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  1. Hope Academy’s Spring Term 2017

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    Hope Academy’s spring term begins on Tuesday, April 18 and runs thru to Saturday, May 20 (with makeup  lessons continuing on into mid-June, as needed).

    On-site registration will take place on Saturday, April 1 at East Liberty Presbyterian Church from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

    You can download a spring term registration form here: Hope Academy Registration Form SPRING 2017

    pittsburgh ballet theatre BRIDGE BALLET and pittsburgh school for the choral arts BRIDGE vocal ensemble

    Bridge courses run from April 22 – May 20 (5 sessions) on Saturdays

    Bridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young artists who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing for Bridge Ballet) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately (black leotards, pink tights and pink ballet shoes). Please do not register for these courses if you aren’t able to commit to all 5 sessions.

    BRIDGE BALLET

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Ballet 1 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 5 to 7 year olds (PBT scholarship prep)
    Bridge Ballet 2 – 10:00 to 11:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet 3 – 11:00 am to 12 noon for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

    BRIDGE VOCAL Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian ChurchENSEMBLE

    Saturday classes in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts – $40 + $10 registration fee
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 2 – 9:00 to 10:00 am for 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Vocal Ensemble 3 – 10:00  to 11:00 am for 9 to 13 year olds

     

     

     

    BRIDGE BALLET AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE

    Both Saturday classes for $50 + $10 registration fee (best experience and value)
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 2 – Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 am – 7 & 8 year olds
    Bridge Ballet & Vocal Ensemble 3 –  Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12 noon – 9 to 13 year olds

    Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level (full or half) for spring term Bridge courses.

    PRIVATE LESSONS AND MUSIC ENSEMBLES

    Spring term private lessons run from April 18 – May 20 with makeup lessons through June 10

    Piano lesson Deidre and ElisaPrivate music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion (djembe, drum set, cajon);  classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice; for students as young as 3 years old.

    Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are offered. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays.

    Three levels of Suzuki Violin and one level of Suzuki Cello (including a group class and private lesson each week) are currently running; new, beginner Suzuki groups will start in the fall of 2017.

    We do not accept new, beginning private lesson students for the spring term.

    New students, who have had at least a year of private instruction should fill out this online inquiry form for private lessons. Once we receive a completed form a teaching artist will contact you.

    Spring term tuition for private lessons and Suzuki Violin & Cello (5 lessons):

    30 minute – $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute – $160 + $10 registration fee
    Suzuki Violin & Cello (30 minute private lesson and 1 hr group class each week) – $100

     FLUTE CHOIR & CLARINET / SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE

    Flute ChoirFLUTE CHOIR under the direction of Kristine Rominski will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    Ideal for advanced beginner or intermediate flutists (1+ year of private lessons, or 2 years of school ensemble), who want to play and perform fun arrangements of classical, pop, folk and holiday tunes with other flutists.

     

     

     

     

    CLARINET AND SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE under the direction of Ben Barson will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm – April 19 to May 31
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    The Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble at Hope Academy is an collaborative ensemble which allows young wind players to perform exciting material from jazz, classical, and even funk musical traditions. Students will learn how to blend harmonies, solo,  hold bass lines and improvise in the blues-jazz language. Learning how to develop trust and have fun with each other is a class goal as important as the musical skills developed.

     

  2. Hope Academy Winter Term 2017 Registration

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    WINTER TERM 2017 COURSES

    Hope Academy’s winter term begins on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

    RETURNING STUDENTS

    The deadline for RETURNING STUDENTS to register – in order to save their spot in classes and/or their private lesson teacher, day and time – is Saturday, December 17. We will have an onsite registration that day from 9 am to 3 pm so that you can hand-deliver your registration form and payment to make sure that we have it. Scholarship students do not need to re-register for each term.

    NEW STUDENTS

    PBT Pre-Ballet B class Fall 2016NEW STUDENTS interested in MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP 1 & 2 (acting, singing and tap dance for 2 & 3 grades, and 4 – 6 grades) and PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE dance classes (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A, Pre-Ballet B and Ballet 2) should fill out an online Waitlist Form. We will contact you after December 17 to let you know if there are any openings.

    We are accepting new students for MUSIC DISCOVERY, for children ages 4-6 on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts; and our FLUTE CHOIR, under the direction of Kristine Rominski. Download the course brochure for more information.

    This Girl Dress Rehearsal CollageHAT Co (Hope Academy Teen Theater Company) and HAT Co Jr; accepts new ensemble members throughout the year based on application and audition. These ensembles are for singers, actors, dancers and musicians from 6-12 grade. To apply and audition, fill out this online HAT Co Application Form.  Returning students receive private voice or instrument lessons, in addition to all of the classes and ensembles.

    Download the 2016- 2017 Hope Academy Course Brochure + Registration Form, fill out the registration form and return it with your payment.

    PRIVATE LESSONS

    Suzuki Info Session 9/3/16If you are interested in registering for private music instruction, please complete the online Inquiry Form for Private Lessons at Hope Academy. This will help us to have a more informed conversation with you, and will expedite the process of matching your child with a teacher and finding a lesson day/time that will fit into your schedule. We will contact you with options for lesson days/time and teachers – after returning students are placed.

     

    SCHOLARSHIPS
    Scholarships are awarded in September for the entire year. The best way to get onto the wait list for a scholarship, mid-year, is to complete the online 2016-2017 Scholarship Application Form, Families will be contacted if additional funding is received that will allow us to offer additional scholarships.

    Preference is given to returning Hope Academy students (in good standing), and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority. Please make sure to look at the yearly schedule before applying for a scholarship. Scholarship students are held to a high standard and must attend all classes and participate in all scheduled open classes, recitals and performances.

  3. Just the FAQs: Details, Schedule and Recital Etiquette Fall 2016

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    Quinn at PianoRecitals are special occasions designed to give students a chance to share their music and gain valuable performance experience. They provide a benchmark to measure growth from year to year, and an incentive for students to practice and polish pieces they are working on.

    There will be many recital sessions scheduled throughout the day in various rooms throughout the church building. Please do not ask to have your child perform at the beginning or the end of their recital session – students and families are expected to be on time and stay for the entire recital that their children are performing in. We are organizing the recital sessions to be about an hour long.

    Learning about and practicing recital etiquette is an important part of a student’s musical education, so we ask that families read and discuss these guidelines with their children.

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  4. Hope Academy’s 2016-2017 Season of Theater, Music and Dance

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    2016-2017 Course Brochure Cover for WebsiteCourses and Registration

    Hope Academy’s fall term begins on  September 13. Registration is now open so download the 2016- 2017 Hope Academy Course Brochure + Registration Form, fill out the registration form and return it with your payment. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download this 2016-2017 Registration Form, fill it in electronically, print it out, sign it and mail it to us with your payment.

    Musical Theater Workshop and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s dance classes at Hope Academy fill quickly, so make sure we receive your registration form and payment soon to avoid being put on the wait list.

    HAT Co (Hope Academy Teen Theater Company) is expanding with a new, more intensive level for 6th and 7th graders, called HAT Co Jr; and the opportunity for proficient musicians to be part of HAT Co Rock Band, without being required to take part in the theater ensemble. To apply and audition, fill out this online HAT Co Application Form. We will contact you with information about auditions. Returning students receive private voice or instrument lessons, in addition to all of the classes and ensembles. New students audition for placement.

    Private Lessons

    If you are interested in registering for private music instruction, please complete the online Inquiry Form for Private Lessons at Hope Academy. This will help us to have a more informed conversation with you, and will expedite the process of matching your child with a teacher and finding a lesson day/time that will fit into your schedule. We will contact you with options for lesson days/time and teachers – after returning students are placed.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the Suzuki philosophy, approach and method please come to an information session on Saturday, Sept 3 at 1 pm. You can RSVP for the Suzuki Information Session here.

    Scholarship applications

    Scholarship applications for courses and private lessons are due by August 22, 2016. Please complete the online 2016-2017 Scholarship Application Form.

    Preference is given to returning Hope Academy students (in good standing), and those who qualify as being low-income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic, or cultural minority. Courses include: Musical Theater Workshop 1 & 2 (singing, acting and tap); PBT Dance (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A, Pre-Ballet B, Ballet 2); Flute Choir; HAT Co (Hope Academy Theater Company) including HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands. Please make sure to look at the yearly schedule before applying for a scholarship. Scholarship students are held to a high standard and must attend all classes and participate in all scheduled open classes, recitals and performances.

