Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

May 29 - June 4, 2016

UIL Band State Solo and Ensemble

Sunday, May 29th, 1:30pm to Monday, May 30th, 5:30pm

The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States

Austin, TX

The 2016 5A/6A Contest (all events except percussion) will be held on Saturday, May 28 (Day 1), *Sunday, May 29 (Day 2), and Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Day 3) at UT Austin.

The 2016 5A/6A Percussion Contest will be held on Saturday, May 28 (Day 1), *Sunday, May 29 (Day 2), and Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Day 3) at Connally High School in Pflugerville.

Bill Brown ES Kindergarten Musical

Wednesday, June 1st, 9am

20410 Texas 46

Spring Branch, TX

Timberwood Park ES 5th Grade Program

Thursday, June 2nd, 9am

26715 South Glenrose Road

San Antonio, TX

Congratulations SBMS Band!

This past weekend the Spring Branch Middle School Band traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete in the Lonestar Showcase of Music. The Wind Ensemble was named the Overall Outstanding Ensemble. "This is a really big achievement for our program and our kids, " stated director, Cody Richardson.

Freiheit Elementary Art Show!

2015-2016 Fine Art Department Success!

*CMS and CHMS Orchestra wins 2nd place for their float in the Comal County Fair Parade

*CLHS Band placed 15th in ATSS State Outstanding Performance Series

*CLHS Band UIL AAAA Rough Rider Marching Competition – First Division: Best Drum Battery, Best Front Ensemble, Best Color *Guard, and First Place AAAA Band

*CHS Choir had 9 students named to Region Choir and 3 advanced to Pre – Area Contest

*CHMS Principal awarded TMEA Distinguished Educator Award

*CHS Choir has four named to the Region Treble Choir

*CHMS had five students named to the Region MS Honor Choir

*CLHS and CHS Band UIL Marching – First Division Rating

*CHS and CMS had students named to the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble

* SBMS/SVMS Orchestra had 3 students accepted into the Region Bravo String Orchestra

*SBMS Band had 10 students qualify for Region Band and 8 students for District Honors

*CMS had 8 students qualify for Region Band and 2 students for District Band

* KRES mural was recognized by two Universities and two students won 1st place in the U.S.

*CHS Band had 21 students named TMEA All District and 11 to All Region

*CLHS Band had 25 students in All Region Band

*SVHS had 12 students named to TMEA All Region Band

* SVHS Piano and CHMS Theatre won CEF Grants

*CLHS Band had 13 students in Area Band

*CHS had semi-finalist for TDEA All State Scholarship

*CHS and CLHS each had one All-State Dancer

*CHS had one and SVHS had two students named to TMEA All-State Band

*CHS Theatre had 9 students National Qualifiers for Texas Thespians.

*CHS Texas Thespians – Theatre Education Scholarship recipient.

*CHS Theatre had 1 State Semi-finalist in UIL Film contest.

*CHMS wins first in MS OAP Contest

*SBMS wins second in MS OAP Contest

*SVMS wins third in MS OAP Contest

*CHS Color Guard TECA State Champion – “A” Guard

*CHS JV Guard – Second Place at TECA

*KRES placed several in NBAL Kids Have a Heart for Art

*BBES placed several in NBAL Kids Have a Heart for Art

SVMS placed several in NBAL Kids Have a Heart for Art

*CHMS wins Grand Champions at Dance Competition

*CHS Dance wins Grand Champion

*SBMS Dance places 2nd

*CLHS Art advances 3 to State VASE

*CHS Dance win 2nd place overall, large team grand champion, 1st large hip hop 1st large jazz, 1st large lyrical, 1st large contemporary, and many more…

*CHS Choir qualified 15 solos, 1 ensemble and 1 piano to UIL State Solo and Ensemble

* CISD Orchestra Solo and Ensemble: Outstanding Distinction to SBMS Ensemble and Soloist; SVMS two soloists; CHMS Ensemble

*CHS had several score a 4 at VASE

*CHS Band has 48 students advancing to State UIL Solo and Ensemble

*MVMS Honor Band Scores Sweepstakes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading

*CLHS Band Scores Sweepstakes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading

*CHS Dance wins National Grand Champions

*CLHS Dance wins National Championship

*SVMS Dance won 1st place for MS in Boerne and overall choreography and technique awards

*SVHS Color Guard wins Winter Guard International Competition

*CHS Dance wins Second place in medium teams and 5th Overall out of 28 teams

*CHS advances two students to UIL State Theatrical Design

*CHS and SVHS Theatre win District UIL OAP

*SVHS and CHS Theatre win Bi-District UIL OAP

*CHMS Choir wins sweepstakes in Novice and Varsity UIL Concert and Sight Reading

*SBMS had 5 students make it to Region Choir.

