Darien’s Young Composers Perform at Music Educator’s Conference!!

Several Young Composers from Darien performed at the Connecticut Music Educators Conference in Hartford on April 28.

Several Young Composers from Darien performed at the Connecticut Music Educators Conference in Hartford on April 28.

Twenty-Seven of Darien’s Young Composers had the opportunity to perform their original compositions for attendees of the Connecticut Music Educators Annual Conference at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Thursday, April 28. The students were accompanied and assisted by Mrs. Perrett, Mr. Grauer, Ms. Theisen, Ms. Brown, Mr. Spielvogel and Mr. Sadlon. The following student composers presented their original music at the conference:

DHS

Dominick Wood 

Drake Corrigan

Sara Baldwin

Julia Tong, Erika Dodge

Evelyn Sload

Jimmy Conroy/James Hilton

MMS

John Phipps

John McGovern

Aria Muchhal/Meghan Shaughnessy

Ellie Mueller

Sydney Barlow

Nicholas Condon

Elementary

Mercer Borden/Miller Hackman/Cameron McGraw/Bobby Whittaker (RO)

Ava Faugno (RO)

Anya Napoli (HI)

Cillian Hallinan (HI)

Theo Bang (HO)

Sam Sealy (OR)

Vaughan Silcox (HO)

Cameron Barlow (TOK)

Sriram Pankanti (TOK)

Alaina Argiriou/Blake Wilks/Paige Domenici (OR)

 

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MMS Jazz Ensemble Performs for Elementary Students!

The MMS Jazz Ensemble performed for the students at Ox Ridge and Royle Elementary Schools.

The MMS Jazz Ensemble performed for the students at Ox Ridge and Royle Elementary Schools.

 

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter, graced the stages of Royle and Ox Ridge Elementary Schools in two well-received performances to enthusiastic audiences. The middle school musicians performed at Royle School on Wednesday, April 20 and at Ox Ridge on Thursday, April 28. The students played a wide range of musical selections that featured several soloists and impressed both the students and the staff members in attendance.

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Spring Concert Schedule for Darien Schools

 

2015 Spectrum Dress Rehearsal

The Darien Public Schools Music Department is pleased to announce their schedule of Spring Concert performances. The performances will feature students in the school Band, Orchestra and Chorus programs. There is no admission charge for any of the concerts and the public is encouraged to attend and support our music students. If you have any questions regarding any of the concert programs please call the Darien Music Office at: 203-655-2250.

 

May 2 DHS Spring Orchestra Concert at DHS 7:30 P.M.
May 4 DHS Spring Choral Concert at DHS 7:30 P.M.
May 5 DHS Spring Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
May 9

MMS Spring Choral Concerts at DHS

Grade 6&7 6:30p.m.Gr.8, BellaVoce, Camerata 8:00 p.m.

6:30 P.M.

8:00 P.M.

May 11 MMS Spring Band Concert at DHS 7:30 P.M.
May 12 MMS Orchestras Spring Concert at DHS 7:30 P.M.
May 16 Tokeneke Spring Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
May 17 Holmes Spring Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
May 18 Royle Spring Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
May 23 Hindley Spring Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
June 1 Ox Ridge Spring Concert at DHS 7:00 P.M.
June 2 DHS Small Ensemble Concert at DHS  7:30 P.M.

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DHS Orchestra Performs at Universal Stuios and Disney’s Epcot!

The Darien High School Orchestra performed in at Universal Studios and Disney World on April 9-12.

The Darien High School Orchestra performed at Universal Studios and Disney World on April 9-12.

The Darien High School Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, traveled to Orlando, FL over the spring break. The Concert Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra performed at both Universal Studios and Downtown Disney and participated in a workshop at Universal where they performed and recorded music for a film score.

 

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MMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Darien Senior Center

MMS Jazz performs at the Darien Senior Center.

MMS Jazz performs at the Darien Senior Center.

MMS Jazz students enjoy lunch with our seniors on April 6.

MMS Jazz students enjoy lunch with our seniors on April 6.

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter, performed for an appreciative audience at the Darien Senior Center on Wednesday, April 6. The students performed several selections and then had the opportunity to share  lunch and good conversation with members of their appreciative audience.

Alto Saxes ,Matt Bergwall 8th grade, Dougie Brown 7th grade, Sean Huffert 8th grade, Jeremy Oliveira 7th grade Tenor Saxes, Nolan Lovegrove  8th grade, Grant McIntyre 7th grade, Bari Sax John Michael Fallon 8th grade Trumpets Alec Armstrong 8th grade, Frank Drugge 7th grade, Ben Huffman 8th grade, Jack McDermott 6th grade, Jakub Patrosz 8th grade, Jack Towers 7th grade, Trombones, Jack Armstrong 8th grade, Derek Chiapetta 8th grade, Myron Czebiniak 7th grade, Andrew Dedon 7th grade, Jack Kennedy 7th grade, Blake Triano 7th grade, Piano, Nick Derby 8th grade, Jackson Wood 7th grade, Bass, Jack Roberson 8th grade, Drums, Bennett Dumas 7th grade

 

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Darien HS Students Honored at Statewide Arts Banquet

Darien students and teachers attended the 21st Annual CAS Arts Awards Banquet on April 5 at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

Darien students and teachers attended the 21st Annual CAS Arts Awards Banquet on April 5 at the Aqua Turf in Southington.

