Fort Worth’s newest high school, the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, has two Horned Frogs at the helm as they launch an innovative arts program. TCU School of Music alumni Alexander Carr (BME ’09, MM ‘11) and Hunter Lewis (BME ’08) join the faculty as the choir director and the instrumental music director, respectively.
I.M. Terrell is focused on preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership. As part of this vision, the TCU School of Music is partnering with the high school to provide a glimpse into collegiate-level music-making and prospective career development.
“Similar to our existing engagement within FWISD, we’re excited to develop connections and a partnership with the students, faculty and community around this new campus,” said Kristen Queen, interim director for the School of Music. “We are excited to engage with the next generation of creative world-changers.”
I.M. Terrell Instrumental Music Director Hunter Lewis shares his thoughts on this unique collaboration.
Why is the creation of a STEM and Visual Performing Arts program at I.M. Terrell important to the Fort Worth community?
At the I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA, we pride ourselves on creating a learning environment that is second to none in the nation. Fort Worth has an incredible sense of community, and I.M. Terrell exemplifies how the city really has risen enthusiastically to the charge of preparing the next generation of professionals who will transform the global landscape.
How has TCU prepared you for your role as the instrumental music director at I.M. Terrell?
TCU gave me a solid foundation in music education, preparing me for a role in building the Instrumental Music Program at I.M. Terrell.
My involvement with the world-class faculty and ensembles opened many doors for me that gave me experiences that heightened my global view of an extensive music education program.
I feel like I am getting to pay-it-forward to my apprentices, who reap the benefits of the connections that TCU provided to me.
What do you think your students will gain from this partnership with TCU?
Through exposure to the high caliber of experience and knowledge that the TCU faculty and students have to offer, our apprentices gain an invaluable education that sets them apart from their peers at other schools. As soon as it was announced that I would be starting the Instrumental Music Program at I.M. Terrell, my former professors from TCU reached out to me to start talks about collaborations that we could establish between our programs. The outcomes of those talks are performance and lecture opportunities that have enlightened our young apprentices to the wonderful world that awaits them upon graduation from I.M. Terrell.
As you can see, this Horned Frog is EXTREMELY proud to be creating the next generation of I.M. Terrell Panthers.