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Friends of the Arts Upcoming Events
Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 3, 6:30-8:00 pm
Handel & Haydn Concert, Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM
Join & Support BLS Arts by becoming a member of Friends of the Arts here.
News from Friends of the Arts
Friends of the Arts is a parent-led group whose purpose is to support the Fine and Performing Arts, both financially and through volunteering for events and chaperone opportunities. More than half of the students at BLS participate in the arts during the school day and after school programs. Friends of the Arts meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 on Floor 1A of the Arts Wing.
This is a transitional year for the FOA’s leadership team. FOA is looking for two new co-chairs whose terms would begin in September, 2016, We are also seeking volunteers to coordinate the advertising and program books, including content for Concerts and Theatre events. If you would like to learn more about these positions, please contact Christina Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends of the Arts would like to thank the parents of graduating seniors who have worked throughout the years in support of the Arts at BLS. We couldn’t have done the many events and fundraising without your help. To the families of younger students, please consider stepping up to fill the shoes of this dedicated group of parents who are moving on from BLS.
January 30, 2016 - 2-4 parent chaperones to assist BLS Arts Staff, chaperone students, and ride the bus to and from the Junior District auditions at Concord Carlisle High School. Please contact email@example.com to volunteer.
February/March/April - various field trips, competitions, and festivals requiring parent chaperones. Please visit www.blsarts.orgfor dates, and to reply firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28 & 29th - Spring Music Concerts - parent volunteers during the concerts and removal/storage of decorations. Please contact Cathy Bosch email@example.com
June Chamber Music Night and Year-end slideshow celebration, dates TBD. Please contact Christina Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Concerts MP3s
The 2015 Holiday Concerts Mp3s are up! Click here.
Senior District Music Festival - Volunteers Still Needed
To Senior District Festival families, and BLS community,
Senior District Music Festival - Friday and Saturday, January 8-9
To Senior District Festival families, and BLS community,
Holiday Concerts Part II, Dec. 18 and Senior District Festival, Jan 8-9
In preparation for Friday’s Holiday Concert Part II - Bands and Select Choirs…. please arrive within plenty of time to watch your child perform. It is disrespectful to interrupt mid-performance for opening doors constantly. The auditorium will open at 6pm, and the concert will start promptly at 6:30 pm. The order of performance is listed below, plan accordingly.
The Holiday Concert Part II - Bands and Select Choirs - Friday, Dec. 18 beginning at 6:30 pm
Holiday Concerts Part 1 - this Friday night - Volunteers Still Needed
The Holiday Concert Part I - Orchestra and Chorus - happens this Friday, Dec. 11 beginning at 6:30 pm
Volunteers Needed for Holiday Concerts
Concert Volunteers Needed
Holiday Concerts and Thank You's
December 11th Holiday concert Part I for Strings, and Choirs – 14 parent volunteers still needed
December Holiday Concerts occurring are fast approaching …
THANK YOU to the following parents who have chaperoned an Arts field trip or provided refreshments during October and November
FOA Reminders： Auditions, Concert Cover Contest, Monthly Meeting and Volunteers Needed
Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday including the great game at Fenway Park. Kudos to the players, the band, the step squad, the cheerleaders and everyone who came out to celebrate. It was awesome!!
Auditions for "The Party"
Monthly Meeting this week
Volunteers Needed for the Concerts
2015 Holiday Concerts Program Cover Contest
2015 Holiday Concerts Program Cover Contest
Art should be created and/or scanned at a resolution of 300dpi, or originals can be submitted to Mr Harris and will be scanned if chosen.
Volunteers Needed for "Rock the Park" and Holiday Concerts
Hello BLS Families and friends,
Alumni Spotlight: Clifton Wharton ’43
BLS Gospel Choir participated in the Ithaca College High School Gospel Music Festival Invitational
For the second time, the Boston Latin School Gospel Choir participated in the Ithaca College High School Gospel Music Festival Invitational. This annual event was held during the last weekend in September and featured select Gospel choirs from all over the Northeast. Following two intense days of rehearsals with renowned conductor and composer Nolan Williams Jr., the students were featured in a spectacular gospel concert accompanied by the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra. The concert was live-streamed over the Internet through the Ithaca College website. The concert has since been archived and is available to watch. (LINK FROM THE WORDS AVAILABLE TO WATCH: http://www.ithaca.edu/music/live/2015_2016/20150926_gospelfest/).
Boston Creates Town Hall meeting at BLS, Monday Nov 2nd- 6PM
Dear BLS Arts Student,
The city will be hosting a town hall meeting focusing on the arts in Boston at BLS on Monday , Nov 2nd in the auditorium. Please find a flyer attached about the meeting and also about a survey that the city is looking for students and parents to fill out, the web address is BostonCreates.org/survey
BLS Friends of the Arts needs your help. We are looking to sell advertisements for our Program Book which is produced for our concerts and theater productions. Our students need you to help raise money to support their programs, so if you own or frequent a business that would purchase and ad, let’s do it! Please refer to the following document for information and pricing: BLS FOA Program Ad Information-2015. At this time, once you sell an advertisement, please forward the contact information to Deb Squires at email@example.com so she can keep a master list. An invoice will be mailed to the business from BLSA.
In addition to selling advertisements, FOA is looking for 1-2 people to coordinate the advertising portion with Deb Squires this school year. Deb is a parent of a senior, and this is the last year that she will be coordinating the advertising portion of the Program Book. Is anyone interested? This may involve follow up phone calls to those who purchased ads last year.
Thanks, Christina Yee and Deb Squires
Reminder: Faculty and Friends Potluck on Oct 7 at 6:30 pm
After school Art classes are beginning next week!
Faculty and Friends Potluck - Oct 7 at 6:30 pm
Music Nights mp3s
The Music Nights 2015 mp3s have been posted. Click here.
