UMass Jazz Festival Press Release


The Canton High School Jazz Ensemble was selected as the outstanding big band at the UMass Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 28, 2015. As a result, the jazz ensemble was awarded the opportunity to be the opening band for Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra at the evening concert. Jake Tilton was recognized for his outstanding musicianship! The competition featured many of the finest jazz ensembles from the northeast. Congratulations to the CHS Jazz Ensemble!!!

Chorus Concert postponed tonight (3/3) due to impending storm


Tonight’s Choral Concert has been postponed due to the impending storm. The Concert will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 3/4) @ CHS @ 7:30. If there is no school tomorrow then a reschedule will be communicated as soon as it is known.

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Canton High School Choral Music Concert March 3rd: A Celebration of Spirituals and Gospel Songs


GOSPEL CONCERT posterCome see the Canton High School Choirs, featuring special guest, Gospel Musician Garth West, on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30 PM.

They will be performing a concert celebrating Spirituals and Gospel Music including arrangements by Burleigh, Dawson, Hampton Hogan and many more.

Students Accepted into MS Regional Festival


Sixteen Canton Middle School music students were chosen by audition to participate in the 2015 Connecticut Music Educators Associations Northern Region Middle School Music Festival.

Students selected from Canton Middle School for the Festival Concert Chorus are:

IMG_1038Zoe Bates, Jessica Bidmead, Margaret Frawley, Julianna Iovine, Amanda Kerr, Mark Knebel, Miika Markkanen, Sarah Marze, Lauren Mix, Clare Porter, Isabella Simmon, and Morgan Vacca.

Selected for the Concert Band : Sean Connolly. Selected for the Orchestra are Cole Glasgow and Sarah Marze. Tigger Kluessendor and Matt Fitts will be performing with the Jazz Ensemble.

Students accepted into HS Regional and All State Festival


15 Canton High Students were accepted into the HS Northern Regional Music Festival this year. 6 Students were also accepted into the CT All-State Festival.

For Band: Ethan Porter, Elizabeth Raynor and Aaron Zagoren
Orchestra: Rowan Cookman
Chorus: Drew Bidmead, Hollis Griffin, Gabrielle Manna, Sara Melendez, Alexander Simmons Jonathan Smith, Nico Tuccillo and Dustin Van Kirk
Jazz Band: Ben Kelley, Zach Oliver & Jake Tilton

For the CT All-State Festival: 

Band: Aaron Zagoren
Choir: Drew Bidmead, Jonathan Smith & Dustin Van Kirk
Jazz Band: Ben Kelley & Jake Tilton

Mr. Gottheimer Choral Classroom Update 2/25/15


It’s cold outside but we are trying to stay warm with some new music in the chorus room!

7th Grade Chorus & 8th Grade Chorus

The 7th & 8th grade concerts were a big success at the end of December. Thank you to all the friends, parents and family who attended. Students have now begun the process of starting new music.  For their May concert 7th grade is working on several pieces, ranging from Soman to gospel to vocal jazz. They are also working on arrangements with 3 separate parts and with far more difficulty in harmonies and rhythms than the fall. The 8th grade is working on new repertoire as well and has made excellent progress with a difficult french piece Mon Couer as well as Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” and the Gospel song “Elijah Rock.”

MS Chamber Singers

We have missed many Mondays due to snow (more…)

Jazz Ensemble Captures Top Honors at Berklee Jazz Festival

The Canton High School Jazz Ensemble received top honors at the 2015 Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, MA on January 31!  They came in 1st place in their large ensemble category, which consisted of high school big bands and performing arts schools from multiple states.  Alto saxophonist Jake Tilton was recognized as an outstanding musician in both the small and large ensemble categories.  A number of other band members were verbally heralded by the adjudicators for their outstanding performances.

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