Honors and Awards

DISTRICT Music Honors: In 2017, 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, comprehensive musi
c 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 and also teaches at East Farms Elementary School.

Leslie Imse, FPS music department chair was named 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 2018-2019

The northern regional middle and high school music festivals are sponsored by the Connecticut Music Educators Association. This is a highly competitive, audition-only festival where students must practice independently after coaching with their music teachers to qualify. The audition includes collegiate level solo literature and sight-reading to assess music literacy.

All-Conference Northern Regional Musicians

West Woods Upper Elementary

Band: Jimmy Dong Chorus: Mikail Aliyev, Madison Angelillo, Sreenidi Bala, Lily Bennett, Bora Bylyshi,Shrey Choudhary, Lauryn DeBisschop, Madelyn Eddy, Annika Frank, Anjna Goswami,Jane Guay, Sydney Morrissey, Tara Pohorylo, Ilakiya Prabhu, Gemma Rourke, Madeline Watson,Maria Weygang, Stryckland Whittley-Ligon Orchestra: Simran Bath, Hadem Che, Irene Chen, Lauren Jeong, Suri Jiang, Wei Li, Sam Mardeda

Irving A. Robbins Middle School

Band: Nidhi Binoy, Anlin Hou, Anqi Hou, Hudson Hu, Leon Hu, Lukas Kubilius, Matthew Leypold, Matthew Tabol, Alan Wang Choir: Manisha Arun,Varshini Battula, Haley Brown, Claire Cortland, Maddie Elmer, Isabella George, Leah Glaspey, Sid Gururaj, Sarah Hannan, Eliza Kamm, Sanjay Kartik Ananya Krishnamurthy, Ruthvika Kumbum, Tanmay Kurkute, Abigail Langston, Isabella Medina, Connor Ojakian, Olivia Palewicz, Gautham Santhanam, Amy Song, Ria Verma, Isabella Wang, Anna Weygang,Amber Wolkner Orchestra: Yifan Wei, Audrey Antony, Sneha Balur, Seerat Bath, Nidhi Binoy, Owen Bott, Willa Brasch, Calvin Chen, Ellie Lee, Su Li, Vivian Ma, Drew McClutchy, Tai Mok, Branaugh Morton, Bryce Musick, Veda Natarajan, Krystian O'Connor, Yoanna Oh, Kaavya Ravichandran, Kecia Seo, Jingjin Shi, Amy Song, Christopher Smith, Vidipt Someshwar, Mason Yu, Andrew Zhong

Farmington High School

Band: Kumar Darsh, Andy Dong, Jaden Drozd, Ashley Dummit, Christian Hoheb, Amy Jia, Darren Lee, Rohit Limaye, Ben Scudder, Emily Byrne, Justin Wang Chorus: Abby Belisle, Leah Bolles, Leondro Bousquet, Kiersten Brown, Andrea Cerdeira, Bella Cruz, Ashney Datta, Rebecca Davis, Frank Dolce, Grace Duncan, Jack Dunphy, Logan Finn, Natalie Goodman, Camille Hoheb, Nidhi Julakanti, Shivani Kapadia, Saadhvi Kartick, Lyndsey Koster, Grace Kralik, Audrey Lewis, Quinn Mahoney, Kaylin Ozaki, Brian Peng, Julia Pignatella, Amanda Rodrigues, Yash Sabarad, Krithika Santhanam Sam Scheidel, Som Sedigh, Sarah Serkosky, Anika Sharma, Katie Smith, Dylan St. James, Pooja Swami, Jack Tyler, Akshitha Viswanathan, Owen Ward, Elisabeth Willams, Tristan Wong. Orchestra: Sanmati Choudhary, Dayna Deakin, Jeff Duan, Lily Feng, Robert Fishel, Kyle Frank, Tyler Grubelich, Larua Hofmann, Sara Holt, Darren Kwee, Soonbee Kwon, Meera Neelati, Shaila Patel, Caleb Smith, Natlie Wong, Lillian Yim

Connecticut All-State High School Musicians

Students from across the state qualify for the All-State honors ensembles performing at the Hartford Convention Center with the best musicians in the state.

Band: Andy Dong, Ashley Dummit, Christian Hoheb, Rohit Limaye, Emily Byrne, Justin Wang

Chorus: Abby Belisle, Leah Bolles, Kiersten Brown, Ashney Datta, Rebecca Davis, Logan Finn, Camille Hoheb, Audrey Lewis, Quinn Mahoney, Brian Peng, Sarah Serkosky, Anika Sharma, Akshitha Viswanathan, Elisabeth Williams, Tristan Wong

Orchestra: Emily Byrne, Jeff Duan, Sara Holt, Soonbee Kwon, Justin Wang, Natalie Wong

National Awards

Students from across the country qualify through the all-state process and perform in Orlando, FL, Pittsburgh, PA and other destinations.

All-Eastern Honors Ensemble: Pooja Swami, Saadhvi Kartik, Lillian Yim, Tristan Wong

National Orchestra Association Award: Olivia Burt

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award: Jaden Drodz

The John Philip Sousa Award: Rohit Limaye

American Choral Directors Association Award: Saadhvi Kartik, Pooja Swami, Tristan Wong

Farmington Valley Orchestra Concerto Competition: Lillian Yim

Nutmeg Orchestra Concerto Competition: Lillian Yim and Natalie Wong

Hartford Music Club Competition: Tristan Wong

West Hartford Arts Club Competition: Tristan Wong

Connecticut Association of Schools Music Scholar: Tristan Wong

All Nationals Musicians: Ashney Datta and Elisabeth Williams