Virtuoso Violinist Performs at Middlesex Middle School

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  Internationally acclaimed, virtuoso violinist, Alexander Markov performed for students at Middlesex Middle School on Monday, May 18. Mr. Markov is a gold medal winner of the International Paganini Competition and performs as a concert violin soloist around the world. … Continue reading

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Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble on Elementary Tour

MMS Jazz "rocks the house" and performs for students at Tokeneke School On May 20.

MMS Jazz “rocks the house” and performs for students at Tokeneke School May 20.

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of James Carter recently toured several of the Elementary Schools in Darien sharing their music with 5th grade students across the district.

Pictured is the Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble performing at Tokenke School on Wednesday, May 20th.

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Music Department Poster Contest!!

In support of the Music Department’s 2015-2016 Curricular  Focus Theme “ Voices of Freedom: The American Spiritual,” we are offering an opportunity for all students to submit your design for a poster to be used to promote our theme throughout the district.

Here are the only rules:

  • The poster should be designed to fit a 12 x 18 inch format. 
  • The poster must include the words : “Voices of Freedom: The American Spiritual ” and “The Darien Public School Music Department  2015-2016” somewhere on the poster.
  • An electronic version or original art work must be delivered to the District Music Office or sent to: RSadlon@darienps.org on or before June 10, 2015.
  • Winners will be announced by Friday, June 12 and the designer of the winning poster will receive a $25.00 itunes gift card!!
  • If you have any questions, just ask your music teacher.  Good Luck!

Voices of Freedom

 

                             Voices of Freedom: The American Spiritual

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Beginning Band Registration Night on May 27th

The Darien Public School Beginning Band Information and Registration Night will be held on May 27 at Tokeneke School.

The Darien Public School Beginning Band Information and Registration Night will be held on May 27 at Tokeneke School.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for all current third and fourth grade students to be a part of our award winning Darien Band program. All current third and fourth grade students in the Darien Public Schools who wish to begin learning a band instrument in the fall of this year are invited and encouraged to attend the beginning band informational evening meeting to be held in the Tokeneke School Common Room at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27th. This presentation will be for interested students and their parents in all five Darien Elementary Schools. An explanation of our exciting and rewarding band program, instrument demonstrations, rental program information, and class registrations for this fall will take place at this time. All interested students entering 4th or 5th grade in the fall are eligible to begin band instrument instructions. All students attending these sessions must be accompanied by an adult. Information regarding this exceptional opportunity for students will also be distributed to students in their respective schools.

If you have any questions regarding the elementary band program in the Darien Public Schools, please see the Band teacher at your elementary school or call the District Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

 

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INTRODUCTION TO STRINGS NIGHT (FOR 2ND GRADERS)

Grade 2 students will have the opportunity to sign up for the Third  Grade String Program on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Middlesex Middle School!!

Grade 2 students will have the opportunity to sign up for the Third Grade String Program on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Middlesex Middle School!!

All second graders and their parents are invited to attend the Darien String Program’s INTRODUCTION TO STRINGS NIGHT on TUESDAY, MAY 26 at 7:00 P.M. at Middlesex Middle School Auditorium.  This evening program will introduce interested incoming third graders to the violin, viola and cello.  Parents will receive information on the in-school lesson program and string rental procedures.  The Third Grade String Program involves weekly half-hour lessons during the school day.  There are usually two concerts a year.  If your child is interested in playing a string instrument in the Third Grade String Program, we encourage you to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please contact your school’s string teacher or 203-655-3981, ext. 2287 to have an informational packet sent home.

If you have any questions about any aspect of the elementary the string program, please contact the elementary school string teachers, Dawn Hanley (DHanley@darienps.org), Dylan Spielvogel (DSpielvogel@darienps.org) or Jane Minnis (JMinnis@darienps.org).

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DHS Band and Jazz Ensemble Perform at Orlando Music Festival!!

The Darien High School Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in Disney World and Universal Studios on April 14-18.

The Darien High School Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in Disney World and Universal Studios on April 14-18.

 The Darien High School Band recently returned from a successful trip to Orlando, FL where, in addition to performing and participating in clinics at the Heritage Music Festival with school bands from throughout the country, performed in a “Your Instrumental” Disney workshop on film sound track performance and were a featured group at Universal Studio’s City Walk. The DHS students also participated in a “behind the scenes” tour of Disney Studios.

