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Please join us this Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30-8pm for our monthly meeting.  

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

  • New Student Open House on April 9
  • BLS Wind Ensemble performing at Symphony Hall on April 11
  • Eastern Show Choir Festival at Waltham High School on April 11
  • Spring Music Concerts on April 30 and May 1
  • Arts Community Potluck and Award ceremony (date tbd)


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 Saturday, April 11 at 1pm as part of the MICCA Stars at Symphony Showcase.  

 

Congratulations to the BLS Big Band for wining a Gold Medal at the State Finals last weekend in Framingham.  

Charles Vadala, Erin Vadala, Henry Bosch and Allen Yang all received awards for outstanding musicianship at the State Finals.

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.

 

Junior District Auditions

FOA is looking for 1-2 parent chaperones to ride along on the buses for Junior District Auditions on Saturday January 31, 2015 from 8am-1:00pm (approx).  Please meet at BLS that morning, ride along as chaperones on the buses, and at the auditions, and the return trip to BLS.  Please contact Christina Yee to volunteer as a chaperone at christinayee@rcn.com.

 

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.


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 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 for acceptance into chorus; Roger Cawdette, Eric Chen, Frances Choi, Jehan Diaz, Rachel Guen, Jacquelyn Ho, Peter Wang, and Leland Wu for acceptance into orchestra; Samuel Ding, Nensi Gjata, Alex Hsia, Jasmin Liu, Anna Peng, Kevin Truong, Allen Yang, Mark Zhang, and Shirley Zhou for acceptance into band and Haniu Ren for acceptance into jazz band. Congratulations to 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 for receiving All-State recommendations. Congratulations to all who auditioned, they all had a strong showing and made BLS proud!


"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 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 by renewing your membership today by clicking on the links below.

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

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
FOA Parent Co-Chairs