Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of January 19-24

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

John Benzer@SBMS


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ATSSB MS Region Band Auditions at Navarro High School 4:00-9:00pm


Friday January 23, 2015

Mr. Bob Chilcott conducts CHS Choirs during 2nd and 3rd period at CHS


Saturday, January 24, 2015

SVHS Honor Choir

Comal ISD Barbershop Weekend at CHS

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Fine Arts Quote of the Week

"The importance of the arts in No Child Left Behind is clear. They’re an important part of a well-rounded, complete education for every student. The knowledge and skills that learning in the arts imparts uniquely equip young persons for life.
What’s more, combining music, art, dance, and drama with subjects such as math, reading, and language can be highly effective, enhancing student engagement and increasing academic achievement.”
~Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education

Did You Know?


The U.S. Department of Education recommends the arts to college-bound middle and junior high school students asserting, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them.”

In addition, it plays a part in developing “children’s intellectual development.” The U.S. DOE also suggests one year of Visual and Performing Arts for college-bound high school students. (Source: Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle and Junior High School Years, U.S. Department of Education, 1997)

The arts are one of the six subject areas in which the College Board recognizes as essential in order to thrive in college. (Source: Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do, 1983 [still in use], The College Board, New York )

SVHS Indoor Percussion Unit Prepares for Competition

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This spring, Smithson Valley High School will continue their tradition of representing Comal ISD with a top-notch competitive Indoor Percussion Unit. They will begin competition in the Texas Educational Colorguard Association (TECA) on January 31st at Steele High School, Cibolo, TX. This is the first of 4 weekend competitions. Best wishes for a superior season SVHS Indoor Percussion Unit!

Celebrated Guest Conductor Scheduled To Workshop CHS Choirs

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CHS Choir is honored to have been chosen by the Choral Professor at TLU, Dr. Boyer, to have a guest conductor, Mr. Bob Chilcott, come in and work with the students during class. Shareen Vader, the choir director said, "We are excited about the opportunity – not very often you get to work with someone like this in your very own classroom!"



Bob Chilcott, described by The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, has become one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. He has a large catalogue of works published by Oxford University Press which reflects his wide taste in music styles and his commitment to writing music that is both singable and communicative.

From his catalogue of larger works, Salisbury Vespers, written in 2009, was first performed by over 600 singers and players in Salisbury Cathedral. His Requiem of 2010 has now been performed in sixteen countries, and his large-scale cantata, The Angry Planet, was premièred in the 2012 BBC Proms by 550 adult and young singers. In March 2013 his St John Passion was premièred in Wells Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir conducted by Matthew Owens. More recently he wrote The King shall rejoice for the service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Of his smaller works, A Little Jazz Mass remains a favourite with choirs around the world as do many of his pieces for children’s choir, including the piece with sign language, Can you hear me? which was performed at the 2004 Song Festival in Estonia by over 7000 children.

Between 1997 and 2004 he was conductor of the chorus of The Royal College of Music in London and since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of The BBC Singers. He has been privileged to conduct many choirs in some 35 countries over the last ten years. Over the coming eighteen months he will conduct in Canada, the USA, Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

There are four recordings of his music on the Signum label performed by The BBC Singers, The King’s Singers, The Sirens, and The NFL Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. In 2015 Signum will release two further discs, including the St John Passion. HisRequiem is recorded on the Hyperion label by the Choir of Wells Cathedral, and The Wellensian Consort and Commotio have recorded music for chamber choir and for Christmas for Naxos. His music has been recorded by many other choirs and groups including Tenebrae, The Cambridge Singers, The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Choir of Westminster Abbey.

COMAL ISD SUPPORT SERVICES ART GALLERY SHOW CELEBRATES YOUNG ARTISTS AND THE POWER OF CONTINUING TO PRACTICE VISUAL ART

SBMS and SVMS Orchestra Students to Perform at Support Services Gallery Show

This year, CISD will continue to showcase student artwork at Support Services. At each showcase, a group of campuses will have 8-10 pieces of work on display from each campus with a viewing time from 5:45-6:00pm and a recognition ceremony, where students are recognized and an artist guest speaker shares their thoughts with the students from 6:00-6:45pm. SVMS and SBMS Orchestra students will play during the art viewing time. The artwork will remain at Support Services on display until the next showcase.

