December 2017 COTA News

Performance Experiences for VPA Ambassadors

Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble invites 20 fine art students from each RRISD high school attend our dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker on Dec. 7, 2017 at 7:00pm followed by a Q&A. The dress rehearsal is at the Carver Museum on 1165 Angelina St. in downtown Austin. Transportation is a student responsibility. Interested in attending?  Contact your VPA Academy Lead who will add you to the list.

Nutcracker with Austin City Ballet
When: Various times December 14-16
Where: Texas School for the Deaf
Contact person: Carol D’
20 tickets available to each show.

A Miracle on 34th Street Classic Radiocast with Penfold Theatre
When: November 30th – December 16th, 2017
Where: Old Settlers Hall / 3300 East Palm Valley Blvd
Contact person: Ryan Crowder /
VPA Ambassadors only – must arrange ahead of performance date to attend.

Masterclass Opportunities for VPA Ambassadors

Austin Opera is excited to offer Round Rock ISD students with the opportunity to attend the final dress rehearsal of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos or our MASTERCLASS performance featuring Jonathan Burton, tenor.

WHAT: Access Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos (final dress rehearsal)
WHEN: Thursday, January 25, 2018
WHERE: Long Center

A limited number of tickets will be reserved, so if you are interested in attending please email
Debra Erck – by Friday, January 12, 2018.

Leave the following information:
# of student tickets requested

WHAT: MASTERCLASS with Jonathan Burton, tenor (Mr. Burton is performing one of the leads in Ariadne auf Naxos.  He will be working with students from the UT Butler Opera School.)
WHEN: Monday, January 29, 2018
WHERE: Austin Opera Rehearsal Hall, 3009 Industrial Terrace, Suite 100

A limited number of tickets will be reserved, so if you are interested in attending please email
Debra Erck – by Friday, January 19, 2018.

Leave the following information:
# of tickets requested

Questions?  Email

Community VPA Ambassador Meet-up Events & Partner Connections

Come See the Model Trains
November 24-January 6, 2018
ArtSpace / 231 East Main Street
Schedule and more info
Admission: Free

Holiday Sing-Along with Joe McDermott
December 8, 2017
Centennial Plaza / Round Rock
7:00 pm
Admission: Free

Round Rock Community Choir
December 15, 2017
First United Methodist Church
7:00 pm
Admission: Free

Round Rock Symphony
December 15, 2017
Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium
7:00 pm
Admission: Free

Third Thursday Art Party / Wilco Creatives
December 21, 2017
Papi’s Pies / 10 Chisholm Trail Rd.
5:30 pm
Admission: Free

For additional RRISD Fine Arts events, check our calendar.
For events at the Raymond E. Hartfield Performing Arts Center or the Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium, check their calendars.

RRISD Fine Arts News

  • Check out the art at In The Middle; The 2017 Round Rock ISD Middle School Art Exhibition through December 4thfind out more.
  • Join Round Rock ISD students and faculty at the Holiday Sing-Along with Joe McDermott on December 8thfind out more.
  • RRISD Middle School One-Act Play Festival a great success – find out more.
  • Fine Arts Field Trips extend learning – check out how.


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The Round Rock ISD “Council of the Arts” is an advisory board that consists of community arts partners, arts industry members, RRISD students, teachers, parents and administrators.  The board functions to provide advice, guidance, support and advocacy for the visual and performing arts programs in the Round Rock Independent School District.  Find out more about COTA.