News and Updates
Houstonfest Scholarships -
Scholarships at State
Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Sat., Mar. 6, 2021:
State online awards ceremony
Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:
Scholarship applications due.
Fri., April 30, 2021:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
The rest of this will be updated for 2022 some time soon:
Sat., Jan. 16, 2021: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/25).
Mon., Jan. 25, 2021: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2021,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed.
Sat., Feb. 6, 2021:
Houstonfest (100% remote): some events conducted
"live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.
Thur., Feb. 11, 2021:
Houstonfest online awards show emailed to teachers.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2021:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
for "early bird" price of
$10/student (payment does not have to be mailed yet). Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2021: State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at
regular price of
$12/student. Also, entries for
promotional video contest
due to State director Jennifer Christianson by 8:00 p.m. and deadline to
Sat., Feb. 27, 2021: Texas State German
Contest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all
others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.
This is the place for teachers to share
tried-and-true strategies for preparing
students for Houstonfest. If you have a tip you'd like to share, submit it
I'm not sure how everyone handles having the students
sign up for events, but here is a sign-up
list that I use:
sign-up list for 2021
(online contest due to COVID-19)
sign-up list for "normal,"
After talking to my classes about what Houstonfest is, I designate one morning a few days later when I hang up
these lists around the room 30 minutes before school starts, and students
can come in to sign up for what they want to do, first-come, first-served.
We continue filling them up during class throughout the day. This is
usually in October for me -- some may want to start earlier or later.
Even if you have a different method, the list may be
useful for you because it has all events listed with the correct number of
slots that are available for each. For group events that have no
maximum size (folk dance, play, skit, etc.), I included a number of
slots that I thought would be at the upper end of how many kids might want
to sign up.
- submitted by Rustin Buck
Pass auf! Study
The State director of Pass auf! has provided a
Pass auf! Study Guide
and a Vocabulary List for
to guide contestants' studying.
As of 2017 there is a designated theme for
each year. See more information on the Pass
auf! Rules Page, Rule #7. There will be at least one question per
round dealing with the year's theme. [The theme for 2017 was the Protestant
Reformation (in honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's
posting of his 95 Theses on October 31, 1517), the theme for 2018 was
the German-Speaking World 1914-1945 (inspired by the 100th anniversary of
the end of World War I in 2018), and the theme for 2019 was
German-Americans.] The theme for 2020 is German-Texans.
Contacts for Polka Band
Medina, TX 78055
The owner's name is Herbert Bilhartz. He is very
helpful and asks about what type of instruments you have in your band, and
then he finds pieces of music that fit your group.
- submitted by Heidi Kirby and Julie Schneller
TRN Music Publisher, Inc.
- submitted by Laura Braun
of Choral Music
cpdl.org - lots
of free PDFs of choral music; just look up a German composer by last name.
- submitted by Laura Braun
My Ukrainian exchange student just showed me a great website for
German poetry. As far as I can tell, every German poem ever
written is on this site. There are just thousands upon thousands
of poems with the names of the authors. It's definitely a good
resource for contest.
by David Kniess
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 5, 2022
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest was conducted entirely REMOTELY. We hope to be
back at our usual venue, Heights High School in Houston, in 2022.
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook