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  1. Just the FAQs: PBT Classes at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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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 2017-2018, 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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  2. Hope Academy’s 2017-2018 Season of Theater, Music and Dance

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    REGISTER TODAY

    Registration for Hope Academy’s 2017/2018
    school year is now open

    Classes and private lessons begin on  September 19, 2017

    Download and print Hope Academy’s  2017-2018 Course Brochure & Registration Form; fill out the registration form by hand and then mail it in or drop it off with your tuition payment.

    You can also fill out a 2017-2018 Registration Form online, print it and mail it in or drop it off with your tuition 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

    HAT Co (Hope Academy teen Theater Company) HAT Co Jr and HAT Co Rock Bands – for teen singers, actors, dancers and musicians – are by audition only. Fill out this online HAT Co Application Form. We will contact you with information about the Saturday, September 9 audition. Generous need- and merit-based scholarships are available for teens who are interested in singing, acting and dance classes and private instrument and voice lessons; plus performance opportunities.

    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. Please do not register and pay for private lessons until we have placed your child with a teacher and scheduled a lesson day and time.

    If you are interested in finding out more about our Suzuki program (violin, cello and guitar) please indicate on the Inquiry Form for Private Lessons.

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    Scholarship applications for courses and private lessons are due by August 20, 2017, but we will accept applications until all of the scholarships have been given out for the year. Please complete the online 2017-2018 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); Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance (Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet A, Pre-Ballet B, Ballet 2); Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble; Music Discovery for 4-6 year olds and a parent/guardian; and 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 and Suzuki Cello program (on the same instrument and with Hope Academy teacher recommendation)
    • NEW Suzuki music program students from 4 to 6 years old interested in violin, cello, or guitar
    • 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.

    INTENTIONAL DIVERSITY POLICY

    In order to be intentional about creating a diverse, multicultural community, Hope Academy’s scholarships, tuition assistance, and half of our available spots for classes are reserved for students who qualify as being low income and/or who represent a racial, ethnic or cultural minority.

    Preference is also given to returning students and families. Please help us live into our mission by answering the diversity questions on the registration form.

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  3. Just the FAQs: Musical Theater Workshop at Hope Academy 2017-2018

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    This 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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  4. Just the FAQs: Background Checks, Clearances and Mandated Reporter Training for Hope Academy Teaching Artists, Staff and Volunteers

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    Hope Academy teaching artists, staff and volunteers are required to submit verification of required clearances and a certificate of completion for the online mandated reporter training prior to the beginning of the fall term.

    Clearances that have been obtained in Pennsylvania within the past 60 months are acceptable and considered “current.”

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  5. Just the FAQs: Applying to Teach Music at Hope Academy

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    Job Title: Private Lesson Teaching Artist (Voice and Instruments)

    Organization Overview

    Hope Academy of Music and the Arts, an arts education outreach program of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, offers a safe place where young people of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious and linguistic backgrounds can further their personal and artistic growth through the study and performance of theater, dance and music. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive artistic community that provides deep arts instruction through a sequential and progressive program; that supports the personal and artistic growth of students and teaching artists, alike; and contributes to our community’s positive growth and cultural vibrancy. Over 350 young people and their families participate in Hope Academy’s programs throughout the year.

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  6. VOTE for Hope Academy’s Design – Belonging Poster Contest

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    Hope Academy’s “Pittsburgh is an Immigrant Town” design was selected as a finalist out of nearly 250 submissions in response to the Sprout Fund’s call for art in support of immigrants & refugees. This design was part of our East Liberty & Justice for ALL event on January 20, 2017.

    Free posters and yard signs will be made of the one winning design, chosen by popular vote, and distributed to the local community.

    If you like our design, and want to support the work that Hope Academy does making theater, music and dance accessible to ALL young people in our community, please click VOTE

    If our design is selected, the cash prize will help us buy and repair instruments for our young musicians; and purchase additional dance clothing and shoes for our dance students.

    Cast your vote by 11:59 PM, On Friday, May 26.

     

  7. 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.

     

  8. 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.

  9. Just the FAQs: Recital Etiquette

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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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