Denton ISD Fine Arts

Empowering Artistic Growth. Every Student. Every Day.

Denton ISD's Fine Arts programs are presenting fall shows and performances right now and throughout the rest of the semester. Follow the links below and make plans to see the outstanding work being done by our Fine Arts students throughout the district.

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So Far, 165 Denton ISD Students Named All-Region Musicians

Band, Choir, and Orchestra students in Denton ISD have been performing in auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region 2 bands, choirs, and orchestras. Denton ISD competes in TMEA Region 2 with students from Argyle ISD, Lake Dallas ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Northwest ISD. High school students also have the opportunity to advance to Area and State level auditions in pursuit of a position in a Texas All-State group. High school band students have not yet auditioned for All-Region but so far 165 DISD students have earned positions in Region 2 bands, choirs, and orchestras. We are extremely proud of these outstanding students. Click the links below to see the lists of students who have made All-Region. Many thanks to their awesome directors and private lesson teachers for helping them prepare for the auditions. Congratulations!

Best wishes to the high school choir and orchestra students that have advanced to the next round. And best wishes to the high school band students auditioning November 18, December 2, and December 4.

10 Denton ISD HS jazz band students were selected to the Region 2 Jazz Ensemble. These students will perform in the All-Region Jazz Ensemble Concert on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Denton HS.

34 Denton ISD HS choral students were selected to the Region 2 HS Choir and 20 students have advanced to the Nov 16 Pre-Area level auditions. These students performed in the High School All-Region Choir Concert on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Denton HS.

24 Denton ISD MS choral students were selected to the Region 2 MS Choir. These students will perform at the Middle School All-Region Choir Concert on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Braswell HS.

38 Denton ISD HS orchestra students were selected to the Region 2 HS Orchestra and 12 students qualified to audition for the TMEA All-State Orchestras. 35 Denton ISD MS orchestra students were selected to the Region 2 MS Orchestra. These students will perform in the All-Region Orchestra Concert, Dec.11 at Eaton HS.

24 Denton ISD MS band students were selected to the Region 2 MS Band. These students will perform in the Middle School All-Region Band Concert, Dec. 11 at Byron Nelson HS.

3 Denton HS Jazz Band Students Earn Mark of Excellence Solo Awards

The Mark of Excellence National Jazz Honors project seeks to recognize and award outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school jazz ensembles. Jazz ensembles from throughout the United States submit recordings and receive feedback from professional adjudicators. A unique competitive environment is created which allows jazz ensembles to compare their performance quality to other outstanding ensembles from across the country. Outstanding soloists are also recognized for their incredible individual contribution to an ensemble's performance. Three members of Denton High's 2020-21 Lab Band 1 received Outstanding Soloist awards:

  • Gerald Jones, trumpet solo, current senior
  • Margaret Nicholson, vocal solo, current senior
  • Matthew Garcia, tenor saxophone solo, current freshman at NYU pursuing jazz performance degree

Theatre Programs Presenting Fall Shows

Denton ISD's theatre arts programs have been hard at work preparing and presenting their fall shows. We encourage audiences to experience the outstanding work being done by the student casts and crews in our middle school and high school theatre programs. Here is a list of the remaining fall semester shows.

Nov 11-13 - 7:30pm - Guyer HS - Matilda the Musical -

Nov 11 & 13 - 7pm - Ryan HS - Never the Sinner

Nov 12 - 7pm - Ryan HS - Steel Magnolias

Nov 11-13 (6pm; Sat 2pm) - Strickland MS - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Nov 12 - 6:30pm - Navo MS - Thespian IE Showcase

Nov 17-19 - 6:30pm - McMath MS - Peter and the Starcatcher

Dec 2-4 - 7pm - Braswell HS - Junglebook

Dec 9-10 - 6:30pm - Navo MS - A Christmas Scarol

Dec 10 - 7pm - Braswell HS - Improv Show

Click here for other upcoming shows on the Theatre Arts Events Calendar

Majoring in Theatre College/University Selection Process Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 7-8:30pm

1007 Fulton Street

Denton, TX

Denton ISD Director of Fine Arts, Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, is presenting a free workshop for Denton ISD students in grades 10-12 who are interested in majoring in some aspect of theatre. Prior to her role in Denton ISD, Dr. deMontmollin served as the Associate Director of Theatre Education at the University of Houston for 10 years. She was also a high school theatre director for 15 years and guided students and parents through the university search process. Students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this workshop in the Denton HS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Participants will:

  • Explore a timeline for the college/university theatre process
  • Learn what questions to ask (and why)
  • Explore how to discern the differences between programs
  • Get tips to best prepare for the audition/portfolio review

Denton ISD Students Create Artwork for State TASA/TASB Conference

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Eight elementary school students from Denton ISD had the honor of displaying their artwork at the annual convention of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Denton ISD administrators and school board members in attendance were happy to visit with these young artmakers and their teachers in the convention exhibit hall (pictured above). Congratulations to these outstanding students for representing elementary art in Denton ISD. Many thanks to their incredible teachers for helping these students build their skills and cultivate their creativity.

Braswell Zone Orchestras Present a Salute to Veterans, Nov 11

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Denton ISD is in need of bus drivers for special events, such as Fine Arts events and field trips. Denton ISD has created a new job description titled, “Bus Driver-Special Events”. This type of driver will be paid $18-$20 per hour to drive groups to field trips, contests, and after school/weekend events. This is an excellent, flexible part-time job and a way to serve students in Denton ISD. We encourage Denton ISD volunteers and PTA members to consider applying for this as an option to serve the students and programs in Denton ISD, and also to gain some extra income! Visit the link below to view the job posting in Applitrack and please share it with anyone who would be interested.

Candidates need to earn their CDL, which can be done locally. The Denton ISD Transportation Department can provide information on how to achieve the requirements in order to qualify as a driver. Once hired as a Bus Driver-Special Events, they could drive groups to field trips, contests, and events, getting students and their teachers/chaperones to their destination safely and on time. This important work makes Fine Arts contests and events possible and contributes greatly to the educational experience of our students. Please share the Applitrack link above with anyone who would be interested in this opportunity.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant