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2016-2017 NEWS

  1. FWHS Choir Sings in California - May 8, 2017
  2. All Eastern and All-Nation Students Announced - April 14, 2017
  3. National Recognition for Fairfield's Music Education Program  - April 5, 2017
  4. Valentine's Day Entertainment - Feb. 14, 2017
  5. All-State Students Announced - Feb. 1, 2017
  6. Western Regional Students 2017 - Jan. 20, 2017
  7. Alums Participate in Pursuing Music in College Panel - Jan. 18, 2017

-For earlier News go to the News Section


May 8, 2017

Eighty students from the Fairfield Warde High School Choir Department traveled to California in March! They participated in the San Diego State University Choir Festival which included a clinic from David Weiller (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), rehearsing alongside the San Diego State University Aztec Choir, performing for and listening to other high schools from Idaho, Utah, and Los Angeles, and singing in a culminating Choral Collage Concert.  Under the direction of Professor Weiller, the high schoolers and college students (roughly 500 singers!) sang 4 pieces of music together in the Choral Collage concert.


In addition to the SDSU Festival, the Warde students also attended La Jolla Symphony’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem, spent time at Mission Beach in San Diego, went to the San Diego Zoo, toured the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and had fun at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.  It was an AWESOME trip!

Fairfield’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Fairfield’s Music Education Program

Receives National Recognition

District is one of 4% of school districts

in nation to receive distinction 


Fairfield, CT – April 5, 2017 – Fairfield has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.  Fairfield is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2017.


This 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, the 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 music learning opportunities as outlined in the new federal education legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, and awaiting state implementation, designates music and the arts as important elements of well-rounded education for all children.


As Fairfield finalizes its 2017-2018 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.


Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. In a series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.


Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.


A 2015 study, “ Striking A Chord” supported by the NAMM Foundation, also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.


Fairfield’s Music Department prides itself on offering a variety of music courses to all students in grades K-12, with performing ensemble opportunities beginning in grade 4 with the strings program.  As an elective program at both high schools, approximately 30% of students are enrolled!  Fairfield currently has 1,408 students enrolled in band in grades 5-12, 1,398 students enrolled in choir in grades 5-12, and 1,438 students enrolled in the string program in grades 4-12.


About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit


A complete list of all schools recognized can be found here 


Feb. 14, 2017

The combined Warde-Ludlowe string quartets provided the music to accompany the very special Valentine's Day luncheon for over 150 Fairfield residents at the Senior Center on Mona Terrace.  The luncheon was free to all town seniors, paid for by the PTA Council of Fairfield and coordinated by One Town, One PTA, an effort on the part of our high school PTAs to create more opportunities for Warde and Ludlowe to collaborate while showcasing the truly talented and generous students in our dynamic high school community. Culinary students from both schools served lunch, while the Warde-Ludlowe string ensemble performed a concert's worth of pieces, including some amazing solo performances.


April. 14, 2017

From the 25 students selected for the CMEA All-State Festival, the following students were selected for the All-Eastern Festival:


Leila Mishalani - All-Eastern Orchestra  



Jesmond Bollman- All-Eastern Mixed Choir

Bari Lipper - All-Eastern Mixed Choir

Andrew Paik - All-Eastern Orchestra

Nick Stanton - All-Eastern Band


In addition, Jesmond Bollman was selected for the All-National Mixed Choir  

Congratulations to all these young musicians, and kudos to the fantastic Music staff at both high schools who have spent countless hours preparing their students for these opportunities!

Thank you all for your continued support of our program!

Sara Hoefer

Music Coordinator, Fairfield Public Schools


Feb. 1, 2017

The FLHS and FWHS Music Departments are proud to announce that 25 students have been invited to participate in the CMEA All-State Festival!  These students auditioned at the regional level, and after being accepted to the Western Regional Festival, were then invited to audition for All-State.  We are so proud of all of these students.

Congratulations to all these young musicians, and kudos to the fantastic Music staff at both high schools who have spent countless hours preparing their students for these opportunities!


Ludlowe All-State Participants

Sophia Bookas, Kieran Brown, Blaise Carter, Lauren Dewitt, Nick Fech, Samuel Koeck, William Mandelbaum, Maddie McDermott, Leila Mishalani, Jeremy Page, Alexa Perillo, Thomas Roberts


Warde All-State Participants

Jesmond Bollman, Mike Chapin, Mallory Elliott, Marie Fulda, Maggie Kruse, Bari Lipper, Julia Muhlenberg, Andrew Paik, Molly Scatenato, Benjamin Sullivan, Hannah Ulman, Abigail Varsos, Elizabeth Winter


Thank you all for your continued support of our program!

