A Non-Profit Corporation Supporting HPISD Arts Education ~ December 2016
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Dear HP Arts Patrons and Supporters,
Once again we are beginning to share the holidays with family and friends and we hope it will be a wonderful one for each of you.

Because of your support and the generosity of so many, we are able to offer experiences and opportunities to our HPISD community, that otherwise they would not have.     

We appreciate your continued dedication to HP Arts and are grateful to have so many in our community that are willing to give of their resources. Thank you again for the many contributions.   For those who wish to still make an end of year contribution, you may click on the DONATE HERE link above.

We hope you enjoy the following updates and we wish you and your famliy a safe a happy holiday.


La Fiesta de la Seis Banderas presented HP Arts with a generous donation in the amount of $61,133, which will be used to fund HPISD arts programs, technology and a special project of Arts Integration in the classroom at MIS/HPMS. HP Arts appreciates La Fiesta's continued partnership and support as it begins its 30th year of service in HPISD.


HP Arts, in conjunction with a special La Fiesta grant, purchased new instruments for the Highland Park High School Marching Band. The HPHS Band students received their new instruments this fall and are enjoying new French Horns, mellophones; which are French horns for marching, Euphoniums and Marching Euphoniums. The new instruments enabled the band to replace old instruments with beautiful, state-of-art marching instruments. Reagan Brumley, Director of Instrumental Music, HPISD says, "The students are so proud of their new instruments and treat them with great respect, and it has made a very positive difference in how the band sounds. We are so very grateful for the partnership we enjoy with HP Arts and La Fiesta."  

The HPHS Band received a first division rating at UIL Region 20-5A Marching on October 13 at Kincaid Stadium. HP Arts is proud to support the HPHS award winning Band. 


Coach Whisenhunt is enthusiastic about his teams success this year and he already has a team which qualified for the Tournament of Champions this year. At the Grapevine Invitational the team of Michael Cerny and Ethan Muse advanced to semi finals, placing 3rd overall and earning their first bid for the Tournament of Champions. The next weekend the debate team competed at the Greenhill Invitational. Out of a field of 117 teams, the team of Michael Cerny and Ethan Muse placed 15th overall. This finish was high enough to secure their invitation to the Tournament of Champions hosted at the end of the season. 

 HPHS Scots spoke up with a big win at the St. Mark's debate competition. Micheal Cerny and Ethan Muse competed against 60 elite teams in the St. Mark's Heart of Texas Invitational on Oct. 15. The HP duo of Carney and Muse earned third-place overall, which is the best finish at this competition for HP in more than a decade. The team then traveled to the Meadows Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada where Cerny and Muse placed 5th overall and Cerny was awarded fourth overall speaker. 

HPHS Debate also has several active and winning novice teams, which are competing at local tournaments. Congratulations to HPHS Debate team for an impressive season thus far and the best of luck to them as they continue to compete in tournaments. 


Approximately 550 sixth graders were exposed to dance traditions in their Social Studies class.   A certified Zumba Dance teacher instructed the kids over several class periods.  This included such dance forms as Salsa and Reggae.  As part of their sixth grade curriculum, they realized how dance traditions were introduced to different cultures which influenced societies. Thank you to Kathy Wofford for bringing the idea to her class last year. This year the entire grade participated in this cultural experience.


You are invited to come out and enjoy the Arts in our district this holiday season. 
Schedule of holiday events:

12/1: Lads and Lassies singing at the Armstrong Tree Lighting, 7pm
12/5: HPHS Band winter concert, HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7pm
12/6: HPHS Highlander Strings holiday concert, HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7pm
12/7: MIS/HPMS Choirs holiday performance at Northpark, Dillards 11am
12/8: HPHS Choirs holiday concert in the HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7pm
12/9: Park Version singing at North Court in The NorthPark Mall, 6pm; Dillard's at NorthPark, 6:30pm
12/9: MIS/HPMS Choirs holiday performance at NorthPark, Dillards, 11:45am
12/10: HPHS Theatre hosts Breakfast with Santa, HPHS Cafeteria, 10am
12/12: MIS 6th grade Band winter concert, MIS/HPMS Auditorium, 7pm
12/13: Bradfield 4th grade winter concert, HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 7pm
12/14: Hyer 3rd grade gives a Holiday Performance in the HPHS Palmer Auditorium, 6:30pm


Put a smile on the face of someone you love! 
Support the arts by  purchasing a commemorative brass plaque 
for an auditorium seat in the HPHS Palmer Auditorium. 
Your donation accomplishes two goals:  it supports the arts 
and it celebrates the family, teacher, graduating senior, 
or other person you choose to honor 
by placing their name on the engraved plaque. 

Each commemorative plaque is $500 and can be purchased by going to the


Play It Again, Sam!

The HP Arts program, Play It Again, Sam! is designed to recycle instruments
 from the community back into the school music programs. 
The instruments are considered a donation to HP Arts 
and are eligible for a tax-deductible contribution. 

If you would like to donate an instrument, please contact Niki Hudson

Board of Directors 2016-17

HP Arts
Board of Directors

   Executive Committee_
 President                     Dana Manley
V ice President             Jodi Perdue
Secretary                    Jennifer Murray*
Treasurer                   Katherine Schultz
Programs Chair        Bebe Triplett
Publicity Chair           Brandi Sarfatis

Arrangements             Beth Susens
Artisan                          Jessie O'Brien* &  Janese Deitch*
Bylaws Revision          Steve Gruber*
Membership                 Molly Pieroni &  Kelli Miller*
Play-it-again-Sam      Niki Hudson*
Publicity                        Wendy Kumpf
Social Media                Amy Camp
Special Events              Carrie Ellen Adamian 
                                                  &  Carla Moss*
Student Art Coord.     Stacey Cochran &  Robyn Galerston
Take-a-Seat                 Kathleen Whalen
Website                         Leslie Kibby

_Programs Committee - School Representatives_
Armstrong                    Aimee Cali*
Bradfield                      Lizzie Bailey*
Hyer                              Rachel Blaylock
UP                                  Laurie Hargrave*
HPMS/MIS                  Pam Adams
HPHS                            Karen Walters

* New Member