    Private lesson scholarships will be considered for:

    • Returning scholarship students, including those in the Suzuki Violin program (on the same instrument and with teacher recommendation)
    • NEW Suzuki music program students from 4 to 6 years old interested in violin, cello, guitar or piano*
    • Hope Academy Theater Company (HAT Co) students including HAT Co JR and HAT Co Rock Band
    • Invited Musical Theater Workshop students interested in voice or instrument lessons

    *Please note: new Suzuki music program students are required to take the Music Discovery course during the fall term before taking lessons. If you are interested in finding out more about the Suzuki philosophy, approach and method please come to an information session on Saturday, Sept 3 at 1 pm. You can RSVP for the Suzuki Information Session here.

    We have a year full of exciting performances and events lined up, so keep checking our calendar and follow us on social media!

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  5. Just the FAQs: Musical Theater Workshop at Hope Academy 2016-2017

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    Hope Academy KidsThis blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Musical Theater Workshop (Singing, Acting and Tap Dance) at Hope Academy, including the schedule for Saturdays, the calendar for the entire year, what to wear and bring; our safety and respect rules, policies and procedures; and performances.

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  6. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2016-2017

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    PBT PreBallet B Fall 2013This blog post will tell you everything you need to know about Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dance classes at Hope Academy, including the class schedule for Saturdays, PBT teaching artists and Hope Academy staff, the calendar for 2016-2017, what to wear, our safety and respect rules; and policies and procedures.

     

    ABOUT HOPE ACADEMY’S PARTNERSHIP WITH PITTSBURGH BALLET THEATRE (PBT)

    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School has been offering dance classes at East Liberty Presbyterian Church since 1993 as part of PBTS’ Community Schools initiative. The Community Schools initiative began as a way to build relationships with people and communities who may not have otherwise had access to the classical art of ballet. Since then, PBTS faculty members have continued to provide the highest-quality studio experience, in order to open children to the great challenges and aesthetic achievements of the professional world of dance.

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  7. Just the FAQs: Recital Etiquette and Schedule for May 22, 2016

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    Quinn at PianoRecitals are special occasions designed to give students a chance to share their music and gain valuable performance experience. They provide a benchmark to measure growth from year to year, and an incentive for students to practice and polish pieces they are working on.

    There will be many recital sessions scheduled throughout the day in various rooms throughout the church building. Please do not ask to have your child perform at the beginning or the end of their recital session – students and families are expected to be on time and stay for the entire recital that their children are performing in. We are organizing the recital sessions to be about an hour long.

    Learning about and practicing recital etiquette is an important part of a student’s musical education, so we ask that families read and discuss these guidelines with their children.

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  8. Hope Academy’s Singer/Songwriter Contest

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    If you’ve got a song to sing, but no band to back you up, this is your chance to develop your material and perform live with a great group of young musicians. Selected artist will also receive individual vocal coaching on their song and a professional studio recording.

    Fill out this online Singer/Songwriter Contest Application by April 20, 2016. You will need to give us a link to a video of you performing your song, or upload an audio file.

    Sam Herring, lead singer and songwriter from the synth-pop band, Future Islands, will be judging the entries and picking a winner.

    Winners will rehearse with the band on Saturday mornings and perform in at least one event in May or June.

    Here is a video of the band doing an acoustic version of Mimi O’Malley’s original song, Ghost Girl.

    And a video of the band covering “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks.

  9. Hope Academy’s Spring Term 2016

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    Hope Academy’s spring term begins on Tuesday, April 5 and runs thru to Saturday, May 28 (with makeup  lessons continuing on into mid-June, as needed).

    New private lesson students should complete this online inquiry form before registering and paying for the term.

    Students interested in our spring mini-term Bridge courses (Ballet and Chorus) should RSVP for the placement auditions on Saturday, April 2.

    On-site registrations will take place on Thursday, March 31 and Saturday, April 2.

