Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of June 1-3

June 1, 2015

BBES- Kinder Program@ 8:30 AM

KRES- Talent Show during the school day

June 3, 2015

TPES 5th grade performance and graduation @ 8:30am

Fine Arts Quote of the Week

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SBMS Band Shines at TLU Festival of Bands

All of the SBMS 6th grade band students attended the Texas Lutheran University Festival of Bands in Seguin this past Thursday. This trip is a tradition for the SBMS band program and one that all of the students look forward to. This contest consists of 45 Bands from many area schools, spread over a 3-day period. There are 2 trophies that are given out at this contest: A Participant Award and a larger Outstanding Performance Award. (The Outstanding Award is similar to receiving a 1st Division at UIL Concert and Sight Reading.) Both of SBMS groups received an Outstanding Performance Award. (SBMS took their entire group of beginners and split them down the middle into 2 groups so that everyone could fit on stage.) Both groups were also awarded the Exceptional Musicianship Award. There are only 3 of these trophies given out over the entire contest and the SBMS 6th grade band was awarded one of them for both groups! This is the first time in the history of the SBMS Band program that ANY group has won this trophy. Needless to say…this is a tremendous accomplishment for the kids, the band, and for SBMS! Congratulations on making SBMS history!

Directors are: Cody Richardson and Jeannie Reed

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Final Support Service Art Show Celebrates Artistic Creativity

CISD will continue to showcase student artwork at Support Services through the summer. Last week, artists and their teachers from HLES, RCES, STZES, GFES, MVES, MVMS, CLHS, ACMECHS, and CHMS were honored at a gallery showing and reception at Support Services.

Artist, Charles Michael Reid was the guest speaker. Charles Michael Reid is a professionally-trained Studio Artist with more than 12 years of experience in the field of Visual and Communication Arts. Charles received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from Valdosta State University in 2003 and went on to achieve the title of Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2007.

Although his studio emphasis was largely 2-D Design, Painting & Drawing during his undergraduate studies, Mr. Reid served as the Graduate Assistant to the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2004-2007, and quickly became conversant in multi-media and installation-oriented approaches to art-making. From 2007-2010, Mr. Reid was the Artist in Residence at Departure Art Centre in London, England, teaching studio art classes, managing the gallery spaces and creating his own expansive body of work for domestic and international exhibitions. Prior to leaving the UK, Charles served as Gallery Director of House Gallery and his solo exhibition, A World of Words, was sponsored by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Director of Mile End Park.

Since 2011, Mr. Reid has worked as Visual Artist & Design Consultation for Battelle Memorial Institute, providing graphic design consultation and product development for multiple State, Government and Commercial clients in both the US and abroad.

In 2013, Mr. Reid founded ASAH Creative Studios in Spring Branch Texas, where he currently lives and resides with his wife, Kimberly, and two sons, Judah and Isaiah.

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CHS Clinches Theatrical Design State Championship

Congratulations to Ryan W. He is the STATE CHAMPION (1st place)for the UIL Theatrical Design Competition in Marketing Design.
Congratulations to Daniel C. who placed 6th place in Set Design at the State Meet.

Others who competed with honor and are pictured below:
Brianna G. in Set Design
Bethany C. in Makeup/Hair Design
Isabella R. in Costume Design
Directors are: April Cox and Jenna Stephenson
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CHS Music Shines at UIL State Solo and Ensemble

Members of the CHS Choir and Piano Depts. participated in the State UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest in Austin this past Saturday and represented Canyon HS very well. Cindy H. earned a first division medal for her piano solo. Receiving first division medals with vocal solos were Paige H., McKenzi P., Allen C., and Derek K.. Receiving a second division medal was Kaylee W. and Raymond A.. A Madrigal consisting of Paige H., McKenzi P., Jeremiah S., Derek K., and Raymond A. also received a second division rating. Congratulations to all these students on a job well-done.

Their director is Shareen Vader.

Please congratulate the following CHS Band students that competed at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest for 2015 and were awarded with medals for their musical accomplishments:

David C. (10) – Marimba Solo

· 1st Division Award and “Outstanding Soloist” recognition. He will we be honored with a large state gold medal and listed in the state “book of champions.” Less than 0.25% of students musicians in the state receive this honor!!

Nick E. (11) – Marimba Solo

· 1st Division Award and “Outstanding Soloist” recognition. He will we be honored with a large state gold medal and listed in the state “book of champions.” Less than 0.25% of students musicians in the state receive this honor!!

Noah W. (11) – Marimba Solo

· 1st Division State Solo Gold Medal

Robert D. (11) – Marimba Solo

· 1st Division State Solo Gold Medal

Natalie M.(12), Maike Morrison (11), and Brenda Stanfill (10) – Clarinet Trio

· 1st Division State Ensemble Medals

Paige U. (10) – Twirling Solo

· 1st Division State Solo Gold Medal

Meagan D. (10) – Twirling Solo

· 1st Division State Solo Gold Medal

Paige U. (10), Meagan D. (10), and Ysabel P. (10) – Twirling Trio

· 1st Division State Ensemble Medals

Elijah B. (12) – Saxophone Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Colin C. (10) – Saxophone Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Dante H. (9) Euphonium Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Natalie M.(12) – Clarinet Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Ysabel P. (10) – Twirling Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Alyssa S. (10) – Marimba Solo

· 2nd Division State Solo Silver Medal

Other CHS Band Students that competed with pride at the UIL State contest but did not earn a state medal award: Christian A., Michael A., Marie C., Bennett E., Ritt G., Samuel H., Erin H., Rylan M., Nick M., James S., Matt S., Jacob S., and Oliver T.

