Orchestra Awarded 3 Distinctions:
The Rockwall High School Orchestra traveled to San Antonio on April 19-21, 2018. While in San Antonio, they received a performance clinic on their competition program from Dr. Dowdy, Orchestral Studies Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio.
They also competed in The American Classic Bluebonnet Music Festival, and after the two day competition was completed, the RHS Orchestra was awarded three distinctions:
- Superior Performance,
- Outstanding Performance,
- Best in Festival.
The RHS orchestra students continue to represent our school at the highest level in all their contests and performances. If you have not had the chance to listen to a performance, I recommend attending our RHS Orchestra Concert on May 22nd at 7:00 pm in the RHS Performing Arts Center.
AWARDS for cast & crew of OKLAHOMA!
We have received (5) nominations by the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards!
- Best Actor - Adam Brown
- Best Supporting Actor- Colby Sears
- Best Ensemble/Chorus
- Best Student Orchestra
- Best Musical Direction
This show was a fantastic experience and I am so blessed to work with such a great Fine Arts team! - Ms. Leigh Shelton
Orchestra 2017-18 WINS UIL Sweepstakes Award
RHS Orchestra participated in UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest. We are happy to share that that our varsity full (band and orchestra), varsity string, and junior varsity orchestras received straight ones (superior marks) from all six judges, thus each given the UIL Sweepstakes Award.
Our sinfonia orchestra received excellent marks for their stage performances and superior marks for their sight-reading adjudication.
Visual Art Scholastic Event
RHS art students were quite successful at the Regionals Visual Art Scholastic Event! We had 43 students attend, and they came back with 46 medals!
The following students and their art have been invited to compete at State:
Congratulations -Allexis T., Jordan R. , Bryce B., Kelsie B.
Bryce Brewer - Picture titled, OMAR
Kelsie Brouillette - Picture titled, Skeleton
Kelsie Bruilette - Picture titled, Boy In Blue
Jordan Rivas - Picture titled, Fantasy Landscape
Jordan Rivas - Picture title, Sea Dragon
Alexis Trail - Picture title, Visions
Obviously we cannot attach all the medal winning work, so please head over to Twitter to see them all.
The Stingerette Show Stoppers (Elite Dance team) and officers WIN Regional Competition!
The Show Stoppers won:
- Super Sweepstakes (95 and above on all dances from all judges),
- Outstanding Choreography,
- Outstanding Technique, and
- Precision in Lyrical, Jazz, and Open categories -(Every category we entered).
- The Show Stoppers also won BEST IN CLASS ELITE TEAM - First place!
The Stingerette Officers won:
- Best Choroegraphy,
- Best Technique, and
- Highest score in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Open (All categories we entered).
- The Stingerette officers won Winners Circle and High Point - Beating out every other team and school at the contest scoring an 883 with the next highest score being an 878.
We Swept the competition!
Brooke Peterson and Julia Blevins also took home first place duet.
Tatum Graham and Jessi Schmitt were selected as Solo Finalists.
The Stingerette Team, elite, and officers compete again this coming weekend in our last regionals contest before Nationals - Please congratulate the girls when you see them. JFND!
Stingerette Officers 2018 Win Big at Regionals!
The Stingerette Officers competed at Crowd Pleasers Regional Competition where they were awarded the following trophies:
- Super Sweepstakes (90 and above on all dances entered),
- Officer Contemporary Best In Class,
- Jazz Best In Class,
- Lyrical Best In Class,
- Open Best In Class.
In summary we won first place BEST IN CLASS in every single category we entered.
We also won:
- Best Choreography,
- Best Artistry, and
- Grand Champion Officers.
Captain Tatum Graham Won first place Senior Soloist, 1st Lieutenant Brooke Peterson won 3rd Place senior Soloist, and Junior Lieutenant Jessi Schmitt won 1st Place Junior Soloist. Junior Lieutenant Ashlynn White won 4th place junior soloist. Sophomore Julia Blevins won 3rd place sophomore soloist, and Lainey Crawford won 4th Place sophomore soloist.
2018 Orange Wave Band Gala
February 24, 2018
On Saturday, February 24th, the Orange Wave Band Boosters is holding their 5th Annual Gala and Silent Auction at the RHS Cafeteria.
The gala runs from 7-10pm with doors opening at 6:30. It will be an evening of music (performed by our amazing RHS Jazz Bands), dinner, dancing, door prizes, and a silent auction.
This event is open to everyone! Tickets are $30/person or $200 for a table of 8. (Tickets go up to $35/person after 2/17) Please talk to a Band Council Member for purchasing a ticket.
Hope you can join us for a great event!
Feb 9, 2018
The Orange Wave had great weekend, starting with a fantastic TMEA preview concert by Jazz I on Friday night.
The Winterguard also had a contest on Friday night at Sachse High School and ended up coming out first place!
On Saturday, 35 Orange Wave Band members competed at UIL solo and ensemble contest where we came away with 21 first division solo medals and 21 ensemble medals.
Thirteen soloists and twenty one ensemble members qualified for the Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest! These 34 state qualifiers will get a chance to perform at UT Austin in May!
Congrats to all!
Feb 3, 2018
The RHS Choir participated in the Region 25 Solo and Ensemble contest at Lovejoy HS.
29 students were awarded a division 1 "Superior" rating
5 students were awarded a division 2 "Excellent" rating.
Of the 29 who received a "1", 19 of them qualified for the State Solo Competition at UT Austin in May!
