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.

Fine Arts Notes, January Edition


Galena Park High School presents Nunsense

Galena Park High School Theatre will present the long running, Off-Broadway, musical sensation Nunsense at 7 p.m. on January 29 & 30 and February 5 & 6 in the GPHS Rountree auditorium. Tickets are $5.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury (whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer!). The nuns decide to put on a benefit performance of the musical Grease in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.

Please contact Amy Harris, GPHS theatre director, with any questions regarding this upcoming production.

Annual Rodeo Art Show

The Galena Park Independent School District’s annual Rodeo Art Show was held on Thursday, January 14th 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. The Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM School Art Committee judged the 2016 GPISD Rodeo Art Show and bestowed special recognition on eight pieces of artwork selected as “Best in Show”, “Gold Medal” and "Special Merit" winners. Those winning pieces will be prominently displayed in the Hayloft Gallery at the NRG Center throughout the duration of this year’s Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM. Approximately 50 pieces of art, as determined by the final round of Grand Prix judging, will be auctioned. Every participant in the School Art Program is a winner, receiving a certificate of merit signed by the Show president, and a blue, red or white ribbon for achievement. Click HERE for additional information.

Seven GPISD Students Selected to All-State Band and Choir

Seven students were recently selected to the Texas Music Educators Association All-State band and choir. Salvador Flores, Galena Park High School, was selected to the 5A Symphonic Band on the alto saxophone. Jesus Guerra, Galena Park High School was selected to the Men's Choir as a Tenor 2. Corbin Mason, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Men's Choir as a Tenor 1. Viveca Richards, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Women's Choir as a Soprano 1. Kevin Rosacia, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Mixed Choir as a Tenor 1. Michelle Sanchez, Galena Park High School, was selected to the Women's Choir as an Alto 1. Taryn Surratt, North Shore Sr. High School, was selected to the Mixed Choir as a Soprano 2. Congratulations to these talented musicians and their directors Adam Bendorf (NSSHS Choir), Enrique Collazo (NSSHS Choir), Isaias Degollado (GPHS Choir), Clayton Jasper (GPHS Band), Jessica Meng (GPHS Band), Coty Raven Morris (NSSHS Choir) and Daniel Ponce (GPHS Choir).

NSSHS Choir Performs Texas Administrators

The North Shore Senior High School Chorale recently performed by invitation at the Texas Association of School Administrators’ 2016 Midwinter Conference in Austin on January 25th. It was a tremendous honor for the NSSHS mixed choir to be invited to perform for this distinguished group of school leaders from across the state of Texas. Congratulations to the NSSHS Chorale and their directors Enrique Collazo, Adam Bendorf and Coty Raven Morris

NSSH Band Marches to a Successful Season

Above: NSSH Band marches at the UIL Region 19 Marching Contest

The North Shore Senior High School Band recently completed it's most successful competitive marching season ever. The band started the year by placing 1st in the GPISD Marching Band Festival for the first time in school history and followed that accomplishment by receiving “Best Colorguard”, “Best Drumline”, “Outstanding Music”, “Outstanding Visual”, “Outstanding General Effect”, “Best in Class” and “1st Place Overall” awards at the USBands Sugarland Showcase. At the UIL Region 19 Marching Band Contest the band received rave reviews, 1st Division ratings from all adjudicators and was invited to perform in exhibition at the UIL Area F Class 5A Marching Band Contest. The band finished it's competitive year at the Bands of America Super Regional held at the Alamodome in San Antonio where they competed against sixty-four of the best bands in the country finishing 23rd overall, 11th place in music and received a 1st Division rating.

Above: NSSH Marching Band drum majors, directors and staff displaying awards from 
the USBands Sugarland Showcase

The band finished the marching season supporting the NSSHS football team throughout the post-season playoffs were the Mustangs clinched the UIL Class 6A Division I State Championship title by  defeating Austin Westlake 21-14 at NRG Stadium on December 19th. Congratulations to the entire NSSHS Band program and their directors Shane Goforth, John Reed and Jonathan VanOmmeren on a very successful fall. Go Mustangs! 

Above: NSSH band director Shane Goforth and football coach Jon Kay with the
UIL Class 6A Division I State Championship trophy

Fire Prevention Poster Contest Winners Named

Eight Galena Park ISD art students earned recognition in The Houston Fire Museum’s 41st annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Jacob Lloyd (WAE) won 1st place and Kaleb Welch (WAE) won 2nd place in 5th grade. Gustavo Cardoso (NSMS) won 2nd place and Makayla See (NSMS) won 3rd place in 7th grade. Josafat Alcontara (WAMS) won 1st place, Leonardo Cardenas (NSMS) won 2nd place and Xenia Garcia (NSMS) won 3rd place in 8th grade. Also in 8th grade Destiny Membrano (WAMS) received Honorable Mention recognition. In addition to earning 1st place in 5th grade, Jacob Lloyd (WAE) also placed 3rd overall, just behind two 12th grade studentsVisit www.houstonfiremuseum.org for more details. Congratulations to each of these young artists and their teachers Lizette Galvan-Portillo (NSMS), Sonia Lloyd (WAE), Christine Nguyen (NSMS) and Luis Pruneda (WAMS).

Jacob Lloyd from Woodland Acres Elementary received 1st Place
for 5th grade and 3rd Place Overall in The Houston Fire Museum’s
41st annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Mickey Wininger,
Nov 9, 2015, 8:48 AM
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Jan 28, 2016, 7:27 AM