Classical Music

Young Composers At The 20th AFA (Formerly American Festival For The Arts)

This year’s AFA World Premières concert showcases works by talented young students.

Michael Remson, Natsumi Osborn, and Jay Morales in the Geary Studio
AFA executive director Michael Remson with student composers Natsumi Osborn and Jay Morales in the Geary Studio. Photo by St.John Flynn.

For twenty years, Houston’s own AFA (formerly American Festival for the Arts) Summer Music Conservatory has been teaching students in grades 3-12 the joys of music with programs focusing on orchestra, choir, piano and composition as well as classes in music theory, ear training, chamber music, voice and other electives.

Friday evening, July 10th, 7PM, at the Houston Ballet Center for Dance downtown, the AFA presents its annual World Premières concert featuring new music, dance and film created by the AFA’s composition students in collaborations with choreographers and dancers from the Houston Ballet Academy and filmmakers from Wonderworks.

AFA Executive and Artistic Director Michael Remson and two of this year’s composition program participants, Natsumi Osborn, 16, and Jay Morales, 17, along with AFA faculty musicians Andres Gonzalez, violin, Patrick Moore, cello, Monica Daniel-Barker, flute, and Rodolfo Morales, piano, join Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn in the Geary Studio to perform Natsumi and Jay’s new works and talk about the World Premières concert.

To see a Skyline Sessions performance by AFA faculty musicians, go here.

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