MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS
Background image: Scholastic Arts Silver Key winning digital art piece by Akira Maidique
Westport Public Schools, Westport CT
In accordance with safety protocols, the Westport Public Schools Music Department is working hard to maintain a safe learning environment and is following best practices based upon ongoing research. For the latest updates please refer to this websites COVID-19 page.
District policy currently sets audience capacity at 50% maximum occupancy.
Please refer to this website throughout the school year for updated information about events & performances.
MAR 31-APR 2 All-State Festival
Hartford Convention Center
APR 7 Westport Night of Jazz (SHS/MS)
7:00pm, Westport Public Library
APR 27 SHS Spring Band Concert
7:30pm, SHS Auditorium
APR 28 SHS Spring Orchestra Concert
7:30pm, SHS Auditorium
Striving to develop each student's artistic literacy & global awareness
The Westport Music & Art Department's vision is to develop each students' artistic literacy and global awareness by developing their ability to create, perform/produce and respond to diverse music and art at the highest level in a safe and nurturing environment.
Staples High School students Sophie Alcyone and Sasha Maskoff, two of approximately 300 top Connecticut seniors who excel in the arts, were honored at the 27th Annual High School Arts Awards. The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) honored the top seniors with plaques for excellence and distinguished service at a banquet on April 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. The CAS annually recognizes two seniors in each member high school for their outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. Selected by Staples staff to receive this honor, Alcyone was recognized for visual art and Maskoff for music.
The Connecticut Association of Schools serves Connecticut's K-12 public and parochial schools in all areas of inter-school activity. The association represents over 1,100 schools in the state. The Connecticut Association of Schools is a non-profit organization located in Cheshire, Connecticut.
Alcyone and Maskoff Named CAS Recipients for 2022
Staples musicians took the stage at this year's CMEA All-State Festival in Hartford March 31 and April 1. Students who earned a performing spot at the Festival were Deneil Betfarhad (10), Zachary Bishop (12), Jason Capozucca (11), Kendra Cheng (9), Tanvi Gorre (11), Anastacia Jahnel (11), Witt Lindau (11), Delaney McGee (11) and Izabela Pauliny (11).
Also performing on April 1, by invitation, was the Staples Jazz Ensemble. Staples shared the stage with Hall-West Hartford, one of the most revered jazz programs in the country. The group played a range of music from ranging from Duke Ellington, Thad Jones and Craig Skeffington.
SHS Jazz Ensemble: Front row, pictured left to right; Annam Olasewere, Ana Jahnel, Jaime Paul, Jason Capozucca, Peter Moody, Freddie Aldridge, Mr. Giampietro. Second row, left to right; Jet Tober, Matt Weiner, Zach Abramowitz, Oliver D’Anna, Gustav Zauls. Third row, left to right; Amy Ginzburg, Witt Lindau, Henry Nowak, Delaney McGee, Eamon Brannigan, Spencer Greiss, Tommy Linn
Staples Students Receive Scholastic '22 Arts Recognition
Congratulations to seven Staples students who received Connecticut Regional Scholastic Arts Awards this January. Students acknowledged were: Gold Key winner Sophie Alcyone for her drawing, "Night"; Silver Key winner Emerson Dodge for ceramics & glass, "Je Wordt Gemist (You are Missed); Honorable Mentions for Mia Vindiola for her digital piece "Assemblage", Tessa Moore for her drawing "Self-Perception" and her painting "Looking Forward", Max Scafaro for his photograph "Fading Away", and Ava Poretta for her painting "Still Life."
Student artwork pictured above, clockwise top left to right: Mia Vindiola "Assemblage," Max Scafaro "Fading Away," Tessa Moore "Looking Forward," Ava Poretta "Still Life," Tessa Moore "Self-Perception," Sophie Alcyone "Night." Center: Emerson Dodge "Je Wordt Gemist"
The Westport Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for the ninth year in a row. Recognized for its outstanding commitment to music education, Westport joins 623 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award for 2021.
The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to elevate their own music education programs.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Westport answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. The Music Department has been fortunate to forge partnerships with community organizations such as the Westport Library, the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, PTA Cultural Arts and WestPAC, all who recognize and value the importance of the arts in education.
This award also recognizes that Westport is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA recommends music and the Arts as important elements in a well-rounded education for all children.
Westport Public Schools Music Program Does it Again
SHS Students Shine at All-State Festival in Hartford