Welcome to the Galena Park ISD Fine Arts Department!

The Fine Arts Department of Galena Park Independent School District includes the areas of art, dance, music, and theater. Also included are speech, debate & journalism, cheerleading, drill teams, fund-raising, district travel and booster organizations.

NSSH Theatre Ensemble

17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest Winners

(Above) Evelyn Morales (1st grade, WAE) earned 3rd Place in Division A at this year's 17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest

Inspired by Society for the Performing Arts' 2014-2015 education residency Caravanserai: Malaysia, the 17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest was entitled "My Caravanserai." Caravanserai: Malaysia was a three-part residency that introduced American audiences to exciting and dynamic artists from the Muslim world, and more specifically in 2014-2015, the art and culture of Malaysia. Woodland Acres Elementary had four students recognized in this year's Wells Fargo Student Art Contest. Evelyn Morales (1st grade) earned 3rd Place in Division A. Cristina Elizondo (5th grade) earned 3rd Place and Arly Cruz (5th Grade) earned Honorable Mention in Division B. Carly Orton (1st grade) received SPA Staff Selection recognition. This year's winning entries can be viewed at http://www.spahouston.org/education/student-programs/wells-fargo-student-art-contest. Congratulations to these talented Woodland Acres Elementary art students and their teacher Sonia Lloyd.

Tice Student Wins HLSR Coloring Contest

Tice 3rd Grader, Kiara Cooper, was the winner of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Coloring Contest for Leon Coffee. She won four tickets to the Rodeo. Tice Elementary art specialist is Jaime Coburn.

GPISD Celebrates Music In Our Schools Month

March has been officially designated by NAfME: The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. To celebrate MIOSM, Galena Park ISD holds a poster contest annually for 5th grade students. Campus winners receive a certificate, award ribbon, MIOSM pencil and have their poster displayed below (click any image below to enlarge). Support Music In Our Schools, support music in Galena Park ISD!

View the Music In Our Schools Month Poster Contest Winners Gallery

GPISD Music Teachers Attend TMEA Conference

(Above) Mr. Ken Wallace, Associate Superintendent for Educational Support and School Administration, and Mr. Sam Harris, Director for Fine Arts and Academic Enrichment, pose with GPISD band, choir and elementary music teachers at the 2015 TMEA Clinic/Convention in San Antonio.

Galena Park ISD band, choir and elementary music teachers attendeded the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association's annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA hosts the nation’s largest music educators convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in downtown San Antonio. In most recent years, the convention has drawn over 25,000 attendees. Through this annual convention, TMEA offers its members professional growth, inspiration, and motivation to help them deliver the best music education experience possible for the students of Texas. The annual convention features over 200 workshops for Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College educators and more than 50 performances (from elementary through college and professional groups), including performances by TMEA Honor Orchestras and Honor Bands, middle school and high school ensembles selected through a multi-tiered audition process. The convention also showcases over 1,000 exhibit booths representing all facets of the music education industry. Over 25,000 people from Texas and beyond attend the clinics, concerts, research sessions and presentations by internationally-recognized educators. The convention culminates on Saturday with the TMEA All-State Concerts sponsored by the Band, Orchestra, and Vocal Divisions.

GPISD Rodeo Art Show

The Galena Park Independent School District’s annual Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 15th in the North Shore Senior High School auditorium. This event featured artwork by approximately 450 students in grades K-12 from each elementary, middle and high school campus in the district. This year’s elementary “Best of Show” winner was Houston Towner (Havard Elementary) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Trinity Garcia (MacArthur Elementary). The middle school “Best of Show” winner was Marlene Santaloya (Woodland Acres Middle School) and the “Gold Medal” winner was Daniel Medina (North Shore Middle School). The high school “Best of Show” award went to Maria Rivera (North Shore Sr. High School). High school “Gold Medal” awards went to Adam Garcia (North Shore Sr. High School) and Zulma Mejia (North Shore Sr. High School). Congratulations to all of this year’s Rodeo Art Show participants and winners. View all of this year's winning artwork HERE.

GPISD Students Selected to All-State Band and Choir

Salvador Flores, a member of the Galena Park High School Band, and Taryn Surratt, a member of the North Shore Senior High School Choir, will perform with the Texas All-State Band and All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention. Both were chosen for this prestigious honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. Salvador Flores, who plays alto saxophone, is a sophomore at Galena Park High school and his band directors are Jessica Meng and Clayton Jasper. This is Salvador's first time to perform as a member of the TMEA All-State Band. Taryn Surratt, who sings alto, is a junior at North Shore Sr. High and her choir directors are Enrique Collazo, Adam Bendorf and Coty Raven Morris. This is Taryn's second time to perform as a member of the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2014 to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,600 students are selected through a process that begins with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 3% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.

Congratulations to both Salvador Flores and Taryn Surratt on being selected to the 2015 Texas All-State Band and Choir.

Mickey Wininger,
Mar 27, 2015, 11:23 AM
Mickey Wininger,
Mar 27, 2015, 9:37 AM