• Monthly Arts Update

  • May 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/1/2022

    The 2021-22 school year is closing with a full slate of concerts and theatrical productions.  These final performances are the culmination of your students’ fine arts studies this year, and we hope you are able to take one in.  They are anxious to show you what they’ve learned!

    Below, find the events taking place this month that we know of.  We do add others, as we learn of them.  Please be sure to check this page frequently for updates, or consult your school website calendar for additional events.

    • May 3:  Desert Canyon ES, Redfield ES, Desert Canyon MS Spring Band Concert, 6 p.m., DCMS Gym
    • May 4: Cochise ES Spring Chorus Concert, Music Makes the World Go ‘Round,’ 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    • May 4: Desert Canyon ES 4th Grade Choir musical, Rats! The Story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin, 6:30 p.m., Desert Canyon MS stage
    • May 5: Cocopah MS and Chaparral HS Orchestras’ Cinco de Mayo concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    • May 5: Arcadia HS CMAS (Creative Musical Arts & Sciences) Songwriter Night and Senior Recognition program, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    • May 6: Pueblo ES Kindergarten Mother’s Day Celebration, Celebrating Moms through Music, 2:30 p.m.
    • May 6 - 7: Cocopah MS musical, Seussical, 6 p.m. (May 6); 2 p.m. (May 7), Cafetorium
    • May 10: Desert Canyon ES, Redfield ES, Desert Canyon MS Area Orchestra Concert, 6 p.m., DCMS Cafeteria
    • May 10: Mohave MS Band Concert, 6:30 p.m., Gym
    • May 12: Pueblo ES Dust Devil Singers and Mariachi Band Spring Concert, 6 p.m.
    • May 12: Ingleside MS Spring Band and Orchestra Concert and Awards, 6 p.m.
    • May 12 - 13: Sequoya ES 4th & 5th Grades musical, Shrek, The Musical, Jr., 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    • May 13: Pueblo ES 1st Grade Patriotic Celebration honoring veterans, 2:30 p.m.
    • May 13: Chaparral HS Advanced Photography students, Visions exhibition opening night, 5 p.m., Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), 7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale
    • May 13: Saguaro HS Spring Dance Concert, From Broadway to L.A., featuring dances from Broadway and movie hits, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    • May 16: Ingleside MS Choir Concert, 6 p.m., Arcadia HS
    • May 17: Desert Canyon MS May Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    • May 17: Saguaro HS Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    • May 19: Anasazi ES 5th grade Orchestra performs with Mountainside MS 6th grade Strings, 5 p.m., Mountainside Cafeteria
    • May 19: Arcadia HS Festival, featuring CMAS and AHS Dance and Theater students, 5 p.m., Mt. Olympus
    • May 19: Laguna ES 5th grade Orchestra performs with Mountainside MS 6th grade Strings, 6 p.m., Mountainside Cafeteria.
    • May 19: Desert Canyon ES 5th Grade Choir Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m., Desert Canyon MS stage
    • May 19: Coronado HS End-of-the-Year Choir Concert, featuring Varsity Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and signature Senior soloists & small groups, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    • May 20: Coronado HS Band and Orchestra Final Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium

    SUSD Receives Music Education Award    2022 Best Communities for Music Education

    Scottsdale Unified is among 738 school districts nationwide and one of just five in Arizona named as one of the best communities for music education. The designation comes from the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its more than 10,000 members worldwide.  The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders to make music education part of a well-rounded public education for all students.  During the pandemic, music and arts programs were vital to keeping students engaged in school, especially when they were learning remotely from home. 

    State Seal of Arts Proficiency  Art Proficiency Seal

    Their mastery of Arizona’s arts education standards through personal expression and creative experiences, Arts coursework academic records, participation in arts-related extracurricular activities and submission of outstanding capstone projects will result in the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency being attached to the diplomas of 60 SUSD seniors when they’re handed out May 25.  From Band, Choir, Dance, Orchestra, Theater and Visual Arts, these members of the Class of 2022 – three from Arcadia, 22 from Chaparral, 16 from Desert Mountain and 19 from Saguaro – have excelled in their arts paths during their high school careers.  Two Saguaro students will receive double seals.  This group of seniors faced and overcame many, many challenges placed on their arts pursuits during the past two years, when the arts were exceedingly constrained, and they did so with poise and patience.  SUSD is proud to be able to offer the well-rounded arts education programs that enable such accomplishments and further the desire to pursue passion for the arts, post-secondary and professionally. Congratulations, seniors!

    Agora Festival      https://www.flickr.com/photos/susd/albums/72177720298124368

    The ArcadAgora Festivalia Learning Community’s annual Agora Festival returned April 14, following two-years’ worth of COVID-caused cancellations.  Student art from all five schools (Arcadia, Echo Canyon, Hopi, Ingleside, Tavan) was exhibited, the Arcadia dance team wowed, and the music of Arcadia’s CMAS (Creative Musical Arts and Sciences) and Jazz Ensemble students filled the late afternoon air.  Face painting, jewelry making and a photo booth engaged festival-goers, not to mention fed them: tacos and funnel cakes!  It was great to see the Arcadia community together again for this long-standing fine arts event.

