Honors and Awards

DISTRICT Music Honors: The Connecticut Arts Administrators Association presented the Farmington Public Schools music department with the Excellence in Arts Education Award at the CT State Capitol. This award celebrates the district's dedicated music

teachers, talented young musicians and comprehensive music programming in a town that embraces the arts.

The town of Farmington was selected as a Best Community for Music Education, a national award. Each school district receiving the “Best Communities” designation from NAMM scored in the 80th percentile or higher in the survey’s grading process. Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials and advisory organizations reviewed the data. Leslie Imse, Farmington Public Schools Department Chair states “this award celebrates the exemplary music programs in our schools, a high percentage of students who participate in the music program, outstanding music educators, dedicated parents, and supportive community!”


Carl Shugart, Irving A. Robbins strings teacher was named the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year by the Farmington Board of Education.

Betty Kenyon, Noah Wallace vocal music teacher, was presented with the CMEA Excellence in Elementary Education Award in 2011 for her dedication to students and the music department.

Karla McClain received her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent/Young Adulthood Music in 2013. She is the IAR choral director.

Leslie Imse, FPS music department chair was named 2021 CMEA CT Arts Administrator of the Year, Connecticut Choral Director of the Year by ACDA in 2005, 2016, awarded Teacher of the Year in Granby, CT and the State Dept. of Education's Celebration of Excellence in Teaching Award.

Music Department Student Awards 2021-2022

The northern regional middle and high school music festivals are sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. The HSO/Hartt School solo festival is an annual event. The NAfME All-Nationals Festival is for student musicians selected from each state.

All-Conference Northern Regional Musicians

West Woods Upper Elementary

Claire Lee, Fintan Jones, Rohan Li-Zhou,Victoria Ribeiro, Ye Anhn Sohn, Claire Yu.

Irving A. Robbins Middle School

Orchestra: Aiden Cho, Lucas DeBlois, Ethan Halstead, Joshua Nguyen

Band: Dong-Chau Nguyen, Jimmy Dong, Saharsh Gorty, Ailyn Harper, Corin Harris-Stone, Joon Lee,Parker Hodgman, Rithvik Satyavarapu

Chorus: Evan Bott, Samyuktaa Krishnan, Briella Rich, Angelina Wang, Aditi Bhor, Maddy Watson, Anjna Goswami,Jenita Ambookan, Simran Bath, Sreenidi Bala, Shrey Chouharty

Farmington High School

Hartford Symphony Orchestra/Hartt School Solo Festival: Band: Andy Dong, Justin Wang Orchestra: Natalie Wong, Christopher Smith, Audrey Antony, Willa Brasch Vocal: Duke Addy, Alex Cerdeira, Sarah Hannah, Nina Spineti Composition/Guitar: Dylan St. James, Akshitha Viswanathan

National Awards

National Orchestra Association Award: Seth Frank

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Isabella Suffredini

The John Philip Sousa Award: Nico Lussier

American Choral Directors Association Award: Akshitha Viswanathan, Nina Spineti

Connecticut Association of Schools Music Scholar: Elisabeth Williams

NAFME All Nationals Musicians: Akshitha Viswanathan and Elisabeth Williams, Mixed Choir