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Did You Hear?

Music Nights 2015 Slideshow

Click here to view the Music Nights 2015 Slideshow.


Music Night 2015 MP3

The Music Nights 2015 concerts have been uploaded. Click here.

 

Please join us this Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 pm for the BLS Friends of the Arts Meeting 

All are welcome!  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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs: Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson

 

A few videos from the Music Nights 2015 Thursday concert were uploaded onto Youtube. Click here for the full playlist.  

 

Anything Goes continues this weekend in the Blackbox & Joseph Weydt at Symphony Hall

Anything Goes
The BLS Theatre group has been working very hard on this year's musical Anything Goes. This wonderful musical features songs by Cole Porter such as "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow" and "Friendship". Gangsters, sailors, lounge singers, and British people? Come see this hilarious early 1930s musical full of hilarious scenarios, great songs, and love.

The show opened Thursday, and it is not to be missed.  There are three remaining performances: Saturday, May 30 at 2 pm and 7pm and Sunday, May 31 at 2pm.  Tickets are available at the door ($10 adults and $7 students).  If people want to buy tickets in advance, you can buy them online at blsanythinggoes.brownpapertickets.com. All performances are in the black box.

Joe Weydt performs June 2 with Boston Pops
Congratulations to Senior Joe Weydt, for being selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops! He will be performing an original song that he wrote before a live audience at a Boston Pops concert on Tuesday, June 2 at 8:00 pm.  Tony Award winning Sutton Foster (for Anything Goes) will also be performing with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.   Tickets are still available at June 2 Boston Pops tickets.


Music Nights 2015 Videos

A few videos from the Music Nights 2015 Thursday concert were uploaded onto Youtube. Click here for the full playlist.


Please join us this Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30-8pm in the Music Wing for our monthly meeting.  

We will be discussing all the upcoming year end activities such as: 

  • review of last week's Spring Music Concerts 
  • Arts Community Potluck and Award ceremony (date tbd)
  • "Anything Goes" - May 28, 30-31
  • Chamber Night - June 12
  • initial planning and committee members for 2015-2016

Thanks again to all that volunteered during the Spring Music Nights. We could not have done it without you!.

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.


Spring Music Nights are this Thursday and Friday

The order of performance for the different groups is listed below.  Performances start at 6:30 pm each night. 
These should be two fabulous nights of music. Please join us. Ticket donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors, $25 per family are requested at the door.  

Thursday Evening April 30th
BLS Beginning String Orchestra
BLS Class V Chorus
BLS Training String Orchestra
BLS Class VI Chorus
BLS Repertory White String Orchestra
BLS Chamber Symphonic Orchestra
BLS Repertory Purple String Orchestra
BLS Chamber Choir
BLS Philharmonic String Orchestra
BLS Treble Choir
BLS Concert String Orchestra
BLS Concert Choir
Combined Choirs of Boston Latin School - Grades 7-12

Friday Evening May 1st
BLS Class VI Band
BLS Class V Band
BLS Concert Band White
BLS Concert Band Purple
BLS Wind Ensemble
BLS Symphonic Band
BLS Thursday Dues Band
BLS Big Band
BLS Wolfettes
BLS Gospel Choir
BLS Wolftones
BLS Show Choir - Pizazz

Home & School and Friends of the Arts are STILL looking for volunteers to help...

  • with Decorations on Wednesday 4/29 from 6-7:30 pm.
  • take Candid Photographers each night.
  • be Door Monitors on each concert night (5:30 pm to 9:30 pm)

You will be able to watch your student perform and volunteers are NOT asked for a ticket donation.

Please contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com to help out. 


Volunteers Still Needed for the Spring Music Nights

Spring Music Concerts are coming up... 

Home & School and Friends of the Arts are STILL looking for volunteers to help out...

- 2 volunteers to help with Decorations - Wed. 4/29 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

- 2 Candid Photographers each night.

- 8-10 Door Monitors on each concert night - 4/30 and 5/1. 5:45pm-9:30pm

(may be possible to split time with another volunteer)

You will be able to watch your student perform and volunteers are NOT asked for a ticket donation.

Please contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com to help out. 

Thank you. Your support makes art happen. 


 

BLS Student Performs National Anthem at Fenway Park

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. 


Purchase a Shout Out in the BLS Music Night Program

Encourage your special artist or the arts program as a whole and support the arts at BLS! Buy your $10 space today in the in the BLS Music Night Program by visiting this link: Music Night Program Shout Out Link

Payments will be according to the honor system. You can pay for your shout out at the ticket desk on the night of the concert.  

