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Alexander Henry
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Alexander Henry, a professional classical guitarist, provided a spectacular performance for Glenholme students and staff on April 16.
Van Sinderen in front of Glenholme
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The Van Sinderens paused at the front of Glenholme in their carriage.
Photo circa 1937.
Nursery Behind Glenholme
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In a glimpse of Glenholme, formerly a vacation home and working farm for the Van Sinderen family. Above is a photo of "some of the nursery" pictured behind Glenholme around 1937.
Washington, CT - Alexander Henry, the great grandson of the philanthropic Van Sinderen family, performed a classical guitar concert during a recent visit to Glenholme. The school was established in the late 1960’s when Jean White Van Sinderen generously donated her 110-acre country estate to the Devereux Foundation for the creation of a school where students with special needs could develop their unique potential. Through the years, the Van Sinderen family continued to demonstrate their support for the school.

The April 16 visit connected Alexander Henry and several family members with the Van Sinderen history at Glenholme. Alexander’s grandmother, Jean Henry, spent her young summers at Glenholme when her parents Adrian and Jean White Van Sinderen lived on the property. The visit to campus included a tour of the buildings and grounds, where Jean Henry recalled with nostalgia the appeal of the property. The tour was followed by a classical guitar performance by Alexander Henry in the main dining hall.

Alexander Henry possesses an impressive resume. A professional concert guitarist, a graduate of Yale College, where he received the Wrexham Prize in Music, and the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Eliot Fisk Prize in Guitar Performance. As the winner of the William Waite Concerto Competition, he was the first guitarist to perform as soloist with the Yale Symphony Orchestra. After graduating, Alexander received a Fulbright Scholarship to study early music in Basel, Switzerland. He has also studied in masterclasses in Siena, Italy, and at the Aspen Music Festival, and performed in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to performing, Alexander has taught guitar in Boston and New York, and in 2008 he was a guest instructor at the Second Annual Palestinian Music Festival in the West Bank.

The forty minute classical guitar concert included works of Bach, Spanish and Latin American guitar composers such as Sor, Tarrega, and Villa-Lobos. The performance left the audience with the strong appreciation of Alexander’s passion for performing. Afterwards, he engaged the audience in a Question and Answer session where the students asked thoughtful and insightful questions. The Henry visit and concert was a wonderful way for the students and staff to appreciate the school’s history.

The Glenholme School, a Devereux Center, is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10-18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit
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The Glenholme School is accredited as an independent boarding school for children with special needs by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with diploma granting privileges. Glenholme is a member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and approved by the Connecticut Board of Education, New Jersey Department of Education, California Department of Education, and the New York State Education Department.The Glenholme School, 81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, phone: 860-868-7377, fax: 860-868-7894, email: