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.

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!


to the members of our music department recognized as Hamden Heroes for 2023! Our high school instrumental teachers Aaron Barkon and Kate Socha, Ridge Hill chorus and general music teacher Michael O'Herron, and high school student Jeffery Ahn were honored with this well-deserved award. We are so proud of each and every one of them, and the amazing programs they represent here in Hamden!hamden heroes from the music department

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