Denton ISD Fine Arts
Empowering Artistic Growth. Every Student. Every day.
Congratulations to the nine Denton ISD music students listed below that have been selected to perform with the Texas All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra in San Antonio, February 12-15, 2020 at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2020 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention, the nations largest convention of its kind. These students were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians. We are extremely proud of these outstanding students. Many thanks to their parents, directors, and private lesson teachers for supporting them on their journey towards this goal.
Eric Crenshaw (DHS jazz alto sax)
Matthew Garcia (DHS jazz tenor sax)
Audrey Lee (GHS violin)
Christian Luevano (GHS string bass)
Greta MacMillan (DHS flute)
Margaret Nicholson (DHS choir alto)
Ben Snethen (GHS clarinet)
Owen White (DHS jazz bass)
Kenia Zetino (BHS clarinet)
National PTA's Reflections program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.
Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. The theme for the 2019-2020 program year is Look Within. Students submit their completed works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.
This year, Denton ISD had almost 350 entries from 26 campuses participate in PTA Reflections program. The schools advanced 142 student works across all six PTA Reflection Art Categories and Grade Divisions. Many thanks to Angie Morse, Denton Community Council of PTAs Vice President of Arts in Education, for coordinating the Reflections program for Denton ISD.
DHS Lab Bands Perform at Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans
The Denton ISD Fine Arts Facebook page is updated daily and features additional photos, news, clips, announcements, celebrations, updates, events, and more. Followers of the page will receive regular updates about new posts and reminders about events.
Our page started on January 8 and as of January 24 we already have 965 "likes"! This is a great showing of support for our outstanding Fine Arts students and teachers and the wonderful things happening in our programs. We are excited to be able to use the Facebook platform to share more with our community and followers interested in staying in the loop about everything happening in DISD Fine Arts!
Dance Students and Teachers at State TDEA Convention
DISD's dance teachers and four All-State dance students attended the annual Texas Dance Educator’s Association State Convention in Houston. The All-State students attended professional master classes at the state convention and learned choreography from famous dance artists from “So You Think You Can Dance” along with other selected All-State dance students from across the state of Texas. The TDEA All-State experience also opens up several scholarship opportunities for the students to continue their dance education at the college level. DISD is extremely proud of its outstanding dance teachers and students and for the exemplary way they represent the district at the state level. Congratulations!
Dance Teacher: Kristina Shelburne
All-State Student: Courtney Arnold
Dance Teachers: Kerri Burgess and Jamitrice Keating-Lynton
All-State Student: Reece Domingue
Dance Teachers: Rachel Simpson and Lauren Uddin
All-State Student: Lily Shuster
Dance Teachers: Keli Jones and Roxanne Muncy
All-State Student: Adriana Nawrot
Guyer High School theatre does a third musical! Unprecedented for the program, Guyer Theatre directors and students have decided to take on a spring musical, making this the third musical in their regular season! After performing Little Women the musical and Elf the musical in the fall, directors and students just couldn't let the season end without tackling the hilarious but extremely difficult musical - A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. The students wanted to approach the challenging score, which is operetta in style, as well as to meet the challenge of playing multiple roles. So rather than give up their dreams of doing the show, students took on the production in their Varsity theatre class, knowing that the experience of producing this show will help them be ready for the challenges of college theatre! Beginning the day after Elf closed in November, the students were handed scripts and music. Hot on the heels of recording the original cast recording of their summer project - the World Premier of A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop, over the winter break, the students picked up rehearsals for Gentleman's Guide again as the break was ending!
The Plot: Monty Navarro is grieving over the loss of his dearly departed mother when he receives a visit from Miss Shingle - a woman "of a certain age" who claims to have known his mother...and his mother's secret! Apparently, Monty Navarro's mother was actually a D'Ysquith! The extremely powerful and wealthy D'Ysquith family, who inhabit the famed Highurst Castle, disinherited his mother when she dared marry for love and married outside the family's wishes. Eight D'Ysquith family members stand between Monty and the Earldom of Highhurst. Much comedy ensues as Monty first reaches out to the D'Ysquith family asking for help - but when he is brutally rebuffed, he sets out on a different plan...Murder...Can Monty knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind....He must secure his wealth in order to keep the interest of his dearest love - the beautiful and fickle Sibella. Or is it Phoebe that he loves? Who will he choose?
