• Monthly Arts Update

  • January 2023

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/6/2023
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  • Events and Performances

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/6/2023

    With SUSD students returning from winter break, they’re jumping back into their studies, including their pursuits in the fine arts. Several performances and events are scheduled for January.

    Jan. 10: Yavapai ES Band & Strings Concerts - 6 p.m. (Band); 6:45 p.m. (Strings), Thunderbird Hall
    Jan. 17:
    SUSD Middle School Honor Band Festival, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    Jan. 24:
    SUSD Middle School Honor Orchestra Festival, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS  
    Jan. 26: Navajo ES Annual Family STEAM Night, 5 p.m.

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  • Tempe Arts Festival

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/6/2023

    DMHS Senior Reese Bartrim’s entry, “Sonder” Thirty-one Desert Mountain High Schools students – freshmen through seniors – submitted entries to the fall Tempe Festival of the Arts that was held last month. Senior Reese Bartrim’s entry, “sonder,” received 3rd place recognition in the festival’s high school competition. Reese is enrolled in Visual Arts teacher Anne Wilkins’ Advanced Placement (AP) Drawing Portfolio and Senior Art Seminar courses this school year.

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  • Breakfast with Santa

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 1/6/2023

    Breakfast with Santa

    A longstanding annual event of Chaparral High School’s Art Club and Visual Arts Department was back with its 2022 edition last month. The Dec. 10 “Breakfast with Santa” event in collaboration with Phoenix’s Harmon Library brought toys, grab-and-go breakfasts and coloring books to children of the library’s South Mountain community. And if you think Santa bears some passing resemblance to teacher Jordan Ray, the Chaparral art elves will deny it!

    Read more at The SUSD Source  

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  • December 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    Events and Performances

    End-of-semester winter concerts get top billing during the next two weeks at SUSD schools. We have been informed of the following events. Consult your school’s website calendar for other events. We hope you enjoy seeing and hearing the results of your students' hard work this semester!

    Dec. 1: Pueblo ES Dust Devil Singers Fall Concert, 6 p.m., Café
    Dec. 1: Chaparral HS & Cocopah MS Orchestras Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    Dec. 1: Mountainside MS Choir Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    Dec. 5: Cherokee ES 5th Grade Woodwind Recital, 9:40 a.m.; 4th Grade Woodwind Recital, 10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 6: Laguna ES K-2 Drama Club performance, Happily Ever After, 5:30 p.m.
    Dec. 6: Desert Canyon MS Choir Winter Concert with Desert Canyon ES 4th & 5th Grade Choir, 6 p.m., DCMS Cafeteria
    Dec. 6: Ingleside MS Choir Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Arcadia HS
    Dec. 6: Tonalea MS Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.
    Dec. 6: Tonalea MS Winter Choir Concert with Yavapai ES and Coronado HS, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium, Coronado HS
    Dec. 6: Chaparral HS Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble & Marching Band Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 7: Cherokee ES 5th Grade Strings 1 & 2 Recital, 9:40 a.m.; 4th Grade Strings 1 & 2 Recital, 10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 7: Mohave MS & Saguaro HS Choirs Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Saguaro HS
    Dec. 8: Desert Canyon MS Orchestra and Desert Mountain HS Orchestra Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    Dec. 8: Desert Mountain HS Orchestra Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 8: Navajo ES Band & Strings Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Café
    Dec. 8: Cochise ES 4th and 5th Grade Chorus Winter Concert, 6:30 p.m.
    Dec. 8: Coronado HS Band & Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 8: Yavapai ES Yodelers Yuletide Concert, 6:30 p.m., Thunderbird Hall
    Dec. 12: Cherokee ES 5th Grade Brass Recital, 9:40 a.m.; 4th Grade Brass Recital, 10:30 a.m.
    Dec. 12: Chaparral HS Concert Choir, Advanced Vocal Ensemble and Gold Dust Avenue Winter Concert, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Dec. 13: Mountainside MS Orchestra Winter Concert, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Desert Mountain HS
    Dec. 15: Desert Canyon MS Theatre Arts Evening of One Acts, 6:30 p.m., Cafetorium
    Dec. 17: Desert Canyon MS, Coronado HS and Saguaro HS Marching Bands, Fiesta Bowl Parade, 10 a.m., Upper midtown Phoenix

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  • Theatre

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    Our high school stages were busy with wonderful Theatre productions last month.  November was also the month for the Arizona Thespians State Conference at which our theatre students had the opportunity to take part in various workshops, watch performances, compete for scholarships and compete against their peers from around the state in different stage tech categories.

    Chaparral Theatre

    Chaparral High School Theatre students won the state Thespians’ Award of Distinction, receiving Gold in all 3 areas judged.  Chaparral’s Tech Theatre students took 2nd, and 4th place overall, in the Tech Challenge, 1st and 2nd place in Knot Tying and 1st place in Costume Change (12.6 seconds – a new record!).


    Coronado High School Theatre student Benjamin Nava won a $1,000 Scholarship

    Coronado High School Theatre student Benjamin Nava won a $1,000 Scholarship to a week-long Broadway Summer Intensive in New York City.  While there, he will get to work with Broadway actors to improve his musical theatre skills and will have the opportunity to attend three Broadway shows! 


