Festival for the Arts (AFA) was founded in 1993 with a mission to provide
music education and performance opportunities for youth and to broaden
the audience for American works and classical music.
1996, AFA has presented an annual Summer Music Conservatory and Concert
Series. In keeping with our mission to broaden the audience for American
works, AFA is proud to have presented 130 concerts from the 1996-2005
concert seasons. In those 130 concerts, AFA students and faculty have
performed 915 works from the classical music repertoire. Of those 915
works, 332 of them (36.0%) have been American works. Of those American
works, 97 (10.6%) were world premieres of new works by members of the
AFA composition department, students and guest composers. Since 1998,
a new aspect of AFA’s mission has been to maintain 30%+ American
Works and 10%+ world premieres for each concert season. With the addition
of an AFA Middle School program and AFA Choral program in 2003, we have
increased our numbers to as much as 40%+ American Works and 11%+ premieres
in the 2004 season and beyond. This link is important because the study
and performance of new works, associations with visiting composers and
interactive experiences with outstanding musicians provides for the
most fulfilling understanding, appreciation, and "living"
connection to America’s rich classical music heritage. As a result,
AFA concerts that include new American works are often programmed with
the participation of the composer in mind.
is proud of our record of premiering new American works and to be the
premiere presenter of both American works and world premieres in the
City of Houston. For more information, please contact AFA.
Year Commissions Project
was very excited that, as part of it's tenth anniversary celebration
in 2005, it commissioned six Houston and AFA related composers for new
works that premiered during the 2005 season. AFA is strongly committed
to the commissioning and performance of new music and is proud to be
able to feature the following artists during the 2005 season.
you would like to hear any of these works, please contact us for a complimentary
copy of a CD of these works.
Todd Frazier: Co-Commission
with the Texas Music Festival. A new orchestral work, "We Hold
These Truths..." that was performed by the AFA orchestra and the
Texas Music Festival orchestra. Performances took place on June 25th
at the Moores Opera House (performances by both AFA and TMF) and on
June 26th at the Julie Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.
"Doc" Morgan: A
new work for big band, "Salud", based on the themes of Todd
Frazier's music, that was premiered by the AFA Big Band on June 29 at
Birraporetti's and June 30 on AFA's Showcase Concert at Episcopal High
School. The work has since been performed by the HSPVA Jazz Orchestra.
new work for string orchestra, "Mare Chiaro" that was performed
by the AFA String Orchestra. Performance on June 30 during AFA's Showcase
Concert at Episcopal High School.
cello duo, "In These Times" that was premiered by AFA faculty
cellists Nathan Cook and Steve Laven at AFA's Faculty Showcase concert
on July 9, 2005 at the Lawndale Arts Center.
Ashley White: A
new choral work, "Songs from Old Plum Grove" that was performed
by the AFA Mixed chorus on July 14 at Episcopal High School. This piece
will be published by AMC Music in 2006.
Remson & Stanton Welch: A
new ballet, "Collapsible Rhythms" for performance by students
from the Houston Ballet Academy and AFA sloists. The premiere took place
on July 15 at AFA's World Premieres Concert at Episcopal High School
and was subsequently performed two additional times by HBA during their
final showcase concerts at San Jacinto Community College South on July
28 and 29.