Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

January 17-23, 2016

Indian Springs Elementary School K-2nd Grade Creativity Night

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 5:30pm

25751 Wilderness Oak

San Antonio, TX

Church Hill Middle School Theatre Department performs Caucasian Chalk Circle

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 7pm

1404 Interstate 35

New Braunfels, TX

CHS Student Selected as Texas All-State Musician!

David Churchwell, an 11th grade student and member of the Canyon High School Band, will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 13, 2016. This is part of the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. He was chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. David is a student of Mr. Brad Arnold, Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion at Canyon High School, and studies privately with Mr. Bobby Lopez of Texas State University. He performs in the Canyon High School Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Percussion Ensembles, and Jazz Band. This is David’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. David is the son of Gail Churchwell.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2015 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association, an organization of 11,000+ members, sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition, and only the top 1% of total student musicians in Texas become All-State students.

TMEA All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to

Smithson Valley High Band has two students in the TMEA All-State Band! Garrett Snowden, 10th Grade, Clarinet – SVHS Natalie Morales, 12th Grade, Clarinet – SVHS

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Canyon High Art Department visits the McNay Museum!

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Smithson Valley High Band Rehearsal!

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Goodwin Frasier Elementary Art Room!

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TMEA REGION 12 BAND 1 performs Carmina Burana, Jerry F. Junkin, Conductor

The clip below includes: Smithson Valley HS - Garrett Snowden - Clarinet, Smithson Valley - Natalie Morales - Clarinet, Smithson Valley HS - Joshua Martinez - Clarinet, Canyon HS - Samuel Hauptman - Tuba, Canyon HS - Christian Alves - Tuba, Canyon HS - Nick Esqueda - Percussion, Canyon HS - David Churchwell - Percussion
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TMEA REGION 12 HS BAND 2 ODD perform Intermezzo from Loa Boda de Luis Alonso, Dr. Abel Ramirez, Conductor

This performance below includes: Smithson Valley HS - Eunice Chung - Flute, Smithson Valley HS - Riley O'Sullivan - Clarinet, Smithson Valley HS - Jerry Fang - Clarinet, Smithson Valley HS - Josh Nachtigal - Clarinet, Smithson Valley - Nick Beaufait, Canyon HS - Gabriella Clark - Bass, Canyon HS - Hannah Baer - Trumpet, Canyon HS - Nicholas Moppin - Trombone, Canyon HS - Dante Henschen -Euphonium, Smithson Valley HS - Silas Hannemann - Percussion, Canyon HS - Ethan Denfeld - Trombone

TMEA REGION 12 HS BAND 2 EVEN perform Hands Across the Sea, Fred Vollmar, Conductor

The performance below includes: Canyon HS - Maike Morrison - Clarinet, Smithson Valley HS - Serena Valero - Clarinet, Canyon HS - James Smith - Saxophone, Smithson Valley HS - Joel White - Saxophone, Canyo HS - Carly Neill - Horn, Canyon HS - Alyssa Schneider - Percussion, Smithson Valley - Benjamin Reynolds - Percussion.