Band, Orchestra, Choral
Senior Juries Requirement
One of the most visible departments in Parkview is its band, directed by Carlton McGee. The Band can be seen at various musical performances, but also at football games, marching on the fields, and at competitions all over the state. Other areas of the community where the music department is involved include Parkview at the Rep, Medieval Feast, Hillcrest Harvest Fest, Arkansas Drug Free Youth, Festival of Stars, Holiday Parade, Special Event Planning, Spring Musical, Musical Revue, Holiday Concerts, Spring Concerts, Youth Orchestra, and the Jazz Band at the Governor's Mansion. Parental Support is a vital part of our band program. To find out how to join Band Boosters call 447-2375. To see honor cord requirements click here.
McGee is in charge of band performance groups at Parkview, including the Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and Symphonic Orchestra. These groups are known for their award winning performances and are constantly sought to perform in the community and the nation.
There are three levels of band classes: Woodwind I, Band I, Percussion I, Concert Band, Stage Band, Symphonic Band. Students taking band as their area of study must take two classes from the music area each year. Those courses include the following:
- Music Theory I and II
- Pre-AP Music Theory III
- AP Music Theory IV and V
- Lab Singers I and II
- Choir I, II, III, and IV
- Vocal Ensemble (female)
- Woodwind I
- Brass I
- Percussion I
- Survey of Fine Arts
- Concert Band
- Symphonic Band
- Symphonic Orchestra
- Jazz History
- Orchestra I, II, III, IV
Name: Carlton McGee, Director of Bands
Classes: AP Music Theory, Jazz Band I & II, Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble,and Percussion Ensemble.
Education: B.S. & M.A.T. – University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, M. Ed. – University of Arkansas at Monticello
Honors: Founding board member, director, and treasurer of the Arkansas Alumni/All-Star Band; new teacher of the year in Greenville Public Schools, 2003-2004; judge for all-region tryouts; member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, NAfME, ASBOA, NEA, and IAJE.
Devonna Whited, Assistant Band Director. Director of the Parkview Symphonic Band III, Cadet Band, Assists with the Parkview Marching Patriot Band and Symphonic Band IV.
Education: Bachelor of Music Education (Instrumental), University of Central Arkansas. Master of Music Education (Vocal), University of Central Arkansas.
Honors: Mrs. Whited has served as the Director of Bands for the Mayflower School District. She taught beginning band, intermediate band, senior band and choir. Whited has worked as marching captain head for Delta Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps, Arkansas' only division III Corp. An active member of the Arkansas Chamber Singers, Whited performs regularly in central Arkansas and surrounding areas and in special productions in partnership with the Arkansas Symphony.
Edith Ellis, Orchestra Department Chair
Education: BME University of Central Arkansas.
Honors: Ellis has served as an adjudicator since 1993. She was a guest Clinician at All-Region Orchestra in 1988 and in 2000 for All-Region Orchestra in Conway. She hosted all-region tryouts at Parkview. She has served as a judge for all-region auditions, all state tryouts, and governor school auditions. She is the string manager for the All Region Orchestra. She is also a member of the NEA, AEA and LRCTA, The Arkansas Band and Orchestra Directors Association and Arkansas String Teachers Association.
Carolyn Foreman, Choral Director, Fine Arts Coordinator
Education: BME, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, M.ME University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
Honors: 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 Central High School Choir Director and Central Region Junior High School Director in 1994. Her choir has performed for President George W. Bush, and helped compose a program in honor of the memory of those who died on 9-11 at Robinson Auditorium. She is a member of NEA, AEA, LRCTA, Arkansas Choral Directors Association, Arkansas Music Educators Association, and has served as both secretary and vice president of general music in that association.
Kelly Rush, Piano I through IV
Education: BME Music Education
Honors: She began teaching as a choir director at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, before moving on to the UALR graduate school for social work and then to UCA for counseling psychology. While at UALR and UCA, Mrs. Rush continued to study piano and voice before returning to teaching at Cloverdale Middle and eventually at Hall High School where she took her Madrigal ensemble to Carnegie Hall to perform under the direction of John Rutter. Mrs. Rush taught choir for a total of 20 years, as well as teaching private voice and piano lessons. Mrs. Rush began playing the piano at the age of five. During her high school, college, and her teaching career she has accompanied for soloists and choral ensembles.
Mary Shollmier, Assistant Choral Director
Teaches: Choir I-IV, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Labsingers, and Madrigals.
Education: BA Music at Hendrix College; MeD Secondary Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Honors: National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification, 2010; Teacher of the year, Mayflower Middle School 2000-2001; PTSA Teacher of the year Dunbar Middle School, 2004-2005.