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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Darien HS Band Performs in New Orleans

The Darien High School Band, under the direction of Band Director Jonathan Grauer, performed in New Orleans on March 30-April 2. The Band performed an exchange concert with the Band students at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School, toured the Oak Alley Plantation, presented a Jazz Ensemble concert at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park, performed at a Festival at Loyola University and received a workshop with members of the Boston Brass. Other trip highlights included a tour of the National World War II Museum, Airboat Rides and a Natchez River Cruise.

The Darien HS Band Performing at a Music festival at Loyola University.

The DHS Band performs together with the Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School Band students.

The Darien HS Band students touring the Oak Alley Plantation.

DHS Band students enjoy an Airboat Adventures ride.

 

 

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52 Darien Young Composers Perform Their Original Music

The 2017 Darien Young Composers with guest composer Tom Salta.

 The 17th annual Darien Young Composers Concert held at Darien High School on April 4 featured the original musical compositions of 52 talented young composers from the Darien Public Schools.  Our young composers, ranging in age from first grade through grade 12, had an opportunity to meet and ask questions of internationally recognized guest composer Tom Salta. The students also received comments from Mr. Salta on each of their compositions.

This year’s featured young composers were:

Grade 1: Alexander Gray, William Gray. Grade 2: Charlotte Cowles, Nicky Orr, Ried Bolger and Ryan Baiera, James Moody. Grade 3: David Lui, Madeline Argirou, Lily Davenport, Zachary Guo, Miller Ward. Grade 4: Paloma Dudas, Anoushka Mucchal, Phoebe Bryan, Charlie Bower, Anna Ventker, Brooke Cippoletti, Sophie Bell. Grade 5: Shea Ward, Katie Kowslow, Janie FitzPatrick, Vaughan Silcox, Ella Harvey, Blake Wilks, Sadie Stafford, Brinley Vrooman, Clara Wilber, Victoria Stockdale, Brianna Cintron, Polina Melnick, Julianne Bauer, Emma Belluscio, Iris West, Brooke Tarleton, Ashley Clark, Julia Decsi, Reese Wilson, Lila Debano, Ashley Stockdale. Grade 6: Anya Napoli. Grade 7: Nicholas Condon, Scott Dansker, Ellie Mueller. Grade 8 Nicholas Liu. Grade 9: Aria Muchhal. Grade 10: Evelyn Sload. Grade 11 Julia Tong, Sara Baldwin Caroline Lui. Grade 12: Katie Cunningham and Jimmy Conroy.

 

 

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Darien Students Perform in CMEA Elementary Honors Chorus

Choral students from Tokeneke and Royle performed in the CMEA Elementary Honors Chorus on March 31st.

On March 31, eight elementary chorus students from Darien participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association Elementary Honors Chorus held at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The Honors Chorus was held in conjunction with the 2017 Music Educators Conference. The students prepared six pieces of choral music with their teachers and then joined together with 250 choral students from across the state. The students had the opportunity to work with nationally recognized conductor and educator, Dr. Mary Ellen Junda from the University of Connecticut. The students performed an afternoon concert for a standing room only audience at the Convention Center. Music Teachers Mrs. Rebecca Parnoff and Ms. Kathleen Theisen prepared and accompanied the students at the event.

Pictured:

Back row L-R: Annika Mengwall, Allie Daley, Audrey Sears, Mia Petruzzo, Grace Galvin Front row L-R: Maddie Hardy, Sadie Grey and Caroline Aponte L-R Music Teachers Rebecca Parnoff from Tokeneke School and Kathleen Theisen from Royle School

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DHS Orchestra Student, Sara Baldwin, to Perform in All-Eastern Orchestra

DHS Junior, Sara Baldwin, will perform with the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra in Atlantic City, NJ.

Sara Baldwin, a junior violist from Darien High School has been chosen, through a highly selective process, to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra on April 5-8 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in the Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than 800 of the most musically talented students in the Eastern Region of the United States have been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.

