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More FOA Spring News & Events

Pep Band at the Mothers Day March for Peace - May 14
This year the Pep Band will be outside Madison Park High School Sunday morning playing and supporting the Annual Mothers' Day March for Peace.  Great music for a great cause.

BLS Big Band at the MAJE Gold Medal Showcase at the Hatch Shell - May 14
Our Big Band will once again be playing 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 will be on on Sunday, May 14 at 3:40pm.  What a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day. Please join us for some amazing music at a true Boston landmark.  Also we are looking for some volunteers to help organize and buy lunch for the Big Band at the Hatch Shell.  If you can help, please contact Cathy Bosch at cbosch15@yahoo.com  If cancelled due to weather - I will send out an update.

House of Blues Field Trip - May 23
Students involved in the Beginning Chorus, Band, and Orchestra (some B-sies involved) will be attending the Boston Blues Schoolhouse at the House of Blues on May 23.  Thank you to those that have volunteered to chaperone this event.  Chaperones need to meet at the school by 8:30 am to accompany the students and teachers while walking to the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street, enjoy the program and then walk back to the school, returning approximately 12 noon. The Boston Blues Schoolhouse is the legacy program of the International House of Blues Foundation, which traces the history of the blues from its roots in African musical traditions through its emergence as an American musical form, and its influence on other genres including Gospel, Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Rock & Roll, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Rap.

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

Spring Musical - “Once Upon a Mattress” - June 1, 3-4
Save the date for this funny musical that will be in the black box on Thursday, June 1 at 7pmSaturday, June 3 at 2 pm and 7pm and Sunday, June 4 at 3pm.  

FOA Monthly Meeting - Wednesday, June 7
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.

Contra Dance - June 16
FOA will be sponsoring a Contra dance at school on June 16 from 2:30pm- 4pm. All students are welcome (including seniors) and refreshments will be served after the dance. Tickets will be $2 in advance and $3 at the door.  More details to follow…..

Chamber Night - June 16
BLS Chamber Music Night will be Friday, June 16 at 6:30pm (after the Contra Dance).  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.

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  Your financial support helps pay for busses and admission to the various festivals - Thank You.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/. For information on becoming involved, please contact Alicia Jurus alicia.jurus@gmail.com or Cathy Bosch cbosch15@yahoo.com. It is not too late to contribute - all money raised directly supports our kids and the music and art programs.

 

FOA News

FOA Monthly Meeting - May 3
Please join us on Wednesday, May 3 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 will also be planning end of year events such as Chamber Night, a Contra dance and more. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All welcome.

Pizazz” Showchoir Auditions - May 4
Auditions are this Thursday, May 4 from 2:30-4:30 in the chorus room for next years showchoir.  Do you like to sing and dance?  Then this is the perfect opportunity.  All grades welcome to audition. Come prepared with comfortable clothing and a positive attitude and you too could be part of “Pizazz”.  

BLS Big Band at the MAJE Gold Medal Showcase at the Hatch Shell - May 14
Our Big Band will once again be playing 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 will be on on Sunday, May 1412- 4pm. The Big Band will perform at 3:40pm. What a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day. Please join us for some amazing music at a true Boston landmark. Exact performance time to be determined.

House of Blues Field Trip - May 23- Chaperones Needed
Students involved in the Beginning Chorus, Band, and Orchestra (some B-sies involved) will be attending the Boston Blues Schoolhouse at the House of Blues on May 23.  We need 10 chaperones for this trip.  Chaperones need to meet at the school by 8:30 am to accompany the students and teachers while walking to the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street, enjoy the program and then walk back to the school, returning approximately 12 noon.  If you can help, please sign up using the signup genius link here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fadaf2da64-chaperone.  The Boston Blues Schoolhouse is the legacy program of the International House of Blues Foundation, which traces the history of the blues from its roots in African musical traditions through its emergence as an American musical form, and its influence on other genres including Gospel, Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Rock & Roll, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and Rap.

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  Your financial support helps pay for busses and admission to the various festivals - Thank You.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/. For information on becoming involved, please contact Alicia Jurus alicia.jurus@gmail.com or Cathy Bosch cbosch15@yahoo.com. It is not too late to contribute - all money raised directly supports the music and art programs.

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 9 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 will be available soon.

Save the Dates:

Spring Musical - “Once Upon a Mattress” - June 1, 3-4

Contra Dance - June 16
FOA will be sponsoring a Contra dance at school on June 16 from 2:30pm- 4pm. All students are welcome (including seniors) and refreshments will be served. Tickets will be $2 in advance and $3 at the door.  More details to follow…..

