Friday, May 18, 2018

MMS Jazz Performs at WCSU Jazz Festival

The MMS Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. James Carter, performed at WCSU Jazz Festival on Tuesday, May 15. The students performed for clinicians, attended workshops specific to each of their instruments and were able to hear professional jazz musicians as well as jazz bands from other districts.

The 2018 MMS Jazz Ensemble paused for a picture after their performance and workshop at the the Western Connecticut State University Jazz Festival. 

MMS Tenor saxophonist, Will Abbott, performs his rendition of the Carlos Santana composition Europa.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

MMS Students Perform at Fairfield County Strings Festival






On Saturday, April 28th twelve students from the Middlesex Middle School Orchestras performed at the Fairfield County Strings Festival at Trumbull High School. The students prepared and performed challenging literature and were selected through an audition process in which chose 240 students to participate from throughout Fariefield County. 

Pictured above: Ellie Gaaserud, Conan Thibodeau, Chi-an Daugavietis
Students not pictured: Kaitlyn Murray, Helen Zhou, Daphne Konstantinis, Evan O'Rourke, Maggie Russell, Sydney Du, Michael Dong, Moera Kamimura, and Andy Lin

Monday, April 30, 2018

Darien Students Perform in CT Elementary Honors Choir



Four Royle fifth graders were selected to participate in the 2018 Elementary Honors Choir at the CMEA Conference at the CT Convention Center in Hartford on April 20. The students performed a variety of songs including some from Kenya. This all-day choral event was directed by guest conductor Craig B. Knapp and accompanied by Royle's Kathleen Theisen on piano.

Front from left: Cassidy Muscato, Reagan Little, Chloe Procopion, Courtney Haire
Back from left: Craig Knapp, Kathleen Theisen

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Darien High School 2018 All-State Musicians


Darien High School 2018 All-State Musicians

Seven outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive state-wide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association 2018 All-State Music Festival. The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT on April 19-21 in conjunction with the state-wide CMEA conference.  The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with 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 are among the finest school musicians in our state and we are all extremely proud of their accomplishments and for representing Darien High School and our entire town so well at this prestigious state-wide event.”

Pictured, left to right: Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, Caroline Orphanos, Caroline Lui, Caeleigh O’Connor, Henry Domenici, Sara Baldwin. Not pictured: Isabelle Hole

Monday, April 23, 2018

Darien Public Schools Announce Spring Concert Schedule


The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is pleased to announce their Spring Concert calendar. All of the Spring Concerts will take place at the Darien High School Auditorium, 80 High School Lane.  There is no charge for admission and the public is welcomed.  If you have any questions or need additional information, you can contact the district Music Office at: 203-655-3981 ext: 2250 or access the Music Department Blog at: www.darienps.org/music


April 30
DHS Spring Orchestra Concert at DHS
7:30 P.M.
May 2
DHS Spring Choral Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 3
DHS Spring Band & Jazz Ensemble Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 7
MMS Spring Choral Concerts at DHS
Grade 6-7&Viva Voce 6:30pm/Gr.8,Camerata 8:00p.m. 
6:30 P.M.
8:00 P.M.
May 9
MMS Spring Orchestras Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 10
MMS  Spring Bands Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 14
Hindley Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 15
Royle Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 16
Tokeneke Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 17
Ox Ridge Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 21
Holmes Spring Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.
May 31
DHS Small Ensemble Concert at DHS
7:00 P.M.




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Darien HS Orchestra Performs Canada Tour






The Darien High School Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis, traveled to Montreal and Quebec, Canada on April 7 – 11. The Orchestra participated in a masterclass with composer Gilles Bellemare at the Conservatoire de Montreal and performed two concerts in Quebec. The students also performed at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and were able to tour each of the historic cities.

A video of their performance at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity can be found on YouTube at:


Monday, April 16, 2018

Barynya Russian Music Ensemble Concert at Darien HS April 17 7:00 p.m.






Darien Music for Youth presents free Barynya Russian Music Ensemble Concert April 17, 7 pm at  DHS

As part of our celebration of the district’s curricular theme, the music of Russia, Darien Music for Youth invites everyone to a free concert by the amazing Russian Music and Dance ensemble, Barynya, at Darien High School auditorium on April 17th at 7:00 pm. Student posters submitted for the “Music of Russia” contest in January will be displayed in the  lobby of the auditorium before the concert.  Free tickets are
available at the door or from the Music  Office (203-655-3981 x 2250); at Crescendo Music (351 Boston Post Road); or at Barrett Bookstore (314 Heights Rd, Noroton Heights Shopping Center)  Don’t miss this amazing, memorable event!