The second Support Services Gallery Show and Speaker is Tuesday, January 27 from 5:45-6:45pm

The young artists featured at this event will be from the following schools: KRES, BBES, RBES, ISES, TPES, SBMS, JRES, SVMS and SVHS

Second Show Speaker- Darryl Patrick

As the only son of a Montana wheat farmer, expectations were that Darryl Patrick would follow in his father's footsteps. An imaginative and creative child, Darryl paid little attention to the expectations of others. After earning an elementary teaching degree from Northern Montana College, nobody expected that with this degree in hand he would go half way around the world to teach in Sicily and spend his holidays touring Europe. And when he got back nobody expected that Darryl, a middling student at best in high school, where he starred in sports and drama, would go back to college and emerge with a PhD in Art History. Darryl Patrick is excited to speak to the artists of Comal ISD at the Support Services Gallery Show.


The third Support Services Gallery Show and Speaker is Tuesday, May 26 from 5:45-6:45pm

The young artists featured at this event will be from the following schools: STZES, RCES, MVES, HLES, MVMS, GFES, CHMS, ACMECHS, CLHS

Comal ISD Reflections Entries Advance to State Level

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TX State PTA announced that 17 entrees from Comal ISD advanced to the state Reflections Competition. The Reflections program recognizes students at the Local, Council/Region, State and National PTA levels. At each level, all entries are judged on interpretation of the theme, creativity and artistic merit. Congratulations to the state qualifiers!

A district wide awards ceremony for all Reflections entrants will take place on March 30 at SVHS.

Reeve B. Dance, Shaking it Off, Rahe Bulverde Elementary

Vishali B. Dance, Aaja Nachale, Smithson Valley Middle

Magdalera B. Dance, One on One, Smithson Valley High

Rhea C. Film Production ,The Elephant Project, Bill Brown Elementary

Kylie R. Film Production, Try So Hard, Spring Branch Middle

Nolan H. Literature, Stop and Play the Music, Garden Ridge Elementary

Jackson P. Literature, Chess (not war but chess), Timberwood Park Elementary

Hannah B. Literature, Everlasting Touch, Spring Branch Middle

Kyle D. Music, A Better Place, Garden Ridge Elementary

Rebecca H. Music, Pastor Papa, Garden Ridge Elementary

Nolan H. Photography, Stop and Smell the Flowers, Garden Ridge Elementary

Sydney R. Photography, Cactus Bloom, Garden Ridge Elementary

Christine W. Photography, Baby Sea Turtle, Church Hill Middle

Taylor N. Photography, Natures Exquisite Diversity, Smithson Valley High

Noah M. Visual Arts, The Kid has a Family, Hoffman Lane Elementary

Aaron D. Visual Arts, Wings of Kindness, Garden Ridge Elementary

Jordan L. Visual Arts,More than the Eye Cares to See, Smithson Valley Middle

CISD Band Students Qualify for TMEA All-State Band and Choir

Canyon High’s Raymond A, Smithson Valley High’s Blaire M. and Canyon Lake High students Esai M.and Phoenix D. were recently named to the 2015 Texas All-State Choir.

Canyon Lake High students Dustin G. and Treven M., as well as Smithson Valley High students Andy T. and Garrett S. were named to the 2015 Texas All-State Band.

It was the second straight year Alcantara, McLeod, Gonzales and Thomas were named All-State.

They will perform in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention. All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by renowned conductors during the convention.

“To be named All-State is always an honor because so few are selected,” Gonzales said. “To see so many were chosen this year not only at my campus but throughout Comal ISD is outstanding.”

Starting at the district level, they competed against more than 60,000 students statewide. The competitive process then advanced to the region and area levels. Just over 1,000 students are ultimately selected to perform at the TMEA Convention as All-State Band or Choir members.

Jimmy Kritikos is the choir director and Mark Watley is the band director at Canyon Lake High. Matt Boening is the band director and Joanna Thomasson is the choir director at Smithson Valley High. Shareen Vader is the choir director and Jason Adam is the band director at Canyon High.

“In my opinion, it’s the highest musical honor a student in Texas can achieve,” said Boening, who was in the Texas All-State Band as a student in the 1990s. “When you look at the number of students who start the process at the district level, these are the top one percent of Texas high school musicians.”

Raymond, a senior, said he plans to study music in college.

“I had a little bit of doubt I would make All-State again, but when I heard my name called it was pure joy,” Raymond said. “I’m extremely excited and looking forward to being a part of the All-State Choir again.”

Blaire was named 1st chair Alto II and since they count the names backward from 12 to 1, she said the wait was excruciating.

“When there was only one name to go I was pretty disappointed that I wasn’t going to make it,” Blaire said. “But when they called out my name for 1st chair I was so happy I started crying. It’s such an awesome experience to be at the TMEA Convention and be around so many people with crazy talent.”

This is the first time since the school opened in 2007 a Canyon Lake High student was named to the All-State Choir.