*SBMS Chorale Women and Chorale Men took home sweepstakes from UIL.

*CLHS has eleven students art on display at 12 Gallery in Wimberley, TX

*SVHS Band and CLHS wins sweepstakes in UIL Concert and Sight Reading

*CHMS Art Winner of the Middle School Blended Learning Logo Contest

*SVMS Choir had four students make the ALL Region Choir

*SVMS Choir had both varsity choirs will sweepstakes at UIL Concert and Sight Reading with plaques for the non-varsity.

*CHS Band wins UIL “Sweepstakes” award for year.

*Smithson Valley HS Band and Color Guard placed 3rd overall at the Rocket Review Marching Contest

*Smithson Valley HS Color Guard wins Best Color Guard Award at the 2016 Rocket Review Marching Contest

*Smithson Valley HS Color Guard HS placed 2nd at the Capital City Marching Contest in Austin

*Smithson Valley HS Percussion placed 2nd at the Capital City Marching Contest in Austin

*Smithson Valley HS Color Guard HS wins Winter Guard International San Antonio Regional Prelims-1st Runner –Up Finals

*Smithson Valley HS Color Guard HS wins Winter Guard International Tulsa, Oklahoma Regional Both Prelims and Finals

*Smithson Valley HS Color Guard HS wins 2016 State Championships Scholastic Regional A

*Smithson Valley HS Symphonic Band 3-Earning Excellent Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

*Smithson Valley HS Symphonic Band 2-Earning Straight 1’s Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

*Smithson Valley HS Symphonic Band 1-Earning Straight 1’s Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

*Smithson Valley HS Wind Ensemble -Earning Straight 1”s Superior Ratings at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

*SBMS Orchestra had 4 students accepted into the Region Con Brio String Orchestra

*SVMS Orchestra had 3 students accepted into the Region Con Brio String Orchestra

*SVMS Orchestra had 1 student win first place in school Talent Show with violin performance.

*CHS Theatre - 3rd Place Theatrical Design Marketing Campaign

*SBMS Wind Ensemble named Overall Outstanding Ensemble at Lonestar Showcase of Music

13 Art Trips You Need To Take by Forbes Magazine

One of our favorite things to do on a trip is to visit a top-notch museum, whether we see a blockbuster exhibit by an internationally known artist or we stumble upon a little-known institution with an exciting collection. Our Forbes Travel Guideeditors give you the list of new exhibits, museum openings and hidden gem museums that should help you craft your own masterpiece of an art trip this year.

Destination: Florence

What to see: Every art lover ought to make the obligatory pilgrimages to the Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia. But discover lesser-known spots like the Bargello sculpture museum; Palazzo Pitti, which includes the lovely Boboli Gardens; Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, which holds overflow art from the Duomo; and Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, which has a luxe footwear collection from the Florentine designer.

Destination: New York City

What to see: The Whitney Museum of American Art made a splash with its new Renzo Piano-designed ship-shaped building in May 2015, but now the focus is on upcoming exhibits, like the provocative “Laura Poitras” (Feb. 5 to May 15, 2016). The exhibition will look at themes like NSA surveillance and post-9/11 America that are found in filmmaker-journalist Poitras’ work (she’s best known for directing the Citizenfour documentary with Edward Snowden).

Destination: Colorado Springs

What to see: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is an undiscovered arts-and-culture treasure. The center comprises a museum with more than 20,000 works, a theater and an art school. It has unexpected offerings, like yoga classes in a light-filled hall as well as an innovative Tactile Gallery where you’re encouraged to touch the art. It carries key pieces like Walt Kuhn’s Trio and Arthur Dove’s Fog Horns, but we’re partial to the Western-themed art, like Rocky Rodgers’ Arranged Paint, a striking portrait of an elder Native American man whose weathered face has more crags than nearby Pikes Peak.