Friday, April 6, 2018

MMS 8th Grade Orchestra Performs at Darien Senior Center


On Wednesday, March 28 fifty members of the 8th grade Middlesex Middle School Orchestra performed at the Darien Senior Center. The Middle School Orchestra is directed by  Mr. Austin Scelzo.



















Thursday, April 5, 2018

The 2018 Darien Young Composers Concert




Students in grades 2-12 from throughout the district performed their original music at the 18th Darien Young Composers Concert on April 4th. The students are pictures above with professional songwriter and composer Nicholas Wells. The young composers received feedback from him on their compositions. You can hear the entire Young Composers Concert at the following link:  https://youtu.be/7obTSVGkTYw?t=4m40s

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

DHS Tudor Singers Perform with US Air Force Concert Band




On Tuesday, April 3 twenty members of the Darien High School Tudor Singers joined the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants Chorus on stage at the Palace Theater in Stamford for a finale performance of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”  Here, the students rehearse with the ensembles under the direction of Colonel Larry H. Lang. Christopher Andrade is the director of the Darien HS Tudor Singers.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Middlesex Musicians Perform at Honors Festival




The Music Department of the Darien Public Schools is proud to announce that Band and Jazz Ensemble students from Middlesex Middle School were chosen to participate in the 2018 Connecticut Western Region Middle School Music Festival. The students were chosen to perform in the festival based on their competitive audition scores and earned the privilege of performing in honors ensembles with some of the best middle school musicians in Western Connecticut. The students joined with other students from throughout Western Connecticut on March 16-17 at Wilton High School and were conducted by renowned conductors and educators. The festival is an annual event sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.

Pictured above:
Front row Left to right: Will Abbott-8th Grade ,Tenor Sax ,Jazz Ensemble, Ella Bates, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Luke Ryan, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir,  Sophia Condon, 7th Grade, Soprano, Choir, Cillian Hallinan-7th Grade Percussion Concert Band, 2nd row Left to Right: John Raskopf, 7th Grade, Alto, Choir, Riley O'Connor, 8th Grade, Baritone, Choir, Caroline Zerbe- 8th Grade-Baritone Concert Band, 3rd row: Alex Sutanto, 8th Grade, Bass, Choir, Not Shown: Nicky Condon, 8th Grade, Tenor, Choir

Friday, March 16, 2018

Clarinet Master Class Boot Camp at DHS with Stamford Symphony's David Sapadin

Stamford Symphony clarinetist David Sapadin coached clarinet students from Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich and Ridgefield at the Clarinet Boot Camp event on March 14.

Middlesex Middle School 6th grade student Sophie Bickford is coached by guest artist David Sapadin.

Darien High School clarinetist Evan Tong performs for David Sapadin and the entire class at the Stamford Symphony sponsored Clarinet Boot Camp event on March 14.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Barynya Brings Russian Music Traditions to DPS Elementary Schools

Members of the Barnya Russian Music Ensemble performed for students at all of the elementary schools in Darien over the past two weeks. In the picture above they are sharing Russian Folk Songs, Dances, Stories, and language with the students at Tokeneke School. The full Barynya 20+ member ensemble, made up of singers, dancers and musicians, will be performing at the Darien High School auditorium in a free public concert on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. The Barynya performances are possible because of a generous gift from the Darien Music for Youth organization.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Stamford Symphony Clarinetist to Lead Workshop at DHS




Clarinet “Boot Camp” Master Class at Darien High School

Stamford Symphony clarinetist, David Sapadin, will be presenting a free, 2 hour clarinet masterclass “boot camp” open to clarinetists of all ages on Wednesday, March 14 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in the Darien High School Band room.
David Sapadin is an active freelance musician in the New York City area, having performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, American Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Stamford Symphony. I addition to his freelance work, Mr. Sapadin is on faculty at Long Island University-Post, Mannes College Prep Division, Montclair University and can be heard on numerous recordings of the Metropolitan Opera and Rufus Wainwright. You can learn more about David Sapadin at: http://www.davesapadinclarinet.com/  Mr. Sapadin is a Backun Clarinet Artist and his session is sponsored by the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. Teachers and parents are welcomed to attend.
 If you would like to attend this free, informative clarinet session please rsvp at: rsadlon@darienps.org  or call: 203-655-3981 ext: 2329. Darien High School is located at: 80 High School Lane, Darien, CT 06820

Stamford Symphony clarinetist, David Sapadin, will present a "Boot Camp" Masterclass at Darien High School on Wednesday, March 14 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in the Darien HS Band Room.


Friday, March 2, 2018

The 2018 Darien All-Town Band Festival


Elementary School flutists in rehearsal to prepare for their
evening performance at the 2018 All-Town Band Festival.
The Darien Public Schools presented the 2018 All-Town Band Festival in the Main Gym at Darien High School on Thursday, March 1. The concert featured over 450 Band students performing individual selections for their grade level Bands and then joined forces to perform a grand finale entitled “Themes from the 1812 Overture.” Darien School Band Directors are: Krista DiPietro at Holmes and Hindley, Colin Walters at Tokeneke, Royle and Ox Ridge,
Gretchen Perrett, MMS 6th grade band, Jason Polise MMS 7th grade band, James Carter MMS 8th grade band and Jonathan Grauer, Darien HS Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.  Seventh grade student Zoe Inzer designed the t-shirts worn by all of the students and                                                                                                     teachers at the festival. The concert was live                                                                                              streamed and can be seen on YouTube at:                                                                                                  https://youtu.be/H1Jc_Kk2k64

Elementary School percussionists from all 5 elementary schools
came together to rehearse their selections for the festival.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Darien High School Orchestras Present a Winter Concert






The Darien High School Concert Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Pops String Ensemble presented a Winter Concert on Wednesday, February 28. The concert featured the music of American composers and included many of the selections that the Orchestra will be performing on their upcoming performance tour to Montreal. The program featured solos by cellists Elizabeth Garijo-Garde and Emma Chase, violinists Catherine O’Connor and Emily Grandon, pianist Jack Lowder, and a penny whistle solo by Megan Cunningham. The director of the Darien Orchestra program is Jane Minnis.


Darien High School Combined Orchestras under the direction of Ms. Jane Minnis present a Winter concert program of American music on February 28th.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DHS Tudor Singers Perform Pacific House Benefit with Javier Colon





DHS Tudor Singers and Choral Director, Christopher Andrade pose for a picture backstage with Javier Colon on Feb. 23.

Shannon Flaherty sings a solo with the DHS Tudor Singers for a Pacific House benefit event in Greenwich.

Javier Colon, winner of “The Voice,” joins with the choral groups of Darien High School, Sacred Heart and Stamford High School to sing “Hallelujah” during the 10th annual Pacific House “Close to Home” fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday in Greenwich. The event, attended by several hundred local residents and city officials, combined a dessert tasting, silent auction and youth concert to raise funds for the homeless youth program. Over $175,000 was raised to help support Pacific House young adult programs.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Darien High School Jazz Ensemble Places 3rd at Berklee College Jazz Festival


DHS Jazz Band Places 3rd at Berklee Jazz Fest!


The Darien High School Jazz Ensemble placed third in their division at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday, February 10.  The Berklee Jazz Festival is the largest high school Jazz festival in the country and featured nearly 200 competing bands and ensembles from 138 participating schools from 15 states including Illinois, Puerto Rico, Florida and even as far away as California.

The Darien Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jonathan Grauer performed three selections, “Lu’s Blues,” “Better Get Hit in Your Soul,” and “Whiplash.” Mr. Grauer commented, “I am very pleased with our performance on Saturday. Our kids really worked hard and it showed in their performance. This is the highest that we have ever placed at this Festival.” Darien drummer Anan Durango received the ensemble’s outstanding soloist award for his solo work on “Whiplash.”


The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble has upcoming performances at the Darien Jazz Jamboree on March 2, the Norwalk Jazz Festival on March 9, the King Jazz Festival in Stamford on March 11 and the Greenwich Ellington Jazz festival on March 24.


The DHS Jazz Ensemble performing at the Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston on Saturday, February 10.

The Darien HS Jazz Ensemble will be hosting the Darien Jazz Jamboree Invitational Jazz Festival on Friday, March 2 at Darien HS.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Scenes from the Hindley 5th Grade Tchaikovsky Share

Hindley School was the scene of a 5th grade program based on Tchaikovsky's  Nutcracker Ballet on Friday, February 9 . The entire 5th grade was involved in collaborating and creating the production and contributed their individual talents to make the show a success. Kathy Knapp is the 5th grade Music Teacher at Hindley School.








