Acclaimed Dallas Brass in Concert at DHS on April 24th!!

The Dallas Brass will appear at Darien High School on April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The Dallas Brass will appear at Darien High School on April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

 

We are excited announce that on Thursday, April 24 the nationally acclaimed Dallas Brass will be in residence at Darien High School. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for both the students and the community.  During the day, some of our MMS and DHS band students will have the opportunity to interact with the Dallas Brass members through a clinic and rehearsal. It will culminate with an evening public concert in which the DHS and MMS Grade 8 students will be invited to perform a piece along with these outstanding professionals! The Dallas Brass does a limited number of these residencies around the country each year and we feel most fortunate to have them coming to Darien. Band directors nationwide are raving about the major impact this has had on their students. We encourage you to check out the Dallas Brass at www.dallasbrass.com and  www.facebook.com/dallasbrass .  This will allow you to see the group in action, and to watch the reaction of audiences around the country.   This concert is not just for the students, but for the entire community. Please also encourage other family members, friends, and neighbors to attend with you.  We guarantee this will be a night to remember. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Darien HS Auditorium.

THE CONCERT: American Musical Journey is a fun, entertaining, and educational program which is great for the entire family.  The show chronicles American music from the time of George Washington to the present day. The students, families and friends will all be thrilled!

Thanks to the Darien Music for Youth Organization, tickets are are free  and are available from all Darien Public School Band Directors or by contacting the DPS Music Office at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or at cguarino@darienps.org

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Darien Students Honored at Statewide Arts Banquet

Peter Traver and Jordan Cassetta were honored at the CAS Arts Awards Banquet on April 8.  Pictured with teachers Jonathan Grauer and Jaclyn Sammis.

Peter Traver and Jordan Cassetta were honored at the CAS Arts Awards Banquet on April 8. Pictured with teachers Jonathan Grauer and Jaclyn Sammis.

Two students from Darien High School were recently honored at the 2014 High School Arts Awards banquet for their outstanding accomplishments in the arts.  Jordan Cassetta (visual arts) and Peter Travers (music/performing arts) represented Darien High School and were the recipients of awards given at the event which was held on April 8 at the Aqua-Turf Club located in Plantsville, CT.  Over 140 high schools from throughout Connecticut were represented at the Nineteenth Annual banquet. The event featured guest speakers from the Connecticut State Department of Education and the conductor of the Hartford Symphony, Edward Cumming. The was sponsored by Jostens and Bearingstar Insurance and was organized by the Connecticut Association of Schools.  Congratulations to our well-deserved recipients.

Pictured L-R: Director of Bands, Jon Grauer, Peter Traver, Jordan Cassetta and DHS Art Teacher Jaclyn Sammis,

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Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival at DHS on April 9!!

CHANTICLEER YOUTH CHORAL FESTIVAL

Wednesday, April 9  7:30 pm    Darien High School Auditorium

The Grammy Award winning Chanticleer vocal ensemble will be performing as part of the Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival at DHS on April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

The Grammy Award winning Chanticleer vocal ensemble will be performing as part of the Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival at DHS on April 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Choirs from Darien HS, Staples High School (Westport), Westhill HS (Stamford) and The Brewster School (Long Island) are featured performers, having spent the day beingcoached by the Grammy™ Award‐winning Chanticleer“America’s Orchestra of Voices.” Chanticleer will also perform, and the evening ends with two combined finale selections performed by all the high school groups and Chanticleer together. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of choral music!The evening’s festival concert is an exceptional opportunity to see this great ensemble and it is FREE and open to the public! Tell your friends!

 

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Darien High School Orchestra Awarded Gold at Washington D.C. Festival

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The Darien High School Orchestra, under the direction of Jane Minnis, was awarded a gold level rating for their performance at the Heritage Music Performance Festival in Washington, D.C, on March 28-30. The Orchestra performed Palladio by Karl Jenkins and … Continue reading

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Middlesex String Students Perform at Fairfield County Honors Festival!

Pictured: L-R Kara O’Rourke, Sara Baldwin, Emily Grandon, John Phipps, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Kai Zhou and Tal Lindsey

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Kara O’Rourke, Sara Baldwin, Emily Grandon, John Phipps, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Kai Zhou and Tal Lindsey

On March 14-15 the Fairfield County String Teachers Association sponsored their 40th annual String Festival featuring outstanding string students in grades six through nine from throughout Fairfield County.  Based on teacher recommendations and competitive auditions, Sara Baldwin, Kara O’Rourke, Emily Grandon, John Phipps, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Kai Zhou and Tal Lindsey were chosen to represent Darien at this year’s honors festival. The conductors for the festival were Emmett Drake from the Hartt School of Music, Harvey Felder of the Tacoma Symphony and Joseph Brennan from Haverford, PA. The event was hosted by Western Connecticut State University and students and educators from seventeen Fairfield County school districts were represented at the festival.

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Darien Jazz to Host First Jazz Jamboree Festival on March 28!!

The award winning  Darien Jazz Ensemble will host their first jazz festival on March 28!!

The award winning Darien Jazz Ensemble will host their first jazz festival on March 28!!

The Darien High School Jazz band, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Grauer, has been on the road performing and competing at various jazz festivals around Fairfield County, but for the first time this year DHS will host its own jazz festival – the first annual Darien High School Jazz Jamboree will take place on Friday March 28th and will feature 10 bands, representing 7 local High School, plus our own Middlesex Middle School.   The three eminent judges, who will adjudicate and conduct workshops with each band are, alto sax player, John Mastroianni, pianist Joyce DiCamillo and drummer, Thierry Arpino.  The program will take place from 4 – 9 p.m. and admission is just $5.  The Middlesex Jazz ensemble will be playing at 4.00 p.m. and the finale at 9.00pm will be the Darien Jazz Band performing with the three festival judges.  It promises to be an extraordinary evening of jazz. Audience members are welcome to watch any of the performances throughout the evening, but are particularly encouraged to come and support our Darien Jazz ensembles. For more information contact the Darien Music Office at: 203-655-3981, ext: 2250.

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Darien All-Town Choral Festival Feb. 26!

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools will be presenting an All- Town Choral Festival on February 26, 2014 in the Darien High School Main gymnasium.  The evening will feature the talents of all elementary choral students from Hindley, Holmes, Ox Ridge, Royle and Tokeneke Schools at the 6:30 p.m. concert performance with special guest performances from the MMS Camerats Singers and the DHS Tudor Singers, and then will feature the students from Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School at the 8:00 p.m. concert seating.

Each school or grade level chorus will perform separately and will then join together to perform a finale selection entitled “One Day More” from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables.” There is no charge for admission, but a ticket will be required.  Tickets for this event are limited and are available from all school choral directors or by calling the District Music Office at: 655-3981 extension 2250. (The snow date for this event will be February 27)

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An Evening of “Sweet Jazz” Featuring the MMS and DHS Jazz Ensembles

MMS Jazz 2013The award winning Jazz Bands of Darien High School and Middlesex Middle School will present an “Evening of Sweet Jazz” Enjoy coffee, dessert and jazz on Thursday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Darien Community Association, 274 Middlesex Road.  2013 jazz blog photos 2

Presale tickets

Adults $15; Students & DCA members $10 At-the-door tickets: Adults $20; Students & DCA members $15

*All profits go toward suppoting our students in their band and jazz programs.

Presale order form:

Name__________________________________________

Number of adults___________@ $15  $___________

Number of students_________@ $10  $ __________

Donations gratefully accepted

$ _________

Total enclosed:

$ __________

(Please make checks out to DHS and mail to Tammy Sload,

50 Allwood, Darien, CT 06820)

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

Thirty-one students from Darien High School have been chosen to participate in the Connecticut Western Region Music Festival on January 17-18.

Thirty-one 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 Trumbull High School on January 17-18 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. This is the largest number of student that we have ever sent to this honors festival in the entire history of Darien High School and we are all extremely proud of their musical accomplishments.”

The students representing Darien High at the 2014 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are: From Band:  Sandya Avula, Drake Corrigan, Rebecca DeMaio, Sonia Gandhi, Danika Hornick, Catherine Lacy, Anna Moorhead, Eve Phelps and Justin Lang.  From the Orchestra: Matt Evans, Nicole Gagne, Justin Lindsey, Alison Lui, Grant Morro, Monet Takeda, Wen Yan Toh, Candice Wang and Chloe Zhou.  From the Chorus: Laura Anglade, Ben Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Diana Jackson, Mitchell Losito, Cristina Noujaim, Daniel Traver and Melanie Turner. Jazz Ensemble: Julia Evans, Channing Pear, Amanda Sload, Peter Traver and 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 Trumbull High School auditorium on Saturday, January 18 and are scheduled as follows: Band and Orchestra will be at 3:30 p.m. and the Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz concerts will be presented at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and are $15.00 at the door. (The snow date for the festival is January 24-25.)

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Announcing The 2014 Darien Young Composers Concert!!

The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools would like to announce the 14th annual Darien Young Composers Concert.  This special concert program will be held on Monday, April 7 at the Darien High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m. for students in grades K-5 and at 7:30 p.m. for students in grades 6-12. The programs will feature the original music 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 or DVD and submitted along with the application form to one of the school music teachers no later than March 7, 2013. Students whose compositions are chosen to be included on the concert performance will be notified by March 17. The student composers selected to perform will also 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 the Darien Music Department Website/Blog at: http://blogs.darienps.org/music  or by calling the Music Office at: 655-3981 ext: 2250.

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