Chamber Night - June 16

 

Yellow Submarine Improv Show - April 7

Need a laugh? (Don’t we all?)  Join us or the Yellow Submarines Improv Troupe’s first show of 2017 (February show was snowed out).  The comedy will take over the Black Box on Friday, April 7 at 3pm for $3 and/or at 7pm for free if you're a student (adults $5). Guaranteed fun for all.

Pizazz Competes at Eastern Showchoir Festival - April 8

Pizazz travels to Waltham High School on Saturday, April 8 to compete at the Eastern Showchoir Festival. This is always a great festival and Pizazz has been working hard and has a great set.  They will be competing at 11:30 am.  The bus will be leaving Latin at 7:45 am.   Tickets can be purchased here.

 

Auditions for Spring Musical

Auditions of BLS Theatre's Spring Musical: Once Upon A Mattress will be Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. All materials are located on the bulletin board outside the Black Box. Sign up for a specific audition time. Performance dates are June 1, 3 - 4. All classes welcome to audition. If questions contact Mr. Gels.

Save the Dates 
March 31 - MICCA - Orchestra and Choral
April 2 - MICCA - Concert Band
April 5-8 - All Eastern Music Festival (Atlantic City)
April 7 - Yellow Submarine Improv Show
April 8 - Pizazz at Eastern Showchoir Festival (Waltham)
April 26 - Spring Art Show
April 27 * - Bands and Select Choirs
April 28 * - Strings and Chorus
Volunteer requests will be coming out soon

 

FOA Monthly Meeting - Mar 29 at 6:30 pm (Instead of April 5)
Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 for our next monthly meeting. We will be planning the Spring Music Nights and other end of year events. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All welcome.

MICCA 
Friday, March 31

  • Concert Strings perform 6:30 pm at Foxboro High School
  • Concert Choir performs at 8:10 pm at Norwood High School
Sunday, April 2
  • Symphonic Band performs at 1 pm at Hopkinton High School
  • Wind Ensemble will perform at 3pm at Hopkinton High School

Tickets for these concerts are $10 and can be purchased at the door.  More information can be found at the MICCA website. Please support our talented kids!

 

Spring Music Nights & Volunteer Sign Ups
This year’s spring music nights promise to be better than ever. The dates are Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28. Whether you plan on coming and enjoying the music or can volunteer (click on links below) for a few hours or the entire evening, you will not want to miss these performances.
April 27 - Bands and Select Choirs - 6:30 pm
Thursday April 27th Band and Select Choir Volunteer Sign up
April 28 - Strings and Chorus - 6:30 pm
Friday April 28th String Orchestra and Choir Volunteer Sign up

 

FOA Monthly Meeting - Mar 29  (Instead of April 5)
Please join us on Wednesday, March 29 for our next monthly meeting. Time to be determined, because of the Open House for Class IVB (9th grade) Newly Accepted Students.  We will be planning the Spring Music Nights and other end of year events. We meet in the Music Wing. All welcome.


FOA Monthly Meeting - Mar 1 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, March 1 for our monthly meeting. We review events and plan how we can support the Performing and Visual Arts Dept. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All are welcome.

Handel and Haydn - Feb 28 - in school
On Tuesday, February 28 during R4 (10:37am), 120 members of the Boston Latin School Concert and Chamber Choirs will be joined by the Wellesley High School Concert Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, and the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. Under the direction of Harvard University Director of Choral Activities Dr Andrew Clark we will be performing excerpts from Dido and Aeneas and Come Ye Sons of Art, both by Henry Purcell. Parents are welcome to attend.  

FOA Monthly Meeting - Feb 1 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, Feb 1 for our monthly meeting. We review events and plan how we can support the Performing and Visual Arts Dept. We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All welcome. 

Pizazz at Shepherd Hill Show Choir Festival - Feb 4
Good luck to our show choir ensemble Pizazz; they will be competing in the Shepherd Hill Show choir Festival on Saturday morning (9:30 am), Feb. 4.  Tickets for this event are here

Handel and Haydn - Feb 9 - in school
On Thursday, February 9 during R4 (10:37am), 120 members of the Boston Latin School Concert and Chamber Choirs will be joined by the Wellesley High School Concert Choir, the Handel and Haydn Society Vocal Quartet, and the Handel and Haydn Society Period Instrument Orchestra. Under the direction of Harvard University Director of Choral Activities Dr Andrew Clark we will be performing excerpts from Dido and Aeneas and Come Ye Sons of Art, both by Henry Purcell. Parents are welcome to attend.