Music Nights 2015 Videos
A few videos from the Music Nights 2015 Thursday concert were uploaded onto Youtube. Click here for the full playlist.
On Wednesday, April 15, Dorchester resident and Class II member Jason Baptista represented Boston Latin School by singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Jason is a member of Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Wolftones, and he sang spectacularly! Attached is a photo of Wally congratulating Jason on a job well done.
This weekend: Improv in the Black Box, Show Choir at Waltham High and Wind Ensemble at Symphony Hall
Just a reminder for some exciting performances, please support our talented kids!
Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe Presents: Honey, I Improvised the kids!
BLS Wind Ensemble to perform at Stars at Symphony Showcase April 11
Eastern Show Choir Festival April 11
Save the date Music Nights - April 30 and May 1 We will need volunteers and a packed audience !
Continue to visit blsarts.org for the most updated information and to join the Friends of the Arts, if you haven't already done so.
Holiday Concerts 2014 Youtube Links
Click the links below to watch the Concert String Orchestra's performance at the Holiday Concerts 2014!
BLS Wind Ensemble wins GOLD METAL at MICCA Festival, will perform at Symphony hall on Saturday April 11 at 1pm
Congratulations to the BLS Wind Ensemble for winning a GOLD MEDAL at the MICCA Festival last weekend – As a result, they will perform in the “Stars at the Symphony” Gold Medal Showcase on April 11th at 1pm at Boston Symphony Hall. FREE ADMISSION and open to the public. Please come out and show your support for the BLS Wind Ensemble as they are one of many performances in a full day featuring young talented musicians.
Congratulations to all the Chorus, Bands and Orchestras that competed last weekend.
The Wind Ensemble will be performing at Symphony Hall on Staurday , April 11th at 1pm as part of the MICCA Stars at Symphony Showcase.
Congratulations to The BLS Big Band for winning its 11th gold medal (5th consecutive) at the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Educators State Finals on Sunday, March 22nd in Framingham. They will also have a free encore performance in the Gold Medal Showcase in May, date to be announced later. Charles Vadala, Erin Vadala, Henry Bosch and Allen Yang all received awards for outstanding musicianship at the State Finals.
Congratulations to our Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards winners
More than 8,000 students submitted nearly 20,000 works — 1,750 written pieces and 18,000-plus artworks — for review. The submissions, entered into 28 different categories, are judged on their originality, technical skill, and personal voice or vision. Winners receive Gold Key, Silver Key, or honorable mention accolades.
Congratulations to the 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles Awards Winners
Allen Young (clarinet) and Leland Wu (violin) have been selected to perform in the All-Eastern Honors Concert Band Ensemble. More than 810 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States are selected to perform in 2015 ensembles.
BLS Big Band Wins Gold Medals at Norwood Jazz Classic and Cape Cod Jazz Festival
Congratulations also to the BBB for receiving a gold medal and qualifying for the State finals at Cape Cod Jazz Festival on February 25 at Mashpee High School. Outstanding Musician awards were given to Erin Vadala on vocals, Richard Haunt on saxophone, and John Baronas on tenor saxophone. Once again, Most Valuable Player award went to BLS senior Charles Vadala on piano.
BLS Sends 10 Musicians to All-State Festival
The BLS All-State participants are:
Congratulations to the above participants and to all the outstanding BLS musicians who were invited to audition.
37 BLS Students Accepted to Junior District Music Festival
An unprecedented 36 BLS students have been accepted to attend the 2015 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Junior District Music Festival, to be held March 6-7 at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. The Junior District Music Festival is composed of the best student musicians in grades 7-9 in the eastern region of Massachusetts.
The BLS Junior District participants are:
Congratulations to the above participants and to all the outstanding BLS musicians who were invited to audition.
Friends of the Arts Update: Districts, Playwriting, and Monthly Meeting
Jr District Festival this Weekend
The Junior District Festival is March 6th and 7th at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High. There will be a bus both days to take them to the festival at Lincoln Sudbury. The bus will leave Latin both days at 7:30 am. Students must arrive by 7:30 am so they can get to the rehearsals by 9 am. On Friday, the bus should return approx 6-6:30pm. There will be no return bus on Saturday. Students must make arrangements to be picked up at Lincoln Sudbury after the concerts.
Concerts begin Saturday at 1pm with Band first, followed by Orchestra at 2pm. The Jazz Band and Treble Chorus performs at 3pm followed by Mixed Chorus at4pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by students on Friday at rehearsal.Families are encouraged to attend and support our talented students.
FOA is looking for one volunteer to ride the bus and chaperone on Saturday, 3/7. Please let Christina Yee know if you can help firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for our monthly Friends of the Arts meeting, this Wednesday, March 4th, from 6:30-8:00pm, in the Music Wing at BLS. We will be discussing the upcoming Spring Music Nights among other events.
Wanna write a play?
In collaboration with Boston Children's Theater, BLS will be offering an after school playwriting workshops on Wednesdays after school starting March 4. Come to the black box after school if you are interested.
The cast and crew of Pullman Car Hiawatha, who participated in the Mass.Theatre Guild preliminaries on Saturday, February 28. Although they didn't advance, they had a wonderful performance, and a great time. Special thanks to parent volunteers Ed Paul and Tony V who transported the set to Norwood High.
The Big Band won gold and The Thursday Afternoon Dues Band won a Bronze at last weeks Cape Cod Festival
Ten of our students who made All States this year. More information to follow..
This winter's BLS Drama Guild Production is:
Despite the snow and vacation, this dedicated cast and crew have been working extra hours to put together this amazing production. Please come and support their hard work and give yourself a chance to forget the winter blues.....