The Darien High School Band and Jazz Ensemble are under the direction of Mr. Jonthan Grauer and were in Orlando on April 14 -18. Congratulations to all of our Band and Jazz members!

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Darien Students Sing in State-Wide Elementary Honors Choir!!

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On Friday May 1st, the 6th Annual Connecticut Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Choir gathered children together from across the state to perform in Hartford, CT. The children worked all day with the guest conductor, Sandra Doneski of Gordon College, and were accompanied on the piano by Royle School’s own Kathleen Theisen. Both Royle and Tokeneke School auditioned children to bring to this special musical event this year. The children worked with their music teacher to prepare six pieces of music, and when they gathered in Hartford, they combined with 196 children to form two and three part harmonies. The students performed beautifully, worked very hard, and represented Darien with pride and respect.

Pictured:

Back row left to right: Royle School Music Teacher, Kathleen Theisen, Noah Mobarik, Evelyn Hidy, Grace Benedict, Olivia Durbin, John Raskopf, Tokeneke Music Teacher, Rebecca Parnoff,  front row left to right: Ellie Best, Ellie Gaaserud, Claire Galper

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DHS Orchestras Perform at Heritage Music Festival in NYC!!

The Darien Music Department is pleased to announce that the Darien High School Orchestras won Silver and Gold at this weekend’s 2015 Heritage Performance Festival in New York City.  The three Orchestras played beautifully, and impressed the judges with their sound and balance.  Jeffrey Campbell from Eastman School of Music provided all of the groups with helpful clinics after their performances.

The Concert Orchestra won Silver with a combined score of 85 from the three judges.  The Chamber Orchestra won Gold with a combined score of 94.  And, the Pop Strings won Gold with a combined score of 92.

Congratulations to the Ms. Jane Minnis and the DHS Orchestras!!

The 2015 Darien High School Orchestra perform in NYC  under the direction of Jane Minnis.

The 2015 Darien High School Orchestra performs in NYC under the direction of Jane Minnis.

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Darien Students Honored at Statewide Arts Banquet

Darien High School students L-R Julia Evans and Danielle Williams were honored at an Arts Awards Banquet on April 6.

Darien High School students L-R Julia Evans and Danielle Williams were honored at an Arts Awards Banquet on April 6.

Two students from Darien High School were recently honored at the 2015 High School Arts Awards banquet for their outstanding accomplishments in the fine and performing arts.  Danielle Williams (visual arts) and Julia Evans (music/performing arts) represented Darien High School and were the recipients of awards given at the event which was held on April 6 at the Aqua-Turf Club located in Plantsville, CT.  Over 140 high schools from throughout Connecticut were represented at the Twentieth Annual Arts Awards banquet. The event featured guest speakers from the Connecticut Association of Schools and WJMJ Radio.  The event was sponsored by Jostens, Bearingstar Insurance and was organized by the Connecticut Association of Schools.  Congratulations to our well-deserved recipients.

Pictured L-R: Robert Sorensen, Jonathan Grauer, Julia Evans, Danielle Williams and Jaclyn Sammis

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Darien High School Students Perform in All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

 

Darien's All-Eastern MUsic Students L-R: Alison Lui, Melanie Turner, Mitch Losito and Monet Takeda.

Darien’s All-Eastern Music students L-R: Alison Lui, Melanie Turner, Mitch Losito and Monet Takeda.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that four Darien High School students were selected to perform in the National Association of Music Educators  All-Eastern Division Honors Ensembles and programs. Mitch Losito (chorus) Melanie Turner (chorus) Monet Takeda (orchestra) and Alison Lui (music composition) were selected as part of a small number of students from the state to represent Connecticut at the Eastern Division Music Conference held in Providence, RI  on April 9-11.  The Darien students join other top music students from throughout the Eastern United States to form Honors Ensembles that were conducted by nationally recognized conductors.  Alison Lui’s original composition entitled Piano Trio No. 1 (Wrath) for piano, violin and cello was chosen to be performed at the conference from several hundred submissions. Darien Public Schools Director of Music, Richard Sadlon states, “This is one of the highest achievements that can be awarded to high school musicians, and we are very fortunate and proud to have four students from Darien participate in these national level ensembles and composition programs.”

 

Pictured from L-R:

Alison Lui, Melanie Turner, Mitch Losito, Monet Takeda

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