Sheyna Ferrero, Conservatories Director
Sheyna Ferraro is an active member of the arts community as a teacher, organization leader, and a former professional dancer. High quality, accessible arts training is Ms. Ferraro’s passion. A graduate from Leadership Fort Worth’s Leading Edge program, she serves as a board member for FurtherDance Fort Worth and Expanco and co-founded the Fort Worth Dance Forum. Ms. Ferraro joined the Texas Center for Arts + Academics family in 2003 as a member of the FWAFA dance faculty where she continues to teach and direct their Academy Dance Company. In 2015, Ms. Ferraro was named the Director of the Texas Art Conservatory and has taken on the role of Director for TCAA’s newest program, the Texas Art Conservatory.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet along with a Secondary Teaching Certification in Dance from Texas Christian University. Even before graduating from TCU, Ms. Ferraro started teaching at local dance studios and choreographing for middle and high school dance programs. She enjoyed performing with both Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth before retiring from performing to focus on teaching. A life-long learner, Ms. Ferraro was the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship in 2012 and in the summer of 2014, she had the opportunity to travel to Bali, Indonesia to study traditional Balinese style dance. Ms. Ferraro encourages young artists to be life-long learners as she influences them through her dance classes and her organizational involvements.
Kerra Simmons, Director for the Community Girls Prepatory Choir & Communtiy Girls Choir
Kerra Simmons earned her BM from the University of North Florida in Vocal Performance with a Choral Conducting cognate and her MM in Choral Conducting at Texas State University. Ms. Simmons has been involved with choral music since junior high and has sung in multiple Florida All-State Honor Choruses, the 2010 ACDA Southern Division Honor Choir, the 2014 ACDA Southern Division Collegiate Honor Choir with world-renowned conductor, Simon Halsey and most recently the 2016 ACDA Southwestern Division Collegiate Honor Choir. Ms. Simmons is currently the Artistic Director of the Singing Girls of Texas and the Associate Artistic Director of the world-renowned, GRAMMY © award winning Texas Boys Choir, both of which rehearse at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Additionally, Ms. Simmons leads the Singing Girls of Texas satellite efforts and curriculum development for the Texas Music Conservatory.
Her experiences as a Soprano include opera roles in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and La Boheme, as well as multiple honors within the divisional competitions of North Florida’s chapter of NATS. Ms. Simmons began to pursue conducting in her undergraduate. At UNF, she was highly involved in Choral Leadership and was the Assistant Conductor to the UNF Chorale, UNF Chamber Singers, and UNF Women’s Chorus. During her time at Texas State, she was the Assistant Conductor of Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus, University Singers, and the Texas State Chorale. She also assisted in creating an undergraduate lab choir and was the Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate conducting class.
After completing her Masters, Ms. Simmons used her gap year to teach Music and English in Seoul, South Korea where she rewrote an English as a second language music curriculum and taught ages 5 to 12. Ms. Simmons’ goal in her teaching is to not only inspire the singers to produce a beautiful sound but to also encourage them to tap into their individual and unique strengths as musicians and human beings. She believes in the power of music to bring together all people from different backgrounds and uses creative programming to intertwine various artistic mediums such as poetry and visual art. Her favorite pieces to conduct and teach are those of the non-Western tradition and her current research is in the advocacy and visibility of female composers. In her free time she likes to cook vegan food and hang out with her cats, Bubba and Peaches.
De Anna Young, Private Voice Instructor
De Anna Young Is a vocal coach with over a decade of teaching experience. From an early age, music has been an integral part of her life. She delighted to share her passion for music with others. Being well versed in performance, and education, it is her goal to spur on musicians and artist towards their fullest potential. Her repertoire of work includes vocal performer, session singer, songwriter and worship leader. Having studied under celebrity vocal coaches, De Anna has furthered her education through acclaimed music programs and colleges including Berklee College of Music, and BAST. Earning certificates as a vocal instructor, and music specialist. As an advocate for education, De Anna passionately believes in the merit to never stop learning and exploring new things.
Jacob Wright, Private Flute and Piccalo Instructor
Jacob Wright is a Texas-based flutist and pedagogue of orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire, with a particular enthusiasm for performing and premiering new works. Wright is an active and versatile artist that has performed in numerous solo and chamber recitals, as well as toured with large ensembles in order to bring his love of music to audiences all over Texas. His devotion to performance has led him to pursue many different areas of expertise and he has encompassed these traits into his unique style of playing, combining romantic gestures and phrases with more contemporary techniques and ideals.
As an educator, Wright works with hard working flutists of all ages and currently teaches students in Fort Worth. He works to help students discover their love of music and to help each student find their own reasons for becoming musicians.
In addition to solo repertoire, Wright has performed with a variety of chamber music ensembles including; The Valhalla Wind Quintet, the TWU Flute Choir, Minerva Trio, The Graduate Flute Quartet and the Abilene New Music Collective. Wright has served as principal flutist in the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra, Rockwall Philharmonic, HSU Concert Band and the Texas Woman’s University Wind Symphony.
Jacob Wright received his undergraduate degree in Music Business from Hardin-Simmons University in May of 2016, studying flute with Dr. Karla Ordoñez and received a M.A in Flute Pedagogy at Texas Woman’s University studying with Dr. Pamela Youngblood.
Texas Music Conservatory and its options will provide an excellent way for your child to expand their artistic grasp and to enjoy making music after the school day is done. – Kerra Simmons, Interim Artistic Director