    So Long, Farewell, Mr. Como! 
     Como retires from Chaparral

    After 20 years at the helm of Chaparral High School’s theatre program (and another 10 years before that at Coronado High School), revered SUSD theatre teacher Ed Como is retiring at the end of the school year.  Students from the past two decades of Chaparral school productions were on hand last month for the final performance of the school’s spring musical, Mamma Mia!, joining the cast on stage at its conclusion to celebrate one of their favorite teachers, who is simply known as “Como.”  For his part, Mr. Como summed up his life’s work in this way:  “It’s never been about me.  It’s always been about them,” pointing to the current and past students who had gathered to honor him.  Best wishes, Mr. Como, and thank you for sharing your passion for the arts and theatrical expression with and through your students! Chaparral

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  • April 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2022

    Events and Performances

    Theater MasksIf the sunny skies and warming temperatures aren’t enough, you can tell what time of year it is based on the activities of SUSD’s many, many fine arts students!  Between spring concerts, theatrical productions and art shows (and some are combined), our musicians, singers, actors, stagehands, sculptors and painters are ready to share their amazing talents with their families and classmates and the community. 

    Below are the events we know about, but the list may not be all-inclusive.  Please be sure to check with your school or its website calendar for additional events.

    • April 1-2: Grease, 7 p.m., Desert Mountain HS Auditorium
    • April 1-2: Mamma Mia!, 6:30 p.m. (4/1); 2 p.m. (4/2), Saguaro High School Auditorium
    • April 2-26: Scottsdale Sister Cities Association’s “Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2022: Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All” art exhibit, featuring SUSD high school contest winners, Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Branch, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale; April 2 award ceremony and opening reception, 2 p.m.
    • April 6: Cochise ES Creative Arts Festival, 5 p.m.
    • April 11-19: Desert Mountain HS IB program Senior Art Exhibition, Library
    • April 12-13-14: Mamma Mia!, 7 p.m., Chaparral HS Auditorium
    • April 14: Arcadia Learning Community Agora Arts Festival, Arcadia HS, 5 p.m.
    • April 21: Sequoya ES Art Walk, 4th/5th grade Band & Strings, 5 p.m.
    • April 21: Arcadia HS CMAS Showcase, CMAS Soundstage, 6 p.m,
    • April 22: Pueblo ES 4th/5th grade Guitar concert, 2:30 p.m.
    • April 23: Hopi ES Spring Fine Arts Fair, 10 a.m.
    • April 27: Cheyenne Traditional Evening Under the Stars; art, music, dinner; 5 p.m.
    • April 27: Desert Mountain HS Senior Showcase & Mountainside MS Choir Concert, 7 p.m., Desert Mountain HS Auditorium
    • April 27-28-29: Once Upon A Mattress, 6 p.m., Coronado High School Auditorium
    • April 28: Cochise ES 3rd Grade Recorder Karate Concert, 9 a.m., Cafeteria
    • April 28: Navajo ES Re-Opening and Spring Fine Arts Garden Event; 3rd grade Chorus, 4th/5th grade Band & Strings performances, 4:30 p.m.
    • April 28: Cherokee ES Art Walk; Choir, Band & Strings performances, food; 5 p.m.
    • April 28: Desert Mountain HS piano recital, 7 p.m.
    • April 29: Pueblo ES 2nd grade musical, Squirm, 2:30 p.m.
    • April 29: Desert Canyon MS Drama Club One-Acts: ShakesPLOSION and The Exceptional Middle School, Cafetorium, 6:30 p.m.
    • April 29: Chaparral HS Dance 4 a Cause, Spring Dance Concert, Auditorium, 7 p.m.

    Scottsdale Sister Cities Young Artists and Authors Showcase

    In the aforementioned Scottsdale Sister Cities Young Artists and Authors Showcase, the following SUSD high school students received recognition for their submissions:

    1st place:       Kaitlyn Baughman, Chaparral, color pencil, That’s Not How It Works

    3rd place:       Emily Johnson, Saguaro, acrylic/yarn/wood, Water Rich and Poor

    4th place:       Diana Lopez, Desert Mountain, acrylic/color pencil/watercolor, Oración A Chalchiuhtlicue

    5th place:       Harper Harris, Saguaro, watercolor, Nature Combating Humans

    Honorable Mention:
    Ciara Ulreich Power and Holly Small, Chaparral
    Paola Villalobos Ayala, Desert Mountain
    Katherine Dalton, Haley Ekstrom-Laveque, Brian Stevenson and Aluet Gaxiola Vera, Saguaro

    The exhibition runs through April 26 and is a collaboration between Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Artists’ School and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.  Congratulations to these students and their teachers, Chaparral’s Carson Bilger, Desert Mountain’s Anne Wilkins and Saguaro’s Mandie Alvarez!

    Sister Cities Young Artists


    Musically, SUSD students continue to make their mark on the state stage.  Carick Veale and Swae Miller-Estabrook of Desert Mountain High School received top honors for their recent Tier 2 Solo performances.  It’s the second year in a row for Carick.Musical Note

    Sixteen students will take part in the High School All State Band, Orchestra and Choir show at Northern Arizona University on April 9.  They include:

    Arcadia’s Lucy Kores, trombone, Band

    Chaparral’s Tanner Ramsey, alto saxophone, Band

    Desert Mountain’s Jack Meyers, tenor saxophone, Band; Luke Antioco, Max Farkas, Jameson Perreault-Perez, Morgan Taylor and Carick Veale, Choir; and Lillie Harper, viola; Yuki Matsui, viola; and Rakshak Shah, string bass, Orchestra

    Saguaro’s Collin Hutton, bassoon, and Jake Weiss, trombone, Band; Lexi Field, Choir; Olivia Schulte, cello, and Taeyan Tsosie, cello, Orchestra

    Phoenix Film Festival

    The Phoenix Film FestivalLastly, the Phoenix Film Festival is back this month, along with its Arizona Student Film Festival.  We’ll be rooting for Chaparral senior Annibelle Washburn, who has three entries in the competition for the best student-produced film and $1,000 grand prize.  All 16 films will be shown at a special screening on April 9 at Harkins Scottsdale 101.  Good luck, Annibelle!




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