The show schedule is:
Thursday, Feb 26 at 3 pm and 8 pm (come for the Open House and stay for the show)
Friday, Feb 27 at 3pm
Tickets can be bought at the door and are $3 for students and $5 for adults.
After what is sure to be rousing reviews at our black box the production will compete on Saturday, Feb 28 at 9am at Norwood High School. Tickets for the Guild competition are $10 and they are good for the whole day.
Berklee College of Music Announcements
The Grammy Foundation Needs Your Help
Junior District Auditions: Chaperones Needed
FOA is looking for 2 parents to be bus monitors/chaperones for the Junior District Auditions on Saturday, January 31, 2015. We are asking for help from approx. 8 am until 1:30 pm. Volunteers are asked to meet at BLS that morning at 8 am, ride on the bus, chaperone at the auditions, and return on the bus back to BLS. Please contact Christina Yee to volunteer at email@example.com.
If your child is in class VI-IV and is interested in auditioning for Junior Districts, they should speak to their music teacher.
The Holiday Concerts 2014 Slideshows are up! Click here.
Holiday Concerts 2014 Mp3s
The Holiday Concerts 2014 mp3s are up! Click here.
THANKS to the following parent volunteers that helped during the Senior District Festival hosted by BLS on January 9 and 10.
Qing Fei, Yun Shen, Alicia Jurus; Alicia Powell, Cathy Bosch, Lucy Chen; Betty Tenwolde, Rich (Digs) DeLaura; Kathy Choi, Diana Wang, Jen Crockton, Katie Faulkner, Laura Dowd, Maryellen Hansen, and Miwa Ogi - we couldn't do it without you!
Pre-Holiday Concert Art Exhibition and Percussion Performance
There will be a pre-Concert art exhibition on the art floor starting at 5:30pm on both Thursday and Friday this week so that parents can check out the visual art work that our students having been doing for the first half of the year. There will also be a special pre-concert percussion performance of Linus and Lucy by the BLS percussion ensemble on Friday evening at 6:15pm. Hope to see you there.
Volunteers Still Needed for Friday, Dec. 19
We still need 4-5 volunteers on Friday, Dec. 19th (6-10 pm) to work the doors at the Holiday Concerts. Please volunteer to help make these concerts run smoothly and support our students! Please contact Christina Yee firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also asking for donations of water - cases of bottles to sell and jugs for the performers.
The concerts begin at 6:30 pm each night and celebrate the incredible talent of our BLS musicians. The program order is:
Suggested donations are $10 adults, and $5 students and seniors, with a maximum family donation of $25. Donations are voluntary and no one will be denied admission. Funds raised through this event make a real difference in the quality and quantity of arts programming that the BLS Visual and Performing Arts Department is able to provide to our students.
* Parent volunteers are not asked for voluntary donations for admission to the concert on the night they volunteer.
BLS Senior Rachel Guen Performs with All National Honors Orchestra
Congratulations to senior Rachel Guen who recently performed with the All National Honors Orchestra at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tenessee. She was seated in the fifth seat in the first violin section, truly an awesome player. She will be performing as a soloist next Thursday evening with the BLD Concert orchestra as part of our upcoming Holiday Concerts.
"Sing Joy!" A Christmas Concert featuring the BLS Gospel Choir - Dec. 6 at 5pm
This concert is on December 6 at 5pm at Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dorchester. All are invited to attend, admission is $5.00. Please review the attached Gospel Choir Concert Flyer for additional information, or email Ms George at MrsGeorgeMusic@gmail.com. Please help celebrate the season and support our wondeful Gospel Choir!
BLS Theatre News: Harvey and upcoming Guild Auditions
December FOA Meeting and Volunteer Opportunities
Please join us for our Monthly FOA Meeting on Wednesday, December 3, 6:30-8 pm on floor 1A of the arts wing. Upcoming events such as the Holiday Concerts will be discussed.
Calling all Treble Choir Families for December 10th field trip.
This year the Holiday Concerts are on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19. We need your help for this wonderful two night event!
Volunteers are not asked for a ticket donation for that night's performance. There are many ways to volunteer, and still be able to see your student perform. Please contact Christina Yee at email@example.com to volunteer.
Attention BLS Student Artists! The 2014 Holiday Concerts Cover Contest Is Now Open!
The BLS Friends of the Arts is accepting entries for the 2014 Holiday Concerts program cover contest. There is $100 first prize and two $50 runner up prizes. Runner up artwork will also be featured in the program.
The winning entry will be seen by thousands of BLS community members.
Complete details and editorial guidance can be found in the attached document, 2014 Holiday Cover Specifications The deadline is December 1st.
The contest is open to all BLS students.
Thank you and good luck!
Reminder - BLS Theatre Presents Comedy One Acts this weekend
Upcoming - "Sing Joy!" A Christmas Concert featuring the BLS Gospel Choir - Dec. 6 at 5pm
Please support the FOA Program BookWe are continuing to coordinate the Program Book that is produced for the Holiday Music concerts, Guild Drama, Spring Music nights, Spring Musical and Fall Drama. In total we expect our program books to reach over 7,000 audience members. The revenue from the program book ad sales directly support the Fine and Performing Arts at BLS. If you know of a business, or establishment who would like to place an advertisement in our program book, please refer to the attached documents, FOA Program Book Letter and FOA Ad Book Guidelines for additional information. You can also contact our Ad book coordinator Deb Squires for more information. Click here to join or renew your membership to the Friends of the Arts. Please join this month to be listed as a donor in our program books. Whether you are a "Friend" or a member of the "Bernstein Circle", every dollar helps.
BLS Students Audition for the Eastern District Senior Festival
On November 22nd, BLS sent 78 musicians to audition for the Eastern District Senior Festival at Milton High School. 30 students were accepted into the festival, 15 with All-State recommendations.
