Music Department Holiday & Winter Concert Schedule

 The Music Department would like to announce the schedule of upcoming Holiday/Winter Concert performances. There is no admission charge for any of the school concerts and your support of the musical accomplishments of our music students is appreciated. Happy Holidays!!Ox Ridge Band 2013

December 2 Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS

Grade 6&7 6:30pm, Grade 8 & Camerata 8:00pm

 

6:30 P.M

8:00 P.M.

 

December 3

 

Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS

 

7:30 P.M.

 

December 4

 

Middlesex Orchestras Winter Concert at DHS

 

7:30 P.M.

 

December 8

 

Tokeneke Holiday Concert

 

9:30 A.M.

 

December 9

 

Holmes Holiday Concert

 

9:30 A.M.

 

December 10

 

Royle Holiday Concert

 

9:30 A.M.

 

December 11

 

Ox Ridge Holiday Concert

 

9:45 A.M.

 

December 12

 

Hindley Holiday Concert

 

9:30 A.M.

 

December 17

 

DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ens., Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) Snow Date: 12/22

 

7:30 P.M.

 

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DHS Band Sponsors Thanksgiving Turkey Drive!!

Members of the DHS Band will be collecting turkeys to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Members of the DHS Band will be collecting turkeys to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanksgiving Turkey Drive   Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 7:00am-7:45am

Curbside drop-off in front of Darien High School

Fresh or frozen turkeys accepted

All proceeds to benefit the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

Sponsored by the Darien High School Band

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Melanie Turner Selected for National Honors Choir!!

DHS senior Melanie Turner recently performed in the 2014 National Honors Choir in Nashville.

DHS senior Melanie Turner recently performed in the 2014 National Honors Choir in Nashville.

 

Darien High School Music student, Melanie Turner was chosen through a rigorous audition and application process, to participate in the National Association for Music Education’s 2014 National Honors Choir. This prestigious event took place at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 26-29.

Melanie Turner is currently a senior at DHS and is a member of the Darien HS Tudor Singers. She has also been a regular participant in the Connecticut Western Region and All-State Choruses for several years. The National Honors Choir is made up of outstanding musicians from throughout the United Stated and was conducted by Edith Copley, Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University.

The National Association for Music Education All-National Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus and jazz ensemble featured the talents of 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States at this outstanding lifetime experience.

Christopher Andrade, Melanie’s choral director at Darien High School states, “Melanie has been an outstanding student leader and contributor to our high school choral program since she was a freshman. Our entire community is extremely proud of her musical accomplishments.”

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DHS & MMS Choruses Present “Hollywood Harmonies” on Nov. 5!

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DHS Band Steak& Egg Breakfast Fundraiser at Chuck’s

                                                          Support the DHS Band

                                                      

                                                            Steak & Egg Breakfast

                                                           Chuck’s Steakhouse!

                                                  Sunday, Nov. 2nd         9:30 am – 12:30 pm

              Adults $30, Students $15, Children under 12 are free.  Tickets available at the door.

                                                **Live music! All-you-can-eat! **

 

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DHS & MMS Orchestras Present “On a Dark Stormy Night”

 

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The Darien High School Orchestras will present a program titled “On a Dark and Stormy Night” on October 23 at 7:30 p.m.  in the Darien HS auditorium.  The concert will feature the 8th grade Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Pop Strings Ensemble.  Over 120 string players will join together for the finale.  Jane Minnis is the Darien High School Orchestra Director and Malcolm Karlan is the Middlesex Middle School Orchestra Director.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.  For more information, contact the music office 203-655-3981, ext. 2250.

 

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Introducing the New Darien 5-6 Jazz Lab!!

 This exciting new musical opportunity is open to all students in grades 5 & 6 currently enrolled in their school Band ensemble with exceptions made for a limited number of piano, bass and guitar students. This opportunity is open to students who play all band instruments, piano, bass, guitar and drum set.

Students will be performing music in the jazz, pop and rock styles and will develop skills in improvising and creating and performing their own original music. This ensemble will be co-taught by Darien Public Schools’ Director of Music, Mr. Richard Sadlon and Darien High School Director of Bands, Mr. Jonathan Grauer and assisted by members of the award winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble.

This ensemble will meet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane in the Band Room, F013.  Depending on the response for this new opportunity, enrollment may be limited so please respond by promptly retuning the form below to Richard Sadlon, Director of Music, 80 High School Lane, Darien, CT 06820 or email to RSadlon@darienps.org by Friday, September 26 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Music, Rick Sadlon at: RSadlon@darienps.org  or 203-655-3981 ext: 2329

Name  :                                                                       Grade:

Instrument:                                                                 School:

Parent’s email:                                                            Parent’s Phone #:

Address:                                                                      Student’s Band Director:

I understand that attendance at all 5-6 Jazz Lab Band scheduled rehearsals is expected and that I will provide transportations to and from rehearsals. (more detailed information will be forthcoming)

Parent signature _____________                              Date__________________

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins

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When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

There has been a great deal of research on the benefits of music performance on brain development, but this presentation (see the links below) by Anita Collins sums it up nicely in 4-5 minute video. (You may need to paste the link into your browser) Enjoy!

