Denton ISD Fine Arts

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Denton ISD Welcomes New Fine Arts Faculty

Denton ISD introduces 27 outstanding faculty members to its Fine Arts team in the 2020-21 school year. We welcome all of these educators to their campus and a wonderful community that supports Fine Arts education.

Alicia Berdan, Braswell HS Art Teacher

Juan Cardona, Borman ES Music Teacher

Shannon Casey-Bieniek, Rodriguez MS Art Teacher

Alyson Downs, Guyer HS Color Guard Director

Margaret Edmondson, Pecan Creek ES Art Teacher

Katherine Engle, Guyer HS Choir Director

Amy Grow, Rivera ES Music Teacher

Devin Guillotte, Denton HS/Ryan HS Color Guard Director

Kate Hite, McMath MS Assistant Orchestra Director

Samantha Kats, Ryan HS Assistant Choir Director

Ashlyn Lee, Braswell HS Art Teacher

Catherine Lopez, Ginnings ES Art Teacher

Annie Norrell, Rodriguez MS Assistant Theatre Director

Christopher Ortiz, Union Park ES Music Teacher

Kristen Ray, Rodriguez MS Theatre Director

Jessica Risenhoover, Rodriguez MS Art Teacher

Beth Rogers, Bell ES Music Teacher

Tawny Rybowicz, Harpool MS Choir Director

Jami Sauls, Navo MS Theatre Director

Courtney Seale, Adkins ES Music Teacher

Raphaellle Siemers, Myers MS Assistant Orchestra Director

Carrie Stephens, Navo MS Assistant Theatre Director

Emily Strother, Braswell HS Color Guard Director

Rachel Talkington, Navo MS Art Teacher

Diana Taylor, Rodriguez MS Assistant Choir Director

Nathan Taylor, Guyer HS Assistant Band Director

Lauren Vandergriff, Myers MS Assistant Band Director

Summer Fine Arts Activities

Denton ISD implemented COVID-19 mitigation protocols with guidance from TEA and UIL for summer activities for our high school marching bands, color guards, drill teams, and theatre programs. This photo gallery displays some of those moments captured from this summer. Special thanks to our teachers and staff that worked so hard to implement these procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 so that students could work together again in performing arts. In the video below, Braswell Director of Bands, Aaron Snipes explains how they rose to the challenge to implement the mitigation protocols.
Safety Protocols at Our Secondary Campuses
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Guyer High School Theatre students and directors were nominated for a total of 12 of the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards for 2019-20. Guyer won five of those awards:

Best Musical - A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction - Eleshia Crotwell for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Musical Direction - Chris Crotwell for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Best Stage Crew and Technical Execution - Little Women

Best Leading Actress - Haley Dortch in Little Women

Graciously founded by Leah & Jerry Fullenwider, the Dallas Summer Musical High School Musical Theater Awards aim to inspire and honor excellence in high school musical theater, and to recognize the importance of musical theater and arts education within the North Texas community.

This regional program culminates at the Music Hall with an awards ceremony, modeled after the Tony Awards®, to recognize outstanding musical theater productions and students. The winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress category will have the opportunity to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards® in New York City.

Congratulations to the Guyer HS Theatre students and directors for this outstanding achievement and for their continued dedication to excellence in Fine Arts!

The Greater Denton Arts Council has been featuring artwork by Denton ISD students and teachers every day on Facebook. You can see those outstanding works of art at Many thanks to our amazing art teachers for guiding and developing art-making skills in the students. And many thanks to GDAC for sharing these works with the public and highlighting Denton ISD's art students and art teachers. Below is a sample of the Denton ISD art being shared on the GDAC Facebook page.

Preparing for Fine Arts Online and In-Person

Fine Arts teachers have trained and prepared over the summer to be ready to provide online learning experiences for students that will begin 2020-21 in ConnectedLearning and are working extremely hard with campuses to plan an environment for in-person learners that includes measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Secondary school teachers will be utilizing the Canvas online learning platform to communicate and deliver content to CL students in high school and middle school. Elementary school teachers and CL students will be using the online platform, Seesaw. For information regarding ConnectedLearning please visit the Denton ISD back-to-school website. Denton ISD has been acquiring specialized PPE for Fine Arts and guidance has been communicated to campuses to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 for in-person Fine Arts classes. For parents and students interested in learning more about student and staff safety protocols, please visit the Denton ISD website.
The Texas Music Educators Association Executive Board has announced that to support excellence in student musical development and promote health and safety, all TMEA Band, Choir, and Orchestra auditions through January 10, 2021 (middle and high school) will be conducted via uploaded recordings. All Region 2 TMEA concerts that were originally scheduled for the 2020 fall semester have been cancelled or postponed until the spring semester. Denton ISD's band, choir, and orchestra directors will provide their students and families with the details about how All-Region and All-State auditions will be recorded and submitted. They will have a calendar of submission deadlines and dates for posting of results and advancing rounds.

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant