Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

Where Excellence is an Attitude!

Fine Arts Events for the Weeks of March 16-28

March 16-20 2015

Spring Break

March 24, 2015

MS Band UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest @ Johnson HS

MES 1st grade program@ 6:30pm (Students arrive by 6:00pm)

CLHS Public Performance of UIL One Act Play @ CLHS 6:00pm

RCES Show Me Strings Concert – parents visit lesson

RBES 2nd grade performance

March 25, 2015

MS Band UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest @ Johnson HS

March 26, 2015

MS Band UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest @ Steele HS

ASES Show Me Strings Concert-parents visit lesson

March 27, 2015

4A UIL One Act Play Competition @ La Vernia HS

March 28, 2015

6A UIL One Act Play Competition @ SVHS PAC

CLHS Choir Crawfish Boil and Concert@ 7:00pm –CLHS PAC

BBES DRRUM performs at Old West Burgers 6:30pm

TECA State Color Guard Contest-TBA

March 29, 2015

Mid- Texas Symphony: River of Time

4:00pm @ Canyon High School Performing Arts Center

Guest Artist: Jennifer Berg, Oboe

Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Ewazen: Concerto for Oboe - “Down a River of Time”
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major - “Jupiter”

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Fine Arts Quote of the Week

"We look for artists because those are the people who are going to fill 21st-century jobs. They have to know the science to comprehend but they have to go beyond the science to serve the customer."

- Raymond Hartfield, AT&T, Director K-12 Education

Did You Know?

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SVHS Ranger Regiment Places 1st at TECA Indoor Percussion Contest

Smithson Valley’s “Ranger Regiment” Indoor Percussion program placed 1st in Scholastic Marching AA at the TECA Indoor Percussion Contest, March 7th, at McCollum HS. This is the third competition of the season and so far the "Ranger Regiment" has a 2nd place and two 1st place finishes in their division! Their next competition is the TECA State Championships, held at South San High School on Saturday, March 21st. The SVHS Ranger Regiment is a performing ensemble consisting of marching & concert percussion that performs on gym floors. The performances typically consist of theatrics, costumes and intricate marching routines. Here’s the link to their latest 1st place performance at McCollum HS.

Their director is Jeffrey Yates, Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator.

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Sweepstakes for SVMS at UIL Region 12 3C Choir Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

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Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus
Smithson Valley MS earned a 1,1,2 with an Overall 1 rating in concert and a 1,1,1, with an Overall 1 in Sight- reading.

The choir sang:

Leave Her, Johnny (Emily Crocker)
Tiritomba (Gwynn Bennett)
When I Was One-and-Twenty (Douglas Wagner)

Varsity Treble Chorus
Smithson Valley MS earned straight 1s in concert and sight-reading.

The choir sang:

Get On Board! (Earlene Rentz)
The Poet Sings (Z. Randall Stroope)
Indian Summer (Emily Crocker)

Non Varsity Treble Chorus

Smithson Valley MS earned a 2,1,1, with an Overall rating of 1 and 1,1,1, with an Overall rating of 1 in Sight-reading.

The choir sang:

The Drunken Sailor (Emily Crocker)
Gloria (Ruth Schram)
There Will Come Soft Rains (Laura Farnell)

Their director is Gwen Graham.

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CMS Students Earn Division I Rating in Sight-reading at UIL 3C Choir CSR Contest

CMS received a 2, 1, 2, Overall 2 rating in contest and a 1, 1, 1, Overal 1rating in Sightreading

The choir sang:

Non Nobis, Domine (Byrd/Bartle)
Dancing and Singing (Lully/Liebergen)
In Flander's Fields (Jacobson/Emerson)

Their director is Jennifer Rivera.

MVMS Students Earn "Excellent" and "Superior" Ratings at Region 12 UIL CSR Contest

The MVMS Bands participated at the Region 12 UIL Contest at Canyon Lake HS. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Robert DeLong, earned an “Excellent” or Division II rating both on stage and in sight-reading performance. The Honor Band, under the direction of Ed Gonzales, earned a “Superior” or Division I rating for their stage performance and an “Excellent” or Division II rating for their sight-reading performance.

Varsity Concert Band performed:
First Light (Ticheli/ )
Flight of Eagles (Del Borgo/ )
El Alamein (John Edmondson)

Non- Varsity Concert Band performed:
Nottingham Castle (Larry Daehn)
Ghost Ship (Michael Story)
Parade of the Palominos (David Shaffer)

Some wonderful comments included:

“You should all be very proud of the work you are doing. Congratulations to an outstanding band and to your outstanding directors.” -Concert Judge, Edward Zamora.

“A good job today, band! Some really good players! Good job overall! Congratulations!” -Concert Judge, Don Thoede

Congratulations to all of our young musicians. If you got a chance to hear them at contest, you heard something special!

CLHS Celebrates Amazing Results at Region 12 UIL Band Concert and Sight-reading Contest

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Non-Varsity Concert Band earned straight 1s in concert and sight-reading.

Canyon Lake HS performed:

Tricycle (Boysen)
Our Kingsland Spring (Hazo)
Norland March (Edmondson)

Varsity Concert Band earned straight 1s in concert and sight-reading.
Canyon Lake HS performed:

Florentiner March (Fucik/arr. Lake/ed. Fennell)
In Heaven's Air (Hazo/ )
Undertow (Mackey/ )

Judges quotes from UIL critique sheets for Canyon Lake High School:

"Very musical performance! Good phrasing, good use of dynamics, good tempos. Outstanding job today. You really impressed me!"

"I am impressed with this performance - well done!"

"This is a very fine band, obviously taught very well! You should be proud of yourselves. You are a real credit to your community, your school and yourselves!"

"Very talented students. i enjoyed your performance and applaud your efforts today."

"Very musical! This is a demanding piece and you did it well."

"This is a very strong band. thank you for your musical performance!"

Directors are Mark R. Watley and Joseph DeSantis.

Comal ISD Students Qualify for State in UIL Theatrical Design

UIL Theatrical Design State Qualifiers Announced


Blanco High School -Celia Kasberg
Boerne High School- Adrianna Balcer
Boerne High School- Emery Dorman
Center Point High School- Alexandria Smith
China Spring HS- Sadie Regian
Gonzales High School- Katia Sanchez
Madisonville High School- Daphne Landry
Madisonville High School- Latyne Nall
Mount Enterprise High School- Lacie Supulvado
Muenster High School- Mahayla Bohl
Muenster High School- Papatsamon Vongsariyavanich
Snook High School Nicholas Sebesta
Stephenville HS- Leissa Jones
Stephenville HS- Denisse Arreguin
Sudan high School- Celeste Montemayor
Sudan high Schoo-l Vanesa Aguilar
Sunnyvale High School- Janie McGuffee
Warren High School- Bailee Ryals
Warren High School -Britteny Akines
Wylie High School- Jose Pacheco


Alexander High School- Anna Garcia
Canyon High School- Isabella Reyes
Carroll Senior High School- Ciara Smith
East Central High School- Mary Rodriguez
Fort Bend: Travis- Maddi Mays
Fossil Ridge High School- Roxana Urquiza
HSPVA- Megan Fahy
HSPVA- Natalia Kian
John Paul Stevens High School- Paola Ortega
Keller Central High School- Jamie Phanekham
Keller High School- Macy Moore
Leander High School- Abigail King
Marble Falls High School- Becky Phung
Marble Falls High School- London Gibson
McNeil High School- Alyna Pham
Mount Pleasant HS- Vasti Mejia
Pflugerville High School- Liz Saeun
Plano East Senior High School- Nayeli Leal
PSJA Memorial ECHS- Oriana Davila
PSJA North High School- Andrea Granados
PSJA North High School- Melissa Nacoud
PSJA Southwest -Natalie Di Grazia
The Colony High School Chloe Stout
W T White High School- Alejandro Rojas
Westlake High School- Morgan Wendlandt
William Howard Taft High School- Kennedy Givens


Warren High School- Victoria McElvain
Blanco High School- Shelby Jester
Stephenville HS- Leissa Jones
Center Point High School- Jewel Kane
Sudan high School- Kristina Thorn
Boerne High School- Hannah Murrah
Sunnyvale High School- Madison Armstrong
China Spring HS- Kaitlin Riley
Boerne High School- Haley Peters
Eastland High School- Caitlyn Arnold
Warren High School- Britteny Akines
Stephenville HS- Madison Crew


Laredo: Alexander High School- Alejandra Morales
Canyon High School- Bethany Cox
Ellison High School (Killeen ISD)- Christiana Adams
HSPVA- Sarah Cominsky
Mansfield Legacy High School- Bailey Griffin
Mount Pleasant HS- Brinqua Stephens
Parkland High School- Jasmine Ibarra
Pflugerville High School- Liz Saeun
Plano East Senior High School- Breanne Finneburgh
PSJA North High School- Arilene Pimentel
PSJA North High School- Danny Garcia
Robert E. Lee High School- Walker Delk
Temple High School- Emma Wenkert
Temple High School- Mikayla Copple
The Colony High School- Chelsea MacElvaine
Wakeland High School- Taylor Clemmons
Weatherford High School- Melanie Almeida


