Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter
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Fine Arts Events for the Week of April 20-24
April 20, 2015
CHS Night of One Acts @ 6:30pm in the CHS PAC
April 23, 2015
CLHS Dance Spring Show @7:00pm in the CLHS PAC
SVMS One Act Play Performance@ 7:00pm in the SVMS Cafetorium
GRES Final Strings Performance @5:00pm
April 24, 2015
CLHS Dance Spring Show @7:30pm in the CLHS PAC
April 25, 2015
CHS performs at Schlitterbahn SoundWaves Choral Festival
CLHS Lil Emmy Clinic
CLHS Dance Spring Show @1:30pm and 7:30pm in the CLHS PAC
CHS Band Banquet TBA
Canyon Lake High School Spring Show
“TAKE MORE CHANCES, DANCE MORE DANCES”
- APRIL 24TH @ 7:30 PM
- APRIL 25TH @ 1:30 PM AND 7:30 PM
- CANYON LAKE EMERALD THEATER
- CHILDREN 2 AN UNDER: FREE
- STUDENTS: $5 (BEFORE APRIL 22ND) $7 AT THE DOOR
- ADULTS: $8 (BEFORE APRIL 22ND) $10 AT THE DOOR
There will be a barbeque lunch/dinner that will be $10 for drink, food and dessert.
Contact Dance Director, Kara Endsley at email@example.com with any
Fine Arts Quote of the Week
Did You Know?
Canyon High School Choirs Celebrate UIL Success!
Canyon HS Non-Varsity Treble Choir received a 2 in Concert and straight 1s in Sight-reading.
Exaudi! Laudate!, by Patton
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, by Felciano
You Stole My Love, by MacFarren
Tone is homogenous – bravo!
Overall, good choral tone.
I love the energy that you sing with.
Good musicality and sensitivity in your singing.
So musical; nice way to start off our afternoon – thank you!!
Canyon HS Varsity Treble Choir received Sweepstakes – (1-1-2 in Concert; 1-1-1 in Sight Reading)
Cantate Domino, by Hassler
Musica Dei Donum Optimi, by Dvorak
Hello, Girls, by Pfautsch
Nice warm ensemble sound!
Good job with dynamic and word/syllable stress.
You obviously work on musicianship… a lot! It shows here today in a most expressive, yet careful reading.
A musical and expressive reading.
Canyon HS Varsity Mixed Choir received Sweepstakes – (1-1-2 in Concert; 1-1-1 in Sight-reading)
Alles hat seine Zeit, by Haydn
Flower of Beauty, by Clements
Soon-Ah Will Be Done, by Dawson
Involved engaged singers – sensitive to text and the musical performance.
Excellent German diction!
Love your intensity and precision.
I have sooo enjoyed the choirs from your school! Clearly, daily work is spent on fundamentals and there is a connection between choir & teacher.
Thank you for your outstanding work – very musical and expressive.
Now that’s teamwork!
You sang confidently.
The CHS Choir Director is Shareen Vader.
Smithson Valley High School Choirs Shine at UIL Concert and Sight reading!
SVHS Varsity Mixed Chorus received a 1 in Concert and a 2 in Sight-reading
Acc: Gwen Gabriel
Ecco, Quel Fiero Istante (Mozart/Carl)
Where Dwells the Soul of My Love (Childs)
Let All The People Say Amen (Choplin)
SVHS Non-Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received a 2 in concert and a 2 in Sight-reading
Acc: Gwen Gabriel
Chickens in the Garden (Hatfield)
Child of God (Anon. or Trad./Crocker)
Take, O Take Those Lips Away (Hughes/Loose)
SVHS Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a 2 in Concert and a 1 in Sightreading
Acc: Gwen Gabriel
I Did Not Die (Ulrich)
Deo Gracias (Leininger)
Ah! si mon moine voulait danser! (French)(Anon. or Trad./Patriquin)
SVHS Sub Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a 3 in Concert and a 2 in Sight-reading.
Acc: Gwen Gabriel
Torah Orah (opt clarinet & bass) (Anon. or Trad./Adams)
For the Beauty of the Earth (Rutter)
El Coqui from Three A cappella Folk Songs from Around the World (Winebrenner)
SVHS Varsity Treble Chorus received Sweepstakes with a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading.
