here to download the 2007 Choral brochure (PDF)
June 25 - July 13, 2007 (three weeks)
Sat., June 23, 2007
8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., M-F
all voice types and ranges
Graduating 8th - graduating 12th grades
AFA will have an accompanist present on the following
April 21 (Centrum)
May 12 (EHS)
Now in its fifth year, AFA’s Choral and Voice program provides
Houston area voice students with a unique opportunity to hone their
vocal skills and technique while performing a rich and diverse variety
of Classical, American and World repertory. Similar to the orchestra/chamber
music model, students perform in both large and chamber ensembles in
both accompanied and a cappella settings. Students also participate
in a joint performance with the AFA Conservatory Orchestra. Choral students
also have the opportunity to develop their solo repertory as well as
take part in enrichment courses that enhance their vocal skills at all
All students participate in the AFA Chorus, performing a wide variety
of repertory in a cappella and accompanied settings, as well
as a performance with the AFA Conservatory Orchestra. Recent joint performances
with the orchestra have included Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, Purcell’s
Come Ye Sons of Art and Fauré’s Requiem.
Chamber Choir (Men’s and
All vocalists participate in chamber choirs. Chamber choir focuses on
performance of repertory designed for smaller groups and helps students
develop important vocal and aural skills in this context. Chamber choir
workshops emphasize teamwork, active listening skills, communication
skills and leadership as students work together to perform in more of
an individual context.
Madrigals (elective by audition
AFA features an auditioned madrigals group, emphasizing early music
and contemporary repertory. Students audition for madrigals during the
first week of the program. Enrollment is at the sole discretion of the
AFA Choral Director.
All voice students receive a minimum of three half-hour private lessons
during the conservatory. Due to the limited amount of time students
have with private teachers, AFA suggests that students come prepared
to address any specific issues with which they may wish assistance.
Items students may wish to address with private teachers include, but
are not limited to, rehearsing and preparing chorus or chamber choir
repertory, specific technical questions or concerns, receiving coaching
on a solo they are rehearsing or preparing for upcoming contests and/or
competitions. This type of focused, one-on-one interaction between working
musicians and AFA students is specifically designed to help AFA students
address individual musical goals.
As part of their private voice lessons, all students participate in
studio class where they gain valuable performance experience in front
of groups and receive coaching from the AFA faculty. Voice lessons and
studio class both culminate in a solo voice recital on the final day
of the Conservatory.
Diction & Sight-Singing
AFA believes in the development of a “total musician” by
providing important academic training in voice taught by AFA’s
accomplished choral and voice faculty. Diction and sight-singing classes
assist students in improving their individual skills as well as their
contributions to the singing groups in which they take part. These skills
are considered essential to both effective solo and group performance.
The 2007 Conservatory will enroll a maximum of fifty (50) singers. All
choral applicants must perform a live audition. Accompanists at AFA
scheduled auditions are provided. Early applications are encouraged.