“This is a great honor for not only Esai and Phoenix, but also for Canyon Lake High,” said Kritikos. “It’s the first time the school has ever had anyone named to the All-State Choir, and we had two students earn that honor, so it’s an awesome feeling.”


IN PHOTOS: Canyon High student Raymond A. was named to the Texas All-State Choir for the second straight year. Alcantara, a senior, said he plans to study music in college.

Smithson Valley High students (l-r) Andy T. (All-State Band), Blaire M. (All-State Choir) and Garrett S. (All-State Band) will perform in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention.

Canyon Lake High Students (l-r) Esai M. and Phoenix D. were named to the Texas All-State Choir, and fellow CLHS classmates Treven M. and Dustin G. were named to the Texas All-State Band.

FES Students Use Nature As Inspiration

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FES students are using line, shape, color, and form to depict elements of nature in the products they are creating in Art. Kindergarten and first grade are working on creating artistic representations of cherry blossoms. Second and third grade are working on mixing colors for a night sky, to create a background for a cherry blossom tree. Fourth and Fifth grade are drawing Koi fish. Their teacher is Kara Koen.
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MVMS Emerald City Players Night of Scenes is a Triumph!

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MVMS Emerald City Players presented a sensational night of scenes before the holiday break. Ms. Keating’s production class presented a fun and successful night of scenes to the community. “I am so proud of this class for stepping up when others needed help and the support that they gave to each other to make a great night of entertainment,” says Ms. Keating. The students worked hard to prepare a showcase that demonstrated their theatrical skills, teamwork, and focus.

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MVMS Art Students Create Zentangles and Pottery

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The students at Mountain Valley Middle School have been creating intricate Zentangles. The gorgeous artworks are displayed between the big gym and the little gym for visitors to see. The students have also been taking advantage of the new clay wheel to throw cylinders and pots. The work shown is ready for bisque firing and glazing. The students are even coming in during lunch to work! GO HAWKS!!
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Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar

The 2014-15 Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar can be found at the Comal ISD website.

http://www.comalisd.org/Calendars/PDF/2014-2015/CISD-Fine-Arts-Events-2014-15-rev.pdf

Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.

Comal ISD Ovations!

"Ovations" is a way to showcase and thank those teachers, students, administrators, community members, families, etc. that go above and beyond to support Comal ISD Fine Arts. Please email Mandy Epley at mandy.epley@comalisd.org to submit your "Ovation"!


STANDING OVATIONS THIS WEEK GO OUT TO:

The first year CISD Fine Arts Teachers for their enthusiasm and commitment to providing excellent instruction.

Virtual Gallery

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SBMS artwork

Art Educator-Carlos Perez

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K-5 ASES students create a mural. Their teacher, Karen Williams, will be cutting and adjusting the paper for a finished product.
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ASES students creating "A Work of HeART!”
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Kinder students at CSES are demonstrating warm and cool colors by creating bluebonnets.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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1st grade students at CSES are demonstrating shape and form through animal portraits.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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2nd grade students at CSES are creating monochromatic color poems using the 5 senses.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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3rd grade students at CSES are demonstrating mastery of complimentary colors through creation of a cityscape.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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4th grade students at CSES are demonstrating mastery of one point perspective & color theory by creating color wheel umbrellas.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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5th grade students at CSES are demonstrating color mixing by creating color wheel eyes.

Submitted by:

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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SVMS student, Joie P., works on painting her sculpture in the 8th grade Art 1 class. Her teacher is Holly Kennedy.
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Mask by MVMS student

Art Educator-Darin Wood

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Pottery by MVMS student

Art Educator-Darin Wood

Fine Arts Teacher Recommendation of the Week

Karen Williams recommends this link about artist Chuck Close. "We have been studying Chuck Close and his style of painting in 3rd grade this week."


http://vimeo.com/40087604

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Calling All Arts Supporters!-Arts In Action Invitation- Next Meeting is February 3, 2015

It is not too late to become a member of Arts in Action


Arts in Action provides a forum for parents and community members to discuss goals for our district fine arts programs.

Our goal is to maintain current programs, manage growth, expand offerings, and foster community support to provide our fine arts students the resources they need to be successful. We would love to have you join us!


Meeting Schedule

6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room

February 3

April 6

Community Connections

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The Arts In Action Committee is putting together a directory of community members and businesses that are interested in partnering with the arts in Comal ISD. If you are interested in speaking with fine arts classes at all levels about how the arts impact you and how arts skills benefit you in your profession, or if you have a business that is interested in hosting student performances, please contact Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at mandy.epley@comalisd.org.

Comal ISD Fine Arts

If you have news, events, or celebrations you wish to have shared in this newsletter, please send an email to Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at mandy.epley@comalisd.org.
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