Our Amazing Music Teachers


Aaron Barkon - Inst. Director

Kate Socha - Inst. Instructor

Dan Balint - Choral Director


William Gunn - Inst. Instructor

Julie Rothbard - Inst. Instructor

Dr. Stephen Baranski - Choral Dir.


Deanna Broga - Bear Path

Elizabeth Caldwell - Helen Street

Russell Kleiner - Alice Peck/ Winter.

Anne Kowalonek - Shepherd Glen

Emily Lombardo -  Church Street

Alexis Meurs - Spring Glen

Michael O'Herron - Ridge Hill

Emma Sheffer - Dunbar Hill

Art Sousa - West Woods


Brett Bottomley - Orchestra and Band at Shepherd Glen and Church Street

Laura Choquette - Orchestra and Band at Dunbar Hill and Ridge Hill

Jesse Clemens - Orchestra and Band at Spring Glen

Melissa Ferranti - Orchestra and Band at Helen Street and West Woods

Gary Orlofsky - Orchestra and Band at Bear Path


Throughout this pandemic, the Hamden Music Department has tried to keep making music - even from a distance.  The following are some of the wonderful products of teacher creativity, student participation and musical talent.  Please enjoy these until we can invite you back in for a live concert in the near future!

Townwide Elementary Virtual Chorus

This Is Me!

The HHS Marching Band learned their music....practiced their drills...followed their drum majors....and then didn't get to perform!  Sadly, there were no competitions or football games for our band students to show their stuff.  So, we put together this virtual show for your enjoyment.  Kudos to Aaron Barkon, Kate Socha and all of the instructors, students and friends of the program that made this possible.  See their VIRTUAL MARCHING BAND SHOW below:

The (Marching Band) Show MUST Go On!

HHS VIRTUAL CHORUS (under the direction of Mr. Dan Balint)

Teaching Music in a Pandemic


Please read this well written New Haven Register article penned by HHS Sophomore Christine Kim about the challenges of teaching music during these difficult times.

The HHS Virtual Band and Orchestra!!!

HMS Virtual Chorus (Impossible Dream

HMS Virtual Chorus (Windy Nights)

HHS Orchestra on WTNH!