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

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

Fundraiser information


Ovation Newsletter

Ovation Masthead

Music Newsletter

See the latest issue of the Ovation

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

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Sun, Feb 25
Mon, Feb 26
Tue, Feb 27
Evening band rehearsal
SHS band room
Wed, Feb 28
Thu, Mar 1
Fri, Mar 2
Sat, Mar 3
Sun, Mar 4
Mon, Mar 5
Spring Play Auditions
Tue, Mar 6
Spring Play Rehearsals
Thu, Mar 8
Spring Play Rehearsals
Band rehearsal (Band room)
Fri, Mar 9
Sat, Mar 10
Sun, Mar 11
Mon, Mar 12
Lydian Festival @ CCSU
Tue, Mar 13
Spring Play Rehearsals
Wed, Mar 14
Spring Play Rehearsals
Thu, Mar 15
Spring Play Rehearsals
Fri, Mar 16
Sat, Mar 17
Sun, Mar 18
Tue, Mar 20
Spring Play Rehearsals
Wed, Mar 21
Spring Play Rehearsals
Fri, Mar 23

Calendar & Category Legend:

  • SHS Music Calendar