Our Amazing Music Teachers
HAMDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Dan Balint - Choral
Aaron Barkon - Instrumental
Kate Socha - Instrumental
HAMDEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
William Gunn - Instrumental
Julie Rothbard - Instrumental
ELEMENTARY GENERAL MUSIC
Deanna Broga - Bear Path
Elizabeth Caldwell - Helen Street
Anne Kowalonek - Shepherd Glen
Michael O'Herron - Ridge Hill
Michael Paolucci - Spring Glen
Jessica Plude - Alice Peck/Wintergr.
Emma Sheffer - Dunbar Hill
Art Sousa - West Woods
Andrew Williams - Church Street
Brett Bottomley - Orchestra and Band at Shepherd Glen and Church Street
Laura Choquette - Orchestra and Band at Ridge Hill, Orchestra at Spring Glen
Alexis Meurs - Orchestra and Band at Dunbar Hill, Band at Spring Glen
Melissa Ferranti - Orchestra and Band at Helen Street, Band at West Woods
Gary Orlofsky - 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.
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!
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
to Hamden High School sophomore Mia Gribbon who was selected as first chair clarinet for the all-national symphony orchestra 2022! Click here to read the article in the New Haven register featuring her accomplishment, including her video audition that earned her the top spot in the country. We are so incredibly proud of Mia and all of the Hamden music students who continue to shine everywhere they go!