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  1. National Recognition for Fairfield’s Music Education Program
  2. Ludlowe's Close Harmony Performs at FTC MAY 23 (+ video)
  3. All-State Musicians Off to Hartford
  4. Students Selected for 2018 Western Region Music Festival
  5. Fairfield Warde Student Performs at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
  6. Warde Choir's October 2017 Travels


At the FLHS May 3 Concert, awards were made to the following students:


John Philip Sousa Band Award: Michael Garbarino

Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award: Nicholas Fech

The Director’s Award for Band: Teresa Noonan

The Director’s Award for Band: Lauren DeWitt


National School Orchestra Award: Leila Mishalani

The Director’s Award for Orchestra: Thomas Longo, Anders Ohn, Jeremy Page


Louis Armstrong Jazz Award:  Lauren DeWitt

Woody Herman Jazz Award: Sophia Bookas


National School Choral Award: Blaise Carter, Kieran Brown

The Director’s Award for Chorus: Logan Ciuci


 Ludlowe's Close Harmony Performs at FTC, May 23, 2018

Fairfield Ludlowe High School's Close Harmony A Capella group performed A-ha's 1984 "Take Me On," with lead singer Jack Owens, as part of their concert at Fairfield Theatre Company, May 23. Below is a 45 second clip from a longer video that you can see here.

Ludlowe Chamber Orchestra Selected to Play at CMEA Conference, April 19, 2018


Fairfield Ludlowe High School  Chamber Orchestra was selected as a Showcase Performance Ensemble for the 2018 CT Music Educators In-Service Conference in Hartford, CT.  All performing ensembles were required to submit three performance recordings which were then reviewed by a blind hearing committee.   Ensembles were selected based on a high level of performance for their age and strand, both technically and in regard to repertoire selection and were selected as a model for others around the state. FLHS Chamber was the only string ensemble performing at the conference.  They performed on Thursday, April 19. Click for larger image


National Recognition for Fairfield’s Music Education Program 2018

Fairfield has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Educationdesignation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Fairfield Public Schools’ Music Department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

This award recognizes that Fairfield is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

As Fairfield finalizes its 2018-2019 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.

For complete press release click here.


 February 6, 2018


Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe’s music programs are proud to announce that a combined total of 35 students have been accepted into the Connecticut Music Educators Association’s All-State Festival, which will take place April 21.

Ludlowe: click here for larger image

FLHS Band: Lily Aston, Sophia Bookas, Nick Fech, Christian Kinne, Samuel Koeck, Tess Noonan, and Thomas Roberts.

FLHS Jazz Band: Lauren DeWitt

FLHS Orchestra: Gerald Kim, and Thomas Longo.

FLHS Choir: Alex Bow, Kieran Brown, Blaise Carter, Maddie McDermott, and Alexandria Therriault.

Warde: click here for larger image

FWHS Band: Zoe Gupta, Justin Harris, Molly Scatenato, and Hannah Ulman.

FWHS Jazz Band: Michael Chapin, and Kevin Tzanetis

FWHS Orchestra: Meghai Choudhury, Henry Friedman, and Harry Graney Green.

FWHS Choir: Dana Calamari, Mallory Elliott, Marie Fulda, Katie Harris, Emily Hoffman, Julia Johnson, Maggie Kruse, Nicole Park, Claire Regan, Paige Socol, and Elizabeth Winter.

 November 23, 2017


The Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) organizes annual regional and all-state music festivals. There are four regions and the Western Region Music Festival will take place at Staples High School, Westport, on January 12th and 13th, 2018. The following students have been selected to play in the Western Region Music Festival:


BAND: Brennen Alves, Lily Aston, Kieran Barker, Michelle Bookas, Sophia Bookas, Alex Bow, Jingyi Dai, Harrison Elliot, Max Ephron, Nathaniel Epstein, Nick Fech, Michael Garbarino, Aidan Kilgallon, Christian Kinne, Samuel Koeck, Jack McCarthy, Sarah McKinnis, Carolyn Nesbitt, Tess Noonan, Lila Nulf, Alexa Perillo, Aaron Pleasure-Kranowitz, Thomas Roberts, Liam Rosengren, Patrick Ryan, Bennett Spencer, Jaiman Vyas, and Aiden Walters,

ORCHESTRA: Emmett Adams, Nicole Campbell, Xenia Efimov, Gerald Kim, Michael Kutsch, Thomas Longo, Leila Mishalani, Sofia Nangle, Jeremy Page, and Lily Solz

CHOIR: Kieran Brown, Blaise Carter, Logan Ciuci, Caitlyn Golynker, Maddie McDermott, Jack Owens, Eden Pleasure-Kranowitz, Norah Procopio, Alexandra Therriault, and Nicole Varvaras

JAZZ BAND: Lauren Dewitt


BAND: Johan Bendiksen, Sean Byington, Jacob Colao, Mei Mei Dittrich, Henry Friedman, Zoe Gupta, Justin Harris, Niam Kothari, Sami Omaish, Maria Rodriguez, Molly Scatenato, Hannah Ulman

JAZZ BAND: Mike Chapin, Kevin Tzanetis

ORCHESTRA: Meghai Choudhury, Harry Graney-Green, Aaron Kiley, Kang Min Nam, Jordan Pistilli

CHOIR: Jessica Becker, Dana Calamari, Mallory Elliott,  Marie Fulda, Halley Goodrich, Julia Haas, Katie Harris, Emily Hoffman, Julia Johnson, Maggie Kruse, Daniel McAleese, Nicole Park, Sam Peterson, Claire Regan, Olivia Seymour, Paige Socol, Benjamin Sullivan, Kaylie Vigeant, and Elizabeth Winter.

November 11, 2017

Fairfield Warde High School Student Performs at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

at the All-National Honor Ensembles Concert in Orlando on November 28

670 students selected from 2.5 million hopefuls

Marie Fulda (Alto) of Fairfield Warde High School has been named to the 2017 All-National Choir Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).   She will join 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Fairfield's own Marie Fulda will join the choir to perform in a gala concert on the stage of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort on November 28, 2017.

All National Honor Ensemble students, named the “best of the best” out of approximately 2.5 million students nationwide, were chosen by audition after first being selected for their own All State Choirs.They will travel to Orlando to rehearse a repertoire of challenging music and perform under the baton of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States. For program and ticket information, click here.

 Warde Choir's October Travels

Warde Chamber Singers Perform at WCSU'S Chamber Choir Festival

On Fri. Oct. 13, 2017, the Chamber Singers participated in the WCSU Cantate Chamber Choir Festival at their Visual & Performing Arts Center.  They performed 2 pieces (with violin accompaniment from sophomore orchestra student, Harry Graney Green) and received a clinic from professors Dr. Cory Ganschow and Dr. Christopher Thomas.  Additionally, they heard performances from 8 other Connecticut high school choirs and 2 of the WCSU choirs.  It was a wonderful learning experience for the students, and we look forward to applying the lessons learned to our future music making.

Six Warde Guys Perform at UCONN'S Men's Choir Festival

On Sat. Oct 14, 2017, six guys (freshmen through senior) participated in the UCONN Men's Choir Festival at the von der Mehden Recital Hall.  The guys spent all day rehearsing and singing alongside 150 other high school and college male singers.  They finished the day with a culminating concert during which they performed 4 pieces under the direction of  Dr. Jamie Spillane (UCONN Director of Choral Studies) and Dr. Peter Bagley (UCONN Professor Emeritus).  In addition, the guys watched 3 college male music majors receive a vocal masterclass,heard two all-male a cappella groups (Completely Different Note and Conn-Men), and watched UCONN's Glee Club perform.