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.
Please refer to this website throughout the school year for updated information about events & performances.
JUN 7 GFS Concert
7:00pm, GFS Auditorium
June 8 LLS Concert
7:00pm, LLS Auditorium
Jun 9 CES Concert
7:00pm, CES Auditorium
JUN 10 Westport POPS
7:00pm, Levitt Pavilion, Westport
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.
Announcing SPARK! The new WPS K-12 Art Exhibition at MoCA Westport June 12-19
The Westport Public Schools Visual Arts program is excited to share a new art exhibition, SPARK, showing June 12-19 at MoCA, Westport. Inspired by the imagination and self expression of Westport students, SPARK is a K-12 showcase representing the creative spirit at work in our schools each day.
In partnership with MoCA, their Teen Council and WPS Visual Arts students, this exhibition serves as an expressive platform for students in visual arts to demonstrate multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. For information about MoCA gallery hours go to mocawestport.org.
One of the many highlights of the Spark show is a video featuring 30 WPS K-5 elementary art students talking about their artwork and their views on art. You can see and hear their unique voices below.
Westport Pops Returns to the Levitt Pavilion June 10!!
The Westport Pops Concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts returns this year on Friday, June 10. The sell-out event features the nationally recognized Staples High School Symphonic Orchestra and Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orphenians, Choralaires and other small group ensembles. This musical tradition established in 2016, is a highly anticipated highlight of the Levitt Pavilion’s Spring programming.
The lawn at the Levitt Pavilion opens for concert goers at 5:30pm (BYO chair), with the concert beginning at 7:00pm. It promises to be a memorable event with great music, great fun and great food on the premises from area food trucks. Tickets are free and become available June 2 at 9:00am at staplesmusic.org. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be performed in the Staples High School auditorium at 70 North Avenue, where tickets will be honored.
This annual concert, modeled on Boston’s fabled Pops on the Esplanade Concert Series, promises to be a memorable musical experience under the stars.
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 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 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
SHS Students Shine at All-State Festival in Hartford