• "The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up."
             –Former Texas Congresswoman
                             Barbara Jordan

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    Executive Director of Fine Arts: Mark Lyon
     
    Fine Arts Coordinator: John Gillian
    Administrative Assistant: Thelma Chapa

     300 E. 29th St. (East building)
    Odessa, TX 79762

    Phone: (432) 456-8615
    Fax: (432) 456-4975

    Mailing address: 

          P.O. Box 3912
      Odessa, TX 79760

     NAMM 3 years

    ECISD offers some of the most outstanding Fine Arts programs in the state of Texas, as well as the entire country.  The district enrollment is more than 32,000 students (Pre-K through 12), who attend two early education schools (Pre-K), twenty-eight elementary schools (K-5), six middle schools (6-8), two class 6A high schools, and three non-traditional high school campuses. With 140 fine arts staff members, there are 2 administrators, 1 administrative assistant, 21 band directors, 17 choral directors, 11 orchestra directors,  3 mariachi teachers, 3 guitar teachers, 1 harp teacher, 2 piano teachers, 32 elementary music specialists, 29 art teachers, 5 theater arts teachers, 8 dance teachers and 4 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) teachers.

    The Fine Arts Department believes that any student wishing to fulfill a creative interest has a wide variety of choices in Ector County ISD. Our staff members are among the finest anywhere, and ECISD students who have graduated from these programs will readily attest to their strengths. The Fine Arts Department is proud of the many achievements achieved by our students and staff, and we strive to continue providing superior opportunities for all ECISD students while constantly adapting and improving our programs. We want to give the very best education to the students of ECISD, and a part of any true quality education is participation in and a knowledge of the fine arts. We offer that to students and our hope is that we can contribute positively to the education of every student in ECISD.
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    HONOR BANDS, HONOR ORCHESTRAS,
    AND INVITED CHOIRS

    2018 Permian High School Kantorei –
    Dr. Aaron Hawley, Director

    2010 Milam Fine Arts Magnet "Milam Minstrels" Choir –
    Lenora Clayton, Director

    2006 Nimitz Junior High Choir –
    Kathy Lollar, Director

    2005 Permian High Varsity Men's Choir –
    Shawn Bell, Director

    2000 Permian High Kantorei –
    Shawn Bell, Director

    1997 Nimitz Junior High Choir –
    Kathy Lollar, Director

    1996 Permian High Kantorei –
    Allen Hightower, Director

    1996 Nimitz Junior High Band –
    Cindy Bulloch, Director

    1991 Crockett Junior High Band –
    Ben Walker, Director

    1987 Crockett Junior High Band –
    Ben Walker, Director

    1985 Permian High Orchestra –
    Charles Nail, Director

    1985 Permian High Kantorei –
    Randy Talley, Director

    1980 Permian High Orchestra –
    Charles Nail, Director

    1980 Permian High Kantorei –
    Randy Talley, Director

    1975 Permian High Band –
    Charles Nail, Director

    1973 Hood Junior High Band –
    Van Ragsdale, Director

    1969 Bonham Junior High Band –
    Ike Nail, Director

    1963 Permian High Band –
    J. R. McEntyre, Director

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    2015, 2016, and 2017 named "Best Communities for Music Education" by National Association of Music Merchants

    2007 Permian High Band Mid-West Performance – Michael Watts, Director

    2003 Permian High Kantorei National American Choral Directors Association Performance –Shawn Bell, Director

    2001 Odessa High Showgirls Dance Team Grand Champion,Texas ShowTime International Dance and Drill Team Competition – Jamie Anderson, Director

    2001 Permian High Texas State Dance Team Champions, National Dance Association – Jamie Sheri Griggs, Director

    2000 Odessa High Showgirls Dance Team National Champions, Halftime Dance and Drill Team Nationals Competition – Erin Mannix, Director

    1997 Nimitz Junior High Band Sudler Cup National Band Award – Cindy Bulloch, Director

    1985 Permian High Kantorei National American Choral Directors Association Performance – Randy Talley, Director

    1985 Permian High Orchestra Mid-West Performance – Charles Nail, Director

    1983 Permian High Kantorei National American Choral Directors Association Performance – Randy Talley, Director

    1982 Permian High Band State Marching Champions – Charles Nail, Director

     

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    The Fine Arts Department of ECISD is committed to a high quality program of arts education for all students of the district and the fine arts teachers of ECISD have taken on many extra responsibilities not only for our own students, but also for the students of the surrounding area and the state. Many of our teachers have been elected to hold area-wide offices in professional organizations and have served on committees at the state level in order to improve fine arts instruction for the students of Texas. Six Past-Presidents of TMEA have been ECISD music teachers and the level of commitment to arts education on the part of all teachers is very high.

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