Standing Ovations


Four NISD art teachers have students advancing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competiton, Marguerite Campa, Clark HS, Mark Peavy, Clark HS, Linda Fleetwood, Marshall HS, and Elise Johnson, Taft HS.  The following students have received regional recognition and will advance to round 2 of adjudication.

Congratulations to the following students for selection to the 2014 Texas Music Educators' Association All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra or Jazz Ensemble. Selection to one of these prestigious performing ensembles is the highest individual music honor that can be awarded a student in public school music education. These students represent the top 1% of skilled high school musicians in Texas and Northside salutes their great effort and the preparation provided by their campus instructors.

Congratulations to O'Connor HS band student Andrew V. for being named as one of the winners of the 4th annual Austin Symphony Texas Young Composers Competition. Selections are based on musical content, instrument range and capabilities, originality, orchestration techniques, and music form and symmetry. Andrew will rehearse the composition with the Austin Symphony and it will be performed in the spring of 2014. 

The spring semester is that time of the school year when middle school and high school bands, choirs, and orchestras prepare for University Interscholastic League Concert and Sightreading Contest.  This event was designed over 75 years ago to assist campus music instructors in receiving positive assessment regarding the day-to-day teaching of music fundamentals. 

“That’s Entertainment” … a fitting title for a fine arts showcase held every other year at John Marshall High School.  The event raises funds to support their campus musical held the following year.

Mark Wood, world renowned violinist and original artist with The Transiberian Orchestra, recently provided Northside string students the opportunity to explore and expand their use of string instruments.  Mark is perhaps the greatest rock fiddler on the planet and has a captivating way to teach young students the art of showmanship and use of string instruments in rock literature.  With over 300 elementary, middle school, and high school students on the Brennan High School Stage, Mark and company brought the house down with fresh renditions of a variety of music

Congratulations to Elizabeth Gutierrez, Holmes High School student, for being selected as the vocalist for the Texas All-State Mariachi Ensemble sponsored by Feria del Mariachi.  In the inaugural year for this ensemble, 9 students from Texas schools were selected.  Organized by Texas State University, the organization is hoping to develop a selection process and concert format similar to the one currently implemented for band, choir, and orchestra students participating in the Texas Music Educators’ Association.

Once again NISD artists are in championship form in the selection of outstanding art work submitted to each City Council District.  Winners from each city council district will now compete for the prestigious Texas Cavalier River Parade Art Contest Grand Championship Award.  Northside ISD is the defending champion of the prestigious Grand Championship Award.

Congratulations to all of the elementary school , middle school, and high school fine arts instructors that work in the John Jay High School Cluster for hosting the 2014 District PTA Founder’s Day Celebration entitled “Be Your Kid’s Biggest Fan… Be PTA.”

Saturday, February 8, 2014, the O'Connor Jazz Ensembles participated in the Hill Country Jazz Festival at Texas State University.  OCHS jazz students received 17  “outstanding jazz musician awards.”  This number of awards is the most presented in over 20 years of the festival existence.  In addition, both the OCHS Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II received the prestigious “Outstanding Performance Award.”  The award presented to the OCHS Jazz Band II is the first such honor in festival history for a second jazz band entered from the same h