Program History

2009-2010:
  • Two students were selected for All-State Choir
  • 25 students were members of the department.
  • Band received a superior rating and Choir received an excellent rating at festival.
2010-2011:
  • A grant for 15 iPads, sound system, and recording studio was received from Matthies Foundation.
  • Students presented their iPad work at the 2011 CMEA Conference.
2011-2012
  • A grant was received to commission iAlchemy for a performance with the Waterbury Symphony.
  • 55 students were members of the department between band, choir and music theory.
  • 10 students auditioned for Regionals.
  • A professional recording, "Celebration", was recorded in April. The band, choir, and music theory students were featured.
  • Band received a superior rating and Choir received an excellent rating at festival.
2012-13
  • Classes in Guitar and Hip-Hop were added.  There were 11 members of the band and 31 members of the choir.
  • A Tri-M Chapter was formed.  Six students were in the initial class.
  • Band received an excellent rating and choir a superior rating at festival.
  • The band performed at the WCSU Jazz Festival.
2013-14
  • 13 students were enrolled in band and 48 in choir.  A Freshman choir class was started.
  • Four students participated in the American Choral Directors Association Connecticut (ACDA) honors choir.
  • The freshman choir produced the musical Seussical, Jr and received four HALO nominations, winning one.
  • Four band students attended the UConn "1st Chair" Band Festival in Storrs
  • Two students were selected for the CMEA Southern Region Choir
  • Ten students participated in the first Valley Arts Festival Honors Choir.
  • Band received an excellent rating and choir a superior rating at festival.
2014-15
  • The choir attended the WCSU Cantate Choir Festival
  • Annie, Jr was produced by the choir.
  • 16 students were in band and 37 in choir.
  • Two students were selected for the CMEA Southern Regional Festival Band.
  • An after-school drumline was formed.
  • Varsity letters in band and choir were awarded for the first time.
  • The HS Choir and MS Glee Club combined forces for a Music in Our Schools Month concert
  • Twelve Angry Jurors was produced in April.
  • SHS received seven HALO nominations.
2015-16
  • 15 students were in band and 57 in choir
  • The band and choir traveled to Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.  48 students took the trip.
  • Two students were selected for the CMEA Southern Regional Festival.
  • Twenty students joined Chorale, the after school acapella group.
  • Chorale sang at the WCSU Cantate Festival and Yale University.
  • The first SHS Parent Choir debuted at the Winter Concert
  • Three fundraisers were launched: Mattress Sale, Citrus Sale, Poinsettia Sale.
2016-17
  • Three students were selected for the CMEA Southern Regional Festival.
  • The band and choir traveled to UConn and Boston.  
  • Chorale was selected as a CMEA Honors Ensemble and performed at the state conference.
  • Theory of Relativity was produced in December and a Night of One Acts was produced in April.
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