Carla Fay likes to refer to her employment at AHMA as a “happy accident.” She met with Twila in the fall of 2013 after a friend was hired away to Dallas. She was surprised to discover that her Southwest High School choir teacher, Alan Potts, was also hired for the open position. She always remembers wanting to sing and never remembers enjoying practicing the piano (she hopes Twila doesn’t read that last statement.) Regardless, she is grateful to her parents for paying for her piano lessons as a child. In junior high and high school, they made sure she had voice lessons, but Carla Fay was in her forties before she really learned how to sing. Learning to sing is a process; a lot of the learning came through teaching and performance. Most of Carla’s education was obtained through Tarrant County College, South Campus where she earned an Associate of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Arts. From 1987-2010 Carla worked as a registered nurse for her husband’s clinic, Ronald N. White, MD. Her classes in music at TCC began in the fall of 1996 and she met her voice teacher, Darlene Marks in the spring of 1998.
Carla Fay has BIG ideas and sometimes they come to fruition. In 2011, Carla got the idea to put on a show. She hired an accompanist (Mark Stamper), rented the concert hall at The Modern, collaborated with an artist from Lake Charles, Louisiana (Vickie Singletary), designed the program and sold tickets. Because of that fearless, bold move she had the opportunity to sing for the Lake Charles Symphony’s Gala in 2012.
A note from Carla Fay:
I’ve come to believe that teaching children and teenagers to sing is a calling. I’m happiest when I am watching their performances. My utmost goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, fun environment for learning and growing. Stay tuned; I have some BIG ideas. And if you are an adult and you remember singing as a child and then along the way life interrupted you for whatever reason – call me. We will find your voice.
You can call me Carla but if you want to see me smile call me Carla Fay. I can’t help but smile. I’m named after my Aunt Rowena Fay and my grandmother Beulah Fay.