Music for Youth 2018 Russian Music Contest Award Winners Announced

Music for Youth Poster Contest Winners at Hindley School Cannon Rosen, Pavana Attonito, William Beaven, Sarah Kang, Milana Melnick and Lucie Smith with Principal D.J.Collella

MMS Award Winners, Moera Kamimura, Charlotte Corcoran and Ryan Harnisch

Russian Music Poster award winners at Royle School, Noa Durocher-Pyun, Joe Roche, Giobanni Cagninelli, Lily Keehlwetter, Summer G. Glenday and Cavan Kennedy with Principal dean Ketchum and Music Teacher Kathleen Theisen

Holmes School Award winners, Kimball Atha, Alexander Gray (not pictured) Sadie Golus, Olivia Leimgruber, Oscar Barton and Jake Miller with Principal Paula Bleakley



Congratulations to all of the award winners of the 2018 Music for Youth Contests focused on the "Music of Russia! Curriular Focus Theme for the 2017-18 School year. All posters will be displayed in the lobby of the DHS auditorium for the Barynya Music Ensemble performance on April 17.


Ox Ridge
K-2  1st Annelie Fedoronko  1,  2nd Alice Miller 1 , 3rd Caroline Murphy 1
Grade 3-5  1st Caroline Clemow 3,  2nd Grace Sandoval 5,  3rd Sophie du Pont 5th grade.
Tokeneke
K-2   1st Conor Urban 2,  2nd Frances McCabe 2,  3rd Julian Gromelski grade 1,
Grade 3-5   1st Alexandra de Jesus 5, 2nd Tess Hageney 4,  3rd Charlie Frost, grade 3
Hindley
K-2    1st Cannon Rosen 1,  2nd Pavana Attonito 1, 3rd William Beaven, grade 2                    
Grade 3-5   1st Sarah Kang  , 2nd Milana Melnick 4, 3rd Lucie Smith 4th grade
Royle
K-2         1st Noa Durocher-Pyun 2,  2nd Joe Roche 2, 3rd Giovanni Cagninelli 2
3-5          1st Lily Keehlwetter 5 2nd Summer G. Glenday 5, 3rd Cavan Kennedy 3,
Holmes
K-2         1st Kimball Atha Grade 2    2nd Alexander Gray Grade 2,   3rd Sadie Golus Grade 2
Grade 3-5   1st Olivia Leimgruber 4, 2nd Oscar Barton 5   3rd Jake Miller 5

MMS Writing                                                                                                                                        1st Place:  Moera Kamimura 8th                                                                                                                                    
MMS Art 
1st Place:   Charlotte Corcoran 7th
2nd Place:  Ryan Harnisch
DHS Composition
1st Place: Evelyn Sload 
DHS Art
1st Place: Isabella De La Zerda 9
2nd Place: Sofia Bender 9
DHS Writing

1st Place:  Julia Tong  12

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

DHS Chamber Orchestra and Tudor Singers Perform at Lincoln Center

The DHS Chamber Orchestra directed by Ms. Jane Minnis

The Darien HS Tudor Singers directed by Mr. Christopher Andrade.

The final bows of the Chinese Jin Fa Art Troupe performance at Lincoln Center on Monday, February 5th.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Darien Chamber Orchestra and Tudor Singers to Perform at Lincoln Center







Two Darien High School musical ensembles have been invited to perform at Lincoln Center on Monday, February 5. The Darien High School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jane Minnis and the Darien Tudor Singers, directed by Christopher Andrade will be performing at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall as part of the Beijing Student Jinfan Art Troupe performance. Director of Music, Richard Sadlon comments that, “The students and teachers are very excited to be performing in such a prestigious venue and are grateful for this opportunity to share their music with the student musicians from Beijing .” The Chamber Orchestra will be performing the “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst and the Tudor Singers will be performing “MLK” by U2 and a traditional spiritual entitled, “Keep Your Hands on the Plow.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

An Evening of Sweet Jazz



The Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble performing at last year's Sweet Night of Jazz. This year's event will be held on Thursday, February 8th in the MMS cafeteria. 


The jazz bands of Darien High School, Middlesex Middle School and the Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab are pleased to present their annual “Evening of Sweet Jazz!” This fundraising performance will be held at the Middlesex Middle School Cafeteria and is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. with a snow date of February 13. All are invited to enjoy dessert, coffee and great jazz! Proceeds will go toward funding band and jazz activities in all Darien Schools. Pre-Sale tickets for adults are $15; students $10. Tickets will be $20 at the door. To purchase a ticket contact your school’s band teacher, by February 6. Please include your name, email and number of adult and student tickets with your payment. No tickets will be issued but a reservation list will be maintained at the door. Contact Band Directors Colin Walters (elementary) at: cwalters@darienps.org Jim Carter (MMS) at: jcarter@darienps.org or Jon Grauer (DHS at: jgrauer@darienps.org for additional information.


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