Congratulations to all who auditioned, they all had a strong showing and made BLS proud!
BLS Theatre Presents Comedy One Acts this weekend
Finally, we also need your financial support! Click hereJoin or renew your membership to the Friends of the Arts.
Please join us this Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 pm for the BLS Friends of the Arts Meeting
All are welcome! Come learn about the Friends of the Arts and how you can help support your children and the faculty to make 2014-2015 a fabulous year for the Visual and Performing Arts at BLS. Agenda items include: Update from Mr Pitts including field trips, information on Sr. District Auditions, upcoming theatre performances, holiday concerts and program books, just to name a few. We meet in the arts wing Rm 421, from 6:30 to 8pm.
Finally, we also need your financial support! Click here to join or renew your membership to the Friends of the Arts.
BLS Friends of the Arts Meet & Greet Potluck
The BLS Friends of the Arts Meet & Greet Potluck, will be held Wednesday, October 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, in the Arts wing.
Join us for something to eat and the chance to meet members of the BLS Arts faculty, including the music, theater and visual art teachers. FOA will provide refreshments. Parents are welcome to bring beverages or dessert. Everyone is welcome!
The second part of the evening will include a chance to hear updates from Mr. Pitts, and find out information on school events and the many ways that parents can get involved. The Friends of the Arts is a parent group that supports and advocates for the music, visual art and drama programs at Boston Latin School. Please RSVP by 9/29 to Christina Yee if you can attend, so we can get an accurate count for food.
Also, as you may have heard at one of the Open Houses or the August Potluck, the BLS Arts Department is considering changing the dates for the Spring Music Concerts. We will be discussing this further at our next few meetings. Please join us as well as take the attached poll and let us know what you think. Spring Concert Poll The December Holiday Concerts dates are Thursday 12/18 and Friday 12/19. These will not change.
Another note: Thursday Afternoon Jazz Band begins meeting on 10/9. They meet Thursday from 2:30-4. See Mr. Pitts for more information.
2014-2015 is going to be a great year! Thank you to everyone that supports BLSA and FOA. Your contributions allows for supplemental funding for BLS Visual and Performing Arts. Come learn more at the Meet & Greet!
Music Night Mp3s
The Music Night 2014 mp3s are up! Click here.
News From Friends of the Arts
Advertising/Program Book Coordination
Football Pep Band
Help at Thursday's Open House
Stop by FOA table at Open House
Please join us this Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 pm for the BLS Friends of the Arts Meeting
All are welcome! Come learn about the Friends of the Arts and how you can help support your children and the faculty to make 2014-2015 a fabulous year for the Visual and Performing Arts at BLS. We meet in the arts wing Rm 421, from 6:30 to 8pm.
Also, save the date for: The BLS Friends of the Arts Meet & Greet Potluck, that will be held Wednesday, October 1 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater, on the second floor of the Arts wing. At this meeting, join us for something to eat and the chance to meet members of the BLS Arts faculty, including the music, theater and visual art teachers. FOA will provide refreshments. Parents are welcome to bring beverages or dessert. Everyone is welcome!
Welcome Back to School
Auditions for the Fall Play and the One Acts are coming right up! Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board across from the Black Box on 1A. Please see Mr. Gels with any questions.
Comedy One-Acts (open to members of Classes VI, V and IV)
Whether you're an experienced performer, or it's your first time auditioning, all are welcomed and encouraged to sign up.
Reminder of May Happenings for BLS Arts and call for Volunteers for Awards Night
May 22: BPS High School Arts Festival at Northeastern Fenway Center featuring the BLS Treble Choir. See attached flyers for more information. BPS HS Arts Festival Flyer, Detailed info and Northeastern Campus Map.
May 29-June 1: "Urinetown" The Musical hits the BLS Blackbox. Shows are: Thursday, May 29 at 7pm, Friday, May 30 at 3, Saturday, May 31 at 2 and 7 and Sunday, June 1 at 2pm. Recent shows have been selling out, so don't get shut out - purchase your tickets in advance at: BLS Urinetown TicketsNote, the show will have Reserved Seating, not general admission, so you can guarantee yourself good seats by buying ahead!
May 30: Arts Award Night and Potluck at 6pm.
A cherished BLS tradition, the Arts Community Potluck Dinner & Awards Ceremony is fast approaching! This annual event is hosted by the BLS Fine Arts Department and Friends of the Arts to recognize the work of all our BLS students who have participated in music, theatre and visual art throughout the year.
We NEED parent volunteers for coordination prior to event as well as help with the potluck and awards ceremony. Please contact Christina Yee to volunteer. We also need everyone to bring something for the potluck - maybe your favorite entree, salad or dessert.
End of Year Happenings for BLS Visual and Performing Arts
The end of the year (and summer) is jam packed with performances and opportunities for our talented kids. Below is a list of upcoming events and opportunities.
May 22: BPS High School Arts Festival at Northeastern Fenway Center featuring the BLS Treble Choir. See attached flyers for more information. BPS HS Arts Festival Flyer, Detailed info and Northeastern Campus Map
May 29-June 1: "Urinetown" The Musical hits the BLS Blackbox. Shows are: Thursday, May 29 at 7pm, Friday, May 30 at 3, Saturday, May 31 at 2 and 7 and Sunday, June 1 at 2pm. More info about the show and how to reserve tickets coming soon.
May 30: Arts Award Night and Potluck at 6pm. Come celebrate all the accomplishments of 2013-2014!! Bring your favorite dish or dessert to share and consider volunteering. Various shifts available between 1-8 pm, contact Christina Yee to help out.
June 3: Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition Winners at the Boston Pops. BLS Student Jeffrey Zhou performs with his Asian Flute. Congratulations Jeffrey!