JFND JACKET CHOIR!!
The ORANGE WAVE Band wins awards
The Orange Wave competed in our first marching contest of the season (Oct. 2017) at the Mesquite Marching Festival. After a fantastic performance the Orange Wave placed second out of 27 bands.
We also brought home a first division rating and awards for:
- Class 6A best winds,
- Class 6A best guard,
- Class 6A best visual, and
- Class 6A best in class!
Walk The Line Auditions! May 31, 2017
Walk the Line is a Nationally recognized A Cappella group composed of 12-18 singers. Their music is performed completely without instruments, featuring a vocal percussionist (beatboxer), dedicated bass, background vocals, and soloists. They perform mostly commissioned works written just for them and compete in the International Competition for High School A Cappella.
In 2016-17, they won the Southwest Quarter-Finals, Southwest Semi-Finals, and were one of 8 groups to compete at the National ICHSA competition in New York City.
Auditions are May 31, 2017, and callbacks are June 1, 2017 for next year’s group. Summer rehearsals, a full year commitment and intensive tour/competition schedule are required to be a part of this group.
Pick up your application in the choir room!
CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaF_y3tfACE&sns=em
Choir wins Quarter Finals
Walk the Line Choir Advances to Semi Finals
Congratulations to "Walk the Line", our RHS A Cappella Group, who won the ICHSA Quarter Final this past weekend.
Carmen Witwer, also received the Outstanding Soloist Award!
Please come support them at the Semi Final Round in Flower Mound on March 25th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are sold online at www.varsityvocals.com
North Texas Percussion Festival
The Rockwall High School Percussion Ensemble competed in the North Texas Percussion Festival at Forney High School. The ensemble went up against some of the absolute best percussion ensembles in the DFW area, and were adjudicated by some of the most well known percussionists in the world! Out of 17 schools that competed in the Large Ensemble category, we finished in the top 5 with a 5th place finish! This is a significant event for us since RHS percussion students have never competed in a competition of this caliber!
Students pictured in the attached photo (left to right):
Cade Edwards, Logan Brewer, Joshua McMahon, Sawyer Scott, Jonah King, Jacob Poncinie, James Matthews, Blake Collins, Parker Bassett
NOT PICTURED: Nick Messick, Nick Siciliano, and Micaela Vavra
We are very proud to announce, the Rockwall High School Orchestra program received four sweepstakes trophies at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading this year. Each of our groups, from the Sinfonietta to the Varsity Rockwall Symphony, achieved the highest ratings from the judges. Please congratulate the orchestra and band students who participated in this adjudication process. Their dedication to continuing Rockwall’s legacy of excellence at UIL is inspiring.
We are pleased to announce that 7 Rockwall High students had their work juried into the Texas Visual Art Association - High School Art Show - at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson. These seven students were juried into the show that had over a 1,000 entries from all over North Texas, representing both public and private schools. This is one of the highest number of students to get into this show ever for Rockwall High School. Please congratulate:
- Caroline Braddock
- Kaitlin Colpitts
- Quetzally Gomez
- Dora Kaba
- Allison Kelly
- Olivia Robson
- Ginger Stephenson
The exhibition will be up in the gallery of the U.T.D. visual art building until March 12th, 2017. Viewing hours are daily office hours and weekends.
Rockwall ISD provides a high quality fine arts education that is designed to support academic, social, emotional, and creative development. This goal is achieved through a comprehensive performing and visual arts curriculum that provides a wide range of learning experiences and performance opportunities.
Fine arts education in Rockwall ISD begins in Kindergarten and continues through the high school years. In each K-6 elementary school, certified, degreed art and music specialists teach students. In the fifth grade, students may choose orchestra, and in sixth grade all elementary students may choose from band, orchestra, choir, or art as their fine arts elective. At the middle school (7-8), students may choose band, orchestra, choir, and/or theater as their fine arts elective. Fine arts courses in high school include band, orchestra, choir, theatre, dance, and piano lab.
Multi-Cultural Visual Arts Competition
Please congratulate the following students from Rockwall High who won the following:
Best of Show ..... Bridget Winson 9th Grade
1st Place..... Kelsie Brouillette 9th Grade
3rd Place.....Karen Rodriguez 9th Grade
Rockwall High School won three of the five ribbons awarded at the Multicultural Event.
Also the performance directed by Leia Browning's Choral group was outstanding - all sung without background music. They created the music of the rainforest with rhythm and movement. The RHS dance ensemble was equally fantastic especially the exceptional performance by Tatum Graham.
Two Students make it to the final round of competition.
Rockwall High School had 2 very talented singers make it to the final round of competition this past Saturday at TAMU-Commerce:
- Logan Lynskey
- Makenzie Baird
They began the process in July and they must pass through the Region, Pre-Area, and Area contests to make the final cut for the All State Choir. Although Logan did not earn a seat in the choir, we are extremely proud of him for making it to the final round, and for all his hard work preparing for the auditions!
Makenzie Baird is 2nd Chair in the Soprano 1 section, which is incredibly competitive! She will travel to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention next month to rehearse with all of the finest student musicians in the state and will give a concert on Saturday, Feb 11th.
Makenzie is a member of our Chorale and Walk the Line A Cappella Group and is a Stingerette here at RHS. She is a true “triple threat” and hopes to continue in the arts in college. Please congratulate her for earning the highest individual achievement in the choral arts for the state of Texas!