Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter
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Fine Arts Events for the Week of November 17-November 22
MVES Thanksgiving program @6:30pm
SVHS Theatre II/III Presents: An Evening of Shakespeare @ 7:00pm in the SVHS PAC
Tuesday, November 18
BBES-DRUMM and Marimba Madness @6pm
GRES 4th Grade Performance @1:30pm and 6:00pm in the GRES Cafeteria
Wednesday, November 19
CHMS Fall Play- 39 Steps @ 7:00pm
Thursday, November 20
TMEA 6A All District Band Auditions @ Johnson HS
GRES-“I Love the 70’s”@ 6:00pm
KRES 5th grade Marimba Concert @ 6:30pm in the cafeteria
Friday, November 21
CLHS Band and Dance Perform at Playoff Football Game @ the Alamodome @3:30pm CLHS VS. Rockport Fulton
Fine Arts Quote of the Week
Comal ISD Students Use Their Talents to Thank Veterans
SVMS TMEA All-Region Band Members
SVMS had 14 kids participate in the TMEA All-Region band contest at Lopez MS. SVMS had 6 students make the band, and one alternate!
Over 650 middle school students auditioned from NEISD, SAISD, Comal, Judson, and other San Antonio area schools for a spot in the MS All-Region Band.
"This is a difficult competition and we are extremely proud of the work our students put in to it.", said James Hargreaves and Paul Dixon, SVMS Band Directors.
We congratulate the following students on their amazing achievement:
Eunice C. (Flute) 3rd out of 56 competing!
Ian W. (Alto Sax) 1st out of 48!
Adam C. (Alto Sax) 2nd out of 48!
Trent R. (Tenor Sax) 2nd out of 16!
Kaley B. (French Horn-alternate) 16 out of 42!
Trevor S. (Percussion) 3 out of 60!Joe R. (Percussion) 5 out of 60!
Did You Know?
-Americans for the Arts. "SUMMARY OF KEY ADDITIONAL ARTS EDUCATION RESEARCH AND FACTS ." City of Providence. Accessed February 25, 2014, http://www.providenceri.com/efile/3411.
ACMECHS Art Students Honor Veterans With Tribute Murals
ACMECHS displays amazing collaborative artwork created by students to honor veterans.
Teacher- Taylor Denison
CLHS and MVMS Bands Collaborate At CLHS Game Night
On Friday, Nov 7th, the MVMS Symphonic and Honor Bands had the opportunity to experience a typical HS Band “marathon day.” The day started at 8:15am in the main gym of MVMS for a morning pep rally, a 1:30-3:30 rehearsal with the CLHS Band, a 3:30 pep rally at CLHS, a 4-5 rehearsal at the stadium, dinner, football game, and a performance with the CLHS Hawk Band during the halftime show.
Featured songs included Party Rock Anthem, Turbo Rock, Hey Song and Just Dance. Students also had the opportunity to perform in the stands during the duration of the game. It was a great night of fun and fellowship. "We want to send out a huge thank you to the CLHS Hawk Band Directors, Mr. Watley and Mr. DeSantis for their cooperation and organization of this annual event. In addition, a BIG thank you to the CLHS Hawk Band Section Leaders for making this a special night for our students."- MVMS Band Directors Ed Gonzales and Robert Delong
CHS Little Theatre Company Shines With Production of Arthur Miller Classic
CHS presented the classic Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, November 8-10. The show's story of the Salem witch trials, known for provided Miller with a way of confronting the McCarthy Red scare of the 1950's, was a tremendous learning experience for the students. The students studied the history of the play as well as the lives and situations of the real people referenced in the story. The students not only learned the history of the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings, they also mastered a dramatic interpretation of incredibly challenging characters. The students and directors created a unified world through sets, period costumes and believable portrayals of complex characters in one of America's greatest stories for the stage. Bravo on a job well done!
Directors for CHS Theatre are April Cox and Jenna Stephenson
Comal ISD Middle School Music Programs Receive TMEA Grants
The Texas Music Educators Association Executive Board created a grant program for 2014-2015 to support middle school music programs throughout the state. The TMEA Middle School Music Instructional Support Program Grant provided $500,000 in funding for middle school band, orchestra, and choir teachers (grades 6–8), across Texas, to purchase sheet music for use during this school year.
Congratulations to CHMS, CMS, SVMS, SBMS, and MVMS whose applications have all been approved for grant award funding for music from the Middle School Music Instructional Support Program (MSMISP)! Each campus received a maximum of $3000.00 worth of sheet music for their students to use this year in band, choir and orchestra.
We can't wait to hear the students sing and play their new music!
SBMS Theatre Helps the Community Through Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat
Canyon Lake High School Emerald Players Bring Blithe Spirit To Life
When Blithe Spirit originally opened in London in 1941, the playwright, Noel Coward, wasn't sure how audiences would receive his dark comedy. He quickly discovered that he had no need to worry because the show was an instant hit. His classic comedy was revived with energy and humor at Canyon Lake High School November 13-15. With a beautiful set, period costumes, and richly humorous performances from the cast, this hilarious, ghostly comedy kept the audience laughing throughout. The company worked hard to capture the mood of the show and the crew provided great lighting, a student designed pre-show video, and special effects to make sure the story was seamless and entertaining. Fantastic job, Emerald Players! Their director is Rhonda Riali.
Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar
Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.
This newsletter we spotlight: HLES and SES.
Indian Springs Elementary provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in Fine Arts activities including Choir, Strings, Recorder Club, grade level performances and Creativity Night. Each grade level has an opportunity to present a unique performance to the school and their families. Performances are created in order to include as many students as possible in individual speaking and acting parts. In the fall, 3rd, 4th
and 5th grade students have an opportunity to take part in the school choir. The Indian Springs Choir performs in the community at the Rampage game, school carnival, and also during the holidays at Stone Oak Winter Festival and caroling in the neighborhood. Some of the students are selected to be a part of our Honor Choir that performs at the district level. Primary grade students visited the Magik Theatre. The 2nd and 5th grade students present their Wax Museum characters during the day and in the evening to Indian Springs students and their families. Indian Springs has the largest elementary strings program in the district. Student artwork is showcased in the campus wide art show and district art and tech showcase.
Oak Creek Elementary continually adds opportunities for Fine Arts learning to expose students to higher levels of thinking. Music students share their skills and talents in grade level performances and events throughout the year. Oak Creek also has a choir that performs at events such as their annual Veterans Day ceremony and Wasselfest. Oak Creek also has an after school strings program where students can learn to play the violin and showcase their skills in concert. Students also showcase their artwork on campus and in the support services and district art and technology showcases.
Comal ISD Ovations!
STANDING OVATIONS THIS WEEK GO OUT TO:
The talented teachers and students who worked hard to produce inspirational and heartfelt tribute performances for Veterans Day. Comal ISD is unique in the level of commitment to honoring veterans through performances and ceremonies on every campus. By sharing your songs and performances, you used your gifts to honor those who make it possible for us to live in a society that has the freedom to study and celebrate the arts. Thank you for your great work and thank you, veterans!
Arts In Action Invitation
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!
6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room