    Principal Ann Achtziger, Thespians’ conference Administrator of the Year

    Saguaro High School Theatre junior Michael Gross placed 2nd in the Tech Challenge Light Hang. Fiona Riley placed 1st in Playworks and two Sabercats, the aforementioned Fiona Riley and Spencer Wareing, were chosen as finalists for a workshop production of their original script.   As you may have read on the November Celebrations blog, Saguaro Principal Ann Achtziger was chosen as the Thespians’ conference Administrator of the Year.  It has been a good year to be a high school theatre student in SUSD!

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  • Kennedy Center

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    On November 16, our two STEAM Elementary schools – Navajo and Laguna – were privileged to host a wonderful Kennedy Center Artist residency and Teacher Professional Development training.  In partnership with Scottsdale Arts and to support integrating Arts into the curriculum, SUSD works to provide opportunities for our teachers and students to work with professional artists.  This particular residency was with a professional sculptor, who worked through the basics of sculpture and how teachers can use them to support deeper learning in their academic courses.  The artist went through one class for each grade level at Navajo, modeling the activity and then a three-hour professional development with Navajo and Laguna faculty and administration.  It is so incredible to see the level of commitment of our amazing teachers and administrators who are continually looking for ways to make connections with their students and implement Arts.

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    Kennedy Center Kennedy Center

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  • Marching Bands

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    SUSD’s high school marching bands ended their season last month.  These students have been working on their marching and musicianship since summer band camps and rehearsals.  Marching band is a months-long commitment to rehearsing early in the morning, after school, into the evenings and at weekend competitions.  The amount of dedication these young musicians and their teachers put into the marching band season is incredible.

    November started with the SUSD Marching Invitational at Coronado High School.  What an amazing night of band comradery and performance!   Trumpet sections from all five high school bands came together to perform the National Anthem to start off the night and then each band took the field with their competition show.  Take a look at our photo gallery here.  The evening was the dress rehearsal to the AzMBA (Arizona Marching Band Association) Championships on Nov. 12 and the ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Championships on Nov. 19. 

    Here’s how our schools fared:

    Arcadia Marching Band

    The Arcadia High School Marching Band competed in both the AzMBA and ABODA, placing 1st in the AzMBA Championships Division 1A and receiving Captions in Music, Visual, General Effect, and Auxiliary and 2nd Place in the ABODA Championships Division 3, with captions for Visual and Auxiliary.


    Chaparral Marching Band

    The Chaparral High School Marching Band competed in the ABODA circuit and the Nevada Marching Band Circuit in which it received 2nd place and the High Music Caption.


    Coronado Marching Band

    The Coronado High School Marching Band competed in the AzMBA circuit and received 11th place in the Division 1A Championships.


    DMHS  Marching Band

    The Desert Mountain High School Marching Band competed in both the AzMBA and ABODA circuits.  It received 7th place in the AzMBA Division 2A state competition and 9th place in ABODA’s Division 2.


    Saguaro Marching Band

    The Saguaro High School Marching Band competed in the ABODA Circuit and received 3rd place in Division IV, with a Percussion Caption.

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  • Choir

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 12/1/2022

    Last month, our Middle and High School choirs had their Choral Festival and performed for each other.  The Middle School choirs performed at Chaparral on November 14, which hosted middle school choirs from Cocopah, Desert Canyon, Ingleside, Mohave, Mountainside and Tonalea.  The choirs did a wonderful job and it was a great morning of music.  The High School Choir Festival was held November 21 at Saguaro High School, with the Chaparral, Coronado, Desert Mountain, and Saguaro choirs.  A big shout-out to SUSD’s wonderful choir teachers for supporting their students and creating such wonderful music.

    Chaparral Choir Cocopah Choir Coronado Choir DCMS Choir DMHS Choir Ingleside Choir Mohave Choir Mountainside Choir Saguaro Choir

     

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • November 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022

    Cafeteria stages and performance venues are getting a workout this month, as our high school theater programs contribute some well-known productions to this month’s Arts calendar, as well as several elementary schools’ Veterans Day programs.  As always, please consult your school or its website calendar for other artistic endeavors scheduled for this month.

    Events and Performances

    Nov. 2-3-4:  Coronado HS Theater production, Arsenic and Old Lace, 6 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 2-3-4:  Saguaro HS Theater production, Beauty and the Beast, 6:30 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 2-3-4-5:  Desert Mountain HS Theater production, Pippin, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 7-8-9:  Chaparral HS Coffee House Variety Show, 7 p.m., Auditorium
    Nov. 8:  SUSD Annual High School Marching Band Exhibition, 6 p.m., Coronado High School Stadium
    Nov. 9:  Pueblo ES 1st Grade Veterans Day program, 2:30 p.m., Cafeteria
    Nov. 10:  Desert Canyon Elementary Kindergarten and 1st Grade Veterans Day program, 9:30 a.m., Desert Canyon MS Gymnasium
    Nov. 10:  Hopi ES Choir Veterans Day Assembly, 9:30 a.m., Gymnasium
    Nov. 10:  U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium, Chaparral HS
    Nov. 15:  Cherokee ES Voices concert, 6 p.m., Cafeteria
    Nov. 16-17-18:  Desert Mountain HS Coffee House, time, 7 p.m., Auditorium

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