Students in the DHS Concert Choir and Tudor Singers joined the Late Show's Gospel Choir in concert on February 2.

Students in the DHS Concert Choir and Tudor Singers joined the Late Show’s Gospel Choir in concert on February 2.

The Late Show’s Gospel Choir visited Darien High School on February 2 and performed for the entire student body and faculty in two assembly programs. The DHS Community Council sponsored a luncheon for our guests and then the Gospel Choir, lead by Grammy nominated songwriter and gospel singer Lady Peachena, conducted a master class with the students in DHS Concert Choir and Tudor Singers. The day was capped off by a free evening concert open to the public sponsored by the Darien Music for Youth organization. The Gospel Choir was brought to Darien in support of the Music Department’s Curricular Focus Theme on Spirituals and the celebration of Black History month.

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Darien Music Department Presents a “Sweet Night of Jazz”

The DHS, MMS and 5-6 Jazz Lab will present a "Sweet Night of Jazz" on Thursday, February 11.

The DHS, MMS and 5-6 Jazz Lab will present a “Sweet Night of Jazz” on Thursday, February 11.

 

The Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensembles and the Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab will present their annual “Sweet Night of Jazz” fundraising performance event on Thursday, Feb. 11th at 7 p.m.at St. John’s Blanchard Hall, located at 1986 Post Road in Darien.  The event is open to the public.  All are invited to enjoy an assortment of delicious desserts, coffee, beverages, and some exciting jazz performances.  Tickets for adults cost $15 for pre-sale/$20 at the door; tickets for students and seniors cost $10 pre-sale/$15 at the door.  All proceeds will go toward funding band and jazz ensemble student activities. To purchase pre-sale tickets, please make checks out to “DHS Band” and return to Mr. Carter, Mr. Grauer or Reva Corrigan, 1 Denhurst Place, Darien.  You will receive confirmation by email. No tickets will be issued but a reservation list will be maintained at the door.  For more information you may contact the Music Office at 203-655-3981 ext: 2250.

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Elementary Programs Feature Spirituals and a Ukulele “Play” Date

Royle 5th Grade students lerad by teacher Ms. Kathleen Theisen, shared their knowledge of the Ukulele by hosting a "play" date with the kindergarten classes.

Royle 5th Grade students lead by teacher Ms. Kathleen Theisen, shared their knowledge of the Ukulele by hosting a “play” date with the kindergarten classes.

Second Grade students at Tokeneke school, lead by Ms. Sophie Kozlowski and Mrs. Rebecca Parnoff present a program based on the Music Department's Curricular Focus Theme on Spirituals to their parents on January 21.

Second Grade students at Tokeneke school lead by Music teachers, Ms. Sophie Kozlowski and Mrs. Rebecca Parnoff,  present a program based on the Music Department’s Curricular Focus Theme of Spirituals to their parents on January 21.

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Late Night Gospel Choir to Perform in Concert at Darien High School

Darien Music for Youth

Proudly Presents:

                                      The Late Night Gospel Choir

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016   7:00 pm Darien High School Auditorium

Admission is Free, but tickets are required.

The Late Night Gospel Choir will be performing at the Darien High School Auditorium on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

The Late Night Gospel Choir will be performing at the Darien High School Auditorium on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Free tickets are available at Crescendo Music (351 Boston Post Road), Barrett Bookstore (314 Heights Road), and from Christy Guarino in the DHS Music Department Office, 203-655-3981 x2250.

Darien Music for Youth works in conjunction with the Darien Music Department to enhance the district-wide music curriculum. This year the district’s focus is the American Spiritual. We look forward to seeing you on February 2nd for an exciting evening celebrating the birth of American Music sung by the internationally acclaimed Late Night Gospel Choir!

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Announcing The 2016 Darien Young Composers Concert

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce the 16th annual Darien Young Composers Concert. This special concert program will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for grades K-5 and at 7:30 p.m. for grades 6-12 in the Darien High School auditorium and will feature the works of student composers in the Darien Public Schools from the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels.

All compositions for performance consideration must be recorded on a CD, DVD or electronic file and submitted along with the application form to one of the school music teachers no later than March 4, 2016. The student composers selected to perform will have the opportunity to have their compositions reviewed by a professional guest composer and will also meet with the composer in a special workshop to discuss the creative process of music composition and opportunities for professional composers. During the course of each school year, the music teachers in the Darien Public Schools engage their students in composition lessons and activities as part of their curriculum and encourage participation in this unique opportunity. Guidelines, application forms and other information are available from all school music teachers in the Darien Public Schools, on our website at: http://blogs.darienps.org/music/young-composers-program/ or by calling the Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

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Darien High School Musicians Chosen to Perform in Western Region Honors Ensembles

Twenty-two outstanding music students from the Darien HS Band Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Ensemble have been chosen to participate in the 2016 Connecticut Western Region Music Festival.

