Denton ISD Fine Arts

Empowering Artistic Growth. Every Student. Every Day.

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High School Band, Choir, and Orchestra students from all over the state of Texas auditioned for TMEA All-Region and All-State using the new format of submitting recorded auditions online and navigating the challenges of taking private lessons virtually rather than in person. We are very proud to announce that after advancing through multiple rounds of auditions there are seven outstanding Denton ISD students that have been selected for a TMEA All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra. Congratulations to these hard working students and their teachers for this tremendous honor.

Aiden Daniels, Guyer HS sophomore, has been named 2nd chair tenor 2 in the TMEA All-State Tenor/Bass Choir. Aiden is a student of Katherine Engle and Tyler Fox, Guyer HS Choir Directors.

Matthew Garcia, Denton HS senior, has been named 2nd tenor saxophone in the TMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 2. This is Matthew's second time to make the All-State Jazz Ensemble. Matthew is a student of Jesse Woolery, Denton HS Lab Band Director, and Emilio Mesa, Denton ISD Saxophone Private Lesson Teacher.

Alex Howell, Ryan HS senior, has been selected as a percussionist in the TMEA 5A All-State Band. Alex is a student of Dr. Akira Robles, Ryan HS Percussion Director.

Luke Knittle, Guyer HS junior, has been named 2nd chair bass 2 in the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir. Luke is a student of Katherine Engle and Tyler Fox, Guyer HS Choir Directors and Melissa Hall, Denton ISD Private Lesson Teacher

Jasmine Labelle, Guyer HS junior, has been named 6th chair alto 1 in the TMEA All-State Treble Choir. Jasmine is a student of Katherine Engle and Tyler Fox, Guyer HS Choir Directors.

Christian Luevano, Guyer HS junior, has been named 6th chair string bass in the TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra. This is Christian's third time to make the All-State Orchestra. Christian is a student of Michelle Hanlon and Jeremy Atkins, Guyer HS Orchestra Directors, and Jeff Bradetich, UNT Regents Professor of Double Bass.

Gabriel Williams, Ryan HS senior, has been selected as a bass trombonist in the TMEA 5A All-State Band. Gabriel is a student of Mary Brown and Juan Nunez, Ryan HS Band Directors.

Click the headings below to see Denton ISD's All-Region Musicians:

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Each year, districts across the state of Texas may submit artwork made by Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade student artists to be selected for exhibition in the Youth Art Month State Capitol Artwork Exhibit in Austin. Youth Art Month is celebrated every March. The 2020 exhibit began with a display in the Lower Rotunda of the Texas State Capitol Building and continued at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Two art students from Denton ISD had artwork selected for this prestigious exhibit in Austin during Youth Art Month. Congratulations to Kyndall Knotts and Abigail Ventrca and their art teachers. Kyndall is an 11th grade art student of Christian Reid at Guyer High School. Abigail is a 5th grade art student of Megan Trammell at Stephens Elementary School.

Kyndall Knotts, Guyer HS
Abigail Ventrca, Stephens ES
The Denton Record-Chronicle's Lucinda Breeding wrote a feature article about nine-time Grammy nominee, John Beasley, composing a piece of music to commemorate the 100th year of the Denton High School Band program in 2023. The piece will be composed for and performed by the award-winning DHS Lab Band One under the direction of Jesse Woolery. Click here to read more about this unique collaboration and John Beasley's childhood in Denton ISD in the Denton-Record Chronicle.

For 5th Graders Going Into Middle School...

Current 5th grade students and parents, click on the video links below to learn more about the middle school fine arts programs available to you in 6th grade. This info will help you as you make decisions about course enrollment for 2021-22.

Click on the links below for sample HS schedules to see how Fine Arts courses fit along with advanced courses, ATC, and athletics.

Braswell High School

Denton High School

Guyer High School

Ryan High School

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Guyer High School Theatre will present The Phantom of the Opera at GHS on February 18, 19, 20 and 25, 26, 27 beginning at 7:30pm for all shows. Seating will be extremely limited and also socially distanced. Masks will be required. There will be no streaming online for this event. Tickets are available at the Guyer Theatre website

Guyer Theatre Directors: Eleshia and Chris Crotwell

Upcoming Events

Feb 6 - Denton ISD MS UIL One Act Play Contest @ BHS (Closed event. No audience.)

Feb 18-20; 25-27 - Guyer Theatre @ GHS, 7:30pm - Limited seating (info above)

Feb 20 - HS Band/Choir/Orchestra UIL Region 2 Solo and Ensemble Contest - virtual event

Feb 27 - HS Art Region 11N VASE - virtual event

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant