Zilker Panther Choir

The Zilker Panther Choir will begin rehearsals this Tuesday, January 9, 2016 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the music room. This rehearsal is for all current members.

Any 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade student interested in joining will need to audition during music class this week Monday-Friday January 8-12. Morning audition time slots are available only for students absent during their music classes from 7:15-7:45 am. Please have at least one minute of any song pepared to sing at your audition and have Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm free in your calendar to attend all future rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hughes.



Holiday Lights Around The World – Thursday Night!

Hello Zilker Families,

I wanted to provide you some detailed information concerning Holiday Lights Around the World on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

We highly encourage attendees to dress in clothing that represent countries all around the world. This is a chance to get creative and share conversations that celebrate cultural diversity. You could wear items of clothing/accessories that are made in other countries, choose the color scheme of a flag, dress as a notable person, etc.. Have fun with it and let’s represent as many countries as we can!

Gobble Gobble Food Truck (Turkey Burgers and Fries) will be on site to make dinner easy, and there will be sweet treats in the Pre-K hallway. Please bring your own water to drink!

There are two non-mandatory performance opportunities that are presented in four identical, thirty minute sets to provide flexibility to roam as you please. I will be leading world folk songs with the help of Zilker students on stage in the cafeteria and my husband, Mr. Hughes, will be leading percussion pieces in the gym. Ms. Wohlfort and I have been teaching the set lists to all K-5 music students so they can have a sense of familiarity. Once again, there are no pre-determined grade levels expected to perform at any particular time. This is a flexible schedule to come and go as you please.

You are welcome to stay in any area as long as you like, however, please limit to one set of each for playing instruments/standing on stage in order to allow as many students an opportunity to play/sing throughout the evening.

Folk Songs in the Cafeteria with Mrs. Hughes

Set 1 6:00-6:30 pm

Set 2 6:30-7:00 pm

Set 3 7:00-7:30 pm

Set 4 7:30-8:00 pm

Fun with Drums in the Gym with Mr. Hughes

Set 1 6:00-6:30 pm

Set 2 6:30-7:00 pm

Set 3 7:00-7:30 pm

Set 4 7:30-8:00 pm

If you have any more questions regarding the musical performances and/or would like to volunteer for this event, please contact me.

Thank you,

Daniella Hughes

Zilker Elementary Music & Choir

Mark Your Calendars For Our New Musical Event on December 7th!

We are looking for some more volunteers for this event. If you are attending, please consider helping out! Here is the volunteer signup sheet: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094caaa92aa4f49-holiday

Hello from Mrs. Hughes

I am pleased to finally announce that I have been officially hired as the full time music teacher here at Zilker!!! I am overjoyed at the opportunity to work with such exceptional students, faculty, and parents. Thank you to everyone for your patience and support while I studied and passed my Music Content Exam.

There have been many questions as to this year’s plans and I’ve done my best to keep the wonderful traditions to which you have become accustomed. We will be performing Monster Mash, Purple People Eaters, and Hall of the Mountain King on Tuesday, October 31 outside on the basketball court at 2:30 pm.

Auditions for the Zilker Panther Choir (for Grades 3, 4, 5)  are taking place before/during/after school Monday, October 30 – Friday, November 3. There is more detailed information and a sign-up sheet posted on the purple Choir bulletin board located outside the main Music Room 101. Please contact me with any additional questions. Daniella.Hughes@austinisd.org / Class Phone: 512-841-0721 Planning Time: Monday-Friday 11:05-11:50 am


Music Memory!

Hello Zilker Parents!

The entire 3rd-5th grade did an incredible job actively listening, understanding, and analyzing the 16 pieces of music on our MM list this year! We had pieces from the renaissance’s El Grillo all the way to a selection from John Williams’ Star Wars Episode 4!

Letters have been sent home (in Thursday folders) to all students who qualified for the next step which is the Hubba Hubba Hard Test which helps me select the 24 students for the Music Memory Team that goes to the district contest.

I’m only offering 2 after school test taking opportunities next week. One is on Tuesday and the other on Thursday. Please pencil one of these two dates on your calendar, or contact me by next Tuesday to make a special arrangement.


Thank you for your support of our Music Education department!


Ms. Garcia


Zilker’s Got Talent Auditions are this Tuesday and Wednesday!!!

Greetings and Welcome Back!

We are excited to host our ZGT Preview/Auditions this week! They will be held in the Music Room (Room 101).  Please read the ZGT information form carefully with your child and provide as much information as possible.

If you are in need of a hard copy of this form, you can get one with Ms. Meadgen at the office, or with Ms. Garcia in the Music Room.

Day of:

  • Your child must have a signed auditon form in hand when they enter the room.
  • Tuesday auditions are for PK-2nd and usually run until 4:30.  Parents are welcomed to sit with their child while they wait for their number to be called.
  • Wednesday auditions are for 3rd-5th and tend to run longer. Please be patient and know that if your number is higher than 20, you will likely be called after 4 pm.  (Last year auditions went til almost 6 pm)
  • The judges and Ms. Garcia will do everything in their powers to keep things moving along, so help us by having music and props in hand.
  • Quiet hallways during auditions.

Thank you for your support of these special auditions and the big Talent Show that follows in April!

If you have any quesitons, please email Ms. Garcia.

We are excited to see all of the wonderful acts!

ZGT Letter and Form

Calling all 4th grade Actors and Actresses! Pirates, The Musical needs you!


Our Musical is scheduled for March 9th at 2 pm and 4 pm.

If your child is interested in auditioning they may pick up a packet on Monday, Jan. 9th from me in the Music Room. 🙂

Please look over all of the information in Monday’s packet if your child is interested in auditioning. There is lots of hard work that will go into making this year’s musical a great success. And we’ll need your support!


Thank you for always supporting your child’s Music Education!

-Ms. Garcia

parent letter

Holiday Sing-A-Long

Our Panthers have been hard at work practicing for the Holiday Sing-a-Long that will be held December 20th at 9am in the cafeteria.  As a part of our multicultural program, Pre-k students have been learning “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”, Kinder and First – Christmas, 2nd-Hanukkah, 3rd-Kwanzaa, 4th- Diwali, and 5th-Ramadan.  Happy Holidays!


Veterans Day Concert, Thursday, November 10th

Greetings Zilker Community!

Please join us for our 3rd annual Zilker Veterans Day Concert presented by our 2nd and 3rd graders where we will pay tribute to our men and women in the armed forces.

Our evening program begins at 6 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Veterans Day Concert