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Paul Pitts
Director of Visual and Performing Arts

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Music Nights 2017 MP3s
The Music Nights 2017 MP3s have been posted! Click here.


End of Year FOA News & Events

Spring Musical - “Once Upon a Mattress” - June 1, 3-4, 2017
This family- friendly, funny musical based on the Princess and the Pea will be in the black box on Thursday, June 1 at 7pmSaturday, June 3 at 3 pm and 7pm and Sunday, June 4 at 2pm (some of these times have changed). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.  Tickets available at the door and via eventbrite.  You will not want to miss this show!

FOA Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Please join us on Wednesday, June 7 for our next monthly meeting. We are looking for parent leaders that might be interested in being on the executive committee next year or have a more active role in programming. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All welcome.

Auditions for Chamber Choir, Wolfettes and Wolftones
Chamber Choir will be holding auditions on Monday, June 5, at 2:15 in the Choir Room. Wolfettes will be holding auditions on Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 at 2:15. Wolftones will be holding auditions on Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14 at 2:15. Students auditioning for any of these ensembles need to be in a curricular choral, orchestral, or band ensemble and will only need to attend one of the respective auditions. Students should be prepared to learn a new piece of music and share a song that well represents their voice. Questions about any of the ensembles or auditions should be directed to Mr Snyder.

Contra Dance - June 14, 2017 - DATE CHANGE
FOA is sponsoring a Contra dance at school in the cafeteria. on June 14 from 2:30pm- 4pm. All students are welcome (including seniors) and refreshments will be served after the dance while we recap the year with the Music & Arts Slide Show. No partner or experience necessary. Tickets are being sold by Maya Pan (HR 124), Cooper Bosch (HR 324), Seamus Cusack (HR 116 ) and Jason Toy (HR 316). Tickets cost $2 ahead and $3 at the door! It's great music, good exercise and loads of fun!!  Let Cathy Bosch know if you can help chaperone this new fun event at

Chamber Night - June 16, 2017
BLS Chamber Music Night will be Friday, June 16 at 6:30pm.  Student(s) and/or ensemble groups 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 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 support vocal coaching and after school music opportunities for students.

Thank You to Our Wonderful Volunteers!!!  We cannot do it without you.  

House of Blues Field Trip
Priscilla Wan, Kathryn Ramey, Kathy Choi, Kristina Cherniahivsky, Rosemary Toomey, Anne Occhipinti, Evan Hershenson and Cathy Bosch. We couldn’t do it without you and the show was terrific!

Spring Concerts
Albert Maldonado, Alicia Zipp, Amy Richardson, Anne Freeman, Barbara Peterlin, Bill Hart, Cathy Bosch, Charlie Yang, Chuck Aversa, David and Ann Mulei, David Wilson, Diana Wang, Digs DeLaura, Dongmei Li, Dongyuan Li, Fan Yang, Faye Fu, Frederick Zhang, Hilary Law, Jane Connolly, Jennifer Peng, Jenny Lou, Jenny Zhao, Jessica Zhang, Jim Hynes, Judy Wilson, Julia Xu, Juliet (Zhaoxia) Xu, Karen Kotkow, Karoline Peralta, Kim Emery, Kristin Johnson, Laura Sherman, Li Yao, Linzhen Jiang, Lisa Caruso, Lisa Liao, Lucas Feinger, Maggie and Chuck Greaves, Marcia Hannon, Maria Papadopolos, Neathery Brenzel, Patrice Monahan, Patty Cartwright, Peggy Wang, Peili Liu, Priscilla Wan, Samiyah Diaz, Shirley Chen, Sonia Mee, Sophia Zhao, Susan Durcan
Tammy Lei, Tewabu Gebreyes, TJ Zhang, Vivica Li, Wendy Ng, Xiaoli Z Kirchman, Ying Ba, Ying Buckley


BLS Spring Concert Video Recordings

Video recordings for the 2017 BLS Spring Concert Night 1 have been uploaded onto YouTube! Here is the link:


More FOA Spring News & Events

BLS Big Band at the MAJE Gold Medal Showcase at the Hatch Shell - May 14
Our Big Band played at the Hatch Shell as part of their recognition as a Gold Medal recipient in the Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education Showcase festival/competition this year.  The MAJE Gold Medal Showcase performance was on Sunday, May 14 at 3:40pm.  It was a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day, and they sounded amazing even in the rain.

