Darien Summer Strings: Fun, Sun and Music!!

 
The Darien Summer Strings perform weekly concerts.

The Darien Summer Strings perform weekly concerts.

 

 

The Advanced level of Summer Strings performed at the Darien Sidewalk sales event on July 15.

The Advanced level of Summer Strings performed at the Darien Sidewalk sales event on July 15.

The Darien Summer Strings program, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, has an ambitious schedule of performances throughout the summer. The younger ensemble performs a weekly themed concert and the older more advanced ensemble performs several concerts throughout the community. Both groups will be wrapping up their summer season this week.

Pictured in the Advanced Summer Strings Ensemble:Front Row: Bart Codd, Indira Flores, Mariead Clas, Saskia Zimmermann, James McPartland, Aram Russell. Second Row: Rowan Kennedy, Mary McGovern, Noelle Cooke, Sadie Mossa, Maggie Russell, Samantha Pensiero, Third Row: Angelica Yika-Nacarino, Emme Cooke, Katie Lane, Peter McLean, Christine Inzer

 

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Darien Summer Jazz Students Perform at the Atria!

Summer Jazz students performed at the Atria Senior Living facility on July 14.

Summer Jazz students performed at the Atria Senior Living facility on July 14.

Jazz students pose for a picture with Atria residents including local trumpet player Bob Woods and his wife Gerry.

Jazz students pose for a picture with Atria residents including local trumpet player Bob Woods and his wife Gerry.

Summer Jazz program students, prepared and performed a program of jazz classics for the residents of the Atria Senior Living facility on Thursday, July 14. The young jazz musicians are participating in the Darien Summer Jazz Workshop program, directed by Director of Music, Rick Sadlon, and traditionally perform for the Atria residents each summer. The students in this year’s summer jazz program are:

Dania Zein, flute, Jake Dansker, alto sax, Kiran Ebrahimi, alto sax, Kaitlyn Keating, alto sax, Connor LaJaunie, alto sax, Aditya Rai, alto sax, Khrystos Yika-Nacarino, alto sax, Nolan Lovegrove, tenor sax, John Michael Fallon, tenor sax, Andrew Dedon, trombone, Blake Triano, trombone, Scout Emerson, acoustic bass, Sebastian Mengwall, piano, Theodore Bang, piano, John Raskopf, drums

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Elementary and MMS Music Ensembles Receive Awards at Festival

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Nearly 400 students from the Darien Public Schools participated in the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, June 4. The Elementary Honors Band, Orchestra and Chorus Ensembles along with the MMS Camerata Singers, Grade 7&8 Orchestras and the MMS … Continue reading

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Announcing Beginning Strings and Band Registration Events!!

Opportunities to register for the beginning band and String programs take place this week.

Opportunities to register for the beginning Band and String programs take place this week.

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 Darien Band program and for current second grade students to begin playing an instrument and enroll in our String program

All current 2nd grade students who wish to begin to study a string instrument are invited to attend our Invitation to Strings Night on Tuesday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Middlesex Middle School Auditorium.

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 Thursday, June 9.

These presentations will be for interested students and their parents in all five Darien Elementary Schools. An explanation of our exciting and rewarding instrumental music programs, instrument demonstrations, instrument rental program information, and class registrations for this fall will take place at this time. All interested students are eligible to begin band or string instrument instructions. All students attending these evening 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 or string programs in the Darien Public Schools, please see the Band or String teacher at one of the elementary schools or call the District Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

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DHS Choruses Perform Program of Spirituals for Charity Event!

The DHS Choruses perform a program of Spirituals for charity fund raising event on May 22.

The DHS Choruses perform a program of Spirituals for a charity fund raising event on May 22.

The Darien High School Concert Choir and Tudor Singers, under the direction of Christopher Andrade, presented an educational concert program on the musical legacy of American Spirituals at First Congregational Church in Darien on Sunday, May 22. The concert was a benefit for “At Home In Darien,” a local nonprofit dedicated to providing assistance to the elderly in the Darien community.  More information about the charity can be found at http://www.athomeindarien.org/

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Pre-School ELP Students Present Programs of Spirituals

Our ELP students lead by Mrs. Katharine Knapp present programs based on Spirituals.

Our ELP students lead by Mrs. Katharine Knapp present programs based on Spirituals.

 

ELP students keeping the beat to African songs with rhythm sticks.

ELP students keeping the beat to African songs with rhythm sticks.

Our ELP/Pre-School Music Instructor, Mrs. Katherine Knapp is presenting her students in share programs based on American Spirituals at Royle, Ox Ridge and Tokeneke Schools. The students begin their programs with songs and dances from the African continent and then move to American Spirituals such as “This Train is Bound for Glory” and “Oh, Won’t You Sit Down.” The students engage in singing, playing classroom instruments and actively moving to the beat of the music. Parents as well as students are engaged in singing and participating in the program.

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Congratulations to Darien High School 2016 All-State Musicians

Six Darien High School outstanding music students participated in the CT All-State Music Festival in Hartford on April 28-30.

Six of Darien High School’s  outstanding music students participated in the CT All-State Music Festival in Hartford on April 28-30. Pictured L-R: Theresa Du, Dominick Wood, Wen Yan Toh, Avery Brook, Caroline Lacy and Sara Baldwin.

Six 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 April 28-30 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 doing such a fine job of representing Darien High School and our entire town at this prestigious state-wide event. They are among the finest school musicians in our state.”

The Darien All-State Music students are: From the Orchestra: Sara Baldwin and Wen Yan Toh. From the Jazz Ensemble: Dominick Wood. Band: Theresa Du, and Chorus: Avery Brook and Caroline Lacy. 

 

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DHS Chorus Receives Gold Rating at Great East Festival!

Darien High School Chorus students enjoyed some time at Six Flags after their performances at the great East Music Festival.

Darien High School Chorus students enjoyed some time at Six Flags after their performances at the great East Music Festival.

The Darien High School Chorus students under the direction of Christopher Andrade performed at the Great East Music Festival in Palmer, MA for a panel of judges on Saturday, May 7. Both the Tudor Singers and the Concert Choir received gold ratings and many accolades from the judges. The students enjoyed time at Six Flags following their performances.

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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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