SAMPLES: 

  •     Thank you to all the BLS Arts faculty for all you do!
  •      Hi Emily! We are so proud of your accomplishments on the clarinet this year. ~ Love, the Nguyen Family
  •     To Michael - you're singing lights up our life. ~ Love, Grandma and Grandpa Brown
  •     Oh say can those Wolfettes Sing! ~ Love, Hannah's Mom

If you have any questions about shout outs, please contact Alicia Jurus at alicia.jurus@gmail.com

Shout out requests must be received by Wednesday, April 22. Do it now so you don't forget! 

Also to clarify, we are looking for volunteers to help with Music Nights.  In addition to requiring help each nice with ticket sales, door monitors and backstage, we also need candid photographers each night  and 3-4 volunteers to help with decorations on Wednesday, 4/29 from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Volunteers are not asked for a ticket donation, and WILL be able to watch their child perform. 

Thank you. Your support makes art happen. 


Congratulations and Request for Volunteers for BLS Music Nights

Congratulations to Joe Weydt, music student at Boston Latin School, for being selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition at the Boston Pops! He will be performing before a live audience at a Boston Pops concert onTuesday, June 2 at 8:00 pm.  

Additionally, congratulations to Nathan Hermida for making the finals in Voice. We love you Nathan! 

 

Well done to Pizazz for receiving a Silver Medal at the Eastern Show Choir Festival last weekend at Waltham High School. We look forward to this award winning set at Music Night on May 1.

And once again, great work to the BLS Wind Ensemble for winning Gold at MICCA and being able to perform at Symphony Hall.  You can listen to a recording here.

 

Volunteers needed for Spring Music Nights - April 30 and May 1
The Spring Music Concerts will be held Thursday, April 30 (Strings and Chorus) and Friday, May 1 (Bands and Select Choral Groups) at 6:30 pm each night. Home & School and Friends of the Arts are looking for volunteers on both nights, to help in various shifts at the ticket donations tables, and water bottle sales tables, backstage crew, and Door Monitors.  We are also looking for water donations (gallons and/or cases of water bottles). To volunteer, please contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com.  Volunteers will not be able to see their child perform and will not be asked to donate admission.  

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.

 


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! 
Hey guys, we need to have a talk. You thought this was a message in the bulletin. It's actually an intervention. An Improv-vention! This Friday at 3 and 7 o'clock in the Blackbox theatre, you'll get all the rehabilitation you'll need! Because seriously, you need the kind of help that only non-scripted comedy can provide. The kind of help that costs 3 dollars for students, 5 for adults, and is free for students at 7 o'clock! Be there, please. The first step to solving any problem is admitting that there is one. 

BLS Wind Ensemble to perform at Stars at Symphony Showcase April 11
Thanks to its Gold award-winning performance at the MA Instrumental and Choral Conductors Assoc. (MICCA) Festival, the BLS Wind Ensemble - under the direction of Masters Maggie McKenna '04 and Paul Pitts '73 - will be performing at the "Stars at Symphony Showcase" at Symphony Hall this Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. Come on out! The event is free.

Eastern Show Choir Festival April 11
The BLS Show Choir will be going to Waltham High School to compete on April 11.  Families and friends are invited to come out and support the Show Choir. Pizazz performs in the morning.  Tickets should be purchased in advance and may be limited. They are $20 each for the whole day. http://escf.ticketleap.com.

Also note - if possible another parent chaperone is still needed for this festival, especially to help the girls with their hair before the performance. Please contact Mr. Stephen Twiraga directly at Stephen.twiraga@gmail.com if you can help.  We leave BLS at 7am and expect to return approximately 1pm

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!

Vivaldi Four Seasons: Summer
"Perseus" by Soon Hee Newbold
Haydn- Misa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo: "Kyrie" and "Gloria" with the Concert Choir



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. 
This is a once in a lifetime chance to perform at Symphony Hall.. Congrats again to the BLS Wind Ensemble.
For more information visit  http://www.miccamusic.org/gold_medal_showcase.html

Congratulations to all the Chorus, Bands and Orchestras that competed last weekend.
The Concert Choir , Concert Strings and Symphonic band won Silver Medals at the MICCA Festival. The Wind Ensemble received a Gold Medal at the same festival.

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.


