Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of December 15-19

Monday, December 15

FES Strings Concert @6:00pm in the Cafeteria

MVES 1st and 2nd Grade Christmas Program @ 6:30pm

CHS Accelerated/Advanced Piano Recital @ 6:30pm in the Canyon High School Performing Arts Center

SVHS Beginning Classes Piano Recitals @ 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm in the Smithson Valley High School Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception between each concert.

Tuesday, December 16

SVHS Band Concert @ 6:30pm in the Smithson Valley High School Performing Arts Center

SVMS and SBMS Orchestra Concert @7:00pm at SVMS Cafetorium.

ISES Kinder Holiday Performance @ 6:30pm

KRES 2nd Grade Concert @ 6:30pm

MES 3rd Grade Concert @ 6:30pm

CMS Band Concert 6:30pm @ Canyon Middle School

CHMS Band and Choir Concert, Fine Arts Showcase and Spaghetti Dinner @ 7:00pm

MVMS Choir Concert @ 6:30pm in the MVMS Cafeteria

Wednesday, December 17

SVHS Advanced Piano Recitals @ 6pm and 7:30pm in the Smithson Valley High School Performing Arts Center. There will be a reception between each concert.

OCES Kinder Program 8:15-8:45am, 1st grade Program 9:15-9:45am, 2nd grade Program 1:30-2:00pm

Thursday, December 18

OCES 3rd grade Program 8:15-8:45am, 4th grade Program 9:15-9:45am, 5th grade Program 1:30-2:00pm

RCES Christmas Program (2nd grade)@6:00pm

CSES 2nd grade:The Night Before Christmas

GFES Holiday Music Program @ 6:00pm

KRES Kinder Concert @ 8:30AM

KRES 4th Grade Concert @ 6:30pm

RCES Christmas program (2nd grade) @ 6pm

CLHS Christmas Choir Concert @ 7:00pm in the Canyon Lake High School Performing Arts Center

SVHS Christmas Choir Concert @ 7:00pm in the Smithson Valley High School Performing Arts Center

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CHS Choirs Featured on Television During the Holiday

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The CHS Choirs will be one of the featured choirs on the KCWX TV Holiday Special which airs Dec. 24 in the evening and Dec. 25 in the morning. The performances can be seen on Channel 2 at 7 PM on Christmas Eve and 9 or 10 AM on Christmas Day.

Fine Arts Quote of the Week

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Did You Know?

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SVHS Transports Audience to the 1950's With Grease

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Based on the sub-cultures of high school life in the 1950's, Grease takes place at Rydell High School, where Danny Zuko fronts his gang - the raucous T-Birds - who romance their sassy female equivalents - the Pink Ladies. When 'good-girl' Sandy Dumbrowski arrives in town, the Pink Ladies take her under their collective wing and the singing and dancing takes the audience on a nostalgic rock-n-roll journey. SVHS's production of Grease combined the unique and varied talents of over seventy students, staff, and community members. The pit was under the direction of Dain Vereen, choral direction was provided by Joanna Thomasson, Carla Schumann served as technical and choreography director and Casey O'Bryant directed the staging and acting. The cast, crew, musicians, and dancers worked hard to create a fantastically fun production that had the audience tapping their feet and singing along!

Bravo, SVHS!

Timberwood Park Elementary Strings Plays First Concert

Violin Concert at Timberwood Park Elementary
Students in the Timberwood Park Elementary After School Strings Program perform for family and Friends. Students are under the direction of Kenneth Holmes.

Canyon Middle School Jaguar Theatre and Choir Present

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On December 9th and 10th, CMS presented, Annie Jr., a shortened version of the original musical specially designed for young performers. The students collaborated with their directors to create a memorably and heartwarming experience. Throughout the musical, the students worked together to tell the story through song and dance. Not only did the students entertain the crowd with the optimistic message of the musical but, they also learned about topics presented in the musical like, the Great Depression and Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. The CHS Jaguar Theatre and Choir performers presented a wonderful evening of talent and optimism reminding us all that whenever life gets tough, just think: the sun will come out tomorrow.

Directors are: James Byers and Jennifer Rivera

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CLHS Band Members Achieve in Competition

The following CLHS students made Region Band:

Ashley S., flute

Maraleigh H., oboe

Phoenix D., alto sax

Dalton H., trumpet

Nathan M., trumpet

Cody H., french horn

Brittany T., french horn

Tristen P., trombone

Jolie T., trombone

Blake R., bass trombone

Dean G., percussion

Matthew G., percussion

Ben M., percussion

Mikaela R., percussion

The following CLHS students made Region Band and advance to AREA:

Alia A., clarinet

Katherine D., clarinet

Dustin G., clarinet

Zabrina S., clarinet

Brady P., trumpet

Jarrett S., trumpet

Jeremy R., french horn

Chris M., trombone

Marshall H., percussion

Treven M., percussion

Erin O., percussion


Mark R. Watley, Band Director

Joseph DeSantis, Assistant Band Director

Way to go, Hawks!
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CMS Violins and Cello Perform First Concert

CMS performed their first ever violin and cello concert for a full house of appreciative parents and community members. The students are under the direction of Kelsey Lien and the evening consisted of arrangements of Rolling Along, Lightly Row, Good King Wenceslas, Jingle Bells, Dreidel, and Jolly Old St. Nicholas.

Students performing:

Ryli B., Madison B., Trier H., Caitlyn L., Emily N., Madison R., Jenny S., Abigail S., Ania S., Phillip T., Avery W., and Xamira G.

