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2009-2010 News

Two BLS entries are 2010 Fidelity FutureStage winners

APRIL 25—For the second consecutive year, Boston Latin School will be represented by two winners of the Boston Fidelity FutureStage music competition: Muhan Zhang and Copley Place (Annie Osborn and Sherry Wu, fiddle; Ian Haines, banjo; Chris Nguyen, cello). The 2010 winners will perform at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops on May 26. Chris Nguyen will be making a return appearance--he was also a winner in 2009 as a member of the Grieg Quartet.

Fidelity FutureStage was created in 2006 by Fidelity Investments to support arts education in local communities. For more information on the contest, visit

Big Band hits gold on the Cape, bronze at Berklee

MARCH 13—Congratulations to the Big Band for winning a gold medal at the Cape Cod District Jazz Festival in Falmouth. This marks the tenth year in a row that the Big Band has qualified for the state finals, to be held on March 27. Outstanding musician awards went to Elizabeth Vandorpe on clarinet, Matt Hull on trumpet, and Joe Hartigan on drums. The MVP award for Division One went to Matt Pitts for the second consecutive year. The Big Band also placed third in its division at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival for the second consecutive year, with Matt Pitts winning one of three Outstanding Musician awards for Division L1.

Fortress advances to Guild semifinals

FEBRUARY 27—Congratulations to the cast and crew of Fortress, which has been chosen to advance to the semifinals of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Festival, with many of our actors and tech personnel winning awards of distinction. Come see our encore performance on Friday, March 12 at 3:30pm in the Black Box Theatre. See Mr. Gels in the Black Box for more information.

BLS artists are Globe winners

FEBRUARY 14—Congratulations to the five Boston Latin School students who were chosen from more than 6,000 entries to win Boston Globe Scholastic Art awards, announced in the Globe and on on Feb. 14. The BLS winners: Justice Tocker, Gold Key for art portfolio; Angela Estevez, honorable mention for art; Mariah Harrington, honorable mention for art, Kwonateisha Hills, honorable mention for art; and Rose Phan, honorable mention for art. (The Globe awards Gold Keys, Silver Keys and Honorable Mentions.

BLS Sends Seven Musicians to All-State Festival

JANUARY 25—Seven Boston Latin School musicians have been selected to participate in the 2010 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Festival and Conference, to be held March 18-20 at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center. The festival will conclude on Saturday, March 20 with a concert at Symphony Hall.

The BLS All-State participants are:

  • Matt Hull, trumpet, jazz band
  • B Kim, violin I, orchestra
  • Chris Middleton, tenor, chorus
  • Mathilde Montpetit, violin I, orchestra
  • Anne Osborn, violin I, orchestra
  • Warren Thompson, flute, band
  • Alex Yuan, cello, orchestra

Congratulations to the above participants and to all the outstanding BLS musicians who were invited to audition.

BLS Student Featured on "From the Top"

JANUARY 25—Come and cheer BLS 8th grader, pianist, and orchestra member Phuong Nghi Pham, who will playing on From the Top, NPR's showcase of the best young classical musicians in the country! Phuong Nghi will play Mendelssohn's Andante & Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14 for piano at Jordan Hall Feb. 6 at 7:30pm. This episode will air nationally the week of March 29 and can be heard on 99.5 FM Saturday, April 3 at 11am and Sunday, April 4 at 5pm. From the Top can also be heard online at

Live Taping of NPR's From the Top
WHEN: Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 pm
WHERE: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
MBTA: Green Line to Symphony or Orange Line to Mass. Ave
Tickets are $25 adults/$20 students and seniors
Boston Latin School Special Rate $5

To find out more about From the Top, visit

Fidelity Futurestage Music Competition 2010

JANUARY 22—Last year five BLS musicians won the gig of a lifetime, playing at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops as winners of the Fidelity Futurestage music competition, an arts education program sponsored by Fidelity Investments. The announcement for this year's competition is below.


Imagine performing on stage at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall. Through Fidelity FutureStage, an arts education program created by Fidelity Investments, it could happen! Boston and Cambridge public high school musicians/vocalists can compete for a chance to perform on stage at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall on May 26, 2010.

The Boston Pops and Fidelity FutureStage are working with First Night to find talented high school musicians and vocalists to take part in the second annual Fidelity FutureStage Music Competition 2010. Up to four instrumental and/or vocal acts will be selected to perform live on stage with the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart.

Competition Opens: Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Application Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2010

Grand Prize

  • An opportunity to perform on stage before a live audience at a Boston Pops concert at Symphony Hall
  • Rehearsals with professional musicians and coaches
  • Recognition in the concert program
  • A certificate of performance signed by Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops
  • Professional photos of rehearsal and performance on stage at the concert
  • $100 American Express Gift Cheque for each winning student


The competition is open to full-time students in grades 9 to 12, ages 13 to 19, attending any public high school in Boston or Cambridge, Massachusetts. Performers must be instrumental musicians and/or vocalists performing as soloists or in ensembles comprised of no more than five student musicians. Previous participants and winners are only eligible to enter with new audition and concert performance material.

See the 2009 winners.

How to enter

Complete rules and application details will be available on on February 10. For more information about the competition, contact:

  • First Night Boston
  • Tom Formicola, Competition Manager
  • 36 Bromfield Street, Suite 204
  • Boston, MA 02108
  • 617.542.1399

The Big Band Goes to the Big Apple

JANUARY 18—The BLS Big Band has been named one of 12 finalists in the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival to be held February 13-15 at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Read on to see all the details from the official press release.

Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival - Feb 13-15
Mingus Gospel Concert St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Ave - Sat Feb 13

January 4, 2010 - New York, NY

Let My Children Hear Music/The Charles Mingus Institute announces finalists (see below) and an exciting lineup for the Charles Mingus High School Competition and weekend festival. This year's nationwide Competition will include not only the events held at Manhattan School of Music, but also an extraordinary public concert of Mingus gospel music at the landmark St. Bartholomew's (St. Bart's) Church on Park Avenue and 50th Street.

Saturday begins with a full day of clinics and workshops at the Manhattan School of Music, including master classes for instruments and sections, lectures and clinics that explore aspects of Mingus music such as Thematic Development in Improvisation, Deconstructing Melody, and The Blues at the Heart of Mingus. A special Band Director's Workshop will be directed by Justin DiCioccio, followed by a student Mingus jam. Prominent educators and musicians will listen to tapes, adjudicate performances, and oversee these events including Gunther Schuller, Justin DiCioccio, Robin Eubanks, Conrad Herwig, James Newton, Christian McBride, Donny McCaslin, Andrew Homzy, Boris Kozlov and more.

The Saturday evening concert by the Mingus Orchestra at St. Bart's is a unique event that not only returns Mingus music to its blues & gospel roots, but features the sort of instrumentation--harp, bassoon, French horn, and bass clarinet--that illustrates Mingus's long-time mission to expand the instrumental possibilities in jazz. The concert will include such rousing numbers as "Better Get Hit In Your Soul," "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting," "Ecclusiastics," "Consider Me, Oh Lord" (from a Langston Hughes collaboration), and a special trio performance of "Noddin Ya' Head Blues." The Mingus Orchestra features special guest, Edmar Castaneda on harp and Vincent Herring, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Wayne Escoffery, Kenny Rampton, Boris Kozlov, Donald Edwards, Jack Wilkins, Michael Rabinowitz, Doug Yates, and John Clark.

On Sunday the daylong Mingus High School Competition will feature the top 12 big bands and combos from around the country followed by a concert by the MSM Mingus Combo and the Mingus Dynasty. Monday the Mingus Dynasty will also perform at Jazz Standard as part of its regular weekly residency.

Boston Latin School Awarded 2009 MCC Grant for $5070

The Friends of the Arts at Boston Latin School are proud to announce that the BLS music department is a 2009 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant of $5,070. The money was awarded for the second year of a Residency Grant Proposal, “Strings of Change,” for Boston Latin School Master Class instruction on string instruments. In collaboration with the New England String Ensemble artists and Young Audiences, master classes will be offered to students on violin, viola, cello and string bass. The program will culminate in a free concert open to the community.

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