Spring Events for BLS Music and Arts

Boston Pops Young Artists Competition 
Boston Pops Young Artists Competition application deadline is this Friday, March 27. Please find the application at the attached link.  If you have any questions, please see Mr Pitts. information and application

MICCA 2015 
Some BLS music groups will be participating in this years MICCA festival competitions. MICCA stands for the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association. These festivals encourage student groups and support improved performances, judged by professional conductors and coaches. For more information, please visit http://www.miccamusic.org/

Families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the concerts to support our students. (There is a small admissions fee for the concerts which is good for the entire weekend.) 

  • Concert and Choral Festival March 27-29th  - The Strings and Chorus groups will go Foxboro and Norwood on Friday, and the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will go to Hopkington on Sunday. We encourage families to attend and support our musicians. Thank you Barbara Peterlin and Kristin Johnson for volunteering as chaperones.

Eastern Show Choir Festival April 11th 
The BLS Show Choir will be going to Waltham High School to compete on April 11.  Families and friends are invited to come out and support the Show Choir.Tickets should be purchased in advance and may be limited. They are $20 each for the whole day. http://escf.ticketleap.com

Also note - 2 parent chaperones will be needed for this festival. Please contact Mr. Stephen Twiraga directly at Stephen.twiraga@gmail.com if you can help.**

 

Also upcoming at BLS are....

New student Invited Open House, April 9th   FOA is looking for 2 parents to volunteer with Christina Yee at the FOA table, hleping to pass out information, and answer questions, about FOA to prospective students and families.  Please contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com to volunteer.

BLS Spring Music Concerts April 30th and May 1st  The Spring Music Concerts will be held April 30th (Strings, and Chorus) and May 1st (Bands and select choral groups) at 6:30pm each night. Friends of the Arts is looking for volunteers on both nights, to help in various shifts at the ticket donations tables, raffle and water bottle sales tables, backstage crew, and Door Monitors.  We are also looking for water donations (gallons and/or cases of water bottles). To volunteer, please contact Christina Yee atchristinayee@rcn.com

BLS Spring Musical May 28-31st This year's Spring Musical will be Anything Goes.  Musical performance dates are May 28th- 31st.   

Arts Community Potluck and Award Ceremony (date TBD) A cherished BLS tradition, the Arts Community Potluck Dinner & Awards Ceremony 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. Show your support by volunteering for FOA to make this event a success.  We will be looking for volunteers to for decorations and set-up, help with the food, and clean up as well.  Contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rnc.com for more information.

Chamber Music Night (tentative June 12th ) FOA is looking for 2 volunteers to assist either as Door Monitor/donations, for Chamber Music Night in the Black Box theater.  BLS Chamber Music Night happens each year, where small groups of students perform with a variety of great skill and great music. Student sign-up sheets will be posted in the music wing.  Admission is free, but we will be asking for donations at the ticket desk, to support the Roseanna Fernandes Memorial Fund.  The fund was established in 2010 to honor the legacy of Roseanna Fernandes, a music teacher and choral director who served the BLS community for over 25 years.  Her teaching and love of music inspired many generations of students.  Contributions to the fund will support vocal coaching and after school music opportunities for students.

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.


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. 
Boston Latin School students who received awards included the following:
Gold Key: Lily Lu (illustration Six Plus One and portfolio Flux and Flow)
Silver Key: Lily Lu (design Turaco), Ciara Ryan (illustration Pyramids in Space), Anna Schuliger (painting Fog at Midnight), Peter Shanahan (illustrations Snack Time and Yo).
Honorable Mention: Dora Agali (illustration Baby Face and critical essay My Friend, Blue, or, Describing Blue to a Blind Person), Angela Avrami (painting Vacation), Elizabeth George (illustration Portrait in Red), Gwyneth Jackman (illustration Point of Convergence), Chi Kwok (illustration Eye), Alexandra Reilinger (illustration Flight), Madaline Riley (painting Unmasked), Peter Shanahan (illustration J.R.R. Tolkien), Lauren Tang (fashion The Juxtaposition Seen in Copley Sq. Between the Bag Ladies of Newbury St. and Boyleston St.), Olivia Zorn (painting Businessman).



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 to the BLS Big Band for winning the gold medal at the Norwood Jazz Classic on February 12 in Norwood, Massachusetts. Most Valuable Player for the festival was awarded to BLS senior Charles Vadala.

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

Ten Boston Latin School musicians have been selected to participate in the 2015 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Festival and Conference, to be held March 19-21 at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center.  All-State is composed of the finest student musicians in the state of Massachusetts and BLS is proud to send these students to represent the school. The festival will conclude on Saturday, March 21 with a concert at Symphony Hall.

