Elementary and Middlesex Music Groups Perform at Music in the Parks Festival

The 2017 Elementary Honors Orchestra

On Saturday, June 3, 160 music students from Middlesex Middle School and over 200 elementary music students travelled to Bristol Eastern High School and Lake Compounce for the Music in the Parks performance and adjudication.

The Elementary Honors Chorus, conducted by Rebecca Brendli and Kathleen Theisen and the Elementary Honors Band conducted by Krista DiPietro and Colin Walters both received Excellent ratings and the Elementary Honors Orchestra directed by Dawn Hanley and Jane Minnis received a Superior rating from the adjudicators.

The Elementary Honors Chorus in the warm-up room.

At Middlesex Middle School, the Camerata Singers under the direction of Kimberly Sadler received Excellent rating, 2nd place in their division, the 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra under the direction of Malcolm Karlan received and Excellent rating, 1st place in their division and the MMS Honors Band under the direction of James Carter and Gretchen Perrett received a Superior rating, 1st place in their division and Best Overall Middle School Band.

Middlesex Camerata Singers preparing to perform on June 3 at Bristol Eastern High School.

Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers for their exceptional performances!!

 

 

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Middlesex Jazz Ensemble Performs in NYC!!

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble performed by the fountain at Lincoln Center on May 31.

Performing their Jazz at Lincoln Center.

MMS Jazz members watch a rehearsal of Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

 

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter traveled to New York City on Wednesday, May 31. The students participated in a jazz clinic with world renown instructor Justin DiCioccio, performed their music in front of the fountain at Lincoln Center and attended the private closed door rehearsal of Wynton Marsalis’s Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as they prepared for their upcoming concert. It was a very inspirational day for Mr. Carter and our Jazz Ensemble students!!

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Darien Schools Announce Beginning Band Registration Night

Registration for the Beginning Band program in the Darien Schools will be at Tokeneke School, Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.


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 Tuesday, June 6. This presentation will be for interested students and their parents in all five of Darien’s Elementary Schools. An explanation of our Band program, instrument demonstrations, instrument 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 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 contact the Elementary Band teachers: Krista DiPietro at Holmes and Hindley kdipietro@darienps.org or Colin Walters at Ox Ridge, Royle or Tokeneke Schools cwalters@darienps.org  or call the District Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

 

 

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Darien Schools Announce Registration for Beginning String Program

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

 

INTRODUCTION TO STRINGS NIGHT (FOR 2ND GRADERS)

All second graders and their parents are invited to attend the Darien String Program’s INTRODUCTION TO STRINGS NIGHT on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 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 and being part of school orchestra program, we encourage you to attend.  If you are unable to attend, please contact your school’s string teacher by email 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 at Tokeneke, Hindley and Holmes Schools (DHanley@darienps.org), Dylan Spielvogel  at Ox Ridge School (DSpielvogel@darienps.org) or Jane Minnis at Royle School. (JMinnis@darienps.org).

 

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Hindley 5th Graders Perform “Of Mice and Mozart”

Hindley students present a play based on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Pictured (L-R): Katie Savino, Ashley Clarke, Katie Koslow, Iris West, Polina Melnick, and Caitlin Donahue

Hindley 5th Graders perform “Of Mice and Mozart” on May 5th.

 

The entire 5th grade class at Hindley School performed a curricular focus theme based the Michael and Jill Gallina program entitled, “Of Mice and Mozart” on Friday May 5 in the Hindley Common Room.  The students performed the play based on the life of Mozart enhanced by several songs based on the themes of well-known Mozart compositions. Rebecca Brendli and Ruth Letteraa, the music teachers at Hindley, directed the program.

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NYC Festival Success for Darien High School Orchestras

The Dairen High School Orchestras, under the direction on Ms. Jane Minnis, performed at the NYC Heritage Music Festival on April 22.

We are pleased to announce that all three Darien High School Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra and the Pops Strings, all won Gold ratings at the 2017 World Strides OnStage Performance Festival in New York City on April 22.  The Orchestras played beautifully, and impressed the judges with their full sound and balance.

The Concert Orchestra won Gold with a combined score of 92 from the three judges.  The Chamber Orchestra won Gold with a combined score of 96, and the Pops Strings won Gold with a combined score of 94.

Senior violinist Wen Yan Toh was awarded a Maestro Award for her artistically performed solo in Beethoven’s Romance in G.