Blanco High School- Montana Wiseman
Gonzales High School- Adrian Buesing
Madisonville High Schoo-l Lourdes Jaimes
Randolph High School- Leigh Witek
Slidell High School- Caitlin Pruett
Slidell High School- Khristian Talamentes
Stephenville HS- Ian Middleton
Stephenville HS- Riley Forehand
Sudan High School- Raemi Goen
Warren High School- Britteny Akines
Woodville High School- Justin Livingston
Woodville High School- Kelsey Hensarling


Canyon High School- Brianna Gaetz
Canyon High School- Daniel Cox
East Central High School- Alicia Longoria
El Dorado High- Lacie Boholst
Frisco High School- Cameron Collis
HSPVA- Nikolas Liebster
HSPVA- Zoe Caballero
John Paul Stevens High School- Vanessa Garcia-Jimenez

Newman Smith High School - Kevin Debes
Plano East Senior High School -Althea Randolph
PSJA North High School- Erik Guajardo
PSJA North High School- Marco Bocanegra
PSJA Southwest- Mary Arellano

PSJA Souhwest- Allen Rodriguez

Temple High School- Scott Searles
Temple High School- Morgan Thomas


Stephenville HS- Kelsey Scott
Slidell High School- Morgan Barnes
Greenwood High School- Ryan Grantham
Slidell High School- Marisol Millan
Boerne High School- Mackenzie Downard
Sunnyvale High School- Madeline Collins
Randolph High School- Jacob Isler
Childress High School- Colton Rothwell
Mount Enterprise High School- Kacie Supulvado


Canyon High School- Ryan Wellman
Fort Bend: Travis- Dylan Horrell
HSPVA- Leina Betzer
John Paul Stevens High School- Jacob Austin
Lewisville High School- Lauren Hamilton
Lewisville High School- Marily Gonzalez
Midway High School- Joey White-Swift
Plano East Senior High School- Marvin Alvarengar
PSJA North High School- Joel Vela
PSJA North High School- Joey Barrera
PSJA Southwest High School- Rosario Guillen
Sharpstown High School- Gladys Cornejo
Smithson Valley High School- Lauren Little
Temple High School- Jonathan Nabours
Temple High School-Morgan Garcia
The Colony High School- Ashleigh Calvert
Westlake High School- Emma Garrison


Boerne High School
Commerce High School
Harper ISD
Lake Worth High School
Stephenville High School
Universal Academy LTTS Charter School
Warren High School
Woodville High School


East Central High School
Judson High School

Lamar Consolidated High School

Lehman HS

Newman Smith High School
PSJA High School
PSJA Memorial ECHS
PSJA North High School
PSJA Southwest
Temple High School
Texas High School

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CHS Technical Theatre Design UIL State Qualifiers

Pictured from left to right: Bethany Cox – Makeup and Hair Design, Brianna Gaetz. - Set Design, Isabella Reyes – Costume Design, (back) Ryan Wellman – Marketing Design, and Daniel Cox – Set Design.

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SVHS Technical Theatre Design State Qualifier

Lauren Little and her state qualifying theatrical marketing design.
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Canyon Aristocats Earn Top Awards at Nationals

Congratulations to the Aristocats!

2015 Champion Dance Nationals Results for Canyon High School

1st Place Team Contemporary

1st Place Team Hip Hop

1st Place Medium Ensemble

2nd Place Small Ensemble

3 students in the top 10 soloist (Daniella G., Caitlynne K., Hannah M.)

2nd Place Overall Sr Soloist Daniella G.

Their director is Megan Nebgen.

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Silver Spurs and Valley Girls Earn Awards at Alamo Classic

The Silver Spurs and Valley Girls competed in San Antonio

at American Dance and Drill Team Alamo Classic and both teams made Smithson Valley PROUD! Congratulations ladies on a job well done!

SVHS had 12 students compete in the solo division and ALL of the soloists received a first division rating. Additionally, SVHS had several Finalists!

Casey V.: 1st Runner up

Genevie S.: 2nd Runner up

Miranda G.: 3rd Runner up

Sheyenne D.: 3rd Runner up

Paris P.: 3rd Runner up

Rachel D.: 3rd Runner up

1st Division Soloist were:

Kerrilee B.

Allissa B.

Emily B.

