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American Festival for the Arts
News Release
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Celebrate spring with the Houston Girls Chorus!

HOUSTON – The American Festival for the Arts (AFA) is proud to announce the spring concert of the Houston Girls Chorus (HGC) on Sunday, May 18th at 5pm at Covenant Church (4949 Caroline St 77004). This performance is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Ms. Kimberley Tobola, HGC is part of AFA’s year-round program presented in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera's HGOco. This program gives young women a beneficial musical experience all while developing teamwork and self-esteem as performers. HGC represents girls from over twenty Houston-area schools and is the “house choir” for Houston Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker.

The performance will feature the seven-part Nursery Rhyme Cantata by American composer Nick Page. The HGC Madrigals, a group of twelve voices, will also perform several spirituals and traditional songs.

For more information on American Festival for the Arts programs and concerts, visit or call 713-522-9699.

About HGC Artistic Director Kimberly Tobola:

Currently in her third season with AFA’s Houston Girls Chorus, Ms. Tobola is in her eleventh year serving as Director of Choirs at her alma mater, HISD’s Lanier Middle School, where she conducts all of the school’s award–winning choirs. Ms. Tobola is both a board member and founding member of VOX, a professional choral ensemble in Houston. She received a BM in Vocal Performance from Baylor University where she studied with Karen Peeler and Joyce Farwell. She completed a MM in Vocal Performance and undertook doctoral coursework at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Honn as a Corbett Scholar.

About AFA:

American Festival for the Arts (AFA) offers Houston’s finest music education programs for youth, assembles renowned faculty with a passion for teaching, offers challenging curricula that enhance student skills and provides performance opportunities that benefit our students and our community. Our approach makes musical development and accomplishment a vehicle for learning and personal growth – growth that impacts every area of our students’ lives.

Each year, AFA presents its signature Summer Music Conservatory and a variety of outstanding year-round experiences including the Houston Girls Chorus, the Chamber Music Academy and the Composer Institute. In addition, AFA’s Community Partnerships bring the best of AFA’s curriculum to area schools and community centers, including KIPP Houston High School and the Center for Hearing and Speech. Many AFA programs are offered in collaboration with Houston’s world-class arts presenters including Houston Grand Opera HGOco, Da Camera of Houston’s Young Artist Program, The Houston Ballet Academy and Houston Symphony. Taken together, AFA serves more than 1,500 young people every year and presents dozens of free performances and outreach concerts throughout the greater Houston area. For more information, visit

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