2017 Boston Latin School Advanced Summer Music Program - July 10-21
BLS will be offering a two week advanced summer music program 7/10-7/21. This program will be taught by members of the BLS music department. It will be held at BLS, instruments will be available free of charge. This will be a program to advance each student’s musical skills. The program will run from 8 am until 12 pm every day. The dates of the program are Monday July 10 through Friday July 21 . This program will also be open to incoming seventh graders who have prior musical experience.  Feel free to forward this information to incoming students. Topics to include music theory, improvisation, district preparation, tone quality, intonation, articulation, breath support and sight reading.  Applications available here


FOA News

Congratulations - MICCA Results and Gold Medal Showcase
On Friday, March 31, both Concert Strings and Concert Choir earned Gold Medals for their performances. On Sunday, April 2, Symphonic Band earned a Silver Medal and Wind Ensemble earned a Gold Medal. Congratulations to the students and teachers for their hard work.  

Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will be performing in the Gold Medal Showcase at Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 15. BLS is the headliners of all the Choirs performing at 9:40 am. Wind Ensemble will take the stage at 3:00 pm.  (Concert Strings are not performing.)  Admission is free and open to all, so if you missed these amazing performances last weekend, you will not want to miss them on April 15 at Symphony Hall.  


Big Band at State Finals

Congratulations to the BLS Big Band for winning a GOLD MEDAL at the MAJE State Finals on Saturday March 18th. Outstanding Musician Awards were awarded to Carl-Isaak Krulewitch on Piano and Tony Wang on Alto Sax. The Big band will be performing on the Hatch Shell on Sunday May 14th as part of the Gold Medal Showcase.

The Big Band also was also recognized at the 2017 Greenwich High School Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festival with the best performance of the day distinction.


Big Band News

Congratulations also to the BLS Big Band for receiving a Gold Medal and qualifying for the State finals at Cape Cod Jazz Festival on Tuesday February 28th, at Marshfield High School. This is the seventeenth year in a row that the band has qualified for the State Finals. Outstanding Musician awards for the Big Band were given to Kevin Zhang on trumpet, Crystal Williams-Kalez on tenor sax and Carl-Isaak Krulewitch on piano. The BLS Dues Band received a Bronze Medal rating. Outstanding Musician awards for the Dues Band were given to Gwun Yi Wong on piano, Sean Dougherty on alto sax, and Susan Tang on Trumpet. 

Congratulations also to the BLS Big Band for receiving a Gold Medal and at the Norwood Jazz Classic that was held on Thursday February 16th, at Norwood High School.


BLS Theatre's King Kirby Advances to the Semifinals

Congratulations!!!  BLS Theatre has advanced to the semifinal round of Massachusetts High School Drama Festival on Saturday March 18 at Danvers High School.  The will present King Kirby at 2:30 pm

The cast and crew will be presenting encore performances at BLS in the Black Box Theater on Friday, March 17 at 3pm and Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.  Come support our talented artists and see this fantastic production


FOA News and Reminders

Congrats to Pizazz 
Congratulations to Pizazz, our show choir ensemble for receiving a Silver Medal at last week's competition at Shepherd Hill.  Favour Igboenyesi and Katrina Cheong also received special judges awards - Well done!


FOA News and Events

Congratulations to the 12 BLS musicians accepted into Massachusetts Music Educators All State Music Festival
They will be rehearsing all day on Thursday March 9th and Friday March 10 culminating in a performance at Symphony Hall on Saturday March 11th.These students are among the top high school musicians in the state. Winds: Henry Bosch - Trumpet, Graydon Moorhead - Trumpet, Lienna Peng - Oboe, Tony Wang - Alto Sax Vocal: Madeline Caruso - Alto, Joseph Griffith - Tenor, Natalia Popovska - Soprano, Stefan Wong – Bass Strings: Roger Cawdette - Viola, Eric Chen - Viola, Jehan Diaz - Viola, Peter Wang – Violin

Congratulations to the Boston Latin School Big Band for being selected as a finalist in the 2017 Charles Mingus High School Competition. The band will travel to New York City on February 17 to compete in the finals at the Manhattan School of music.

BLS Students Qualify for the MMEA’s Jr District Festival on March 3-4
Congratulations to the following musicians on their successful auditions last Saturday.  

