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05 Jul

AFA Summer Music Conservatory

This summer, Pearl/Adams supports the American Festival for the Arts as part of an on-going effort to advance the quality of percussion performance by supporting music education programs and artists that inspire and inform students.

The American Festival for the Arts presents the AFA Summer Music Conservatory for its 16th year, held at Houston ISD’s Pershing High School, June 20th-July 22nd. Founded in 1993 by Houston composer and arts advocate J. Todd Frazier, American Festival for the Arts (AFA) provides high quality, community-based music education programs and performance opportunities designed primarily for youth and, through its concert series and outreach, seeks to broaden the audience for both American works and the Classical music repertory. This year’s summer curriculum features programs in orchestra, chamber music, choir, vocal studies, jazz, piano and composition. Student musicians, ranging from 4th to 12th grade, come from throughout Southeast Texas to audition and enroll in the summer conservatory. While attending the festival, students have the opportunity to perform in the AFA Summer Concert Series, which presents many free concerts throughout Houston.

From AFA Executive & Artistic Director, Michael Remson:
“Pearl and Adams’ support of AFA is instrumental to the success and, more importantly, is a defining part of those successes still to come. AFA is a model for community based performing arts education programs for our youth and has a unique opportunity to renew our commitment to the extraordinary value of AFA’s founder, J. Todd Frazier, and to build a future where AFA serves an even broader constituency of students throughout Southeast Texas.”

Sponsorship of the AFA Summer Music Conservatory is part of Pearl’s continuing efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of music education to students of all ages and backgrounds.