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Classical music is a rich genre that is often overlooked by today’s youth—even within our own school community. At Staples, the Amati Chamber Orchestra (pictured) as well as the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra receive little attention from administrators and students alike, reflecting the diminishing interest in classical music today.

An ode to classical music and its everlasting value

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief May 31, 2022

Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, are not among the artists that frequent my personal playlists, unlike the majority of my peers. Instead? I’m a diehard fan...

Staples High School marches in the Memorial Day parade in 1971.

Staples band prepares for Memorial Day parade after long wait

Theresea Vandis '22, Staff Writer May 11, 2022

  The Westport Memorial Day parade is a tradition which honors military personnel who have served in the United States armed forces. This year, the Staples Band plans to maintain a practice, many...

Sophie Alcyone ’22 (left) and Sasha Maskoff ’22 (right) attended the CAS Awards ceremony on April 5 in Plantsville, Connecticut. The CAS awards their Outstanding Arts Award based on demonstrated scholarship and leadership across the realm of visual and performing arts. Two students from each member school are awarded annually, and students must be referred by teachers.

Seniors Maskoff, Alcyone, win 27th annual High School Arts Awards

Mishael Gill ’23, Managing Editor May 6, 2022

The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) recognized Sasha Maskoff ’22 and Sophie Alycone ’22 for their artistic excellence at the 27th Annual High School Arts Awards on April 5. The CAS awards...

Creators on Tik Tok commonly use the app to showcase their talents and skills, in order to make it big. They promote their small businesses and budding careers by using hashtags to get their videos onto peoples’ For You Pages.

TikTok serves as imperative scout for discovering new songwriters, small businesses

Izzy Sareen ʼ22, Staff Writer May 3, 2022

In today’s day and age, everything seems to start with an online presence. To make it big in entertainment, it is crucial to have a large following on various forms of social media, with the newest imperative...

Coleman utilizes music creation as an outlet and has experience expressing himself both individually and collaboratively.

Coleman fuels music passion to new level

Chloe Murray '22, Staff Writer May 2, 2022

Music is present in almost every part of modern day life. From the song we wake up to, to the tune we drive to school with, to the music we automatically turn on when we pull out our earbuds and listen...

Jet Tober 23 developed a passion for music at the age of 3, and has since delved into songwriting.

Tober builds beats, constructs compositions

Julia Herlyn '23, News Editor April 4, 2022

When listening to the opening lines of Kanye West’s song “Touch The Sky,” an immediate, electrifying response bubbles in Jet Tober ’23—in only a few seconds, his head begins to bob, his eyes...

Video recorded auditions which have become more prevalent in the past year have changed the entire audition process for youth orchestras, making them more miserable and taxing.

Video recordings transform auditions

Lucy Dockter '23, Paper News Editor March 25, 2022

You have been preparing every single day for the last four months. Your fingers have been ingrained with the music—you play it in your sleep. You arrive at the site and take 15 minutes to warm-up in...

Mitski is depicted in a matching red outfit and lipstick for the “Laurel Hell” Album cover.

Mitski returns to music with ‘Laurel Hell’

Lia Gordon ’22, Staff Writer March 7, 2022

“[There's a] Mitski album release tomorrow. It's a great day for annoying people,” TikToker Sarsworld said. This sarcasm is in reaction to “Laurel Hell,” the sixth studio album by Mitski, the...

The 2022 Governors Ball lacks wow-factor artists to inspire Staples students to attend the festival.

2022 Governors Ball lineup underwhelms Staples students

Paige Tighe ’24, Staff Writer February 23, 2022

Festivals like Coachella and Governors Ball are celebrations of music and artists - both established and up and coming. In order to draw in a bigger audience, it is important to find a balance between...

Staples environment cultivates creative community: Zach Bishop ’22, full Q & A

Katie Simons '22, Editor-In-Chief February 8, 2022

What instruments do you play and what inspired you to start playing? I've played viola for almost 10 years now. I play violin and piano as well. I chose the viola originally because I wanted to have...

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