June 6: Prize Night at Sanders Theater featuring the BLS Concert Strings.
June 11: BLS Friends of the Arts Meeting at 6:30pm. Please join us to get ready for 2014-2015.
June 13: Chamber Music Night. More info to follow.
Summer Opportunities through Boston Public Schools
This summer, BPS Arts is offering a Summer Symphony and Summer Stage program from July 7 through August 8. These programs are for students entering grades 4 through 12 and are available for all abilities. Lunch is provided and both locations are air-conditioned.
The Summer Symphony program (band and strings) is held at the Roland Hayes Division of Music in Roxbury.
The Summer Stage program (theater and vocal) is held at the Lila G. Frederick Middle School in Dorchester.
For more information and to register please check out: BPS Arts Summer Opportunities
Please join us this Wednesday, May 14th at 6:30 for the Friends of the Arts Meeting. It is held on the 2nd floor of the Arts Wing. One of the topics on the agenda will be planning for the Arts Community Potluck Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the end of the month.
BLS Student Happenings
Benefit Concert featuring Wolfettes and Wolftones this Friday, May 9
This Friday, May 9th, Boston Latin School's human rights organization, STAND is hosting an a Capella benefit concert in the Black Box theatre at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature the Wolfettes and Wolftones, Boston Latin's female and male a Capella groups, as well as groups from BU and MIT. The show is open to the public so please spread the word! Tickets are $5 and all money raised will go to a non-profit human rights organization chosen by STAND at the end of this year. Thank you for supporting the Boston Latin community.
BLS Playwrights Included in Boston Theater Marathon
Congratulations to Nate Krieger and Gus Viveiros, both members of Class III, for the inclusion of their play, The End, in the Boston Theater Marathon. Out of 400 submissions, fifty ten-minute plays are selected for performance on May 11 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center of the Arts. The Marathon begins at 12:00 and concludes at 10:00, tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. The End will be performed in the 2:00-3:00 time slot. Mr. Krieger and Mr. Viveiros won the 2014 Sherwood Collins Playwriting Contest for their play Dangerstone at the Mass. Educational Theater Guild Festival.
Please support and celebrate these talented BLS Students!
Big Band Performs at Hatch Shell
The Big Band won a Gold Medal at the State Finals and is performing today, May 4th at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
The Hatch Shell Gold Medal showcase has been moved up to start at 11 am and BLS Big Band will be on at 11:35 am.
It looks to be a beautiful day, sunny and about 55 degrees, please come out and enjoy the music.
Volunteers Needed for Spring Music Concerts
The Spring Music Concerts will be held Thursday and Friday, May 1st and 2nd. These amazing concerts showcase the hard work of all students involved in orchestras, bands and choruses. Home and School and Friends of the Arts are looking for parent volunteers for EACH NIGHT, to ensure the concerts run smoothly. As a parent volunteer, you will not be asked for voluntary donations for admission to the concerts.**
Contact Christina Yee for help with
Contact Ginny Brennan to volunteer May 1st or 2nd (as close to 5:30pm arrival, please)
Water donations needed in time for the event:
** Parent volunteers are not asked for voluntary donations for admission to the concerts. Suggested donations are $10 adults, and $5 students and seniors, with a maximum family donation of $25. Donations are voluntary and no one will be denied admission.
Congratulations to all the Chorus, Bands and Orchestras that competed last weekend.
The Concert Choir and the Concert Strings won Gold Medals at the MICCA Festival.
The Concert Choir will be performing at Symphony Hall as part of the Gold Medal showcase this Saturday at 9:15 am. The concert is free and open to the public. It would be great to see lots of parents at the concert.
The Symphonic Band received a Silver Medal at the same festival.
The Show Choir "Pizazz" received a Bronze Medal at the Waltham Show Choir Festival.
The Big Band won a Gold Medal at the State Finals and will be performing on May 4th at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Charles Vadala, Erin Vadala, Harry Xue, Jasper Schilling and Allen Yang all received awards for outstanding musicianship at the State Finals.
And Happening at the School....
St Andrews Cathedral School Choir from Sydney, Australia will be performing on Friday, April 11 in the BLS Auditorium during R6 & R7.
Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe performs Friday, April 11 at 3 and 7 pm in the Black Box.
Do you wish you could go to a show where everyone's funny and cool? Forget about your other plans, then tell your friends you're out of town, ditch them, and come see an improv show!
On Friday, April 11th the Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe is having their third show of the year, "See No Improv, Hear No Improv, Speak No Improv." We'll have two completely different shows at 3 and 7, only $3 for students, $5 for adults, and free for students at 7!
Holiday Concerts 2013 MP3s
The Holiday Concerts 2013 MP3s are up! To listen to them, click here.
2013 Holiday Concerts Slideshows
Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Congratulations to the following winners of the Boston Globe Scholastic Awards:
Art: Shirley Fang (2HM), Heather Forbes (HM), Holland Gillis HM), Talia Goodman (SK), Katherine Gudiel (HM), Jackson Keyser (GK), Afton Kirkpatrick (GK), Katie Krom (GK), Lily Lu (SK), Thao Nguyen (HM), Gabriella Ryan (GK), Martin Scheele (GK), Morgan Spaulding (SK), Grace Styklunus (SK), Emilio Vides-Curnen (GK,HM), Cole Wennerholm (GK), Connie Wong (HM), Sally Wu (HM), Olivia Zorn (SK, HM)
Writing: Heather Forbes (HM) and Alexandra Reilinger
BLS Theater Students among the Mass Theater Guild Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the Mass Theatre Guild Festival:
Acting: Anna Schuliger, Rowen Halpin and Gus Viveiros
Techinical Design and Production: Nora Hill, Sofia Inglessis, Cole Johnson, Emily Surdek, Chris Frattaroli, Drew Hoener, Lukas Metlicka, Will Burnett, Jamie Doyle, Matt Carpino, Hannah Monius, Rozi Delaura, Lissette Velez-Cross, Mariel Rice, Elizabeth George, Malcolm DC, Karen Barden, Kylie Nelson, Samantha Lee, Geneva Cusack and Niamh Reilly
BLS Big Band wins Gold at Cape Cod Jazz Festival
Congratulations to the BLS Big band for winning a GOLD medal last week at the Cape Cod Jazz festival and qualifing for the State Finals for the thirteen year in a row. Outstanding musicianship awards went to Erin Vadala, Charles Vadala and Jasper Schilling. The Most Valuable Player for Division One was awarded to Jasper Schilling for his outstanding tenor saxophone playing. The Big Band also received Honorable Mention at the Berklee High Schools Jazz Festival and outscored sixteen other high school from the east coast.
