Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter
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Fine Arts Events for the Week of December 15-19
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
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)@6:00pmCSES 2nd grade:The Night Before Christmas
GFES Holiday Music Program @ 6:00pm
KRES Kinder Concert @ 8:30AMKRES 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
CHS Choirs Featured on Television During the Holiday
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
Did You Know?
SVHS Transports Audience to the 1950's With Grease
Timberwood Park Elementary Strings Plays First Concert
Canyon Middle School Jaguar Theatre and Choir Present
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
CLHS Band Members Achieve in Competition
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!
CMS Violins and Cello Perform First Concert
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 High School Choir Students Celebrate Success at Pre-Area
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
Pictured: MVMS and CLHS marching in the Sattler Parade. Directors are CLHS- Mark Whatley and Joseph Desantis, MVMS- Eduardo Gonzales and Bobby Delong
SVHS Band Students Qualify for Region 12 All-District and All-Region 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:
Awesome Job, Rangers!
Bill Brown Elementary Students Perform at Broadway Bank and HEB
CSES and MES Students to Perform with the San Antonio Symphony
Comal ISD Students Excel in Hill Country Honor Band
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!
Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar
Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.
Comal ISD Ovations!
STANDING OVATIONS THIS WEEK GO OUT TO:
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.
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!
6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room