Denton ISD Fine Arts

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Welcome, New Fine Arts Faculty

Denton ISD introduces 31 outstanding faculty members to its Fine Arts team in the 2021-22 school year. We welcome all of these educators to their respective campuses and to a wonderful community that supports Fine Arts education.

Ariana Ayala, Blanton ES Music Teacher

Jarrod Beard, Ryan HS Assistant Band Director

Megan Beard, Bell ES Music Teacher

Kaitlyn Candler, Denton HS Head Choir Director

Alejandro Cervantes, Paloma Creek ES Music Teacher

Frank Chapple, Ryan HS Percussion Director

Michael Cleveland, Denton HS Head Theatre Director

Paige Darragh, Rodriguez MS Assistant Theatre Director

Jennifer Diaz, Pecan Creek ES Art Teacher

Dillon Downey, Virtual Academy Elem. Music Teacher

Julia Freund, Braswell HS Art Teacher

Leslie Heckmann, Rivera ES Music Teacher

Andrea Hinojosa, Harpool MS Assistant Theatre Director

Chika Hoskins, Providence ES Music Teacher

Rebekah Hurst, Braswell HS Art Teacher

William Kennedy, Braswell HS Art Teacher

Rhiannon Laxalt, Ginnings ES Art Teacher

Keane Pakdimounivong, Union Park ES Art Teacher

Larissa Perez, Houston ES Music Teacher

Amanda Potter, Rivera ES Art Teacher

Mikaela Pyle, Guyer HS Assistant Band Director

Kelsey Rowley, Rodriguez MS Art Teacher

Kimberly Rybowicz, Strickland MS Assistant Choir Director

Maggie Scoggins, Bell ES Art Teacher

Kerrie Shue, Myers MS Art Teacher

David Soward, Braswell HS Assistant Theatre Director

Amanda Stevener, McMath MS Dance Teacher

Stacy Weill, Myers MS Orchestra Director

Mikayla West, Virtual Academy Art Teacher

Sarah Wright, Guyer HS Assistant Orchestra Director

Robert Zimmerman, Strickland MS Art Teacher

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Guyer Theatre student, Parker Jackson, won Best Actor at the Dallas Summer Musicals Awards for his performance in The Phanom of the Opera and earned a nomination for a National High School Musical Theatre Award: The Jimmys. There were 72 nominees for The Jimmys from 36 regions around the U.S. The national student showcase on Broadway was streamed on July 15, featuring ensemble and solo performances and the presentation of 20 awards and scholarships available to participants.

Congratulations to Parker for being named a Jimmys Semifinalist. Denton ISD is extremely proud of Parker's national recognition for his outstanding work in theatre. Click here to read more about The Jimmys and the list of nominees.

UIL State Solo and Ensemble Outstanding Performers

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Student musicians from the Denton High School and Guyer High School Orchestras were named "Outstanding Performer" at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. Denton ISD had several 1st Division medal winners across its four high school campuses and three student musicians were awarded the "Outstanding Performer" distinction by the judges for their standout performances on their respective instruments.

Denton HS Orchestra:

Maya Huber, Cello Solo

Guyer HS Orchestra:

Christian Luevano, Bass Solo

Ocean Xie, Violin Solo

Music Theatre International Show Premiered by Guyer Theatre

Guyer Theatre was selected to workshop and premiere the musical, A Wop Bop A Loo Bop, by Music Theatre International. This is typically done by professional theatre companies and rarely by high school theatre groups. Guyer High's exceptional work led MTI to select GHS Theatre for this work. The pictures, video, and audio on the MTI website for this musical feature the Guyer Theatre original cast. Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors for the privilege of being selected to premiere this musical and for being featured by MTI. Guyer HS Theatre directors are Eleshia Crotwell and Chris Crotwell.
A-Wop Bop A-Loo Bop: Highlights Reel

Bands Prepare for Upcoming Season

The bands at Braswell HS, Denton HS, Guyer HS, and Ryan HS have already begun preparing for their upcoming performances at marching band contests and football games. Preseason camps at each high school help students in band and color guard build their skills and start to learn their show in order to be ready for the first football game performance. They have much music to learn and many visual skills to coordinate in a relatively short amount of time. Many thanks to the hard working directors helping these students be prepared for their public performances. Denton ISD continues to be proud of its award-winning bands, cheer squads, color guards, and drill teams. You can experience them each week at varsity football games and their upcoming fall contests. They will kickoff the season with performances at their first varsity football games below:

August 26, 7pm - Guyer HS vs Hebron at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex

August 27, 7pm - Braswell HS vs Mesquite Horn at Mesquite Hanby Stadium

August 27, 7pm - Denton HS vs Lake Dallas at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex

August 28, 2pm - Ryan HS vs Longview in the Jerry Jones Classic at The Star in Frisco

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) announced the 2021 winners of the 10th Annual DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards (HSMTA). The awards ceremony was presented as a virtual livestream through DSM’s YouTube page on June 11. A total of 41 performances from 39 participating high schools were evaluated by a diverse group of highly qualified judges from the North Texas theatre community.

Guyer High School garnered ten nominations for its performances of two musicals, Bright Star and The Phantom of the Opera. Guyer won "Best Music Direction" for The Phantom of the Opera, Music Directed by Chris Crotwell. Parker Jackson, Class of 2021 graduate, was named Best Actor, and Emily Langley, Class of 2021 graduate, earned the theatre major scholarship award of $2,500 for her standout performance. Congratulations to these outstanding students and teachers for their continued success on the stage.

The WATCH coalition (Wellness Alliance for Total Children's Health) and Denton County partners led by Cook Children's Hospital host a Youth Art Gallery to showcase the artwork submissions from the "Children’s Feelings Are a Work of Art" Youth Art Contest. The artwork, created by Denton County school aged children, is brought to the community in an effort to increase awareness of children’s mental health and to engage the community in children’s mental health related conversations. This year, in an effort to keep the community safe, the exhibit is online.

Click the link below to see the virtual gallery of student artwork.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant