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.


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.
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
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
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,
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 
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.

Music for Youth Leonard Bernstein Contests!!

The Darien Music for Youth organization has announced their annual poster, writing and music composition contests for students in grades K-...