Cindy Zhou - Bassoon,  John Lin - Clarinet, Elan Peng - French Horn, Linnea Ericsson Slater – Mallets, Samuel Cheever - Snare Drum,  Ross Mikulskis -Trumpet
Jazz Band:
Alex Jin - Trombone
Lucy Humphrey – Bassoon, Sebastian Long – Bassoon, Ducan Mills – Cello, Nora Bergman – Flute, Liv Oster – Oboe, Jason Gao – Trumpet, Simon Amaya Price – Viola, Mona Wang – Viola, Katherine Bai – Violin, Sophia Berry – Violin, Amber Hynes – Violin, Aileen Luo – Violin, Delilah Mostoslavsky – Violin, Irene Papadopoules – Violin, Leah Rosenkranz - Violin
Treble Chorus:
Elizabeth Griffith – Alto, Gabriel Grimes – Alto, Alexa Wang – Alto, Sarah Lindeman – Soprano, Maggie Reichgott – Soprano, Ashley Smith – Soprano, Helena Strauss – Soprano
Mixed Chorus:
Kit Li – Bass, Nicolas Vilallonga – Bass, Katie Emery – Soprano, William Hu - Tenor

Congratulations 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Winners

Gold Key for Art: Katherine Bai, Kylie Jost Price, Emily Liu, Cindy Pham, Xiadi Zhai (She won 2.)   

Silver Key for Art:  Artem Babinov, Katherine Bai, Alexandra Jing, Ada Li, Dara Lin, Emily Liu, Hannah Reed, Remy Ren, Christina Wan, Stephanie Wu (She won 2.), Xiadi Zhai, Jeffrey Zhou (He won 2.)

Honorable Mention for Art:  Artem Babinov, Isabelle Cadene, Ada Chai, Tiffany Chan, Trudy Hoang (She won 2.), Alexandra Jing, Jennifer Katz, Cindy Pham, Ziggy Ribetto (He won 2.)

Check out the BLS website for a few of the winning pieces.

Gold Key for Writing:  Elizabeth Resner
Silver Key for Writing:  Xiadi Zhai, Meredith Zielonka
Honorable Mention for Writing:  Jisoo Kim


FOA News and Events 

Another HUGE THANK YOU to all the volunteers that helped with Programs, Holiday Concerts, Senior District Festival, and the MLK Celebration.
Elena Barbera, Cathy Bosch, Ron Bosch, Liz Borowsky, Angela Branca Dwyer, Ellie Cantino, Patty Cartwright, Lisa Caruso, Dan Codiga, Adriana Contartese, Digs DeLaura, Cai Dongpo, Kim Deely Emery, Patrick Emery, Katherine Encarnacao, Katie Faulkner, Lucas Feininger, Christina Freeman, Anne Freeman, Faye Fu, Tewabu Gebreyes, Jennifer Grant, Maggie Greaves, Marcia Hannon, Bill Hart, Jim Hynes, Kristin Johnson, Alicia Jurus, Tom Jurus, Daniel Krulewitch, Sandy Larson, Lisa Liao, Ronette Lyle, Stephen McCarthy,  Sonia Mee, Brian Middleton, Nick Minutillo, Patrice Monahan, Ann Mulei, David Mulei, Miwa Ogi, Maria Papadopoulous, Jennifer Peng, Barb Peterlin, Karoline Peralta, Dorothy Popovski, Joyce Qian, Sean Ryan, Yong Shao, Laura Sherman, Valerie Uber, Anastasia Vekiarides, Todd Virtue, Tamsen Virtue, Tony V, Priscilla Wan, Daniel Wang, Diana Wang, Marvin Wang, Peggy Wang, Bingquan Wang, David Willson, Judy Willson, Juliet Xu, Zeng (Anna) Xuejun, Fan Yang, Li Yao, Vivica Yu Jessica (Helen) Zhang, Shelly Zhang, TJ Zhang, Fred Zhang, Sophia Zaho, Alicia Zipp, Brian Zipp, Yvonne Zipp, Ms. Wong and the Wolfpack

Congratulations to the musicians accepted into MMEA’s All State Festival
Winds: Henry Bosch - Trumpet, Graydon Moorhead - Trumpet, Lienna Peng - Oboe, Tony Wang - Alto Sax

Vocal: Madeline Caruso - Alto, Joseph Griffith - Tenor, Natalia Popovska - Soprano, Stefan Wong - Bass

Strings: Roger Cawdette - Viola, Eric Chen - Viola, Jehan Diaz - Viola, Peter Wang - Violin

Eastern Junior District Auditions - Jan 28
Good luck to the Class V1-1V Musicians auditioning for the opportunity to participate in MMEA’s Eastern Junior District Festival March 3-4.  The bus will be leaving BLS at approximately 8:30am to bring everyone to Needham HS.    