Directors are: Jason Adam, Jaime Alvarez-Calderon, Brad Arnold and Bob Whipkey

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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.

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 to submit your "Ovation"!


Mr. Kim and the CISD school board for your continued support of arts education.

Charles Michael Reid for sharing your talents with our students and speaking at the Support Service Art Showcase.

CHMS PTA for their generous donation to their campus theatre department.

The Arts in Action Committee for your continuous feedback and support of arts education.

All CISD Fine Arts Teachers for your dedication and service this school year. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to the awesome opportunities 2015-16 will bring for the students of Comal ISD!

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Area Summer Arts Programs

Several summer opportunities exist for students to continue their arts studies over the break. Some of those opportunities are listed below:

Registering now. Deadline to Enroll: May 29th, 2015. Class Sizes: 5 to 16 per class
Classes are held at St. Johns Episcopal church. Payment must be paid in full by May 29th.

String Instrument rentals are available locally at Duckworth Violins in Downtown New Braunfels.

Classes are taught by Joseph Alcocer and Shiree Kirby

Beginner Strings for Children

Students will learn the basics of playing either Violin, Viola, Cello, or String Bass in a group setting using a Suzuki based Style. No prior musical experience required! Students will have a chance to perform at the end of the course. (7 classes)

Ages: 5-14

Course Cost: $150 + $10 Materials Fee

Class Dates:

Mon/Wed July 1st – 22nd 3pm to 4pm

Beginner Strings for Teens and Adults

An accelerated course designed with the older student in mind. All the basics of playing Violin, Viola, Cello, or String Bass in a no nonsense approach. No prior musical experience required. Optional performance to follow the course. (7 classes)

Ages: 12 to Adult

Course Cost: $140 + $10 materials fee

Class Dates: Mon/Wed June 5th-20th 5:30-7pm

String Ensemble

Come play in the Orchestra! Any students that have at least 1 year of playing experience can join this intermediate ensemble. Students will learn ensemble skills, basic improvisation, alternative styles (pop, rock, fiddling) and how to improve their own musicianship. Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses are all welcome. (7 classes, 2 sessions)

Ages: 12 to Adult

Course Cost: $95

Class Dates:

Mon/Wed June 5th-20th 3:30-5pm

Mon/Wed July 1st – 22nd 5:30-7pm

Southwest School of Art and Craft: June 8-Aug 10. One to 2 week long art classes for kids age 5-18. Tuition starts at $150/week.

Camp Artpace: June 15-19 for ages 6-8, June 22-26 for ages 9-12. 9am to 3 pm. Cost $200. Deadline to apply is May 29th.

Magik Theatre: Camp Showbiz: June 8-Aug 21. One to four week sessions. All day classes (9-3) for ages 5 and up with extended care available. See website for pricing. Has 2 locations this year.

Rose Theatre Youth Camps: June 8-Aug 21. Each one week session costs $225. Ages 5-16.

Performing Arts San Antonio (at UTSA): June 8-July 31 for kids age 6-18. $250-$350 per one week session.

Woodlawn Theater Summer Camp: June 8-Aug 7. Ages 5-17. Two week sessions cost $215-$315.

Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Summer Symphony Camps: July 6-18. Any child age 8-18 with one year experience on violin, viola, cello or bass, or age 13-18 with 2 years’ experience on woodwind, percussion, or brass is eligible. $444, with need-based scholarships available.

Performing Arts Camp at UTSA: June 8-19. 3rd through 8th grade, $350. Check website for audition times, etc.

Carver Community Cultural Center Summer Camps: 3 week drama camp for ages 6-18, June 8-26, $175. 2 week dance camp for ages 8-18, July 13-24, $175. (Sorry, this was all full as of 4/5, but they have a waiting list.)

UTSA Middle School Band Camp: June 22-26. Audition required. Day camp only. For students entering 6-9th grade with at least one year of experience. $299.

UTSA Summer Music Institute: July 20-24. Ages 13-18. String or piano students. Audition required. $380 for commuter students, $595 to stay on campus.

UTSA Flute Camp: June 15-19. For middle and high school students with at least one year experience. $200, or $450 for high school students who want to stay on campus.

Texas State Strings Camp: June 21-27.

UT Middle School String Orchestra Camp: June 14-20.

Baylor Summer Music Camp, Middle School: June 21-27.

Texas Lutheran University Summer Music Academy: July 5-10.

San Antonio Museum of Art Camps:

Get Real with Realism

(Ages 9-11)
June 22–26 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. $175 members; $200 non-members

Clay Crazy

(Ages 5-7)
June 29–July 3 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. $175 members; $200 non-members

Animation 101

(Ages 9-11)
July 13–17 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. $175 members; $200 non-members

The Ancient World

(Ages 6-8)
July 20–24 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. $175 members; $200 non-members

Comal ISD is not affiliated with any listed summer programs or camps.

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

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
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