BLS Class VI Band and Orchestra Attends BSO Concert
BLS Class VI band and orchestra students attended a BSO children's concert on Wednesday, February 26th at Symphony Hall.
Community Music Center of Boston to Pay Tribute to Mr. Pitts
On Saturday, March 15 at 7:00 pm in the BLS auditorium, the Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) will be "celebrating 15 years of partnership between CMCB and Boston Latin School and honoring Paul J. Pitts’ contributions and leadership" by offering an evening of music featuring CMCB and BLS ensembles, followed by a dessert reception.
Proceeds from the event will create the Paul J. Pitts Scholarship Fund which will subsidize and support private instruction at CMCB for promising BLS students. CMCB hopes that many of Paul Pitts' students and their families, past and present, will be present hand to celebrate the difference he has made to so many BLS students. Contributions are optional and every donation, regardless of amount, is gratefully accepted. Anyone who can't attend but still wishes to support the scholarship can do so by clicking here.
BLS Senior Performs at NEC Jordan Hall on Feb 15
Congratulations to Phuong Nghi Pham, a BLS Senior who performed on February 15 as the winner of the New England Conservatory Prep School's concerto competition. Phuong Nghi is a two-time Prizewinner of the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition and performed with the Boston Pops twice. She recently performed at Weill Recital Hall as a First Place winner in the International Crescendo Competition in January, 2013.
She performed Chopin's Allegro Maestoso from his Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11.
BLS Big Band Has Been Selected As a Finalist in the 2014 Charles Mingus High School Competition
On January 5, Sue Mingus and Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute and Justin DiCioccio and the Manhattan School of Music announced finalists and an exciting lineup for the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival weekend, February 14-17, 2014. Entries to this year’s Competition include big bands and combos from all over the nation.
The 2014 Festival will include events produced together with Manhattan School of Music as well as other events produced by Let My Children Hear Music. The Mingus Big Band will perform all weekend at Jazz Standard. On Sunday night, “outstanding soloists” from the Competition will have an opportunity to sit in with the band.
On Saturday a full day of clinics and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music will feature master classes for instruments and sections, lectures, films, and clinics that explore aspects of Mingus music, followed by a student Mingus jam. Prominent educators and musicians will participate in the clinics and adjudicate the competition on Sunday.
All events are open to the public. More details at http://www.CharlesMingus.org.
Boston Latin School Gospel Choir Sings Praise to Raise Funds for Their Upcoming Trip to Ithaca, New York
The BLS Big Band will be competing at the Norwood Jazz Classic on Thursday, February 13 - the night before they head to NYC to compete in the 2014 Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival.
The BLS Big Band performed at the Hynes Auditorium on February 8 as part of the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, featuring bands from all over the nation.
Chicago's Pritzler College Prep Jazz Band performed February 7 in the BLS Auditorium. The event was billed as an "urban jazz exchange concert."
The Yellow Submarine Improv Troupe had their first show of 2014, called "I Can't Believe It's Not Improv!" at the Black Box on February 7th. Stay posted for future dates!
Thirteen BLS students auditioned for the MMEA All State Festival and Five Were Selected.
Congratulations to the following BLS students who will be performing at the festival on Boston's waterfront and, later, a concert to be held at Symphony Hall on Saturday, March 22.
Charles Ma, III, Chorus Bass
A record 88 BLS students from classes IV-VI auditioned for the MMEA Eastern District Junior District Festival to be held at Lincoln Sudbury High School on March 28 and 29. Here are the 35 students who were selected. Congratulations to them all!
A record 30 BLS students earned a spot at the Senior District Festival. They are, in alphabetical order: Chase Balayo, Robert Carney, Matt Carpino, Frances Choi, Evan Chung, Richard Fu, Elizabeth George, Rachel Guen, Nathan Hermida, Alex Hsia, Cole Johnson, Kyle Kumasaka, Jasmin Liu, Charles Ma, Paul Mikulskis, Jun Ang Ni, Kristina Paul, Anna Peng, Jasper Schilling, Chengfeng Shao, Xin Song, Lissette Velez-Cross, Victoria Wu, Leland Wu, Harry Xue, Allen Yang, Michael Yee, Mark Zhang, Shirley Zhou, and Clare Zhou.
With the able help of the BLS arts department, BLS students form class I, II, and VI sent in a record number of submissions to the Globe Scholastic Art Awards competition. Here are a handful of the winners.
Handel and Hayden Society Orchestra to Perform with Students at BLS on February 13 in the BLS Auditorium and Again at Symphony Hall on February 21 and 23.
On the morning of February 13 Handel & Haydn Society's professional orchestra and soloists will perform in the auditorium with the BLS Concert Choir. Later, the Concert Choir will have a unique experience performing live at Symphony Hall! The Symphony Hall concert will be a performance of Vivaldi Gloria.