Holiday Concerts 2016 Mp3s

The Holiday Concert 2016 mp3s have been posted. Click here.

Senior Districts Results

On Saturday, November 19th, 58 students auditioned for the Eastern District Senior Festival. 37 students were accepted to the festival, and 21 of those student received All-State Recommendations. Three students were also the highest scoring students of the day. This is a record year, as we have the most accepted students and most All-State recommendations in over two decades! The Fine Arts department is proud of all students who prepared and auditioned!

Chorus: Selina Banerjee, Madeline Caruso, Richard Dang, Joseph Griffith, Stephen Hart, Favour Igboenyesi, Erica Jurus, Hazel Law, Lydia McCarthy, Patrick Mello, John Nguyen, Paloma Ortiz, Natalia Popovska, Aidan Smith, Stefan Wong, Kevin Zhang 

Band: Chris Berry, James Han, Irene Ju, Carl-Isaak Krulewitch, Rachel Lee, Henry Lindeman, Graydon Moorhead, Lienna Peng, Susan Tang, Tony Wang, Mark Zhang, Christopher Zhou

Jazz Band: Henry Bosch

Orchestra: Ajani Boyd, Roger Cawdette, Eric Chen, Jehan Diaz, Brianna Li,  Angelica Samonte, Peter Wang, Xiadi Zhai  

All-State Recommendations: Madeline Caruso, Joseph Griffith, Stephen Hart, Erica Jurus, Lydia McCarthy, John Nguyen, Natalia Popovska, Stefan Wong, Kevin Zhang, Susan Tang, Tony Wang, Mark Zhang, Henry Bosch, Roger Cawdette, Eric Chen, Jehan Diaz, Carl-Isaak Krulewitch, Graydon Moorhead, Lienna Peng, Peter Wang, Christopher Zhou.

Highest scoring viola: Jehan Diaz

Highest scoring jazz trumpet: Henry Bosch

Highest scoring classical trumpet: Graydon Moorhead (Henry Bosch came in 2nd)


FOA Events

Congratulations to:

  • Pizazz, our showchoir for an incredible performance at the Bay State Showchoir Festival, Nov 12.
  • The musicians and vocalists that qualified for Eastern Senior Districts.
  • The cast and crew for the Comedy One Acts that performed last week -  well done!  

Students' Artwork at the MFA

Three BLS students, Clara Callahan, Erin Nuestro, and Maddie Ward, have artwork presented at the MFA's exhibit, HOMiE: In Our Eyes. Here is the artwork. Enjoy!

Clara Callahan

Erin Nuestro

Maddie Ward


News from Friends of the Arts

Joseph Griffith has been accepted to participate in the NAfME All- National Honors Choir. Students were selected through a taped audition process from all 50 states in the US. We had four students that were nominated and Joseph was accepted. The National Music festival will be held in Grapevine Texas on November  10-13. The chorus will be conducted by Dr Anton Armstrong from the St. Olaf Choir. 

Roger Cawdette attended the Sphinx Performance Academy over the summer. The program is a highly selective two week summer program for gifted Black and Latino string players. Roger said that it was a fantastic program . Roger also spent two weeks in the Berkshires while he attended the Boston University Tanglewood intensive viola study program.

Jehan Diaz, another one of our BLS viola players, spent six weeks in the Berkshires while she attended the Boston University Tanglewood orchestra program. 

FOA Summer Cookout Photos

The FOA Summer Cookout occured on August 10.

For more photos, click here.


Music Nights 2016 Night 1 Photos

Photos for Music Nights 2016 Night 1 have been posted! Click here.

Music Nights 2016 MP3s

The Music Nights 2016 mp3s have been posted! Click here.


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.

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Thank you!

Kristin Johnson and Christina Yee
FOA Parent Co-Chairs