The BLS All-State participants are:
Roger Cawdette, viola; Eric Chen, viola; Jehan Diaz, viola; Jacquelyn Ho, violin; Kristina Paul, soprano; Anna Peng, french horn; Amy Pham, soprano; Jules Schellenberg, tenor; and Allen Yang, clarinet.

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:

Treble Chorus:
Anna Aldins, alto; Maddy Caruso, alto; Chika Chukwu, soprano; Emma O’Brien, soprano; Elisavet Philippakis, soprano; Lily Resnikoff, soprano; Helena Strauss, soprano; Katelyn Wilson, soprano; and Lily Yang, alto.

Mixed Chorus:
Isabella Carrasco, soprano; Isabelle Doerre Torres, alto; Niara Hightower, alto; Favour Igboenyesi, baritone; Emeka Ihionu, baritone; Erica Jurus, soprano; Patrick Mello, baritone; John Nagasawa, baritone; Jackson Petrella, baritone; Mary Whelan, soprano; and Stefan Wong, baritone.

Band:
Henry Bosch, trumpet; James Han, oboe; Sean Keating, snare drum; Ben Lee, flute; Rachel Lee, bassoon; Lienna Peng, oboe; Susan Tang, French horn; Haoyang Zhang, clarinet; and Christopher Zhou, clarinet.

Orchestra
Clara Callagan, viola; Peter Choi, viola; Irene Ju, flute; Jisoo Kim, violin; and Bobby Rouse, string bass.

Jazz
Henry Lindeman, trombone; Matthew Martin, guitar; and Hazel Royer, string bass.

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 christinayee@rcn.com.


Monthly FOA Meeting - March 4

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.

Congratulations to.....

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:
Pullman Car Hiawatha 

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

  

City Music Boston Announcements

City Music Financial Aid Workshop

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time: 6PM-7PM
Location: Steve Heck Room, 1140 Boylston St., Boston
 
Description: A Financial Aid expert will discuss the college financial aid process, including the FAFSA
 
 and CSS PROFILE
 
, and be on hand to answer your questions about financial aid, college affordability, loans and grants. If you are a junior or senior in high school with plans for college, or the parent of a junior or senior, we strongly encourage you to attend! 
2015 City Music Summer Scholarship
 
The 2015 City Music Summer Scholarship (CMSS) application to attend Berklee's 5-Week Summer Performance Program is now open! The program will run from July 11-August 14, 2015. If you will be 15 years or older by July 11, 2015, you are invited to apply. You will find the application and additional information regarding scholarship opportunities below. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 13, 2015All components of the application must be submitted by this date; incomplete applications and/or late submissions will not be accepted. 
 

ABOUT THE CITY MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS:

THE 2015 CITY MUSIC SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP (CMSS) APPLICATION

The 2015 CMSS Application consists of the following components:
For full instructions, please read the CMSS Application Instructions
 
. Any questions should be directed to the City Music Enrollment Team, Kate Lyons and Kasey Cox, at 617-747-2447 or berkleecitymusic@berklee.edu

DEADLINE: February 13, 2015
 
2015-2016 Academic Year Programs

*Current students need only apply if they are applying to switch from their current program into another City Music Boston Program. 

City Music Boston programming is available to 4th-12th grade student residents of Boston and the greater Boston area. Applicants should have at least one year of experience on their instrument, regular access to their instrument, and a demonstrated passion for learning music.

How to Apply

The 2015-2016 City Music Boston application to apply to the Preparatory Academy, Mentoring Program or High School Academy will be posted on our website in February 2015. 

The City Music Boston application consists of an online application, a character reference and a music reference. Applicants who submit all three portions of the application prior to the deadline will be given an audition and interview time. 


City Music Boston Application Dates

            




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GRAMMY Foundation Giving Day
02.03.15
 

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If you have any questions, please be sure to let us know. We are so grateful for all that you do to inspire your students and we extend our sincerest thanks in advance for your help with GRAMMY Foundation Giving Day.

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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 christinayee@rcn.com.

If your child is in class VI-IV and is interested in auditioning for Junior Districts, they should speak to their music teacher.


Holiday Concerts 2014 Slideshows

The Holiday Concerts 2014 Slideshows are up! Click here.

 

Holiday Concerts 2014 Mp3s

The Holiday Concerts 2014 mp3s are up! Click here.




Senior District Festival Thanks

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 atchristinayee@rcn.com.  

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:

THURSDAY DECEMBER 18th

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19th

BLS Class VI Orchestra

BLS Class V Chorus

BLS Training Orchestra

BLS Class VI Chorus

BLS Repertory White Orch.