Twenty-two outstanding music students from the Darien HS Band, Orchestra, Chorus and Jazz Ensemble have been chosen to participate in the 2016 Connecticut Western Region Music Festival.

 The Darien Public Schools Music Department is proud to announce that 22 outstanding musicians from Darien High School have been chosen through a highly competitive audition process to perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Region Music Festival. The honors music festival will take place at Staples High School in Westport on January 15-16 where the students will have the privilege of working in Band, Orchestra, Chorus, and Jazz ensembles with some of Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators. Richard Sadlon, the Director of Music in Darien states that, “These students have consistently worked and studied over several years to been chosen as among the finest high school musicians in Western Connecticut. We are all extremely proud of their musical accomplishments.”

The students representing Darien High at the 2016 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are: From Band:  Lane Blummer, Drake Corrigan, Tianhia Du, Katie Huffert, Caroline Lacy, Valerie Le, Celia Mundt, Evan Tong, Luke Uhlman and Jacob Won.  From the Orchestra:  Sara Baldwin, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Monet Takeda, Wen Yan Toh, Candice Wang, and Austin Won, percussion.  From the Chorus: Avery Brook, Elizabeth Domittner, Isabelle Hole, Caroline Lui and Evelyn Sload. Jazz Ensemble: Dominick Wood.

All of the students who participated in the Connecticut Western Region Festival will eligible to audition for the Connecticut All-State Festival.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers, Mr. Christopher Andrade, Chorus, Mr. Jonathan Grauer, Band and Ms. Jane Minnis, Orchestra. The regional honors ensemble concerts will take place at the Staples High School auditorium on Saturday, January 16 and are scheduled as follows: Orchestra and Concert Band will be at 3:30 p.m. and the Jazz Ensemble and Chorus concerts will be presented at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance from students and are $15.00 at the door.

 

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DHS Musical Spectrum Concert: Our Gift to the Community

We would like to announce our upcoming Darien High School Holiday Spectrum Concert featuring all of our high school instrumental and choral ensembles performing a complete program of festive holiday music. This one hour concert of continuous holiday music on Wednesday, December 16 in the DHS Auditorium is our musical gift to the entire community of Darien. (snow date is Dec. 17) There is no admission fee, but because of the popularity of this event, we recommend that you arrive early to get the best seating. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Make this a new holiday tradition, bring your family, and join us for a musical, memorable holiday season celebration. 

 A Holiday Silent Auction sponsored by the DHS Community Council to benefit Darien’s Department of Social Services will take place in the lobby of the auditorium from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. just prior to the concert, and will features holiday gift items and services from local businesses and the school community.  Happy Holidays!

Darien High School Music Department

Presents

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

7:30 P.M.

 

 

 

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DHS Band Holds Annual Turkey Drive

The Darien High School Band held their annual Turkey Drive on November 23.

The Darien High School Band held their annual Turkey Drive on November 23.

DHS Band 2015 Turkey Drive

The Darien High School Band held their annual Turkey Drive on Tuesday, November 23 and received 100 turkeys to be donated to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Special thanks to Band Director Mr. Jonathan Grauer, all of the parents and students who helped to organized the event, and to all of the people who generously donated turkeys for this worthy cause.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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WCSU Professor Performs for Students on New DHS Piano!

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  The students and teachers in the DHS Music Department recently welcomed a new Yamaha C7X grand piano to the auditorium stage. In order to demonstrate the quality and possibilities of the new piano, Dr. Russell Hirschfield, from Western Connecticut … Continue reading

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5-6 Jazz Lab Swings Into Second Season

 

The 5-6 Jazz Lab gives students the opportunity to develop their creating improvisational skills.

The 5-6 Jazz Lab gives students the opportunity to develop their creative improvisational skills.

The Jazz Lab for students in grades 5-6 kicked off their second season on October 15 and attracted students from all 5 elementary schools and Middlesex Middle School. The students rehearse on Thursday afternoons in the DHS Band room and get a chance to perform jazz classics, original compositions, popular music as well as develop their improvisational skills. All students improvise at each rehearsal and are guided and mentored by members of the Darien High School Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Next week, professional drummer, John Cutrone, will perform with the students and do a workshop with the drum students.

The students look forward to a Showcase performance for their parents on December 17 and a performance at the “Sweet Night of Jazz” on February 4 with the Middlesex and Darien HS Jazz Ensembles.

 

 

 

 

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