Sara Hoefer

Music Coordinator, Fairfield Public Schools

8th grade Choral Director, Tomlinson Middle School

Congratulations to our "Western Region Festival" Students!

Jan. 20, 2017

On Friday January 13 and 14, 2017, 27 students from Fairfield Ludlowe and 38 from Fairfield Warde joined 321 others from 30 schools across the region who had passed a rigorous selection process to become part of the Connecticut Western Region Festival Band, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra. After 12 hours of concentrated, intense rehearsals these ensembles performed in two concerts, on Saturday January 14 at Staples High School, Westport, for parents, friends and others.

Fairfield Ludlowe Western Region Festival Musicians

BAND: Lily Aston, Clarinet, Kieran Barker, Tuba, Sophia Bookas, Trumpet, Jingyi Dai, Flute, Lauren Dewitt, Trombone, Nick Fech, Bass Clarinet, Michael Garbarino, Clarinet, Paul Jeon, Tuba, Aidan Kilgallon, Bassoon, Samuel Koeck, French Horn, Carolyn Nesbitt, French Horn, Philip Nesbitt, Trombone, Alexa Perillo, Trumpet, Thomas Roberts, Percussion, Liam Rosengren, Clarinet, Zachary Varella-Lee, Euphonium

CHORUS: Kieran Brown, Alto, Blaise Carter, Tenor, Stephen Kelly, Tenor, William Mandelbaum, Bass, Maddie McDermott, Alto, Alexandra Therriault, Alto

JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Eliot Sollinger, Jazz Trombone
ORCHESTRA: Xenia Efimov, Viola, Thomas Longo, Violin, Leila Mishalani, Violin, Jack Owens, Percussion, Jeremy Page, Viola


Fairfield Warde Western Region Festival Musicians

BAND: Johan Bendiksen, Trombone, Matthew Brown, Clarinet, Mike Chapin, Percussion, Mei Mei Dittrich, Clarinet, Zoe Gupta, Clarinet, Justin Harris, Trombone, Gabriel Mansour, Percussion, Wayne Rodriguez, Euphonium, Molly Scatenato, Bass Clarinet, Vivian Trinh, Flute
CHORUS: Samantha Bloch, Alto, Jesmond Bollman, Bass, Leah Boyle, Soprano, Mallory Elliott, Soprano, Maria Fulda, Alto, Julia Haas, Soprano, Katie Harris, Soprano, Emily Hoffman, Soprano, Daniel Jacobson, Tenor, Daniel Knorr, Bass, Maggie Kruse, Soprano, Barri Lipper, Alto, Kylie Macchia, Alto, Daniel McAleese, Bass, Julia Muhlenberg, Alto, Benjamin Sullivan, Tenor, Abigail Varsos, Alto, Elizabeth Winter, Soprano
JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Nicholas Stanton, Jazz Trombone
ORCHESTRA: Anna Fedoryk, Double Bass, Harry Graney Green, Violin, Andrew Lauro, Percussion, Max Moon, Bassoon, Brian Nam,Double Bass, Andrew Paik, Double Bass, Addison Pedro, Viola, Jordan Pistilli, Double Bass,  Hannah Ulman, Trumpet 

Alums Participate in Pursuing Music in College Panel

Jan 18, 2017

Many thanks to our Ludlowe and Warde alums who kindly sat on our annual Pursuing Music in College panel held in January:  Ben White (Franklin & Marshall), Nicole Bilotto (Bucknell), Jeff Dutter (Univ. of Virginia), Melissa Wasserman (Berklee College of Music), Dylan O’Brien (Marist), and Will Morton (Loyola New Orleans, had already returned but nicely emailed us a synopsis of his musical involvement, which Dylan read aloud to the audience).

Comments from the panelists included: “Music has been a key way for me to find and grow a community of friends in college;”  “I feel like Warde and Ludlowe prepare music students really well to transition into music in college, so it was a natural gravitation for me;”  and “Music really does create a bond between people, it’s kind of inexplicable.  For me, it felt like ‘you belong here’ and made the school feel very welcoming.”

The audience of current Ludlowe and Warde students and their parents absorbed many of the lessons these alums had to offer and asked many questions about musical pursuits — whether academic, purely extracurricular, or a hybrid of both — in college. From songwriting as a major, to private lessons, playing in jazz ensembles, and singing a cappella, many of our alums happily continue with music in college. The MPA is pleased to host this yearly panel for the benefit of our current high school students, so stay tuned for Jan. 2018 and our next one!