Acc: Gwen Gabriel
Sail Away Ladies (Herrington)
Comments from the judges included:
Denise Eaton (former TMEA Vocal Division Vice President) writes about SVHS' 15 voice chorale-“I so enjoyed your program today!” Very musical and sensitive singing. Unified healthy tone-top to bottom. “I have so enjoyed all the choirs from this school. Some wonderful teaching and learning happening at Smithson Valley.”
Said by Dinah Menger (vocal division vice president and current president elect of TMEA)-“So well prepared and pristine. You don’t need a lot of singers. You just need the right singers! You are the right ones! Thank you for listening, working hard and giving a truly musical performance.”
Canyon Lake High School Choir Showcases Excellence at UIL Competition!
CLHS Varsity Mixed Chorus received Sweepstakes with a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading.
God of Life (from The Seasons) (Haydn/Scholz)
The Sweetheart of the Sun (Barnum)
Let There Be Light (Courtney)
CLHS Varsity Tenor/Bass Chorus received Sweepstakes with a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading.
What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor? (Anon. or Trad./Eddleman)
The Silent Land (Childs)
I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart (Hogan/ Eklund)
CLHS Varsity Treble Chorus received Sweepstakes with a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading.
Exaudi! Laudate! (Latin) (Patton)
Ubi Caritas (Gjeilo)
Now Let Me Fly (Gibbs)
CLHS Non-Varsity Treble Chorus received a 1 in Concert and a 2 in Sight-reading.
Cantate Domino! Alleluia! (Latin) (Miller)
Shady Grove (Anon. or Trad./Bertaux)
The Cloths of Heaven (Elenor Daley)
Judges comments included:
"Just fabulous, Amazing Musicians!"
"Challenging performance sung with artistry!"
"You sing with great heart, passion and skills."
Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar
Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.
Musical mindset at Indian Springs Elementary
The halls of Indian Springs Elementary School are alive with a variety of musical sounds this spring from native Texas twangs and classical violins to African drums and rhythmic recorders. Musical opportunities abound both inside and outside the classroom for students who can’t stop tapping their toes. Venessa Sloan is the Indian Springs music instructor.
Opportunities such as the Recorder Club, Percussion Club, Strings and the Coyote Choir meet before or after school up to twice a week. Students learn to play instruments, read rhythms and notes and are better prepared for middle school band, choir and orchestra.
The Recorder Club for third through fifth graders meets twice a week before school begins. Students are learning challenging music and having a blast incorporating dance and chants to upbeat recorder music.
Fourth and fifth graders are enjoying the Percussion Club. This group is working on a curriculum that incorporates character traits to drumming; this wonderful concept teaches rhythms in a new and innovative way. African drums and non-pitched percussion instruments are used including the djembe and tubana drums, rain sticks, guiro and claves, gongokui, cowbell, shekere and the talking drum (Adondo). Xylophones are also incorporated to further their enjoyment and to challenge their musical abilities.
The Coyote Choir is back as well this spring and preparing for its Leadership Day performance on Tuesday, May 19. As a Leader in Me campus, Indian Springs Elementary School has spent the year implementing Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into every aspect of its curriculum including music. Leadership Day is open to the community, and everyone is invited to the campus to see the performances and more.
Violin students in both first- and second- year Strings continue to meet twice a week after school and have made wonderful strides in reading music and playing their instruments.
It turns out that getting up a little early or staying a little late at school isn’t so bad when music is involved.
Of course, that’s not all. Every student at Indian Springs Elementary School is involved in a big music production once during the school year through music class, and this spring will showcase the fourth, first and fifth grades.
Fourth grade students kicked off the New Year with a salute to Texas, taking the stage and showing off their Texas history knowledge with an Alamo backdrop, cactus, a bucking cowboy and windmill. Dressed in matching red bandannas and cowboy boots, the students wowed the audience with six handmade flags representing the six flags of Texas and performing state classics including Texas Our Texas, There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas, Miles and Miles of Texas, Deep in the Heart of Texas and Shake Them Simmons Down. The finale, however, had everyone smiling when the school’s principal, Marisa Wulfsberg, was called on stage and was serenaded to George Strait’s tune Amarillo by Morning.
