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Violinists Isabel Jo ’26 [left] and Kendra Cheng ’25 [right] performing a duet while being accompanied by the orchestra.

Staples’ chamber orchestra plays their way to a successful first performance of the school year

Hannah Salpeter '25, Staff Writer November 20, 2023

Staples’ chamber orchestra held their first concert of the 2023-24 school year at Saugatuck Elementary School on Oct. 25. The concert started at 7 p.m. and included four songs: “Concerto for Two Violins...

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...

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, Editor-in-Chief 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...

At Staples, the music department—including band, orchestra and chorus groups—does not receive as much attention as other school activities, such as academic groups, athletic teams and Players.

Staples music department lacks representation, attention

Julia Herlyn ’23,, Paper News Editor October 15, 2021

I attended a meeting after school on Friday, Oct. 1, for Tri-M (Music Honor Society). The meeting was held in the orchestra room, a space that I am more than familiar with, as I have been playing in grade-level...

Multiple Staples students have been selected to perform in the CMEA All-State Festival on April 23 to 25.

Student musicians to play in All-State Festival in late April

Julia Kasabian ’21, Staff Writer April 6, 2021

10 Staples students have been chosen to perform in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) All-State Festival on April 23 to 25.  In the All-State orchestra, the students performing are...

Third annual Pops concert debuts the Levitt Pavilion summer season

Third annual Pops concert debuts the Levitt Pavilion summer season

June 11, 2018

By Allie D’Angelo ’20 The Levitt Pavilion kicked off their 50 plus night summer season with a sold out audience to view the third annual Pops concert on June 8. The concert featured the Staples...

Levitt Concert - Behind the scenes

Levitt Concert – Behind the scenes

June 14, 2017

By Francesca Truitt '17

Orchestra Stress Days Allow Students to Better Manage School

Orchestra Stress Days Allow Students to Better Manage School

November 14, 2016

By: Julia Rosier '18 and Alex Reiner '18 As the stress of schoolwork accumulates, orchestra teacher Adele Valovich, provides her students with an opportunity to relieve that stress during one orchestra...

Music Program Participation Dwindles

Music Program Participation Dwindles

Andrew Vester, Staff Writer October 30, 2016

  By: Andrew Vester '17 Drums sound, strings vibrate and clarinetists take their finally breaths before diving into a dramatic piece. This is the daily scene in the recitals for the music programs...

Some of the musicians donned Christmas costumes for the event.

Opening night a success for Candlelight

Zachary McCarthy, Web A&E Editor December 13, 2014

Staples upholds several customs and rituals but few constants are as well received as the Candlelight Concert: a local barometer for holiday cheer and spirit. Staples students continued this tradition...

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