowledge, and collaborative music making skills. Offered in collaboration with the Da Camera of Houston
Young Artist Program, the program culminates with formal recitals twice each
year and outreach concerts throughout the season.

AFA’s HOUSTON GIRLS CHORUS is a
pre-professional vocal and choral training experience for girls in grades 4-12
and is dedicated to providing young women with role models for their futures
and opportunities for community involvement.  AFA’s COMPOSER INSTITUTE gives composers at
all experience levels the opportunity to develop new works with collaborating
organizations and musicians over a series of weekly workshops that guides the
development of their compositional voice. AFA also offers a film music “boot
camp” teaching introductory film-scoring skills.

Population(s) Served

AFA IN SCHOOLS — presenting a broad range of classroom-based
residencies and master classes that enhance arts curricula and impact
underserved communities and populations through innovative, custom programming.
Divided in to “Discovery” (beginner) and Endeavor (intensive) levels, AFA IN
SCHOOLS gives young people the opportunity to access enriching arts experiences
in musical learning opportunities customized for each population and/or school.
AFA in Schools
presents a broad range of classroom-based residencies, clinics and master classes
in local schools for a variety of experience levels and backgrounds. AFA In
Schools enhances school curricula through innovative programming customized to
meet the evolving needs of area schools, teachers and students. In 2018-19, AFA offered residencies, clinics and master classes to 25 schools
throughout Greater Houston, many of which are presented through collaborations
with HISD's Arts Connect.

In 2018-19, AFA hosted programs, residencies, clinics, and master classes in Houston ISD, Pasadena ISD, Aldine ISD, Cy Fair ISD, and Klein ISD and also provided programming for the blind and visually impaired at the Lighthouse of Houston.

Population(s) Served

Launched in 2018, AFA FIRST, is AFA's newest curriculum of group classes and lessons for beginner and intermediate level grade 2-7 musicians.  Students in AFA First proceed at their own pace through experiences that provide one-on-one mentoring from seasoned professionals.  AFA First is more than just a vehicle for beginner musicians who do not have school-based music programs, it also provides the next level of experience for students in AFA In Schools program and residencies.  AFA First is the important "first step" for young learners to take part in after-school/out-of-school music education opportunities that ultimately lead to AFA's year-round and summer experiences. 

Population(s) Served

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American Festival for the Arts

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Neuhaus

Vice President, Amegy Bank

Term: 2018 - 2020

Bette Bowers

Houston Auto Auction

Lenni Burke

Community Volunteer

Julie Cripe

South Texas Division President, Bank of the Ozarks

Rachel Frazier

Community Volunteer

Jackie Mazow

Community Volunteer

Rodolfo Morales

Director of Piano Studies, HSPVA

William Neuhaus

Vice President, Amegy Bank

Bingiee Shiu

Retired - Conductor, Memorial High School Orchestra

Suzanne Thomas Fleckman

Retired - Executive Director, Houston Youth Symphony

Gay Yellen

Community Volunteer

Cecil (C.C.) Conner

Managing Director Emeritus, Houston Ballet

Patrick Mikkelsen

Assistant Vice President, Capital One N.A.

Matthew Shaw

Financial Advisor, Thomas Novosad & Associates

Tatiana Mejia-Velasquez

General Manager Upstream Operations, Shell

Michael Bernick

Attorney, ReedSmith LLP

R. Scott Allen

Principal, HSPVA