Denton ISD Fine Arts

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High school art students in Denton ISD participated in the Region round of the Texas Art Education Association's Visual Art Scholastic Event or VASE. Students that enter VASE create artworks, write about their creative processes and understanding of visual art, and articulate information about their artwork during an interview with a VASE juror, who evaluates their work using a standards-based rubric. This year, 19 Denton ISD works of art have advanced to State VASE.

Click on the links below to see the list of State VASE students and their incredible artwork. Congratulations to all of the students that won awards at Region VASE and best wishes to the students that have advanced to State. Many thanks to our excellent art teachers in DISD who help build the skills in our students to create such wonderful works of art.

State VASE Qualfiers:

Braswell HS Artwork

Guyer HS Artwork

Ryan HS Artwork

On Monday, February 7, the middle school theatre programs from Denton ISD performed in the UIL Middle School One Act Play Contest held at Braswell High School. All eight middle schools gave outstanding performances. Click here to see the complete list of awards for casts, crews, and actors.

The top three shows of the day were:

1st Place - Crownover MS Shipwrecked - Erica Cole, Director

2nd Place - Rodriguez MS The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kristen Ray and Page Darragh, Directors

3rd Place - McMath MS Macbeth - Christopher Taylor, Director

Congratulations to all of our outstanding theatre students involved in each One Act Play and congratulations to all of the award winners!

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On Saturday, January 29, orchestra students from Braswell, Denton, Guyer, and Ryan High School performed in the UIL Region 2 Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Contest. These students were awarded a total of 150 First Division Medals for meeting the rubric for a superior performance of their solo or small ensemble as determined by the UIL judges. 87 of them also qualified for the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Congratulations to these outstanding students for this accomplishment. Many thanks to their hard-working directors and private lesson teachers for supporting them and helping them prepare for this evaluative performance. Click here for the complete list of award winners.

6th grade choral students from around Denton ISD were selected by audition for the All-District 6th Grade Honor Choir. The 75 member choir consists of the most outstanding 6th grade vocalists from DISD's eight middle schools. The choir will perform in a public concert on Friday, March 4 at Ryan High School beginning at 6:00pm, that also includes a performance by the 9th-10th Grade Honor Choir.

Congratulations to these outstanding choral students and their awesome teachers for helping them build their singing skills and prepare for this audition.

Drill Teams in Contests and Upcoming Shows

Congratulations to the Ryan HS Strutters, directed by Keli Jones and Emily Schaefer. They competed in the Crowd Pleasers Dance DFW Showcase on Saturday, February 19 and came home with many awards for their outstanding performances:

10th Grade Soloist 1st Runner-Up - Jayden Luster

Medium Ensemble:

1st Runner-Up - Highsteppers

1st Place - Jazz Elite


Officer Jazz Best in Class - 1st Place, Outstanding Choreography, & Performance Quality

Officer Lyrical Best in Class - 1st Place

Officer Novelty Best in Class - 1st Place, Outstanding Choreography

Grand Champion Officer Line


Team Jazz Best in Class - 2nd Runner Up & Outstanding Choreography

Team Modern Best in Class - 1st Place, Outstanding Choreography, & Performance Quality

Team Pom Best in Class - 2nd Runner-Up, & Outstanding Choreography

Academic Excellence Award

Grand Champion Classic Large Team- 2nd Runner-up

Overall Contest Grand Champion - 7th Runner-Up

The Denton HS Fillies, directed by Kerri Burgess and Jamitrice Keating-Lynton, will host a Junior Fillies Clinic on Saturday, March 26, 9am to 12pm at the DHS Gymnasium. Entry fee for the clinic is $25 if students pre-register by Thursday, March 10. After that date, registration is $30. Registration at the door will begin at 8:30am. Students who participate in the clinic will be invited to perform with the Fillies in "Farewell to Fulton", their last Fillies Follies at the DHS Fulton Street location, on April 1-2 at 7:00pm. For information about the Junior Fillies Clinic, contact director, Kerri Burgess at 940-369-21242 or

The Guyer HS Silverados, directed by Rachel Simpson and Lauren Uddin, will be traveling to Los Angeles, California in April to participate in a masterclass at the famous Millennium Dance studio. The Silverados' Spring Show "Silverado Things" will be May 12-13 at 7:00pm at the Guyer Auditorium.

Upcoming Fine Arts UIL and VASE Events

Feb 26 - HS Band & Choir UIL Region 2 Solo and Ensemble Contests

Mar 1 - MS Choir UIL Region 2 Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation at Denton HS

Mar 2-3 - 5A Theatre UIL Zone One Act Play Contest at Northwest HS

Mar 4, 7 - HS-MS Orchestra UIL Region 2 Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation at Guyer HS

Mar 7-8 - MS Band UIL Region 2 Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation at Lake Dallas HS

Apr 9 - MS Art Jr-VASE Region 11 North

Apr 12 - HS Choir UIL Region 2 Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation at Lewisville HS

Apr 20-22 - HS Band UIL Region 2 Concert & Sight-Reading Evaluation at Hebron HS

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Denton ISD is in need of bus drivers for special events, such as Fine Arts events and field trips. Denton ISD has created a new job description titled, “Bus Driver-Special Events”. This type of driver will be paid $18-$20 per hour to drive groups to field trips, contests, and after school/weekend events. This is an excellent, flexible part-time job and a way to serve students in Denton ISD. We encourage Denton ISD volunteers and PTA members to consider applying for this as an option to serve the students and programs in Denton ISD, and also to gain some extra income! Visit the link below to view the job posting in Applitrack and please share it with anyone who would be interested.

Candidates need to earn their CDL, which can be done locally. The Denton ISD Transportation Department can provide information on how to achieve the requirements in order to qualify as a driver. Once hired as a Bus Driver-Special Events, they could drive groups to field trips, contests, and events, getting students and their teachers/chaperones to their destination safely and on time. This important work makes Fine Arts contests and events possible and contributes greatly to the educational experience of our students. Please share the Applitrack link above with anyone who would be interested in this opportunity.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant