Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Middlesex Music Ensembles Receive Awards at Music in the Parks Festival!






The Camerata Singers performed at the Music in the Parks festival in Bristol, CT on Friday, June 7th. The ensemble under the direction of Kimberly Sadler and accompanied by Dwayne Condon received a 1st place, Superior rating and Best Overall Middle School Choir. The judges comments on the score sheet included: "They sounded like a high school choir- a good one!" and "What incredible tone, blend, and choral balance. I adjudicate many festivals around the country and I can tell you how rare it is to hear middle school choirs with your level of artistry"....... WOW!!!!


The MMS Grade 7 and 8 Grade Orchestras, under the direction on Austin Scelzo, performed for the adjudicators at the Music in the Parks festival and received a 1st place and and Excellent rating at the Festival on June 7th. The students all enjoyed an afternoon at Lake Compounce following their performances.

The Middlesex Middle School Honors Band under the direction of Gretchen Perrett and Jim Carter, assisted by Brandon Babbin performed at the Music in the Parks adjudication festival  on June 7th. The Band received a 1st place award, received a Superior rating from the judges and was also awarded the Best Overall Middle School Band.  Students and teachers from all ensembles turned in excellent performances and represented Middlesex Middle School and the Darien Public School quite admirably. Congratulations to all of the participants!!


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Elementary Honors Ensembles Perform at Music in the Parks Festival

The Darien Elementary Honors Band, Chorus and Orchestra traveled to Bristol, CT on Saturday, June 1st to perform and participate in the 2019 Music in the Parks Festival. The students performed for adjudicators and received comments and ratings on their musical performances. The Honors Orchestra under the direction of Jane Minnis and Dawn Hanley received a superior rating, the Honors Chorus under the direction of Kathy Knapp and Kathleen Theisen received a first place and superior rating and the Honors Band under the direction of Krista DiPietro and Colin Walters received a superior rating and also were presented with the Espirit De Corps Award for their friendly, cooperative spirit throughout the event.

All of the students had an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day at Lake Compounce following their adjudicated performances.  Congratulations to all of the students and their teachers!

The 2019 Darien Elementary Honors Orchestra at Lake Compounce.

The 2019 Elementary Honors Band perform in Bristol, CT

The 2019 Elementary Honors Chorus at the Music in the Parks Music Festival on Saturday, June 1st.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holmes School Presents 2019 Spring Concert!!

The Holmes School 3rd grade strings, directed by Ms. Hanley presented their public performance on Wednesday, May 22 at Darien High School. The Holmes Spring Concert featured 212 students in Band, Orchestra or Chorus.

The 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra, conducted by Mrs. DiPietro, performing an impressive rendition Aaron Copeland's "Hoe Down" at the Holmes Spring Concert.

The 4th Grade Beginner Band, conducted by Mrs. DiPietro, opened their portion of the concert with a powerful version of "Starsplitter Fanfare."

The Advanced Band trumpets stand and play a jazzy "Rock Around the Clock" on Wednesday evening's concert. All Advanced Band members then improvised a jazz solo. 

The Holmes School Advanced Band, conducted by Mrs. DiPietro  performing "The Gates of Destiny."

The 2019 Holmes School Chorus performing "Kusimama" conducted by Mrs. Hudak and accompanied by Mr. Bruno on percussion and Mrs. Turkosz at the piano.


The Holmes School Chorus performed "Natural" by Imagine Dragons and featured soloists including Jack Bryer.

The Holmes School Chorus, directed by Mrs. Hudak performed an expressive rendition of "Cross the Wide Missouri" for the full house audience at Darien High School on May 22nd.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hindley School Presents Their 2019 Spring Concert!!

Ms. Hanley conducts the 3rd grade strings at Hindley School in their first public performance on Tuesday, May 21 at Darien High School. The students impressed the audience with their performance of  "Twinkle Theme and Variations."

The Hindley 4th and 5th grade Orchestra performed Aaron Copeland's "Hoe Down" under the direction of Ms. Hanley.

Orchestra member Lauren Clark performed an Irish Dance as the Orchestra performed Irish fiddle song "Swallow Tail Jig."

The Hindley School Beginner band performed their first public performance on the Darien High School stage under the direction of Mrs. DiPietro. The students opened their program with "Dragon Dance."

The Hindley School Advanced Band performed "Happy" "The Gates of Destiny" and featured jazz soloists on "Twist and Stomp."

The Hindley Chorus performed their Spring Concert under the direction of Mrs. Knapp. Soloists on this selection, "Build a Taco" included Dylan Mejias, Darraugh Hallinan and Gigi Brown.

The Hindley Chorus performed a beautiful arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story and featured accompanists Darragh Hallinan on piano and Selen Yasanliel on violin. Vocal soloists were Dylan Mejias and Milana Melnick.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Middlesex Jazz Performs at Lincoln Center





The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the directions on Mr. James Carter performed at Lincoln Center on Friday, May 17th. 

The Middlesex Jazz Ensemble, led by James Carter, spent a musical Friday, May 17 at the Lincoln Center in NYC. Although the outdoor weather conditions weren’t ideal, the band was resilient and persisted in their efforts to perform an acoustic set on the Lincoln Center Plaza. The students then participated in a workshop at jazz at Lincoln Center with internationally renowned Jazz Educator Justin DiCiccio and observed a practice session with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Middlesex Music Ensembles Receive Awards at Music in the Parks Festival!

The Camerata Singers performed at the Music in the Parks festival in Bristol, CT on Friday, June 7th. The ensemble under the directi...