MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS

Preparing all students

to reach their full potential as lifelong learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community

UPCOMING EVENTS

In accordance with safety protocols, Staples Music 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. 

APR 5-9   America's Voices: Celebrating Diversity in the Arts

WYAC Music & Art video series for Grades 3-5

 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.

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.

Staples Visual Art Show 2021

Ten Staples Music Students Selected for All-State

Ten students from Staples Music were selected based on a multi-tier audition process to participate in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Festival April 23-25.

 

Each school year, CMEA hosts regional festivals that highlight students’ advanced achievements in music performance. Although a virtual process this year, students were selected and placed in ensembles as a result of a rigorous audition process. This April, students in each ensemble will participate in master classes and workshops with world renown artists and culminate in a virtual ensemble festival performance. 

Musicians who were selected to participate are: 

  • All-State Orchestra: Zachary Bishop Viola; Janna Moore, Double Bass; Izabela Pauliny, Oboe; Samantha Taylor, Trombone; Sarah Thomas, Viola

  • All-State Concert Band: Jason Capozucca, Bassoon; Alexandra Hermus, Euphonium; Nina Lauterbach, mallet percussion 

  • All-State Jazz Ensemble: Witt Lindau, Drums

  • All-State Treble Choir: Maya Vogelmann, Alto 

 

Of special note are Janna Moore and Witt Lindau who were the highest scoring students in Connecticut on their instrument as well as Zachary Bishop and Izabella Pauliny who both scored 3rd in their instrument categories as well. 

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SHS Students Receive Scholastic Arts Recognitions

Six Staples High School students received Scholastic Connecticut Regional Arts Awards recognitions in February. A virtual awards celebration took place to honor the winners February 26. Students acknowledged were Silver Key winners Poppy Livingstone for painting and Akira Maidique for digital art. Honorable Mention recipients were: Kate Davitt, drawing & illustration; Matthew Genser, photography; Nate Kolek, drawing & Illustration; and Alexandra Lam, painting. View the virtual exhibition at https://www.ctartawardsexhibit.net/    

 

Student artwork pictured below, clockwise top left to right: Akira Maidique, digital art; Poppy Livingstone, painting; Alexandra Lam, painting; Kate Davitt, drawing & illustration; Matthew Genser, photography; Nate Kolek, drawing & Illustration

Art Learning Links

MOMA  •  LUNCH DOODLES WITH MO WILLEMS

Other Learning Links

Westport Public Schools Music Program Does it Again

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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

Background image: Scholastic Arts Silver Key winning digital art piece by Akira Maidique