Darien Music Students Named to All-State Bands, Chorus

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Five Darien High School students were named to either the Connecticut All State Band or Chorus, and seven elementary school students from Darien were chosen to participate in the Elementary All-State Honors Chorus, the public schools Music Department announced.

Here are the announcements:

High School

Five outstanding musicians from Darien High School were chosen through a highly competitive state-wide audition process and participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association 2019 All-State Music Festival.

John Fallon, a percussionist, participated in the All-State Band and Amina Mobarik, Caleigh O’Connor, Juliette Kiernan and Eleanor Chase participated in the All-State Chorus.

The rehearsals and the concerts for the festival took place at Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on April 11 to 13 in conjunction with the state-wide CMEA conference.

Darien All State Musicians

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Darien’ High Schools All-State musicians. From left: Amina Mobarik, Caeleigh O’Connor, John Fallon, Juliette Kiernan, and Eleanor Chase

The Darien students had the privilege of working in musical ensembles with Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators.

“These students are among the finest school musicians in our state and we are all extremely proud of their accomplishments and for representing Darien High School and our entire town so well at this prestigious state-wide event,” said Richard Sadlon, the director of music.

Elementary Schools

Seven students from Royle School and Tokeneke School were chosen to perform in the CMEA Elementary All-State Honors Chorus in Hartford on Friday, April 12.

The students prepared the music with their teachers in advance of the festival and rehearsed all day at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford under the direction of guest choral director Sophia Popoulis.

Elementary all state music Darien 2019

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From left: Rebecca Parnoff, Tokeneke Music Teacher, Phebe Childs (Tokeneke), Liv Stricker (Tokeneke), Maddy Smaldon (Royle), Amanda Martin (Tokeneke), Cameron Pokorny (Royle), Molly Shields (Royle), Sydney Warner (Royle), and Kathleen Theisen, Royle Music Teacher.

The Elementary Honors Chorus is made up of outstanding young musicians from throughout the state and takes place each year in conjunctions with the Connecticut Music Educators Conference.

The experience culminated with a concert performance for parents and music educators.

Rehearsal elementary honors chorus all-state 2019

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The 2019 Connecticut Elementary Honors Chorus in rehearsal at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on April 12

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