BLSA Sponsored After School Classes in "Drawing and Open Studios" and Ceramics Began October 2 and Extend to the End of the School Year
Classes began in October. Students, come learn new art techniques and meet friends! All ages and abilities are welcome and no prior experience is necessary.
On Wednesdays, Drawing & Open Studios will meet in Room 514 from 2:30-5:30pm. On Thursdays, Ceramics will meet in Room 518 from 2:30-5:30pm. Please see Ms. Walshak in Room 514 for more information and to sign up!
These classes are made possible through the generosity of the BLS community under the auspices of the BLSA.
BLS Hosted the Eastern District Festival
On January 10 and 11, 350 of the best musicians from the following towns converged on BLS to participate in the Eastern District Festival: Acton, Bedford, Boston, Boxborough, Brookline, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Lincoln, Littleton, Medfield, Millis, Milton , Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Sherborn, Somerville, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Wellesley, Westford, Weston, and Westwood.
The BLS Big Big Band Performed at the BPS MLK Celebration at Northeastern University on January 16. The next day, BLS hosted its own MLK celebration at BLS, featuring the Gospel Choir , the Treble Choir, and the Big Band. The Big Band performed with a special guest who gave a great, inspiring speech about MLK's links to Boston.
Your Support Makes Art Happen
Did you know that over half of students at BLS participate in arts programs? That means over 1,000 students are involved in music, drama and visual art at BLS. The Friends of the Arts is a parent-led group that works closely with the faculty in the Arts Department to support these programs for our kids. You can help by becoming a member or by renewing your membership today by clicking on the links below.
Please join us at our next meeting. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the 2nd floor BLS Arts Wing. Learn firsthand about all the activities and help FOA make a difference in your child's education.Thank you!
Kristin Johnson and Christina Yee
Barker College Australia Says G'Day to BLS
Traveling the world is a wonderful way to learn about different peoples and cultures, but in a twist, the BLS Visual and Performing Arts Department brought the world to us. On Friday, December 6, Barker College Australia (actually a high school; they refer to high schools as colleges Down Under), visited BLS to perform for our students and to hear our students perform.
Barker Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra is one of the College's leading ensembles and has toured to great acclaim to Europe in 2008 and to Argentina in 2001. The orchestra is constantly commended for the accuracy, liveliness and maturity of its playing. It has been successful in competitions in Australia, winning the String Orchestra section at the Sydney Eisteddfod four years in a row. Its members also have achieved success in individual and chamber music competitions over the years.
For the tour to the USA, the Chamber Orchestra presented repertoire from the classic string orchestra repertoire as well as works by both Australian and American composers. The orchestra also performed with the choir and presented both solo and small ensemble items.
Barker Tour Choir
The 2013 Tour Choir was drawn from the members of Barker's 130 voice Senior Choir (un-auditioned chorus from years 10-12) and the prestigious Chamber Choir (30 voice-auditioned chorus drawn from years 11 and 12). Both Senior and Chamber Choir count numerous wins in the youth choir, sacred and chamber sections of the Sydney Eisteddfod and the Chamber Choir has multiple victories in the John Lamble Australasian Choral Championship. Choral groups from Barker have performed on national television and radio and toured to Europe, the UK and the USA. They also fulfill the duties of Barker College's Chapel Choir and have performed liturgically in many major churches in Australia and beyond.
For the tour of the USA the choir presented Christmas music from around the world, including Australian works unknown in the USA.
BLS Bands Joined the First BSO High School Open Rehearsal of the School Year in October and November, Will Return in March
Lots of people have attended BSO performances, but how many of us have experienced their rehearsals? The BSO's High School Open Rehearsals program offers students in grades 8-12 an opportunity to observe first-hand the rehearsal experience of a professional orchestra. Students share the rehearsal space with the orchestra, and they see and hear the conductor and musicians close up through a special on-stage screen. On October 10, the BLS Symphonic Band and the BLS Concert Strings Orchestra took a short walk to Symphony Hall to participate in this extraordinary opportunity.
The day started at 9:30 am with a Q&A session with a BSO musician, who described the music to be performed from a musician's perspective. The Q&A sessions was led by a BSO staff member. Armed with this additional perspective, students joined the rehearsal.
There are three open rehearsals scheduled for this school year: October 10, November 21, and March 27. Other BLS bands are expected to participate in the November and March rehearsals.
As a BPS accredited school, BLS is invited to send groups to these rehearsals for FREE due to special underwriting from the City of Boston. For all others, tickets are $10. To purchase, call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200, purchase them online at http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/schools-educators/bso-high-school-open-rehearsals.aspx, or purchase them at the Symphony Hall Box Office (for orders under 25 tickets). A $1.50 handling fee per transaction applies. Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more.
To learn more, visit BSO's High School Open Rehearsal website at http://www.bso.org/brands/bso/education-community/schools-educators/bso-high-school-open-rehearsals.aspx
BLS Show Choir Pizzaz Participated in the 2013 Bay State Show Choir Festival in Early NovemberThe Baystate Show Choir Festival, now in it's 28th year, is a fun and useful opportunity for students and teachers alike to learn from talented clinicians and make life-long friends throughout the show choir world. The two-day festival began on Friday and culminated with a fabulousSaturday night showcase.
After Friday's welcoming activities, the assembled show choirs split themselves into two groups before working with renowned clinicians to learn a large group dance number. At Saturday night's showcase event, each show choir was given the opportunity to perform their repertoire in a fun, friendly, and non-competitive environment. The night reached a crescendo with the two big group numbers and closed with every group being brought on stage to sing a ballad. As a bonus, after the performance, each group was provided with a recorded critiques from the clinicians to take home and utilize.
