MUSIC & VISUAL ARTS
Westport Public Schools, Westport CT
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.
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
Westport Public Schools Music Program Does it Again
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