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Hi BLS family and friends,
The Holiday Concerts are next week on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th. Friends of the Arts is STILL looking for parent volunteers to decorate this Saturday as well as volunteers for EACH NIGHT to help with a variety of tasks. Please consider giving your time and help to ensure that the concerts run smoothly. As a parent volunteer, you will not be asked for voluntary donations for admission to the concerts.**
Parent volunteers STILL needed during the event:
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 for 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.
This year's holiday concerts will be held Thursday and Friday December 19th and 20th. Friends of the Arts is looking for parent volunteers for EACH NIGHT to help with a variety of tasks. Please consider giving your time and help to ensure that the concerts run smoothly. As a parent volunteer, you will not be asked for voluntary donations for admission to the concerts.**
Parent volunteers needed during the event:
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. 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.
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. The next meeting will be on December 8th. Learn firsthand about all the activities and help FOA make a difference in your child's education.Thanks,
Kristin Johnson and Christina Yee
FOA Parent Co-chairs
Attention BLS Student Artists! The 2013 Holiday Concerts Cover Contest Is Now Open!
The BLS Friends of the Arts is accepting entries for the 2013 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 document linked to below. The deadline is December 8th.
The contest is open to all BLS students.
Please submit entries or questions to visual arts teacher Mr. Harris or FOA parent Chris Paquette at email@example.com
Thank you and good luck!
BLS Friends of the Arts
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 is bringing the world to us. On Friday, December 6, Barker College Australia (actually a high school; they refer to high schools as colleges Down Under), will be visiting BLS to perform for our students and to hear our students perform.
Here's how our guests describe themselves:
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 will present repertoire from the classic string orchestra repertoire as well as works by both Australian and American composers. The orchestra will also perform with the choir and present both solo and small ensemble items.
Barker Tour Choir
The 2013 Tour Choir is 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 fulfil 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 will present Christmas music from around the world, including Australian works unknown in the USA.
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 abilites 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 Bands Joined the First BSO High School Open Rehearsal of the School Year in October, More to Follow
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. This October 10, the BLS Symphonic Band and the BLS Concert Strings Orchestra will take a short walk to Symphony Hall to participate in this extraordinary opportunity.
The day starts at 9:30 am with a Q&A session with a BSO musician, who describes the music to be performed from a musician's perspective. The Q&A sessions is led by a BSO staff member. Armed with this additional perspective, students join the rehearsal, which runs from 10:30 am to about 1:00 pm.
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 Eraly 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 Wins 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 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 October As 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 are up!
Boston Latin School Wins Big at Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival
On the weekend of Sunday, February 17th, the top six high school big bands and six combos from across the United States of America gathered in New York for this year's nationwide Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival at the Manhattan School of Music. These groups were selected to participate in the finals through taped auditions that they submitted in early December; finalists were notified in early January. Boston Latin School walked away with top honors for “Best Big Band” in the non-specified category (non-arts focused school) and Willens Jean-Jules won an “Outstanding Soloist” award for his stellar work on trumpet.
The adjudicators included Gunther Schuller, former president of New England Conservatory, Ken Pullig, former chair of the Composition Department of The Berklee College of Music, and Frank Lacy a trombonist and vocalist of the Mingus Big Band. The three judges considered rhythm, improvisation, interpretation, musicianship, and “Mingus Spirit” in their evaluations. The festival included a full day of workshops on Saturday, February 16th, including master classes for individual instruments and sections, lectures, films, and clinics that explored aspects of Mingus’ music, followed by a student “Mingus jam.”
The competition was only part of the excitement. Students saw the Mingus Big Band perform live on Saturday night at Jazz Standard, playing the same arrangements that the student bands would be performing at the competition. On Friday, February 15th, Boston Latin School attended a jazz clinic at Lincoln Center with Walter Blanding, a saxophonist from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. To the students’ excitement, the clinic also included a surprise visit by Wynton Marsales who worked with the BLS Big Band! Finally, all the participating students and staff toured Times Square to listen and experience the rhythm of New York City.
Congratulations the to students and music staff for representing the Boston Public Schools!
More details are available at the festival website: http://letmychildrenhearmusic.org
Congratulations to the fifteen Boston Latin School students who won Boston Globe Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!
BLS Hosts Eastern District Music Festival January 2013, BLS Students Earn Special Honors
The New Year brought an extra bustle of energy and excitement to the arts wing at Boston Latin School. On January 4 and 5, Boston Latin School hosted the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Eastern Senior District Music Festival. The Festival drew many of the most talented high school singers and musicians from the Boston area, including students from BLS, BAA, Cambridge Rindge & Latin, and students from suburban school districts such as Brookline, Newton, and Lincoln-Sudbury. Together, they formed this year’s Eastern District Chorus, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Orchestra.
Students auditioned to perform, and BLS was well represented. This year, 69 students from BLS were selected to audition and 28 were chosen to participate in the Festival. Additional honors were conferred on 13 BLS students who were recommended to audition for the prestigious All State Festival in March at Symphony Hall. Of those, 7 made it through. Special kudos go to BLS students Willen Jean-Jules and Harry Xue who were chosen as Trumpet 1 and Alto Saxophone 1, respectively. This is the highest musical honor a Massachusetts high school student can achieve. Congratulations are in order to them and to all the BLS students who participated—and to their families.
The BLS Visual and Performing Arts Department and the BLS Friends of the Arts (FOA) have been proud to host the Festival for the last five years. FOA volunteers and BLS staff provided hospitality and logistical support to guest conductors, staff, and student participants. The festivals typically start with a day of intensive rehearsals followed by a public concert the next day.
For students at BLS who are interested in the Festival, preparation often starts months in advance. The BLS music faculty provides information to students on the audition process, and audition music is distributed early to interested students. District auditions for students in Grades 10 – 12 are held on a Saturday in early November. Students play or sing the audition piece, sight-read music, and play required scales. For more information on the MMEA Eastern District Festival auditions, Junior or Senior level, please contact FOA Co-Chair Kristin Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.