Monday, October 15, 2018

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony

Approximately 250 students, parents and staff from the Darien Public Schools attended a Stamford Symphony Concert on Sunday, October 14 at the Palace Theater in Stamford. Above, Stamford Symphony conductor Edward Cumming and clarinet soloist, Pavel Vinnitsky speak to our students and their parents in a pre-concert session for children.

The Stamford Symphony opened their season on October 14th with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein at 100. The program featuring the music American composers. The program feature the music of Joan Tower, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Registration for the Darien Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab

The Darien 5-6 Jazz Lab!!
This exciting 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 ensemble 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 taught by Mr. Colin Walters, band director at Tokeneke, Royle and Ox Ridge and members of the award winning Darien High School Jazz Ensemble as well as Music teachers from throughout the district.
This ensemble will meet every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Darien High School, 80 High School Lane in the DHS Orchestra Room, F023.  Depending on the response for this opportunity, enrollment may be limited, so please respond by promptly returning the form below to Colin Walters, Band Director, Ox Ridge School, 395 Mansfield Ave. Darien, CT 06820, use the google form link below, or send an email to by Friday, October 12 in order to assure participation. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at Darien HS. If you have any questions, please contact Colin Walters at  or Director of Music, Richard Sadlon at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2329.
Sign up for Jazz Lab using google form link:
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__________________                

Monday, September 17, 2018

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony - October 14th

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony!!
Sunday, October 14th is Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony!
The Stamford Symphony has generously donated a block of tickets for their October 14th concert to the Darien Public Schools!  This concert is dedicated to 100 years of Leonard Bernstein’s music, which is also our Music Department’s 2018-19 Curricular Focus Theme We are offering tickets to this performance for a reduced price of $10.00 each if purchased before October 1st.  Thanks to the Stamford Symphony, our Music Department is able to keep 100% of the proceeds of our ticket sales to help to fund music programs for our students.
The October 14th concert begins at 3 pm and provides a wonderful opportunity for our students and their families to visit the Symphony and explore the magnificent music of Bernstein, Copland, and Tower, at the Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, in downtown Stamford.  Virtuoso musician, Pavel Vinnitsky will be the featured clarinet soloist on this concert.
Please join us in the Upper Lobby before the concert, at 2 PM, for MusiKids, a 40 minute, interactive music education experience that will help children understand the afternoon’s performance and provide an opportunity to meet one of the orchestra’s talented musicians.  Also available is the pre-concert Behind-the-Baton program, a 30 minute program beginning at 2 PM, for older children (13+) and adults, presented by the conductor Edward Cumming, in the concert hall.

Order your ticket(s) now by completing the form below and returning it to your school music teacher before October 1st, along with your check payable to: Darien Instrumental Program.  Once payment is received we will send you a voucher to present at the Palace Ticket Office. We have a limited number of tickets at this price, so reserve your tickets as soon as you can. This is a perfect opportunity to support our music programs and hear some incredible music with your family.  Questions about Darien Day at the Symphony?  Call 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or email
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Parent’s Name_______________________________________________________________
Child's(Children's) Name(s) ______________________________________________________
Phone # _____________________________e-mail___________________________
Music Teacher ______________________________
Total tickets_________ x $ 10.00 = _________ (total enclosed)
(Return to your music teacher on or before October 1)

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Music Department Explores the Music of Leonard Bernstein

Music Teachers throughout the district participated in a Professionl Development session on the "Music and Life of Leonard Bernstein" in preparation for the Department's  Curricular Focus Theme for the 2018-19 school year. The session was lead by musicologist Jeffrey Engel. Students in grades PK-12 will study, perform and celebrate the music of Leonard Bernstein this year, to recognize Mr. Bernstein's 100th birthday.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Darien Advanced Summer Strings Perform for Community Events

Members of the Darien Advanced Summer Strings performed at 5 different community events during their 6 week string program. The students performed at the Darien Library, Sidewalk Sales, the Grove Street Plaza and twice at the Farmer’s Market. The director of the Darien Summer Strings program is Jane Minnis. 

Darien Day at the Stamford Symphony

Approximately 250 students, parents and staff from the Darien Public Schools attended a Stamford Symphony Concert on Sunday, October 14 at...