Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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



The Darien Public Schools Music Department is proud to announce that 26 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 13-14 where the students will have the privilege of working in the Honors Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, 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, “The students chosen for participation in the CT Western Region Music Festival have consistently worked and studied over several years to develop their musical skills and 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 2018 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are:  Band:  Jack Armstrong, Frank Drugge, Benjamin Henry, Cheyenne Li, John Lochtefeld, Kaitlyn Manghirmalani, Celia Mundt, Madison Pomeroy and Evan Tong, .  Orchestra:  Sara Baldwin, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde,Catherine O’Connor, Clare Phelps (clarinet) and Anika Satish.  Chorus: Samantha Berry, Christopher Conte, Henry Domenici, Ava Ganser,  Isabelle Hole, Juliette Kiernan, Caroline Lui, Amalia Madariaga, Caeleigh O’Connor, Caroline Orphanos, Liana Seale and Sophie Talwalkar.


All of the students who participated in the Connecticut Western Region Festival will be 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 14. Tickets are $10.00 in advance from students and are $15.00 at the door. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Darien Music Ensembles Perform at Stamford Town Center!





Several of our Darien Music Ensembles will be performing at the Stamford Town Center during the week of December 11-15. They will be performing from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. at Center Court as part of the mall's Harmony and Holidays program. This is the second year that our students have performed at the venue. Pictured above, the Darien HS Strings performing at Center Court. The schedule of performances for this year is as follows:


Monday, Dec. 11: Middlesex Middle School String Ensemble, Directed by Austin Scelzo  

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Darien High School Strings, Directed by Jane Minnis  

Wednesday, Dec 13: Holmes Elementary School Chorus, Directed by Angela Lindroth  

Thursday, Dec. 14:  Darien High School Brass and Woodwind Ensembles, Directed by Jonathan Grauer  


Friday, Dec. 15:  The Darien High School Tudor Singers, Directed by Christopher Andrade  

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