Jerry Whorton named Melissa ISD Director of Fine Arts

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New fine arts director Jerry Whorton has been with Melissa ISD since 2016.

Jerry Whorton was tabbed as the new Director of Fine arts for Melissa Schools.  He will also continue in his current capacity as director of bands for Melissa ISD. 

Whorton has been a music educator for 15 years and joined Melissa ISD in 2016. During his tenure, participation in the band program from grades 6-12 has increased 58 percent. This school year, the Mighty Cardinal Band earned a silver medal in the Class 4A UIL State Marching Band Contest, the school’s best performance to date. This came after the band took sixth place in 2018.

“Mr. Whorton has done an outstanding job of continuing to build our band program over the last five years,” Superintendent Keith Murphy said.  “I think the most significant thing about Mr. Whorton is that he has a passion for all arts; he has always supported theatre, visual art, and choir, all while leading the band program. Mr. Whorton understands the high expectations of our parents, students, and community, and will always rise to the challenge.”

In addition to his work with the band, Whorton has facilitated the annual Melissa ISD Express Yourself fine arts showcase.  This event is an effort to highlight student artists of all grade levels through performance and visual art presentations.  Whorton also played a role in the development of the Melissa Arts Center.  The new facility had its grand opening on March 19 with the high school theatre program’s premiere of the musical “Curtains.”

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to provide support for all students and staff within the realm of the fine arts department,” he said. “It is my goal to empower lifelong learners that contribute to society well beyond the walls of the classroom.”