Denton ISD Fine Arts

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On Friday, February 21 at 6:15pm, the Denton ISD 5th Grade Honor Choir will perform in concert at the Ryan High School Auditorium. 5th Graders from all 24 of Denton ISD's elementary schools will be represented. 5th graders had the opportunity to audition for this choir and those that were selected have been rehearsing together in preparation for this concert. The 5th Grade Honor Choir will be conducted by Phyllis King and accompanied by Patti Freeman. Many thanks to all of our elementary school music teachers for coordinating this event and for helping their respective students to prepare their music for the performance.

On Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm the Denton ISD 6th Grade Honor Choir and 9/10 Honor Choir will perform in concert at the Ryan High School Auditorium. Choir students in 6th grade, 9th grade, and 10th grade have the opportunity to audition to be selected for these honor choirs. Students from DISD's middle school and high school choir programs will be represented and will be performing together in concert. The concerts on Feb 21 and March 5 are open to the public and free to attend.

SCRAP Denton is hosting an exhibit of DISD student artwork, February 7-28, in its Re:Vision Gallery at 420 S. Bell Ave in Denton. The exhibit features student art created with re-used and re-purposed items and is free for the public to view during SCRAP's normal business hours.

Congratulations to the nine Denton ISD music students listed below that were selected by audition to perform with the Texas All-State Bands, Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, and Orchestras 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 2.5% 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, Denton HS (TMEA Jazz Ensemble 1, alto sax 1)

Matthew Garcia, Denton HS (TMEA Jazz Ensemble 2, tenor sax 1)

Audrey Lee, Guyer HS (TMEA Sinfonietta, violin)

Christian Luevano, Guyer HS (TMEA Symphony Orchestra, double bass)

Greta MacMillan, Denton HS (TMEA 5A Symphonic Band, flute)

Margaret Nicholson, Denton HS (TMEA Mixed Choir, alto)

Ben Snethen, Guyer HS (TMEA 6A Symphonic Band, clarinet)

Owen White, Denton HS (TMEA Jazz Ensemble 1, bass)

Kenia Zetino, Braswell HS (TMEA 5A Symphonic Band, clarinet)

Read more about what it took for these students to become a Texas All-State member here.

Fillies Follies, Feb 21-22, 7pm at Denton HS

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Myers MS Operation: Adopt an Artist, Feb 26

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Bettye Myers Middle School Art program proudly presents its 3rd annual Adopt an Artist event, Wednesday, February 26. Myers MS has collected drawings from the kindergarten students of Stephens and Pecan Creek Elementary Schools and Myers MS Art students have turned these drawings into 3D creations! All of the drawings and creations will be on display in the Myers MS cafeteria, Feb 26, 5:30-7:30pm. The parents of the elementary and middle school students are all invited to come see the artwork and meet their adopted artists. Kindergarten students will be able to take home their artwork and the Myers MS created pieces. This is an open house style event in which attendees may come and go as they wish.

Ocarina Concert at Blanton Elementary, Feb 27

On Thursday, February 27 at Blanton Elementary School will host its Ocarina Karate Night. At this concert, the Blanton students studying the ocarina will showcase the belts they have learned throughout the semester. Performances will be given by the ocarina groups in grades 2 through 5 that are taught by Borman Music Specialist, Nicolas Miranda. It will also feature a special guest ocarina player, David Erick Ramos. Performance start times are: 2nd Grade at 5pm, 3rd Grade at 5:30pm, 4th Grade at 6pm, and 5th Grade at 6:30pm.
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With its 12th Annual Jazz Fest, Apex Arts League will present the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band in concert on Saturday, February 29 at 7:00 p.m., at Carroll Senior High School Auditorium, 1501 W Southlake Blvd, Southlake.

These three talented high school jazz bands will open the program, performing commissioned pieces written by composition students at UNT: Carroll HS, Boswell HS, and Denton HS.

The One O’Clock, under the direction of Alan Baylock, is the premier seven time Grammy- nominated performing jazz ensemble from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies Program. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for band parents, seniors and Apex members and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

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Borman Elementary School is inviting all previous members of the Borman Handbell Choir to perform alongside the current handbell choir at the school's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:00-5:00pm. Rehearsal will be held at 3:00pm before the event. Music will be color coded and easy to learn. Contact Kiaran Beck if you are interested Ms Beck is partnering with two of the previous Borman Music Teachers, Nancy Holcom (1986-1993) and Rebecca Busby (1993-2006) for this special Borman reunion performance.

Youth Art Month Exhibit, March 5-26 at GDAC

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The Greater Denton Arts Council will celebrate Youth Art Month by hosting an exhibition of Denton ISD elementary student artwork, March 5-26, in the Patterson-Appleton Center at 400 E. Hickory St. near downtown Denton. Works from all 24 DISD elementary campuses will be included. A reception will be held on opening night, March 5 from 6 to 8pm, for all of the student artists, their families, and their art teachers. Many thanks to GDAC for hosting this exhibit in their gallery space and to our DISD elementary art teachers for coordinating this event.

All events will be at the respective campus unless noted. Visit the Fine Arts calendar for more details.

Feb 18 - Guyer HS Band Concerto Competition, 7pm

Feb 18 - McMath MS Choir UIL Showcase Concert, 6:30pm

Feb 19 - Guyer HS Band Chamber Dinner Concert, 6:30pm

Feb 20 - Braswell Zone BHS-NMS-RMS Bands Pre-UIL Concert, 6:30pm

Feb 21 - DISD 5th Grade Honor Choir Concert at Ryan HS, 6:15pm

Feb 21-22 - Denton HS Fillies Follies "Believe", 7pm

Feb 22 - HS Art 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

Mar 4-5 - UIL Region 2 MS Band Concert & Sight-reading Assessment at Lake Dallas HS

Mar 5 - UIL 5A One Act Play District Contest

Mar 5 - DISD 6th Grade and 9/10 Honor Choir Concert, 6:30pm at Ryan HS

Mar 19 - Stephens Elem 4th Grade Music Program, 6:30pm

Mar 20 - UIL 6A One Act Play District Contest

Mar 24 - UIL 6A One Act Play Bi-District Contest

Mar 24 - McMath MS Orchestra Spring Concert, 6pm

Mar 25 - DISD Winter Guard Showcase, 7pm at Guyer HS Gym

Mar 26 - UIL 5A One Act Play Bi-District Contest

Mar 26 - DISD HS Band Pre-UIL, 8am-5pm at Denton HS

Mar 26 - Paloma Creek Elem Fine Arts/STEAM Night, 6-7:30pm

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Denton ISD Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie deMontmollin, Director

Eddy Russell, Assistant Director

Steve Bonham, Administrative Assistant

Becky Taylor, Administrative Assistant