BLS Repertory Purple Orch.

BLS Chamber Choir

BLS Philharmonic Orchestra

BLS Treble Choir

BLS Concert String Orchestra

BLS Concert Choir

BLS Class VI Band

BLS Class V Band

BLS Purple Concert Band

BLS White Concert Band

BLS Wind Ensemble

BLS Symphonic Band

BLS Junior Big Band

BLS Big Band

BLS Wolfettes

BLS Gospel Choir

BLS Wolftones

BLS Show Choir

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!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs:Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.


BLS Theatre News: Harvey and upcoming Guild Auditions

HARVEY
Come see Boston Latin School Theatre's production of Harvey. This wonderful and  humorous play is going up Thursday, December 4 at 7pmFriday, December 5 at 3pm and 7pm; and Saturday, December 6 at 7pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

AUDITIONS
Come audition for BLS Theatre's next show, Pullman Car Hiawatha by Thornton Wilder. Auditions are December 9 and 10 in the black box. Callbacks will be on December 11. Sign up for an audition time on the bulletin board across from the black box and grab audition materials. See Mr Gels in 416 for more details.

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.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all Treble Choir Families for December 10th field trip.
Can you spare about 1 hour of your time on December 10th?  FOA is looking for 4-6 parents to chaperone students to the Northeastern Fenway Center at 77 St. Stephens Street, Boston, MA 02115 (located near intersection of Fenway and Forsythe Way). Please arrive at BLS by 11:15am and meet in the Choir Room. Students and chaperones will walk to the NEU Fenway Center, eating lunch along the way. The groups need to arrive at NEU by12:25 pm. Chaperones are welcome to stay (but are not required to) and watch the Boston Conservatory's rehearsal. Students will be dismissed directly from the rehearsal between2:30-3:30 pm. Please contact Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com to volunteer. 

This year the Holiday Concerts are on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December 19. We need your help for this wonderful two night event!
Donations of Water (gallons and/or individual bottles gladly accepted.)
Volunteers Needed:
4-6 volunteers to decorate the auditorium on 12/16 from 6-8pm
16-18 volunteers for EACH concert night. 12/18 (Strings and Chorus), and 
12/19 (Bands and Select Choirs).

  • Monitors (5pm -monitors lobby & auditorium floor- for any early arrivals to remain until start of ticket donation sales)
  • Ticket donation sales (5pm-9pm)
  • Door Monitors (balcony and main doors 5:30-end of concert)
  • Backstage crew (5:30pm-end of concert)
  • Candid photography (6pm-end of concert)

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 christinayee@rcn.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.

Please submit entries or questions to visual arts teacher Mr. Harris or FOA parent Alicia Jurus at alicia.jurus@gmail.com

Thank you and good luck!


FOA News

Reminder  - BLS Theatre Presents Comedy One Acts this weekend 
"Check Please," "The NSA's Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People," and "It's Always the Butler" which was written by juniors Nate Krieger and Gus Viveiros. Show times are Friday, November 14 at 3 and 7pm,  and Saturday, November 15 at 3pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. The one-acts feature actors in Classes VI, V, and IV. These shows are always a lot of fun, hope to see you at the Black Box Theater this weekend!  

Upcoming - "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, and admission is $5.00. Please review the attached Gospel Choir Concert Flyer for additional information, or email Ms George at MrsGeorgeMusic@gmail.com.  

Finally, we also need your financial support!  Click here to join or renew your membership to the Friends of the Arts, or to be part of our Program Book please see the attached Specifics. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs:Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.

 

Please support the FOA Program Book

We 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs: Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.

 

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.
The BLS Sr. District Participants are:

Chorus:
Selina Banerjee, Richard Dang, Tatyana Fonseca, Elizabeth George, Joseph Griffith, Nathan Hermida, Cole Johnson, Kristina Paul, Amy Pham, Jules Schellenberg, Chengfeng Shao, and Victoria Wu

Orchestra:
Roger Cawdette, Eric Chen, Frances Choi, Jehan Diaz, Rachel Guen, Jacquelyn Ho, Peter Wang, and Leland Wu

Band:
Samuel Ding, Nensi Gjata, Alex Hsia, Jasmin Liu, Anna Peng, Kevin Truong, Allen Yang, Mark Zhang, and Shirley Zhou

Jazz Band:
Haniu Ren

All-State recommendations:
Roger Cawdette, Eric Chen, Frances Choi, Jehan Diaz, Rachel Guen, Nathan Hermida, Jacquelyn Ho, Jasmin Liu, Kristina Paul, Anna Peng, Amy Pham, Haniu Ren, Jules Schellenberg, and Allen Yang

Congratulations to all who auditioned, they all had a strong showing and made BLS proud!