Yellow Submarine Improv Show - Feb 10
Need a laugh? (Don’t we all?)  Join us or the Yellow Submarines Improv Troupe’s first show of 2017.   The comedy will take over the Black Box on Friday, February 10 at 3pm for $3 and/or at 7pm for free if you're a student (adults $5). Guaranteed fun for all.
 
Berklee Jazz Fest - Feb 11
Berklee College of Music hosts its High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes Convention Center February 11. Berklee’s annual event is the largest of its kind in the United States, free, and open the public. The Big Band will be performing at 2:55 that afternoon.  Should be a great afternoon of music, please support our talented musicians. More info here: http://festival.berkleejazz.org/

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/. For information on becoming involved, please contact Alicia Jurus alicia.jurus@gmail.com or Cathy Bosch cbosch15@yahoo.com. Paid members will be listed in the Program Books - don’t miss out. 

 

FOA Updates

FOA Monthly Meeting - Nov 2 at 6:30 pm
Please join us on Wednesday, Nov 2 for our monthly meeting. We will be discussing the calendar, Holiday Concerts, Program Books, Upcoming Improv and Theater Shows.  We meet from 6:30 - 8 pm in the Music Wing. All are welcome.

2016 Holiday Concerts Program Cover Contest
FOA is now accepting entries (deadline - November 30th) for artworks to be chosen as the cover of the 2016 Holiday Program Book Cover.  The contest is open to all BLS students. There is one $100 first prize and two $50 runner-up prizes. The winning entry will be showcased as the program cover, and runner-up artwork will be featured within the program, which is seen by thousands of the BLS School community members and supporters.

The programs may be printed in color, or black and white. The printable area of the cover is 5” x 8”. Remember we will be adding text on the cover as well, so please consider this while doing your design.

Entries/questions may be submitted to the art teaches, Mr. Pitts, in person or via email (ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org) or Alicia Jurus, FOA Co-Chair, at alicia.jurus@gmail.com
Remember Deadline is November 30.

 

FOA Meet & Greet Dinner Meeting: Oct 19

October Faculty Meet & Greet Dinner/Potluck  – October 19 at 6 pm
This Wednesday, October 19, FOA will sponsor the October Meet & Greet Dinner/Potluck meeting in the Black Box Theater.  Join us for dinner and conversation with the faculty, learn what is on the calendar for the arts department and how you can help FOA. We will have delicious entrees and we ask parents to please bring a dessert to share, if they are able.  

Join FOA
Please consider becoming an active and paid FOA member - we need your help.  You can join on our website http://blsarts.org/, , or bring a check to the Meet & Greet.  All paid members will be listed in our Program Books. 
Save the date - our next regular meeting will be Wed, Nov 2, at 6:30 pm in the Music Wing. 

 

News From Friends of the Arts

Friends of the Arts at Back-to-School nights: Sept 22 and 29.
Stop by if you have questions. Bring your checkbook to become a paid member and support our talented artists. Find out how you can help.  We need parent leaders to assist us with our Program Book: coordinating ads, selling ads, doing the program layout for our printer.  Want to handle marketing and communications? We will also need help during the Holiday concerts, Dec 16 and 21, so save the dates.

BLS Theater News
Thanks to all who auditioned for our Fall Play and One Acts. We look forward to the performances.  Improv Comedy Boot Camp for new members will be the first week in October - more details to follow.

Extra-curricular Ensembles - up and running.  
Chamber Choir rehearses on Mondays.  Gospel Choir rehearses on Tuesday.   Show Choir rehearses on Thursdays.  Wolfettes and Wolftones are also in full swing.

Big Band is off and running and the Thursdays Dues Band will start rehearsing in October.  Football Pep Band has been rehearsing and sounded great at last week’s game. Check them out at all the games and at the Roslindale Parade, Oct 2 - Go Wolfpack!

 

Welcome New Parents and Reminders of Band and Show Choir Camps

FOA would like to Welcome the new parents that we met at orientation on Friday. We are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with great music, art and theater at BLS. Please consider joining us on Wednesday, Sept 14, for our first meeting of the year. We meet in the 1st floor of the Music-Arts Wing at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

Just a reminder - there are two camps happening before school starts:  Football Pep Band and Pizazz Show Choir

Football Pep Band is holding a summer band camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the season and give the band a chance to learn some new music.  All members should plan on attending.The band will be meeting at BLS from 10-3 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  New members are welcome - especially trumpets and trombones. Questions, please email Mr Pitts at ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org.

Pizazz, BLS' Show Choir, is holding a summer camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the Fall show. All members should plan on attending. Pizazz will be meeting at BLS from 10-2 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  Students should bring a lunch and water with them.  Questions, please contact Mr. Twiraga at stephen.twiraga@gmail.com.

 

Welcome Back: FOA Updates for September

FOA would like to welcome everyone back to school. We are looking forward to a wonderful year filled with great music, art and theater at BLS.

Tonight the Football team is playing a home game vs Brookline at 7pm at White Stadium - Come cheer on the Wolfpack and the BLS Football Pep Band.

Theater News
Auditions for the Fall Play Suite Surrender (open to all classes) are on Wednesday, Sept 14 and Friday, Sept 16. Call backs will be on Monday, Sept 19.   Info and signups on board across from Black Box.

Auditions for the One Acts Plays (for 7-9th graders) will be on Sept 20 and 21. Info and signups on board across from Black Box.

Improv Comedy Boot Camp for new members will be the first week in October - more details to follow.

FOA September Meeting
Friends of the Arts will have our first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Sept 14. We meet in the 1st floor of the Music-Arts Wing from 6:30-8:00 pm. Join us to learn about all the events on the Arts calendar.  Become involved. We need parent leaders to help with committees, program books and communications.  All are welcome.

Please share this announcement with new families

 

August Updates from FOA

It was nice to see new and old friends at the summer cookout and meeting last week. Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Pitts for letting us use their yard!

Just a few updates...

There are two camps happening before school starts:  Football Pep Band and Pizazz Show Choir

Pizazz is holding a summer camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the Fall show.  All students should plan on attending. Pizazz will be meeting at BLS from 10-2 on August 30, 31 and September 1.  Students should bring a lunch and water with them.  Questions, please contact Mr. Twiraga at stephen.twiraga@gmail.com.

Football Pep Band is holding a summer band camp prior to the start of the school year to get a head start for the season and give the band a chance to learn some new music.  All members should plan on attending.The  band will be meeting at BLS from 10-3 on August 30, 31, and September 1. New members are welcome - especially trumpets and trombones. Questions, please email Mr Pitts at ppitts@bostonpublicschools.org.

Celebratory Cruise on August 29
For those interested there is a Harbor Cruise honoring  Lynne Mooney Teta ’86, P’18, ’19 and Malcolm Flynn as they set sail for their next chapters and as we honor their many years of service to Boston Latin School.  
Monday, August 29, 2016SPIRIT of Boston ship, Seaport Hotel & Trade Center, Boston
Boarding 6 pm, Cruise 7-9 pm, Tickets are $90/person   https://6992.thankyou4caring.org/2016-spirit-of-boston

Enjoy the rest of the summer and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, Sept 14, for our first meeting.


Final Reminder 
Don't worry about the chance of rain, we have a plan and tons of food!  

Friends of the Arts Cookout and Summer Meeting - tonight6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Pitts' backyard at 81 Seaverns Ave in Jamaica Plain.
 

All are welcome, including students.  
Please forward this to any incoming families that you think might be interested in joining us.

Learn about the Friends of the Arts, meet other parents, especially if you don't always have time for meetings during the school year.  Tons of great food!!! We'll have a chance to catch up, and look ahead to the upcoming school year arts events. Parents are asked to bring salads, desserts, family favorites, or beverages, and an extra folding chair if you can

 

Friends of the Arts Summer Cookout and Meeting: Aug 10

The annual Friends of the Arts Cookout and Summer Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Mr. Pitts' backyard at 81 Seaverns Ave in Jamaica Plain. Please join us!  All are welcome.  Please forward this to any incoming families that you think might be interested in joining us.

The FOA summer gathering is a great time to learn about the Friends of the Arts and meet other parents, especially if you don't always have time for meetings during the school year.  Grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and cold cuts will be available. We'll have a chance to catch up, and look ahead to the upcoming school year arts events. Parents are asked to bring salads, desserts, family favorites, or beverages, and an extra folding chair if you can

 The agenda for the meeting will include introductions for new parents, plans for the upcoming school year, updates from Mr. Pitts and specific requests for volunteer help in late August and early September. Questions?  Contact FOA co-chairs Alicia Jurus atalicia.jurus@gmail.com and/or Cathy Bosch at cbosch15@yahoo.com

Please RSVP to Cathy Bosch at cbosch15@yahoo.com to let FOA know that you are coming so we can have enough food.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!!  We look forward to seeing you on the 10th.