Canyon Middle School - First Orchestra Concert
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Canyon High School Choir Students Celebrate Success at Pre-Area

CHS Choir had three students participate in the Pre-Area Contest and and Raymond A. will be advancing to the Area competition in January. Derek K. received 1st alternate.


Specht Elementary Music Performances from November and December Demonstrate Skills

On Veteran's day SES was joined by the Smithson Valley HS Band, JROTC, and had wonderful musical selections performed by the 5th grade students. There was even a special surprise for Principal Sundt. The SES "Guest" speaker was a very big secret, and after pulling some strings SES able to bring in none other than Ms. Sundt's father who is a retired Army Veteran who graduated from West Point in 1959. Not a dry eye in the house!

To kick off the holiday season, SES's wonderful 2nd grade students put on a "Rock n Roll Christmas" with various selections using some Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop, and some Traditional Holiday Music. They had a great time and so did their parents!

SES music teacher is Adrian Ramirez.

Comal ISD Band and Choir Students Support Community Events in December

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Middle School and High School Band and Choir Students from across the district show their support for community events by singing and performing in such events as the Sattler Christmas parade and the St. Jude's Ranch Jingle Bell Run 5K.

Pictured: MVMS and CLHS marching in the Sattler Parade. Directors are CLHS- Mark Whatley and Joseph Desantis, MVMS- Eduardo Gonzales and Bobby Delong

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SVHS Band Students Qualify for Region 12 All-District and All-Region Band

Congratulations to the following Smithson Valley HS students for making the TMEA Region 12 All-District Band:
Austin C., Sarah H., Abigail M., Natalie M., Riley O., Ellen P., Garrett S.,
Serena V., Amanda W., Andy T., Joel W., Ben R., Samuel A., and Derek F.

Congratulations to the following Smithson Valley HS students for making the TMEA Region 12 All-Region Band:
Austin C., Sarah H., Abigail M., Natalie M., Riley O., Ellen P., Garrett S., Amanda W., Andy T., and Joel W.

Congratulations to the following Smithson Valley HS students for advancing to the TMEA Area level audition:
Natalie M., Riley O., Garrett S., and Andy T.

Band Directors are:

Matt Boening

Dain Vereen

Jeffrey Yates

Samuel Woodfield

Awesome Job, Rangers!

Bill Brown Elementary Students Perform at Broadway Bank and HEB

Bill Brown Elementary School Choir at Broadway Bank
Under the direction of Carol Murray, fourth and fifth grade students perform for the community at Broadway Bank and HEB.

CSES and MES Students to Perform with the San Antonio Symphony

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Congratulations to Clear Spring Elementary and Morningside Elementary! They were awarded the Target Field Trip Grant to cover the transportation cost to travel to the brand new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. Fifth grade students will travel to the Tobin on May 20th to play recorders with the San Antonio Symphony, followed by a picnic at the newly renovated Travis Park. This experience marks the second time CSES has participated in the Carnegie Foundation program, Link Up With the Orchestra, The Orchestra Sings with the San Antonio Symphony. Last year, students performed at Trinity University and this year they will experience performing in the state of the art Tobin Center. Students will spend time in music classes learning songs, movement, and recorder parts to prepare for their 11:10 AM performance with the San Antonio Symphony.

Comal ISD Students Excel in Hill Country Honor Band

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November 16, 2014 marked the occurrence of the 8th annual Hill Country Honor Band Clinic and Concert. This event was a gathering of some of the best middle school musicians from Comal County and surrounding areas. 280 student musicians from Bastrop, Canyon, Cedar Creek, Church Hill, Goodnight, Miller, Smithson Valley and Spring Branch Middle Schools participated in an audition process held at Church Hill Middle School on November 1, 2014. From that group, 81 were chosen to represent their respective school in a clinic and concert held at the Smithson Valley High School Performing Arts Center. They were treated to a full day of rehearsing and performing under the direction of Mr. Scott McDonald, an area band director for the past 32 years. The students learned a large amount of music and performed it that same afternoon. They performed quite admirably, made new friends, and memories that will last a lifetime. The band directors are to be commended for creating this opportunity and continuing to see to its success every year even as schedules become quite busy.

Keep the music playing!

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Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar

The 2014-15 Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar can be found at the Comal ISD website.

Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.

Comal ISD Ovations!

"Ovations" is a way to showcase and thank those teachers, students, administrators, community members, families, etc. that go above and beyond to support Comal ISD Fine Arts. Please email Mandy Epley at to submit your "Ovation"!


Mr. Kelsey Lien at Canyon Middle School- " He stepped into teaching a new orchestra program at the last minute, and Tuesday's concert was delightful! He obviously loves working with the kids, and they have come such a long way."-Liz Templeman

Mr. James Byers and Ms. Jennifer Rivera for successfully directing Annie Jr., their first musical at CMS.

Virtual Gallery

This week, the gallery features work from Garden Ridge Elementary and Canyon High School.
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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!

Meeting Schedule

6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room

February 3

April 6

Community Connections

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The Arts In Action Committee is putting together a directory of community members and businesses that are interested in partnering with the arts in Comal ISD. If you are interested in speaking with fine arts classes at all levels about how the arts impact you and how arts skills benefit you in your profession, or if you have a business that is interested in hosting student performances, please contact Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at

Comal ISD Fine Arts

If you have news, events, or celebrations you wish to have shared in this newsletter, please send an email to Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at
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