Our Amazing Music Teachers


Dan Balint - Choral

Carmella Rossomando-Heise - Instrumental

Kate Socha - Instrumental


Aaron Barkon - Instrumental

William Gunn - Instrumental

Michael O'Herron - Choral


Deanna Hafidi 


Trevor Biggart - Ridge Hill

Deanna Broga - Bear Path

Elizabeth Caldwell - Helen Street

Anne Kowalonek - Shepherd Glen

Michael Paolucci - Spring Glen

Emma Sheffer - Dunbar Hill

Art Sousa - West Woods

Andrew Williams - Church Street

Abbigale Zito - Helen Street


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

Laura Choquette - Orchestra and Band at Ridge Hill, Orchestra at Spring Glen

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

Alexis Meurs - Orchestra and Band at Dunbar Hill, Band at Spring Glen

Julie Rothbard Fallon - Orchestra and Band at Bear Path, Orchestra at West Woods

The HPS music department strives to provide opportunities for all students to develop their skills as performers, creators, and listeners, and most importantly help all students develop a love of music in their own unique way. Students in grades K through 6 receive general music instruction, and students in upper elementary grades have the opportunity to also take instrumental lessons and participate in band, orchestra, and/or chorus. In 7th grade all students choose one music course, and many options for ongoing music instruction are available in 8th-12th grade, including instrumental ensembles, chorus, theory, music technology, and more.


to Kate Socha, high school instrumental music teacher, for being recognized as the Hamden High School Teacher of the Year! Ms. Socha has been a steady hand and driving force behind the high school music program for many years. Her patience, high expectations, and expertise are admired and respected by her students and colleagues, and her endless hard work has been appreciated by the entire community. We are so proud of Ms. Socha for earning this recognition!

hamden high teacher of the year 2024 ms socha


to Bill Gunn, middle school instrumental music teacher, for being recognized as a Hamden Hero! Mr. Gunn has dedicated his life to helping middle schoolers find their place in the band and orchestra with over 3 decades of service. His patient demeanor, spark of humor, and creative musicianship continue to inspire his students and colleagues each and every day.

Event Information

Visit our events calendar for upcoming concerts, performances, and other events! Be sure to check for snow dates in case on inclement weather or other school closures, and reach out to the contact person for details on each specific event. Thank you for supporting our students! 

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Hamden Public Schools offers a broad range of musical opportunities for students in all of our schools. Here are just a few examples of student work across grade levels and course offerings below- be sure to visit our YOUTUBE CHANNEL to hear more performances from our students!

Yale Concert Band performing with Hamden High and 6th grade band students

Voice of Hamden 2023

6th Grade Hip-hop Workshop with Local Artist G-Nice

International Music Festival At Helen Street School