Meet Our Instructors!
KAY KENNER ASHCRAFT
Founder and Owner of the Performing Fine Arts of Sealy
* Voice Instructor
* Piano Instructor
* Guitar Instructor
Kay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in voice from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has an all-level Texas Teaching Certificate in music and a Teaching Certificate in dance.
Over the years, Kay has taught in 5 different Texas school districts; Hardin-Jefferson ISD, Snyder ISD, Lubbock ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Sealy ISD. In those districts she taught High School choir, Junior High choir, High School band, High School color guard, High School dance team, Junior High dance team and Elementary music.
Kay’s choirs have received several UIL Sweepstakes awards and have consistently won top awards in music festivals throughout Texas and Louisiana. She has had several students in the TMEA All-State Choir and her voice students consistently earn Division I at UIL Region and UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Several of her voice students have been chosen as top five percent singers in the State competition. Kay’s piano students receive Superior ratings in KMTA festivals. She has also won the UIL State Marching Band Contest as Assistant Director and Color Guard Instructor for the Sudan High School Band. And as Dance Instructor for the Sealy High School Tigerettes, Kay has won two National Championships from MA Dance.
Kay is also Co-Owner of the Texas Theatre Company in Sealy, Texas. She writes and directs musicals for children, youth, and adults.
Kay is the co-founder of the first All-City Elementary Choir in Lubbock, Texas, the director/creator of summer church music camps, directs and arranges for handbell choirs, and is presently the Music Director at First Methodist Church in Sealy, Texas.
Professional Music Affiliations
- Texas Music Educators Association
- Texas Music Teachers Association
- National Music Teachers Association
- Texas Retired Teachers Association
With 28 years of experience performing, teaching and conducting in a wide variety of musical organizations, Norman brings a lot of knowledge and talent to our studio. He has been an organizer, arranger and performer on Saxophone and Clarinet, performing big band rock, pop, oldies and other genres in Dallas, TX, Denver, CO, Jackson, MS and Baton Rouge, LA for over 20 years. He also conducted/directed musical productions, as well as, performed in orchestras, symphonic bands, woodwind ensembles, and solos performances.
In the 2017-2018 school year, 100% of Norman's wind students (woodwind & brass) achieved UIL All Region, All-Area, and/or All-State recognition, and/or received Superior ratings for individual solos.
* Voice Instructor
* Piano Instructor
Kayla graduated from Sealy High School. She has performed in many vocal competitions and is the winner of many UIL vocal awards. Kayla was also a Finalist for "Sealy Idol" for 3 years.
Her career path was not always musical. Kayla became interested in music education after deciding to take voice lessons 7 years ago from Kay Kenner Ashcraft. Since her time at Performing Fine Arts of Sealy, she has blossomed and developed a deep love for her gift. She is a patient instructor and passionate about helping others achieve their goals.
- Musical Theater Instructor
David is an actor, director and teacher in NYC. He co-founded the critically acclaimed Wheelhouse Theater Company which received 2 Drama Desk nominations for their production of Life Sucks and a Lucille Lortel nomination for Happy Birthday, Wanda June. He has acted in The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of Othello (directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson) and Twelfth Night (directed by Dan Sullivan) along with numerous productions at theaters around the country where his most recent credits include Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theater Company), Hamlet, Red, Outside Mullingar (Capital Rep) and Caravan Man, Help Yourself (Williamstown Theater Festival). He has taught acting at The University at Albany, has a BFA from Sam Houston State University and an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting program.