MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS
Background image: Scholastic Arts Silver Key winning digital art piece by Akira Maidique
Westport Public Schools, Westport CT
Please refer to this website throughout the school year for updated information about events & performances.
OCT 6 SHS Orch & Band Concert
7:30pm, SHS Auditorium
OCT 12 SHS Fall Parlor Concert
7:30pm, Southport Trinity Episcopal Church
NOV 15 SHS Wind Ensemble & Chamber Orch Concert
7:30pm, Location TBD
NOV 19 HS Western Region Auditions
9:00am, Ridgefield HS
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.
Highlights from the Westport Pops Concert, June 10, 2022. Photos by Allison Ginzburg.
Westport Public Schools Music Program Receives Best Community for Music Education Recognition
The Westport Public Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for the 10th 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 2022.
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.
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
Westport Pops, A Magical Night
It was another magical night under the stars at the Levitt on June 10! The weather, music, directors and MC David Pogue all aligned to create a memorable performance. The Staples Music Department would like to thank and acknowledge those who help make this concert possible: The Staples Music Parents Association and SMPA Pops Committee; Levitt Pavilion Directors Freda & Carleigh Welsh and staff; the ad patrons and donors who generously supported our concert; David Pogue for being this year’s MC; Jacob Friedman & Ms. Carla Eichler, for Pops design & artwork; Performance Audio, Inc. for sound; Mr. Jim Honeycutt for video recording, Miles Katz for lighting; and the entire Staples Music community for its unyielding support of quality music education in our schools. This support has enabled us to be recognized as a National Best Community for Music Education since 2013 as well as a Grammy Signature School National Semifinalist.