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bls arts news 2007-08 archive

Achievements, awards, & other arts-related happenings

Silver Medals for BLS Band, Strings at MICCA

The BLS Concert Strings and Symphonic Band both won silver medals at the Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association (MICCA) Festival in Hopkinton on April 6. Congratulations to both groups and their directors.

BLS Big Band Grabs the Gold at State Finals

The BLS Big Band won a Gold Medal at the State Jazz Finals on March 30. The Big Band will now participate in the Saturday, May 10 IAJE Gold Medal Showcase at the Hatch Shell. Congratulations to the Big Band and its director, Mr. Pitts!

"Tilt Angel" Advances to New England Theatre Festival

After successful performances in three rounds of the 2008 Massachusetts Drama Guild Festival, Boston Latin School's entry, "Tilt Angel," has been selected to participate in the New England Theatre Festival in Rutland, VT on April 17-19.

In addition, cast members Carlos Rojas, Rondale Davis, and Korey McIsaac were named to the All State Company for their performances.

The play, written by Dan Dietz, is "a fairy tale about a working class Tennessee family struggling with grief and loss in the aftermath of a plane crash."

Congratulations to the "Tilt Angel" cast & crew and to their director, Ms. Crewdson! Pictures of the production are now on our multimedia page.

A recent article in the West Roxbury Transcript features more information on the show, including some thoughts from Ms. Crewdson and the cast. For more information on the festival, visit the Drama Guild website.

BLS Students Take 3 of 4 Prizes at CMCB Competition

Out of the four young musicians who won prizes in the senior division of this year's David Lapin Competition at the Community Music Center of Boston, three were BLS students: Merry Yuan, Class III, 2nd prize; Helena Hong, Class II, 3rd prize; Chris Middleton, Class III, honorable mention. Former BLS student Josiah Koven-Matasy, now a senior at Boston Arts Academy, won first prize.

Congratulations to our prize-winning musicians!

BLS Big Band Takes Top Prize at Berklee Festival

The Boston Latin School Big Band was awarded First Prize in the Large Ensembles, Class I category at the 40th Annual Berklee Jazz Festival at Hynes Auditorium in Boston on Saturday, Feb. 9. BLS was competing against 15 other high schools in its class; more than 130 schools participated in the festival, mostly from the Northeast but ranging as far as Florida and Colorado.

The Big Band's achievement is all the more noteworthy because pianist Jake Sherman was 2,500 miles away, participating in Grammy Week festivities as part of the Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Band (see below). Chris Middleton of the Junior Big Band filled in on piano at the Berklee festival.

Congratulations to all involved. It's been a great week for jazz at BLS!


Jake Sherman has been selected for the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Band! The GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble program selects top high school instrumentalists and singers to receive an all-expense-paid trip to perform in the Jazz Choir, Big Band or Combo at GRAMMY week events (Feb. 2-11, 2008). The high school of each entrant receives educational music product and nearly $2 million in scholarships are offered each year to selectees. Congratulations, Jake!

To read more go to GRAMMY in the Schools and click on "Jazz Ensembles".

Two BLS Students are Finalists in BSQ Contest

Congratulations to Jasper Hobbs and Eli Brown, who were among the three finalists whose works were selected for performance by the Boston Saxophone Quartet its third First Night Composition Contest, "Sweet Notes."