The students will prepare remarkably challenging music that they will then rehearse and perform under prominent nationally recognized conductors with students from throughout the Eastern United States. Sara has previously performed as a member of the CT Western Region and CT All-State Orchestras and is currently a member of the Darien High School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis.

For more about Sara click on the link to the Darien News article below:

http://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/A-Chat-with-Sara-Baldwin-11036720.php#photo-12632473

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Darien Young Composers Perform Original Music on April 4 at DHS!

The following students have been selected to perform their original compositions on the Darien Young Composers Concert. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 p.m. (Elementary) and 7:30 p.m. (MMS/DHS) in the Darien High School Auditorium. Tom Salta, an award winning composer of music for video games, will be our guest composer. There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend. Congratulations to all of our outstanding young composers!!

Name                                     School           Grade             Composition Title

Alexander Gray                     HO                  1                       Song Time

William Gray                          HO                  1                      Stormy Night

Charlotte Cowles                  HI                     2                     Love You

James Moody                        TOK                2                      Arpeggios

David Lui/Zachery Guo         OR                  3/4                Cello Duo in D Minor

Madeleine Argiriou               OR                  3                      Wave

Lilly Davenport                       TOK                3                    Where Did You Go?

Miller Ward/Shea Ward        HO                  3/5                Overload

Anoushka Muchhal                TOK                4                     Short and Sweet

Phoebe Bryan                         OR                   4                     A Rainy Day

Ellie Charney                         TOK                4                      Spotlight

Charlie Bower                       TOK                4                      Not That Far Away

Anna Ventker                       TOK                4                      Only Truly Me

Brooke Cippoletti                  OR                4                       Yes and No

Vaughan Silcox                     HO                 5                       The Escapist

Ella Harvey/Blake Wilks       OR               5                       Circles

Sadie Stafford, Brinley Vrooman,

Clara Wilber, Victoria Stockdale OR        5                      Moment

Brianna Cintron/Polina Melnick  HI       5                      Crazy World

Julianne Bauer, Emma Belluscio,   HI    5                       Walk With Me

Iris West, Brooke Tarleton  Ashley Clarke HI   5            Ocean

Julia Decsi/Reese Wilson    HI                   5                      You Can Always Fly Higher

Lila Debano/Ashley Stockdale  OR            5                     Always There

Anya Napoli                           MMS               6                      Out of My Head

Nicholas Condon                  MMS               7                      You Don’t Hurt Me

Scott Dansker                       MMS               7                      The Tree

Ellie Mueller                           MMS             7                      Walking Down The Street

Nicholas Liu                           MMS             8                       7/4 Classical

Aria Muchhal                          DHS              9                      Change

Evelyn Sload                          DHS               10                    Love and Creation

Julia Tong                              DHS                11                    In Via

Sara Baldwin                         DHS                11                    Spring Minuet

Katie Cunningham                DHS                12                   Ace (Player)

Jimmy Conroy                       DHS                12                    Shredology

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Middlesex Musicians Perform at Western Region Honors Festival

Shea Ehrhard, Caroline Zerbe, Myron Czebiniak, Grant McIntyre, Frank Drugge and Jack Towers represented Middlesex Middle School at the CT Western Region Music Festival on March 17-18.

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that Band and Jazz Ensemble students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2017 Connecticut Western Region Middle School Music Festival. The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut. The students joined with other students from throughout Western Connecticut at Wilton High School on March 17-18 and were conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. Congratulations to our fine musicians and their teachers!

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Row 1 (Left to right) Shea Ehrhard (trumpet, Concert Band), Caroline Zerbe (baritone, Concert Band)

Row 2 (left to right) Myron Czebiniak (trombone, Jazz Ensemble), Grant McIntyre (tenor saxophone, Jazz Ensemble), Frank Drugge (French Horn, Concert Band), Jack Towers (trumpet, Concert Band)

 

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