CHS Spotlight

December Spotlight:
Mr. Rafaniello

Rafaniello in the Alps

“We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; —
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.”
— "Ode," Arthur O'Shaughnessy


- Department and Classes:

I'm in the Performing Arts Department and I teach Choir and Music Theory. Specifically, I teach Madrigal Choir, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Tenor/Bass Choir, Music Theory 1, Music Theory 2, and AP Music Theory

- Years at CHS:


- Alma mater:

I grew up in Connecticut and went to Bristol Central High School in Bristol, CT. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College, and a Master of the Arts in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University

- Fun Facts:

- My primary instrument is the piano, which I've been playing since Kindergarten.
- I'm also the church organist and choir director at Trinity Church in Cranford.
- My family lives in Connecticut and I try to see my parents, sister, and two nieces there as often as I can.
- I listen almost exclusively to classical music.
- I go to Starbucks too often.
- I spend too much money on clothes.
- I enjoy cooking when I have the time.
- My neighbors always compliment me on the flowers I grow in my yard.
- This is my 17th year at CHS.
- I served as the Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts for Cranford Public Schools from September 2017-June 2020, and chose to return to the classroom because I missed teaching and making music with students.


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