Denton ISD Fine Arts
Empowering Artistic Growth. Every Student. Every Day.
Denton ISD has been honored with the 2021 Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts in the U.S. that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. This year marks the 14th consecutive year Denton ISD has received this honor.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Denton ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Click here to learn more about this award and The NAMM Foundation.
To highlight how important our outstanding teachers are in creating one of the best districts for in the nation for Fine Arts, our Denton ISD Communications Department featured, Emilio Sanchez, Rodriguez Middle School Choir Director, in this video below.
In all, 70 bands, choirs, and orchestras in Denton ISD submitted a performance video in the district assessment and 63 of those earned a 1st Division rating in either concert or sight-reading. 41 of those ensembles received 1st Division ratings in both concert and sight-reading – equivalent to a UIL Sweepstakes. Results from the UIL Region 2 Assessment will be released to the directors by the end of April. Congratulations to all of our band, choir, and orchestra students and directors for their continued commitment to excellence even with the challenges presented by the pandemic.
Denton ISD Virtual Art Exhibits
The Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) is hosting a virtual exhibit of high school artwork to celebrate the students in grades 9 through 12 in Denton ISD's four high schools: Braswell, Denton, Guyer, and Ryan. Many thanks to GDAC and to our outstanding Denton ISD high school art teachers for putting this exhibit together.
Click the link to see the amazing artistic skill and creativity of Denton ISD's high school art students! https://dentonarts.com/high-school-art-show-2021/
May 20-27 will be our annual district-wide art show, "Outside the Box" hosted by the University of North Texas. More information will be shared on the Denton ISD Fine Arts Facebook page and website when this virtual exhibit opens May 20.
Denton ISD's high school theatre programs have been giving outstanding performances in the 2021 UIL One Act Play contests this season. In 6A competition, both Braswell HS and Guyer HS advanced from District to the Bi-District contest. Denton HS and Ryan HS both won awards in class 5A District and Ryan HS advanced to Bi-District.
Guyer and Ryan HS advanced to the Regional level contests for 6A and 5A, respectively. Ryan was named the Alternate to 5A State. Congratulations to the casts, crews, and directors of these outstanding theatre programs for their honors at the Regional level!
6A Region OAP Awards:
Guyer HS - An Experiment with an Air Pump
- Best Performer: Ryley Patten as Susannah/Ellen
- Outstanding Technician: Chris Lopez
- All-Star Cast: Caroline Chraska as Isobel
- Honorable Mention All-Star Cast: Colin Rizzo
- Directors: Eleshia Crotwell and Chris Crotwell
5A Region OAP Awards:
Ryan HS - Proof
- 5A State OAP Alternate
- All-Star Cast: Amoren Newton as Robert
- All-Star Cast: Lauren Patton as Catherine
- Directors: Jeannene Abney and Scott Thompson
Union Park Elem. Presents: "Building Communities Together" A Virtual Fine Arts Event
School Board Honors TMEA All-State Musicians
Denton HS All-State
Principal-Joel Hays, Band Director-Brian Wilson, Asst. Band Director-Jesse Woolery, All-State Jazz Tenor Sax-Matthew Garcia
Guyer HS All-State
Asst. Choir Director-Tyler Fox, Choir Director-Katherine Engle, All-State Alto-Jasmine Labelle, All-State Bass-Luke Knittle, All-State String Bass-Christian Luevano, All-State Tenor-Aiden Daniels, Principal-Dr. Shaun Perry, Orchestra Director-Michelle Hanlon, Asst. Orchestra Director-Jeremy Atkins
Ryan HS All-State
Band Director-Mary Brown, All-State Percussion-Alex Howell, Percussion Director-Dr. Akira Robles, Asst. Band Director-Juan Nunez, All-State Bass Trombone-Gabriel Williams (not pictured)
Denton HS All-State
Guyer HS All-State
The Kindness Campaign: Turning Campaign Signs into Art
May 3-26 - Rodriguez MS Virtual Art Show
May 8 - Jr VASE (virtual) for MS Art Students
May 20-27 - District Virtual Art Show "Outside the Box"