Destination: Tacoma

What to see: Dale Chihuly fans should make the trip to the distinctive stainless-steel dome that houses Tacoma’s Museum of Glass. Don’t miss the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, a 500-foot steel-and-glass pedestrian bridge with installations that leads from the MOG’s rooftop to the downtown museum district. Visit “Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection” (through Jan. 4, 2016) to see the artist’s fanciful take on Venetian vessels.

Destination: San Francisco

What to see: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will reopen in spring 2016 with a new 10-story addition. Expect expansive free-admission areas, a glass-walled gallery that will be visible to passersby, a seventh-floor terrace with city vistas and a third-floor outdoor sculpture terrace with a vertical garden that will be San Francisco’s biggest public living wall of native plants.

Destination: Santa Fe

What to see: This city offers more than 250 art galleries and dealers. But our pick is the excellent Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the largest single repository in the world of her work. She’s known for her close-up flower paintings like Abstraction White Rose and pieces like Ram’s Head, Blue Morning Glory that show the beauty in New Mexico’s stark landscape. “From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from The Vilcek Foundation Collection” (Sept. 25 to Jan. 10, 2016) looks at her work alongside others from America’s first generation of abstract artists, including Stuart Davis and Arthur Dove.

Destination: The Hamptons

What to see: While New York City arguably reigns as the world’s art capital, great pockets exist not that far away in the Hamptons. The tiny Dan Flavin Art Institute hides in a nondescript former Bridgehampton church, where you can get up close to the artist’s tubular fluorescent installations without crowds. Head over to Water Mill for the Parrish Art Museum, whose 2,600 works span the 19th to the 21st centuries, then to East Hampton for the LongHouse Reserve’s 16-acre sculpture garden and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the preserved home and studio of husband-wife art duo Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

Destination: Paris

What to see: Stalwarts like the Louvre, Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay will always be on the art bucket list, but the biggest buzz this fall belongs to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris’ exhibition of a great American Pop artist in “Warhol: Unlimited” (Oct. 2 to Feb. 7, 2016). This will mark the first European viewing of Warhol’s Shadows in its entirety—a rarity given its 102silkscreened canvases of 17 different colors.

Destination: Bentonville, Arkansas

What to see: One of the best museums you’ve never heard of is tucked away among 120 acres in the Ozark forest. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art carries five centuries of important American art in eight pavilions. Take in works like Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits and Andy Warhol’s Dolly Parton and then stroll around three miles of surrounding trails. Another reason to walk the grounds: In fall 2015, the museum will debut Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1954 Bachman-Wilson house, which it relocated from its flood-prone location along New Jersey’s Millstone River.

Destination: Bangkok

What to see: Bangkok may have a nascent art scene, but it’s off to a solid start with the under-the-radar Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA has everything from traditional art, like Watchara Klakhakhai’s “Legend of Sida,” in which Sida, who represents purity in the country’s Ramakien epic, dons a crown while bathed in golden light, to the quasi-surrealist work of Thawan Duchanee, who puts his own spin on Buddhist themes. Among the four rooms dedicated to the prominent Duchanee, check out the untitled painting of a red tiger-human hybrid with gold leaf accents.

Destination: Seattle

What to see: As the region’s leading art institution, the Seattle Art Museum keeps a robust special exhibits roster. Take “Intimate Impressionism from The National Gallery of Art” (Oct. 1 to Jan. 10, 2016), which will showcase 71 works from Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas and van Gogh. Many depict the artists’ favorite places and people they knew, and some were gifts shared among them. Catch this while you can, since Seattle marks the end of the exhibit’s worldwide tour.

Destination: Chicago

What to see: The preeminent Art Institute of Chicago showcases masterpieces like Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884. Another one to watch for is impressionist Edgar Degas’ “Degas: At the Track, On the Stage” (through February), which examines the human form riding horses and practicing ballet.

Destination: Toronto

What to see: One of North America’s largest museums (thanks to a 2008 expansion from Toronto-born Frank Gehry), the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must. Get schooled in Canadian art with Métis artist Christi Belcourt’s The Wisdom of the Universe, which was inspired by the province’s endangered animals and plants, and the Group of Seven, a pack of landscape artists who felt that Canada had to find its artistic voice to identify as a nation. Catch “Into the Woods: Two Icons Revisited” (through February), which highlights the best-known paintings of Tom Thomson, who heavily influenced the Group of Seven.

Enjoy your summer!