Cole Wennerholm '18 Won a National Gold Medal for Photography in the 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Last year, fifteen Boston Latin School students won Gold Keys, Silver Keys, or honorable mentions in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The works of BLS' four Gold Key winners moved on to the national competition in New York City, where a photograph titled Poverty by Cole Wennerholm earned a Gold Medal.
Dating back to 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation's largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. The works of BLS and other Boston area Gold and Silver key winners were displayed at the State Transportation Building. While some teens submit their work directly, most submissions are organized and submitted by teachers. In this case, BLS visual arts teacher Joe Carrigg helped Cole select and submit his winning photo.
About the Photo
Poverty by Cole Wennerholm
Wennerholm took the photo at a shanty town near Cape Town, South Africa while on a family trip. Wennerholm was walking down a dirt road when he encountered this scene and instinctively took the shot. According to Wennerholm, the divisions between rich and poor in Cape Town are quite stark, with concentrations of nice houses and shanty towns and little in between. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanty_town), the shanty towns around Cape Town were built by the apartheid era South African government to segregate people by color and ethnic origin.
To see a slightly larger photo and listen to Wennerholm talk about his photograph, visit this link. (http://www.artandwriting.org/media/83364)
In October, BLS Gospel and Class V Choir Students Participated in Workshops and Were Invited to Attend Performance at Symphony Hall
Jazz @ Lincoln Center (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis is the funder of the Abyssinian Mass Tour Education Project, an education project on the Abyssinian Mass commissioned to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.
The Abyssinian Mass Tour Education Project is curated by Mass conductor Damien Sneed and utilizes the talents of gospel artist and educator Karla Scott. The program will engage thousands of young people across each community on the tour through three distinct components:
The workshops are supported by a series of online videos that outline the history of gospel music, cultural background, and its relevant styles. Gospel artist and educator Karla Scot visited BLS on October 18 to offer the students a clinic on rehearsal techniques directly related to selections from the Mass.
Following the workshops, a concert was held Sunday, Oct. 27, 7pm, at Symphony Hall with 70-voice gospel choir Chorale Le Chateau, conducted by Damien Sneed and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Students who participated in the workshops had the opportunity to attend the JLCO "Mass" performance and meet with Damien and JLCO members at sound checks and post performance receptions, furthering the discussions and experience of the music.
High School Nation and The John Lennon Tour Bus Stopped at the BLS Green in OctoberAs Part of a Nationwide Tour
Opened to R6 and R7 for Classes III and IV and all R6 and R7 art and music students for that day
For the past 10 years, High School Nation (HSN) has provided public high schools and middle schools with fun, free lunchtime entertainment. HSN has brought American Idols, Billboard topping musicians, and the best up and coming artists that today’s students want to see and hear, into public schools across the country. In September 2012, HSN launched The High School Nation Tour, a free music and arts appreciation assembly. The assembly is a 2 hour event, where students and staff come together to celebrate the arts. The assembly is a music festival style event that features live music, educational activities, interactive booths, and fun attractions. Download a PDF brochure of the fall 2013 tour here.
The purpose of The High School Nation Tour is to raise awareness of music and arts education in public schools. With budget cuts to public school music and arts programs, HSN understands that schools need assistance and we enjoy being able to play a role in keeping the arts alive. HSN contributes by making monetary and supply donations to each campus it visits. This includes funding, musical instruments, and art supplies.
Partnered with the John Lennon Tour Bus, High School Nation will be visiting 20 campuses in 16 states this Fall to bring an interactive assembly that school campuses have never seen.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its sixteenth year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, students learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video – all in one day!
In early November, the American Repertory Theatre worked with students in Boston Latin School's 8th grade theatre classes. A.R.T. offered an innovative curriculum that uses theatre skills to explore and encourage investment in the political process, such as the (then) upcoming mayoral election. The curriculum was connected to their first show of the season, All The Way, written by Robert Schenkkan and starring Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as LBJ.
A.R.T. is a Cambridge-based professional theatre company and training program. A.R.T. is widely recognized for its work in Boston and the shows it has sent to Broadway.
Conductor Steve Houghton, a famous jazz drummer in his own right, took the band through a one-hour set for a packed house. The set featured music the band performed earlier at Symphony Hall and a new music they worked on the day before the festival.
The Newport Jazz Festival was founded by George Wein in 1954 and Wein continues to lead it to this day. He has an obvious passion for jazz and is committed to ensuring it remains a vibrant part of America’s music scene, which is why he reached out to invite the Mass All State Jazz Band. If the band's performance was any indication, jazz has a new and exciting future, and BLS students will be part of it for generations to come.
Rachel Guen '15 to Perform with the 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville
Rachel Guen '15 has been selected as a member of the 2013 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Orchestra. Guen will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, TN.
The 2013 NAfME All-National Honors Ensembles, of which the All-National Honor Orchestra is one, will perform for an audience of thousands. Guen and other students will prepare and perform remarkably challenging music under the batons of four of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Rollo Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.
For program and ticket information please visit http://musiced.nafme.org/all-national-honor-ensembles/
National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.
2013 Music Nights Concerts MP3s!
Slides are up from BLS Theatre Company's 2012 Fall One-Acts, The Devil and Daniel Webster and Sorry, Wrong Number!
Check out these photos of the BLS show choir Pizzazz performing at the 28th Annual Baystate Show Choir Festival!
Your Support Makes Art Happen
Become a member of the Friends of the Arts today.
Did you know that over half of students at BLS participate in arts programs? That means over 1,000 students are involved in music, drama and visual art at BLS. The Friends of the Arts is a parent-led group that works closely with the faculty in the Arts Department to support these programs for our kids. You can help by becoming a member or joining us at our next meeting. We meet on the first Wednesdayof each month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM in the 2nd floor BLS Arts Wing.
Kristin Johnson and Christina Yee