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0JKCYZ8hng

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Music Department Announces 2014 Focus Theme Poster Contest Winner!

 

Lily Childs is the Music Department's 2014-15 Poster Contest Winner

Lily Childs is the Music Department’s 2014-15 Poster Contest Winner

 

The Music Department of the Darien Public School is pleased to announce that Lily Childs, a 10 year old student at Tokeneke Elementary School, is the winner of their district-wide 2014 poster contest. The poster will be used to kick off the Music Department’s annual curricular focus theme for 2014-15 which will be, “Music of the Silver Screen: The History of Movie Music.”  Lily’s Music teacher at Tokeneke School Rebecca Parnoff presented the challenge to her students and art teacher Linda Yoffe engaged her students in the project and guided them through the process of creating a poster.  Students in K-12 will be engaged in studying and performing historically significant movie music when they return in the fall and the poster, which will be professionally printed, will be displayed at all of the schools in the district for students to see when they return in August.  Lily was also the recipient of a $25 iTunes gift card for winning the competition. Congratulations to Lily!!

Pictured L-R:

Tokeneke Music Teacher Rebecca Parnoff, Lily Childs, Assistant Principal Kathy Schultz, Principal Mary Michelson.

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Music Department Announces Concert Calendar for 2014-15

 Music Department Concert Calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.

October 23

DHS Orchestra Night Concert   (MMS Grade 8 Orchestra)

7:30 P.M.

October 30

DHS Band Night Concert  (MMS Grade 8 Band)

7:00 P.M.

November 5

DHS Chorus Night Concert (MMS Camerata & Gr. 8 Chorus)

7:30 P.M.

November 20-22

Theater 308 Production DHS Auditorium

7:00 P.M

December 2

Middlesex Winter Choral Concert at DHS  Grade 6&7 6:30pm, Grade 8 & Camerata 8:00pm

6:30 P.M

8:00 P.M.

December 3

Middlesex Bands Winter Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

December  4

Middlesex Orchestras Winter   Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

December 8

Tokeneke Holiday Concert

9:30 A.M.

December 9

Holmes Holiday Concert

9:30 A.M.

December 10

Royle Holiday Concert

9:30 A.M.

December 11

Ox Ridge Holiday Concert

9:45 A.M.

December 12

Hindley Holiday Concert

9:30 A.M.

December 17

DHS Holiday Spectrum Concert (Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ens., Pops Strings, Concert Choir, Tudor Singers) Snow Date: 12/22

7:30 P.M.

January 16-17

CMEA Western Region HS Festival at Trumbull High

TBD

Jan.29,30,31

Middlesex Theater Production at MMS Auditorium

7:00 P.M.

February 5

Sweet Night of Jazz (DHS&MMS   Jazz Ens.) DCA House

6:00 P.M.

February 26

All-Town Band Festival: two seatings: 6:30 & 8:00 P.M. at DHS Main Gym. (Snow date: Feb. 27)

6:30 P.M.

8:00 P.M.

February 28

DHS Orchestra & Chorus featuring guest artist Mark Woods (tickests required)

7:30 P.M.

March 4

Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival Concert at DHS

 7:30 P.M.

March 6

DHS Invitational Jazz Jamboree Festival

       TBD

March 19-21

DHS Theater 308 Spring Musical

 7:00 P.M.

April 7

Darien Young Composers Concert Elementary 6:30pm,   MMS & DHS 7:30pm

6:30 P.M.

7:30 P.M.

April 30-May 2

CMEA All-State Festival/Conf. Hartford

TBD

May 4

DHS Spring Orchestra Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 5

MMS Spring Choral Concerts at DHS Grade 6&7   6:30p.m. Grade 8&Camerata 8:00 p.m.

6:30 P.M.

8:00 P.M.

May 6

MMS Bands Spring Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 7 MMS Orchestras Spring Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 13

DHS Spring Choral Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 14

DHS Spring Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

May 18*

Tokeneke Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 19**

Holmes Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 20***

Royle Spring Concert at DHS

7:00 P.M.

May 25

DHS Band Memorial Day Parade

10:00A.M.

June 1

DHS Small Ensemble Concert at DHS

7:30 P.M.

June 3****

Hindley Spring   Concert

7:00 P.M.

June 4*****

Ox Ridge Spring   Concert

7:00 P.M.

May 18*                  Tokeneke Rehearsal at DHS                                   1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

May 19**                  Holmes Rehearsal at DHS                                     1:30 – 3:30  P.M.

May 20***                 Royle Rehearsal at DHS                                       1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

June 3****                Hindley Rehearsal at DHS                                     1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

June 4*****              Ox Ridge Rehearsal at DHS                                   1:30 – 3:30 P.M.

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