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and only one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. Come and see this hilarious musical! Bring your Valentine! One Weekend only!
February 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30pm
Directed by Eleshia Crotwell and Chris Crotwell
Tickets available at the door or online at the following link:
Preparing for State Fine Arts Contests and Assessments
Every year, DISD FIne Arts students continue to perform and exhibit their skills at the highest levels in their art form. Preview concerts and events are planned and listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Plan to attend our students' shows and performances to see the great work they are doing. Results will be posted and celebrated as the contests and assessments occur throughout the semester. Best wishes to all of our Fine Arts students and teachers!
Guyer HS Hosts Vocal Majority Concert, Feb 8
Winter Guard Season Begins with Success
The public is invited to see all of the DISD Winter Guards in action on Wednesday, March 25, where each guard will be performing their contest show at the Denton ISD Winter Guard Showcase at Guyer High School.
Lantana Golf Club Hosts 6th Annual Harpool Band Golf Tournament
All events will be at the respective campus unless noted. Visit the Fine Arts calendar for more details.
Jan 23-25, 27 - Braswell HS Theatre: The Wizard of Oz, 7pm
Jan 25 - Guyer Zone HS-MS Percussion Concert, 3pm
Jan 30-Feb 1 - Denton HS Dinner Theatre, 7pm
Jan 31 - Strickland MS Fine Arts: "Night of Shining Stars", 5-8pm
Feb 1 - UIL Region 2 Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lewisville HS
Feb 4 - DISD MS Band Pre-UIL at Ryan HS, 9am-8pm
Feb 4 - Guyer HS Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, 5:30pm
Feb 5 - Harpool MS Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, 6:30pm
Feb 6 - Guyer HS Band Mid-Winter Concert, 7pm
Feb 8 - MS One Act Play Contest at Ryan HS
Feb 8 - Denton HS Jr. Fillies Dance Clinic, 9am-12pm, DHS Gym
Feb 8 - Ryan HS Strutters Jr. Drill Team Clinic, 9am-12pm, RHS Gym
Feb 8 - Vocal Majority Concert at Guyer HS, 7pm
Feb 10 - Ryan-Myers Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert at RHS, 5pm
Feb 12-15 - Texas Music Educators Association Convention, San Antonio
Feb 13 - Rivera Elem 4th & 5th Grade All-Star Choir Concert, 6pm
Feb 13-15 - Guyer HS Theatre Musical: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, 7:30pm
Feb 18 - Guyer HS Band Concerto Competition, 6pm
Feb 18 - McMath MS Choir UIL Showcase Concert, 6:30pm
Feb 19 - Guyer HS Band Chamber Dinner Concert, 6:30pm
Feb 20 - Braswell Zone HS-MS Bands Pre-UIL Concert, 6:30pm
Feb 21 - DISD 5th Grade Honor Choir Concert at Ryan HS
Feb 21-22 - Denton HS Fillies Follies "Believe", 7pm
Feb 22 - HS VASE Region 11-North at Timber Creek HS
Feb 22 - UIL Region 2 Band and Choir Solo and Ensemble Contest at Lake Dallas HS
Feb 25 - Crownover MS Orchestra Pre-UIL Concert, 7pm
Feb 25 - McMath MS Choir 6th Grade Concert
Feb 25 - Strickland MS Band Pre-UIL Concert, 7pm
Feb 27 - Denton HS Jazz Concert, 5pm
Feb 27 - Braswell HS Band Late Winter Concert, 7pm
Feb 27 - UIL Region 2 MS Choir Concert & Sight-reading Assessment at Ryan HS
Feb 27-28 - UIL Region 2 Orchestra Concert & Sight-reading Assessment at Guyer HS
Feb 28 - Denton HS Percussion Bash, 2pm
Feb 28 - Ryan Zone HS-MS Jazz Concert, 7pm