Twenty-six outstanding musicians from Darien High School have been chosen through a highly competitive audition process to perform at the Connecticut Music Educators Association Western Region Music Festival. The honors music festival will take place at Staples High School in Westport on January 13 to 14 where the students will have the privilege of working in the honors band, orchestra, and chorus, with some of Connecticut’s most accomplished high school musicians conducted by nationally renowned conductors and educators.

Richard Sadlon, the director of music in Darien states that, “The students chosen for participation in the CT Western Region Music Festival have consistently worked and studied over several years to develop their musical skills and been chosen as among the finest high school musicians in Western Connecticut. We are all extremely proud of their musical accomplishments.”

The students representing Darien High at the 2018 Connecticut Western Region Honors Music Festival are: Band: Jack Armstrong, Frank Drugge, Benjamin Henry, Cheyenne Li, John Lochtefeld, Kaitlyn Manghirmalani, Celia Mundt, Madison Pomeroy and Evan Tong, . Orchestra: Sara Baldwin, Elizabeth Garijo-Garde,Catherine O’Connor, Clare Phelps (clarinet) and Anika Satish. Chorus: Samantha Berry, Christopher Conte, Henry Domenici, Ava Ganser, Isabelle Hole, Juliette Kiernan, Caroline Lui, Amalia Madariaga, Caeleigh O’Connor, Caroline Orphanos, Liana Seale and Sophie Talwalker.

All of the students who participated in the Connecticut Western Region Festival will be eligible to audition for the Connecticut All-State Festival. Music teachers include Christopher Andrade, Chorus, Mr. Jonathan Grauer, Band and Ms. Jane Minnis, Orchestra. The regional honors ensemble concerts will take place at the Staples High School auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $10 in advance from students and are $15 at the door.