DPS Music Department

Welcome to the Music Department for the Darien Public Schools

Here you will find resources and information related to our music programs for Grades PK-12.

Click the link below for the 2023-2024 Music Concert Calendar

2023-2024 Music Concert Calendar

Spring Concert Schedule

Wednesday, May 8th - DHS Chorus, 7:00 pm, DHS Auditorium    Livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr6EItEKjwY&t=114s

Thursday, May 9th - MMS Chorus, 6th, 7th and Viva Voce, 6:30pm, DHS Auditorium Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/70C34V1GqBw?feature=share 

Thursday, May 9th - MMS Chorus, 8th and Camerata, 8:00pm, DHS Auditorium Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/20QWYCWEot8?feature=share 

Monday, May 13th - Hindley Band and Orchestra 7:00pm, Hindley chorus 7:45pm, Hindley Common Room, Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQDfD3kfr3g

Wednesday, May 15th - Holmes Band and Orchestra 7:00pm, Holmes chorus 7:45pm, Holmes Common Room, Video:  https://youtu.be/_eJp4aCydfE

Thursday, May 16th - DHS Band,  7:00 pm, DHS Auditorium    Livestream link:  https://youtube.com/live/Y3F6ZB0vTP0?feature=share

Monday, May 20th - MMS Orchestra, 7:00 pm, DHS Auditorium    Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/C93HGu25Vsk?feature=share

Tuesday, May 21st - Tokeneke Band and Orchestra 7:00pm, Tokeneke chorus 7:45pm, Tokeneke Common Room, No livestream - video will be posted

Wednesday, May 22nd - Ox Ridge Band, Orchestra, and Chorus concert, 7:00pm, Ox Ridge Gym, No livestream - video will be posted

Thursday, May 23rd - MMS Band Concert,  7:00 pm, DHS Auditorium    Livestream link: https://youtube.com/live/eO6Ih9HE1ZU?feature=share

Wednesday, May 29th - DHS Small Ensemble Concert,  7:30 pm, DHS Auditorium    Livestream link:

Thursday, May 30th - Royle Band, Orchestra, and Chorus concert, 7:00pm, Royle Common Room, No livestream - video will be posted

Wednesday, June 5th - MMS Honor Band, Camerata, Honors Orchestra, 8th grade orchestra Adjudication Festival, MMS auditorium, 8am-10:30am, No livestream - video will be posted. Audience not permitted.

Friday, June 7th - All-Town Elementary Band, Chorus, Orchestra Adjudication Festival, 8:30-10:30am, Livestream link:       Audience not permitted.

DHS Orchestra Spring Concert

The DHS orchestra concert will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00pm in the DHS auditorium.  Please join us!

DHS Orchestra Leap Day concert

The DHS orchestra will hold a special Leap Day Concert on Thursday, February 29th in the DHS cafeteria. The concert will feature small ensembles from the DHS orchestras performing Irish and Celtic-inspired music.  The concert is free and open to the public!

DHS Holiday Spectacular

The DHS Holiday Spectacular Concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec 19th at 7:00pm.  

The performance video is available here:  https://youtu.be/dNVa2oLVBko?si=xSgWLkZnZA4fRq5g

Tenor and Bass Showcase

The Tenor and Bass Showcase concert was a huge success!  Thank you to all who attended!  Here is a link to the performance video.

Join Darien Music for Youth

Darien Music for Youth is a 501c3 that has been providing music enrichment in all 7 schools for more than 50 years.  We need your support! Click here to see what MFY is supporting this year!

 Click here to make your tax deductible donation today! 

The Music Department in Darien

The Music Department in the Darien Public Schools is a comprehensive standards-based program of sequential musical study that delivers quality music education services to all of the students in grades K- 8 (3,251 students) and to approximately 325 students at Darien High School who participate in one of the performing ensembles (Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble), Music Theory, AP Music Theory or Music Technology I or II. Adaptive Music instruction is also an important part of the curriculum for our students in the ELP programs at Ox Ridge, Royle and Tokeneke schools, the TLC at Ox Ridge School and at DHS and MMS. A total of 1,196 students in the Darien Public Schools participate in the Instrumental Music program (Band and Strings in grades 3-12) and we have 905 students performing in our Choral ensembles in grades 4-12 for the 2019-2020 school year. A total of 2,101 students or 55% of all K-12 students in the Darien Public Schools participate in a choral ensemble, an instrumental ensemble or both.

Programs such as the Darien Young Composers Concert program, district-wide common assessments, standards-based curriculum, elementary band, orchestra and chorus honors ensembles, our Grade 5-6 Jazz Lab, Middle School ROCKestra for string students, MMS Jazz Ensemble, Camerata Singers and 6th grade Viva Voce chorus, the district-wide annual curricular focus theme, enrichment programs of live music in the schools sponsored by the Darien Music for Youth organization, multiple performance opportunities for students in the district, in the state of Connecticut and throughout the United States, the Annual All-Town Music Festivals, honors level high school ensembles and an emphasis placed on creating original music in our music curriculum continue to offer exceptional opportunities for students to realize their musical potential in our district.

Darien's Music Department Receives National Recognition

Darien has been honored with the Best Communities for Education Recognition by the NAMM Foundation!

Click here to read the full Press Release

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