BLS Theatre Presents Comedy One Acts this weekend 

Check Please, The NSA's Guide to Making Friends and Influencing People, and It's Always the Butler which was written by juniors Nate Krieger and Gus Viveiros. Show times are Friday, November 14 at 3 and 7pm,  and Saturday, November 15 at 3pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. The one-acts feature actors in Classes VI, V, and IV. These shows are always a lot of fun, hope to see you at the Black Box Theater this weekend!  

Finally, we also need your financial support!  Click here

Join or renew your membership to the Friends of the Arts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs:Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.



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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs: Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.

 

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
Friends of the Arts is looking for 4-5 volunteers to coordinate the advertising, and Program Book used for concerts and theater performances throughout this school year.  Come to a meeting DATE TBD, to find out more about how you can help.  Coordination, phone calls, and follow-up begins now and lasts through early November.  Do you know of businesses, colleges, or public figures who would consider advertising in our program book?  If yes, let us know, we will contact them. 

Football Pep Band
Calling all flute, trumpet, trombone players...It's football season, and the BLS Football Pep Band is still looking for additional Band members.  Practice on Wednesday's after school, and travel with the team to the football games (either Friday nights or Saturday). Contact  Mr. Pitts if interested.

FOA Treasurer-in-training
Friends of the Arts is looking for a parent volunteer interested in financials.  Work this school year with current Treasurer Julia Forbes.  Learn the ropes, work together with Boston Latin School Association, and FOA, as we continue to support Mr. Pitts, and the BLS Visual and Performing Arts staff, and our children.  

Help at Thursday's Open House
We are looking for a few parent volunteers to help on Thursday night with the FOA table at Open House.  If you can help, please email Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com .

October Meet and Greet - 10/1
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!

Stop by FOA table at Open House
Just a reminder to stop by the Friends of the Arts table at the Parent Open House.  Ask questions, pick up a membership form and join, subscribe to our email list, and find out more about FOA.  If you missed us, please email Christina Yee at christinayee@rcn.com  or Kristin Johnson at krisjohn@earthlink.net  for more information. 

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!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of our Co-Chairs: Christina Yee or Kristin Johnson.

Welcome Back to School 
Audition Notice for Fall Play and One Acts

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.

Fall Play Auditions:
Monday, Sept 8
TuesdaySept. 9
TuesdaySeptember 10

Callbacks:
Wednesday, Sept 10

Comedy One-Acts (open to members of Classes VI, V and IV)
Monday, Sept 15
TuesdaySept 16

Callbacks:
Wednesday, Sept 17

Whether you're an experienced performer, or it's your first time auditioning, all are welcomed and encouraged to sign up.



Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!

Thanks to all who attended the summer FOA meeting/BBQ held August 14, in the Pitts Family backyard. It was the best attended, over the past years, with good hospitality, amazing food, great conversation, and lots of sharing of information.  Just a few notes from the meeting listed below:

THE FOOTBALL PEP BAND is requesting additional band members, such as Tenor Sax, Trombones and Flutes.  This group focuses on fun POP music, as well as gets to travel with the team and cheerleaders. Minimal experience necessary. For additional information, contact Mr. Pitts, or come to FOOTBALL BAND CAMP August 26-28, 2014, from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Reminder that FOA meetings are from 6:30-8:30pm on the first Wednesdays of each month. Please consider joining us as we help support our children and the faculty, also after many years of wonderful service, Mary Carney's last child has graduated and we need a Secretary. Having said that, please note the following....

  • September  10th is first BLS FOA meeting. (Next month we meet on the 2nd Wednesdaybecause of the school schedule.) Come join us to learn more about upcoming FOA events, etc.
  • October 1st will be your opportunity to meet the Arts Staff at BLS.


It was great to meet new parents during the Parent Coffee Hours during the New Student Orientation week.  We look forward to meeting more of you at the 9/16th  Class V-VI  or 9/18th Class I-IV Open Houses.

Here's your chance to become a FOA member, follow the online link to Join.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristen Johnson  or Christina Yee, Friends of the Arts Co-Chairs.

 


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.

Joint and pay by credit card....Join and pay by check

Thank you!

Kristin Johnson and Christina Yee
FOA Parent Co-Chairs