 

Two students from Darien High School were recently honored at the 2016 High School Arts Awards banquet for their outstanding accomplishments in the fine and performing arts. Ella Moore (visual arts) and Drake Corrigan (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 150 high schools from throughout Connecticut were represented at the Twenty-First Annual Arts Awards banquet with over 1,400 people in attendance. The event featured guest speaker Jonathan Gillman from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.  The event was sponsored by Jostens, Bearingstar Insurance and G&B Photography and was organized by the Connecticut Association of Schools.  Congratulations to our well-deserved recipients.

Pictured L-R: Art teacher Jaclyn Sammis, visual art recipient, Ella Moore, Art Teacher, Robert Sorensen, music recipient, Drake Corrigan and Music teacher, Jonathan Grauer

 

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Middlesex Musicians Perform at Honors Festival

 

Outstanding Middlesex student musicians were selected to perform in CT Western Region Honors Ensembles on March 18-19 at WCSU.

Outstanding Middlesex student musicians were selected to perform in CT Western Region Honors Ensembles on March 18-19 at WCSU.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that Band and Chorus  students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2016 Connecticut Western Region Music Festival. The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and recommendations and they earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association and took place at the new Western Connecticut State University Fine Arts Building on March 18-19.

Student musicians pictured from left to right:

Henry Domenici, Liana Seale, Sophia Talwalkar, Skylar Ford, Frank Drugge, Jack Armstrong, Ben Pucci, Jack Towers, Shea Ehrhard and Amanda Loura

 

 

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Darien HS Jazz Ensemble Places 1st at Greenwich Jazz Festival

The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble was awarded 1st place at the Greenwich Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 19.

The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble was awarded 1st place at the Greenwich Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 19.

Congratulations to our Darien High School Jazz ensemble members who were awarded the overall “Outstanding Performance” and received a 1st place at the Greenwich Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival last Saturday, March 19.

Special “Outstanding Soloist” awards were also given to trumpet player Dominick Wood, trombonist Drake Corrigan, and alto saxophonist Doug Werner.

The DHS Jazz Ensemble is conducted by Mr. Jonathan Grauer.

 

 

 

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DHS Band Performs at Symphony Hall in Boston

Band on stage at Symphony Hall

 

The Darien HS Band Perform at Symphony Hall in Boston on March 7.

The Darien HS Band performs at Symphony Hall in Boston on March 7.

The Darien High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble traveled to Boston, MA on Monday, March 7 to perform in a US Bands sponsored event held at the prestigious venue Symphony Hall.  The students performing for internationally recognized adjudicators including composer Jack Stamp, received both written and recorded feedback, participated in a group ensemble clinic and then had the opportunity to participate in individual clinics on each instrument given by Boston area professional musicians. The Darien High Schools Bands are under the direction of Jonathan Grauer.

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Darien High School to Host 3rd Annual Jazz Festival on Friday, March 4th!

The Darien High School Jazz ensemble will host their 3rd annual Jazz Festival on Friday, March 4.

The Darien High School Jazz ensemble will host their 3rd annual Jazz Festival on Friday, March 4.

The Darien High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Grauer, will play host to elite high school bands from the area at the Darien High School Jazz Festival, Friday March 4th from 3:25 through 9:00 p.m.

After each of eleven area high school jazz bands performs,  three eminent jazz adjudicators will conduct workshops and provide feedback to the students. To top off the event at 8:30 p.m. the Darien Jazz Ensemble will perform in collaboration with the festival judges and outstanding bands and soloists will be recognized.  It promises to be an extraordinary event not only for jazz entertainment and music instruction.  Audience members are welcome to watch any of the performances throughout the afternoon and evening and are particularly encouraged to support our Darien Jazz Ensemble. Admission is only $5 per person and supports the event.  For more information, please contact the Darien Music Office at: 203-655-3981, ext: 2250.

Schedule of Band Performances:

3:25 – Norwalk II

3:50 – Greenwich II

4:15 – McMahon

4:40 – Greenwich

5:05 – Wilton II

5:30 – Stamford

5:55 – Ridgefield

6:20 – dinner break

6:50 – Bethel

7:15 – Staples

7:40 – Wilton

8:05 – Fairfield West

8:30 – Darien

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