    Private lessons

    Piano lesson Deidre and ElisaPrivate music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, bassoon), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion (djembe, drum set, cajon);  classical and electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and voice; for students as young as 4 years old.

    Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and 60 minute lessons are offered. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays.

    Three levels of Suzuki Violin (including a group class and private lesson each week) are currently running; a new, beginner Suzuki group will start in the fall of 2016.

    New students should fill out this online inquiry form for private lessons. Once we receive a completed form a teaching artist will contact you.

    Spring term tuition for private lessons and Suzuki Violin (5 lessons):

    30 minute – $80 + $10 registration fee
    45 minute – $120 + $10 registration fee
    60 minute – $160 + $10 registration fee
    Suzuki Violin (30 minute private lesson and 1 hr group class each week) – $100

    BRIDGE BALLET and BRIDGE CHORUS

    Voices of Hope Christmas Concert at East Liberty Presbyterian ChurchBridge courses are for more committed and focused students who want to work with other young artists who share their level of discipline and enthusiasm. Punctuality, attendance, behavior and dress (proper dance clothing for Bridge Ballet) will be held to a higher standard and the expectation is that students will attend every class, be on time and prepared, and dressed appropriately.

    Bridge courses run from April 9 – May 7 (5 sessions)

    Bridge Ballet in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
    Bridge Ballet A – Saturdays from 9:00 to 9:30 am for 4 to 7 year olds

    Bridge Ballet B – Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:00 am for 6 to 8 year olds

    NEW Bridge Chorus in partnership with Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts
    Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am for 7 to 10 year olds

    Tuition for each course is $40 + $10 registration fee. Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level for spring term Bridge courses.

    More information and a link to RSVP for Bridge Ballet and Bridge Chorus placement auditions here.

    BALLET 2

    Ballet 2 Peter and the WolfBallet 2 students will continue on through the spring term in order to be performance-ready for an upcoming event.

    Ballet 2 runs from April 9 – May 7 (5 sessions)
    Ballet 2 in partnership with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre – Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am for 9 to 12 year olds

    Tuition for each course is $40 + $10 registration fee. Students who currently receive scholarships/financial assistance will automatically receive the same level for the spring term.

     

    FLUTE CHOIR

    Flute ChoirFlute Choir, under the direction of Kristine Rominski,  will continue on for the spring term and new students will be accepted.

    Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm – April 6 to May 11
    Tuition is $25 + $10 registration fee

    Ideal for advanced beginner or intermediate flutists (1+ year of private lessons, or 2 years of school ensemble), who want to play and perform fun arrangements of classical, pop, folk and holiday tunes with other flutists.

     

     

    HAT Co (Hope Academy teen Theater Company) Theater Ensemble and Band

    This Girl Dress Rehearsal CollageThis audition-only company provides a more intensive, ensemble- and performance-based experience for students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested in the performing arts. HAT Co members are encouraged to make their own work, as they learn to think about and respect dance, theater and music as art forms — and themselves as artists and creators.

    This program is uniquely suited for teens who are motivated to study and perform across a range of disciplines; and who have an interest in being part of an inclusive, supportive, non-competitive group. Ensemble members receive individual, class and ensemble training in acting, singing, dance and instrumental music. Selected students rehearse and perform as part of a dance ensemble; another select group rehearses and performs as part of a rock band.

    If you are interested in auditioning for HAT Co’s 2016-2017 theater ensemble and/or band, send an email to HopeAcademyArts@gmail.com.

     

    Thursdays
    5:30 – 6:30 pm – Workshop original songs + core singers
    6:30 – 8:00 pm – Enrichment/Enhancement and rehearsals, as called

    Saturdays
    9:00 – 11:00 pm – band
    10:00 – 11:00 pm – band and core singers
    11:00 – 12:00 pm – vocal ensemble (including core singers)

    12:30 – 3:00 pm – theater ensemble
    3:00 – 4:00 pm – rehearsals as called

    HAT Co Spring Term Performances

    HAT Co Band at CAPA Battle of the BandsThursday, March 31 @ 7 pm – KST Rhythm and Youth Concert
    Friday, May 13 – TBD – Warhol Youth Invasion
    Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22 – Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues
    Sunday, May 22 – Hope Academy Recitals
    June 25 – WYEP Summer Music Festival