All of the DHS Orchestra ensembles, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, were also awarded the prestigious Spirit of New York Award, which is given by the World Strides staff to the group that best exemplifies the spirit of competition, citizenship and overall positive attitude.

A special thank you to chaperones Mrs. Kathy Grandon, Mrs. Leah Kennedy, Mrs. Kim Kiner, Mrs. Brenda McDermott, Mrs. Fran McGovern, Mrs. Shanti Nalawade, Mrs. Nina Nelson and Mrs. Claire Shaughnessy — for accompanying the students on this trip and for doing a great job of keeping everything running smoothly.

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DHS Tudor Singers Perform to Support Pacific House’s Homeless Youth Program

(Tudor Singer members from L-R: , Ryan Espitia, Avery Brook, Nicholas Servas, Samantha Berry, Grady Allen, Isabel Lariño)

On March 31st Darien HS Choral Director, Mr. Christopher Andrade led the DHS Tudor Singers in a special student concert at the 9th Annual Pacific House Dessert and Chocolate Lovers Tasting Event.  More than 550 chocolate and music enthusiasts gathered to indulge in a night of delicious sweets and great music, and in the process raised over $105,000 to support the Pacific House’s new Young Adult Program for homeless youth.

(Pictured from L-R: Ryan Espitia, Avery Brook, Nicholas Servas, Samantha Berry, Grady Allen, Isabel Lariño)

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MMS Jazz Ensemble Performs at Tokeneke School

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble performs for the students at                 Tokeneke School on April 19th.

The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of James Carter, performed a Jazz concert for an enthusiastic crowd of grade 3-5 students at Tokeneke School on Wednesday, April 19.  The Jazz Ensemble is also scheduled to perform at the Darien Senior Center and at Lincoln Center this spring.

The Middlesex Jazz Ensemble members are:

Alto Saxes: Dougie Brown 8th grade,Jake Dansker 7th grade, Anna Schorr 8th Grade,Tenor Saxes:,Grant McIntyre  8th grade,Will Abott  7th grade Bari Sax ,Chris Van Ingen 8th grade Trumpets: Cosmo Amatruda 7th grade,Trey Cahill 8th grade,Frank Drugge 8th grade, Jack McDermott 7th grade,Jack Towers 8th grade Trombones: Myron Czebiniak 8th grade, Andrew Dedon 8th grade, Nick Huffman 6th Grade, Jack Kennedy 8th grade, Blake Triano 8th grade Caroline Zerbe 7th grade,Piano: Sebastian Mengwall 7th grade Bass: Paige Domenici 6th grade Drums: Cillian Hallinan 6th grade

 

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Darien Students Honored at Statewide Arts Banquet

Representing Darien High School at the 2017 CT Association of Schools Arts Awards Banquet, L-R Art Teachers, Jaclyn Sammis and Dorine Bosler, Art Recipient, Carly Schoudel, Music Recipient, Caroline Lacy and Music Teacher, Christopher Andrade

Two students from Darien High School were recently honored at the 2017 High School Arts Awards banquet for their outstanding accomplishments in the fine and performing arts. Carly Schoudel (visual arts) and Caroline Lacy (music/performing arts) represented Darien High School and were the recipients of awards given at the event which was held on April 4 at the Aqua-Turf Club located in Plantsville, CT.  Over 150 high schools from throughout Connecticut were represented at the Twenty-Second Annual Arts Awards banquet with over 1,400 people in attendance.  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 teachers, Jaclyn Samis and Dorine Bosler, Arts Awardrecipient, Carly Schoudel, Music Award recipient, Caroline Lacy and Music teacher, Christopher Andrade.

 

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Darien High School 2017 All-State Musicians

Darien High School 2017 All-State Music Students. L-R: Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Evelyn Sload, Caroline Lui and Caroline Lacy. (not pictured Isabelle Hole)

 

Five outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive state-wide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival. The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT on March 30 through April 1 in conjunction with the CMEA conference.  The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators. Richard Sadlon, the Director of Music in Darien states that, “We are all extremely proud of the accomplishments of our All-State Music students and they are to be commended and recognized for representing Darien High School and our entire town so well at this prestigious state-wide event. They are among the finest school musicians in our state.”

The 2017 Darien All-State Music students are:

Pictured L-R: Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, All-State Orchestra; Evelyn Sload, Caroline Lui, Caroline Lacy, All-State Choir.  Not pictured: Isabelle Hole, All-State Choir.

 

 

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