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What Do Spaghetti, Silent Auctions, Auditions, Music, and Our Students Have in Common?

Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them—a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.
—President Gerald Ford

We are proud of our students’ exceptional talent and the opportunities within our music programs!


A number of Colchester Middle School students have been selected to participate in the Vermont District III Music Festival for seventh and eighth graders.

The festival—which will feature chorus, string, and band ensembles—includes student representatives from middle school music programs across the Champlain Valley. The participating CMS students were selected following their competitive audition performances, and as a result of their inclusion in ensembles consisting of the top music students from other schools’ programs, their own musical experiences will be enhanced and enriched.

Renee Brouillette, Claire Cameron, Jimmy Collins, Natalee Garen, Meghan Harbison, Erin Horton, Abby Ladd, Jerome Trudeau, Elysia Way, and Emily White will perform in the festival’s chorus.

Avery Finelli, Brenna McMannon, and Corinna Pilcher—all on violin—will perform in the string ensemble.

Josh Kalfus (on bassoon), Haley Kieny (on clarinet), Kristian Labrie (on percussion), and Connor Zwonik (on percussion) will perform with the festival’s band ensemble.

The festival will take place at Essex Middle School on Saturday, February 2 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Ticket availability is limited; those interested in attending are encouraged to visit the Vermont District II Music Festival website to check availability and/or order online.

And Colchester High School’s annual Spaghetti Soiree—a dinner serenaded by CHS musicians—will take place on Friday, February 8 in the CHS cafeteria … and this year, there will even be a silent auction featuring dozens of items generously donated by area organizations in support of the event, including such items as three-month family membership to the Edge, a four-hour sail on a thirty-foot racing sloop, photography and entertainment services, a one-night stay at the Essex, area restaurant and food gift cards, Lake Monsters tickets, and more.


The dinner seatings will be at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.—$10 each for those age 12 and up and $6 each for those under age 12—and the proceeds will benefit CHS’s music programs, including upcoming student music trips. This event is very popular; pre-ordering of tickets is encouraged!

Those interested may also bid on items in advance of the Spaghetti Soiree; to do so, please contact Angela Zwonik at or call (802) 655-7593.

For a complete list of items for auction, to learn more about purchasing tickets, and/or for all other information, please visit the Friends of Colchester Music website).

According to a variety of studies, music education boasts significant benefits for students, including enhanced standardized testing scores across an array of subject areas; decreasing disruptive behaviors; increasing focus, abstract reasoning, and spatial-temporal skills; improving self-discipline, cognitive development, and communication skills, and enhancing students’ creativity and intellectual curiosity, and more. Music participants have also been found to receive more academic honors and awards than non-music students.

Congratulations to our student musicians on their acceptance into the upcoming music festival!

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