Music & Performing Arts

Angela Griffin, Director
Carole Twohig, Department Secretary

Phone: (860) 658-0451, Ext. 662
Simsbury High School
34 Farms Village Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070-2399

Go to District Music & Performing Arts page

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Simsbury High School music and performing arts program seeks to provide every student with a broad background in performing arts. By participating in music and theater, students learn a body of knowledge and skills that will enhance their personal growth, not only during their high school years, but throughout life. Each of the courses offered furnishes students with an in-depth experience specific to the course offering. For some music courses, teachers offer a pass/fail option. The deadline for requesting this option is the third week of the course.

About Director Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Florida, a Master’s Degree from the Hartt School, and has completed the University of Connecticut program for Educational Leadership. Ms. Griffin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Griffin has extensive experience as a performing artist and as a professional flutist. She has performed with various local performing organizations including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the New Britain Symphony Orchestra. Ms, Griffin has instructed flute and chamber music for the Ethel Walker School, the Loomis Chaffee School, and the Hartt Community Division. Ms. Griffin was the former K-12 Music Curriculum Program Coordinator for the South Windsor Public school district.

News & Announcements

Read the latest issue of the Ovation district music newsletter.

Faculty and Student recognition news can be found on the District Music & Performing Arts website. Just click on "Department Recognitions."

Fundraiser information


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Music Newsletter

The latest issue of the Ovation newsletter is also posted on our district home page. Below you can access our newsletter archives from the past two years.



October 2016
  • HJMS Lion King, Jr. Wins Prestigious Award
  • State Theatre festival to be held at SHS
  • CAAA Arts Advocate
  • Upcoming events
April 2016
  • Simbury recognized by NAMM!
  • HJMS Performs The Lion King
  • Townwide Jazz Festival
  • CCSU Lydian Festival
  • Alice Li Benefit Concert
  • HJMS Select Chorus to perform at CMEA
January 2016
  • Into the Woods musical
  • Maria Hodson to perform at Carnegie Hall
  • New Jazz Director at HJMS
  • SHS student appointed to Thespian Society Board
October 2015
  • SHS student selected for National Honors Choir
  • One Act Festival
  • CAAA Arts Advocate announced
  • Simsbury Night at the Hartford Wolf Pack
April 2015
  • Simsbury recognized by NAMM for outstanding commitment to music education
  • SHS Theatre events
  • Town-wide Orchestra Festival
  • Eileen Eustis named CAAA Arts Advocate
  • HJMS presents Aladdin

Concert Attendance Policy


For information on ensembles, music classes, or activities at Simsbury High School, go to Mrs. Abel's teacher page. (link to new site to come)


For information on Chorus, go to Mrs. Thompson's website (link to teacher website to come) or email


For information on the strings program at Simsbury High School, go to Mr. Ford's teacher website (link to new teacher website to come).

Jazz Ensemble/Jazz Band


For information on upcoming theater performances, please, visit our district Music & Performing Arts Calendar & Special Events page. Ticket information is posted on the district home page prior to each production.

For information on the theater program at Simsbury High School, go to Dr. Younse's teacher page (link to new teacher website to come).

Theater course information can be found in the SHS Program of Studies.

Music Clubs

Information on the Tri-M Music Honor Society is posted on Lisa Abel's website (link to come).

Music & Performing Arts Courses

The Arts have been identified by the College Board, the U.S. Congress, The National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the US Department of Education as part of the core curriculum that all students should take while in high school. Significant research has been done in the area of music education that has demonstrated the benefits of music for success in society, school, and life.

The Music and Performing Arts Department offers a variety of courses to meet the diverse needs of high school students. All courses in the music and performing arts department aim to further develop skills related to the performance area. Students are expected to grow through self evaluation and evaluating the work of others in group performance. Each of the courses listed below provides students with an in-depth experience in music or theater.

Students wishing to receive Level I credit or complete an independent study must complete the approved application process established by the department. See the department supervisor for more information. For additional curricular information, please visit the Simsbury Public Schools webpage at

A complete list of Music & Performing Arts courses and their prerequisites is contained in the Simsbury High School Program of Studies book.

Music Faculty

Music Faculty

Lisa Abel

Ken Fischer

Ryan Ford

Angela Griffin

Department Supervisor

Michael Hunter

Performing Arts Technical Director

Colleen Thompson


Stuart Younse

Simsbury Arts Academy (SAA)

SHS Music Calendar

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Calendar & Category Legend:

  • SHS Music Calendar
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