Savannah J.

Ashlianne B.

Bailey G.

In Duet Competition, Bailey G. and Cassian K. received 1st runner up for their original choreography!

Valley Girls Officers received the following awards:

Sweepstakes/ Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence, Judges Award Contemporary,BEST IN CLASS

Valley Girls Team Awards included:

Sweepstakes, Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence,Judges Award Jazz, Judges Award Lyrical,BEST IN CLASS 1st Runner up

Silver Spurs Officers:

Sweepstakes/ Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence,Judges Award for Jazz,Judges Award Novelty,Judges Award Open,Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Technique,BEST IN CLASS

Spurs Elite Team:

Sweepstakes/ Gussie Nell Davis Award of Excellence,Judges Award Contemporary, BEST IN CLASS 1st Runner up

Silver Spurs:

Sweepstakes/Gussie Nell Davos Award of Excellence

Judges Award Jazz

Judges Award Kick

Judges Award Lyrical

Judges Award Hip-Hop

Their director is Jennifer Hoffman.

Learning Showcase Logo Contest

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New Braunfels Railroad Museum Hobo Railroad Art and Photography Contest

Entries due Saturday, March 28th 2015

No Entry Fees for Students, Adult Entry Fees $5.00 per entry

Awards and Cash Prizes

Winning entries will be displayed at the New Braunfels Model Railroad Jamboree Train Show on April 11 and 12, 2015.

What is Hobo and Railroad Art?

Hobos were individuals who left their homes to search for work. They often hopped on boxcars on trains as a means of transportation, they were known as “knights of the road” as they did not stay in one place too long after they found work.

Entries must feature hobos and/or trains. All art which receives an award must be priced available For Sale New Braunfels Railroad Museum 302 W. San Antonio Street, New Braunfels, Texas 78130, 830-627-2447

Participation at this show authorizes NBRRM the right to photograph artwork for

Promotional purposes and for viewing on our website. NBRRM will exercise due care

in handling works submitted. NBRRM and any member acting on its behalf is Not

Responsible for any loss or damage to any work of art.

NBRRM retains a 25% commission on all sales.

For more information, contact Arlene@NBRRM.ORG or call 830-627-2447

Students are limited to one entry each for art and one entry each for photography

Adult Entry Fees $5.00 per entry

Maximum number of entries for adults is limited to three (3) each for art and three (3)

each for photography; entry fee must be paid in cash or by check only


Each Adult Category will be awarded:

First Place Ribbon with $75.00 cash

Second Place Ribbon with $50.00 cash prize

Third Place Ribbon with $25.00 cash prize

2 Honorable Mentions

Each Student Category will be awarded:

First Place Ribbon with gift certificate

Second Place Ribbon with gift certificate

Third Place Ribbon with gift certificate

2 Honorable Mentions

Art must be submitted in person on Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1O:3O am to 3:OO pm,

at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum, 302 W San Antonio Street

If you cannot bring in your art during the prescribed time you may arrange for early submission by contacting arlene@NBRRM.ORG or call the museum at 830-627-2447

Guidelines & Rules:

A student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in high school or a lower grade

Entries must be original work of the artist.

Two Dimensional Art must be properly framed and equipped for hanging

No saw toothed hangers, clips or plastic box frames will be allowed

Maximum TOTAL frame size (height + width of outside edge of frames) must not exceed

180 inches

Three Dimensional Art must be ready to display

Maximum TOTAL artwork size (height + width of outside edge of sculpture) must not

exceed 180 inches

All art which receives an award must be priced and available for sale and will be displayed at the New Braunfels Railroad Museum Jamboree Train Show being held at the New Braunfels Civic Center. April 11th and 12th, 2015 Winners will receive Free Admission to the Train Show, by presenting their certificate.

For more information, contact arlene@NBRRM.ORG or call 830-627-2447

Jamboree Train Show information available at WWW.NBRRM.ORG

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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.

Virtual Gallery

Calling All Arts Supporters!-Arts In Action Invitation- Next Meeting is April 13, 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

The last meeting of the year is April 13.

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"!


Charis Taylor and Jennifer Klar at RBES. Mrs. Taylor is assisting Mrs. Klar and the GT students on her campus with incorporating clay projects in GT instruction. The students are reading the Newbery book, A Single Shard, which is set in 12th Century Korea. The book is about a community of potters and a very poor orphan boy. The boy starts working for the potter and the students started showing a lot of interest in pottery and the teachers are working together to provide an opportunity for the students to connect with the literature through pottery creation. Great arts integration, ladies!

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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