A Best Communities for Music Education recipient
Staples High School, Westport CT
We are Grateful.
We cannot express enough the gratitude we feel to everyone who was an integral part of the 80th Candlelight Concert. From the students and teachers who practiced and performed under extraordinary circumstances, to the production team, to the many volunteers, to the generosity of donors and to the community we are so fortunate to be a part of... thank you.
We look forward in 2021 to more opportunities we can share the talents of our student musicians and ultimately to when they once again perform side by side.
Congratulations to Staples Musicians Selected to CMEA Western Regionals Honors Ensembles
Zach Abramowitz - Trombone
Lucy Belknap - Violin
Christiane Betfarhad - Soprano
Zach Bishop - Viola
Jason Capozucca - Alto Saxophone & Bassoon
Coco Crombie - Flute
Lucy Dockter - Cello
Tanvi Gorre - Flute
Bella Griffin - Flute
Mansha Gupta - Clarinet
Julia Herlyn - Violin
Alex Hermus - Euphonium
Noah Jahnel - Jazz & Classical Tenor Saxophone
Nina Lauterbach - Mallet Percussion
Witt Lindau - Jazz Drums
Ariston Liu - Viola
Alex Markus-Malone - French Horn
Delaney McGee - Jazz Trumpet
Neva Mermagen - Clarinet
Janna Moore - String Bass
Henry Nowak - Jazz Trumpet
Mateo Olea - Violin
Jaime Paul - Oboe
Izabela Pauliny - Oboe
Caroline Russell - Flute
Rebecca Schussheim - Cello
Ella Shi - Violin
Jason Stein - Viola
Samantha Taylor - Trombone
Sarah Thomas - Viola
Maya Vogelmann - Alto
Westport Music Department Once Again Recognized Among Best Communities for Music Education
For the eight straight year, the Westport Public Schools Music Dept. has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education, Westport joins 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award for 2019. The recognition is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
Staples Receives Top Prize at Darien Jazz Jamboree
Friday, March 6, the Staples Jazz Ensemble was awarded first place at the seventh annual Darien High School Jazz Jamboree. Ten area jazz ensembles participated in the event, which was adjudicated by UCONN jazz faculty members Earl MacDonald and John Mastroianni. The SJE received consistently high marks in all captions, including perfect scores for Time as well as
Presentation/Programming from both adjudicators. Mastroianni described the rhythm section as “burning” and commended the ensemble for playing
“a difficult program very well. That goes for everyone.” The two adjudicators awarded an Outstanding Musicianship Award to junior drummer Dylan Goodman, who was heavily featured on the band’s closing number.
The ensemble received a total score of 186 out of a possible 200 points split among 8 captions, and while the top three bands were separated by just five points, Staples received minimal deductions. “When we finished our performance, it felt like it was the best we had played all year” expressed Phil Giampietro, who is in his first year as director of bands at Staples. “To me, that feeling is the most important takeaway from this event. I know that performing at such a high level is important to the students as well, and they are incredibly excited to be recognized for all their hard work. Considering the level of musicianship being displayed by the other bands at the festival, our students should feel very proud.”
The Westport Music Department’s Vision is to develop our students’ artistic literacy and global awareness by growing their ability to create, perform and respond to diverse music at the highest level in a safe and nurturing environment.
HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Music has been a timeless way of communication when there were no other words to be said. It can have the power to heal, unify, and transcend all boundaries. It is now more than ever that we need to stay connected in order to listen and learn from each other.
Black Lives Matter.
We stand by our mission to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community, yet we remain teachable ourselves in our efforts in order to fully promote that mission through and beyond the current and ongoing racial injustices.
We are proud to be a part of a national association that promotes equity and we stand united with you as the Staples Music community accepting of all of our differences in the hope for a better future.
We Are Listening.
Mr. Giampietro, Mrs. Innaco, Ms. Mascaro, Mrs. Muehleise, Mr. Rosenberg