Several elementary and middle school musical ensembles from the Darien public schools participated in the annual Music in the Parks Adjudication Festival June 1 in New Britain and Lake Compounce.

The students performed for judges, made up of university music professors, and received ratings and comments.

The award winners are:

the Elementary Honors Chorus: first place in its division, superior rating

the Elementary Honors Orchestra: first place in its division, superior rating

Seventh and Eighth Grade Orchestra: first place in its division, Best Orchestra Overall, superior rating

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Middlesex Middle School Honors Band: first place in its division, excellent rating

Middlesex Middle School Jazz Ensemble: first place in its division, superior rating

Camerata Singers: first place in their division, superior rating

Additionally, Thomas Cortellisi was recognized as outstanding accompanist for his work with the MMS Camerata Singers.

"We would like to congratulate all of the young musicians and their teachers for their outstanding performances," said Richard Sadlon, director of music for the Darien public schools.