The stage will become a jungle in April for the first grade performance of Welcome to the Jungle. With a waterfall, hanging monkeys and a jungle backdrop, students will also wear animal masks and self-made costumes! Every first grader will be singing and dancing in this upbeat musical about friendship!
Fifth graders are busy wrapping up the year with a talent show in May and graduation in June. They are sure to have a few teary-eyed parents when they perform songs about their future and leaving behind childhood memories during their graduation ceremony on June 3.
Everyone is invited to Indian Springs Elementary School to see the joy that music brings. Upcoming performances include First Grade’s “Welcome to the Jungle” Musical at 6 p.m. on April 28; Percussion Club, Recorder Club and Strings Creativity Night at 5:30 p.m. on April 29, Coyote Choir Leadership Day on May 19, Fifth Grade Talent Show May 28, and Fifth Grade Graduation at 9 a.m., on June 3.
Area Summer Arts Programs
Several summer opportunities exist for students to continue their arts studies over the break. Some of those opportunities are listed below:
Southwest School of Art and Craft: June 8-Aug 10. One to 2 week long art classes for kids age 5-18. Tuition starts at $150/week. https://www.swschool.org/summerartstudios
Camp Artpace: June 15-19 for ages 6-8, June 22-26 for ages 9-12. 9am to 3 pm. Cost $200. Deadline to apply is May 29th. http://www.artpace.org/home/events/education/k-12/camp-artpace-ii-9-12-year-olds-2
Magik Theatre: Camp Showbiz: June 8-Aug 21. One to four week sessions. www.magiktheatre.org All day classes (9-3) for ages 5 and up with extended care available. See website for pricing. Has 2 locations this year.
Rose Theatre Youth Camps: June 8-Aug 21. Each one week session costs $225. Ages 5-16. http://www.therosetheatreco.com/acting_classes_and_camps/camps
Performing Arts San Antonio (at UTSA): June 8-July 31 for kids age 6-18. $250-$350 per one week session. http://performingartssa.org/san-antonio-summer-camp/
Woodlawn Theater Summer Camp: June 8-Aug 7. Ages 5-17. Two week sessions cost $215-$315. http://woodlawnapa.org/summer-theatre-camp/
Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Summer Symphony Camps: July 6-18. Any child age 8-18 with one year experience on violin, viola, cello or bass, or age 13-18 with 2 years’ experience on woodwind, percussion, or brass is eligible. $444, with need-based scholarships available. http://www.yosa.org/programs/yosa-camps/summer-symphony-camp/
Performing Arts Camp at UTSA: June 8-19. 3rd through 8th grade, $350. Check website for audition times, etc. http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/camps/performing-arts-camp
Carver Community Cultural Center Summer Camps: 3 week drama camp for ages 6-18, June 8-26, $175. 2 week dance camp for ages 8-18, July 13-24, $175. (Sorry, this was all full as of 4/5, but they have a waiting list.) http://www.thecarver.org/education/summer-camps/
UTSA Middle School Band Camp: June 22-26. Audition required. Day camp only. For students entering 6-9th grade with at least one year of experience. $299. http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/camps/middle-school-band-camp
UTSA Summer Music Institute: July 20-24. Ages 13-18. String or piano students. Audition required. $380 for commuter students, $595 to stay on campus.
UTSA Flute Camp: June 15-19. For middle and high school students with at least one year experience. $200, or $450 for high school students who want to stay on campus. http://music.utsa.edu/index.php/camps/flute-camp-information
Texas State Strings Camp: June 21-27. http://www.music.txstate.edu/stringcamp/
UT Middle School String Orchestra Camp: June 14-20. http://lmc.music.utexas.edu/camps/middle-school-string-orchestra-camp/
Baylor Summer Music Camp, Middle School: June 21-27. http://www.baylor.edu/busmc/index.php?id=45710
Texas Lutheran University Summer Music Academy: July 5-10. http://www.tlu.edu/about/community/summer-music-academy/
Comal ISD is not affiliated with any listed summer programs or camps.
Comal ISD Ovations!
STANDING OVATIONS THIS WEEK GO OUT TO:
The CISD Choir Teachers who work diligently to inspire their students and help them to showcase their talents. Bravo!