1. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Scholarship Auditions

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    Hope Academy students are encouraged to audition for scholarships to study at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School will host a community audition on Saturday, August 5, for children, ages 5 to 8, who are interested in pursuing a Children’s Division scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. Registration begins at 12:15 pm with auditions following from 1 to 2:30 pm at PBT Studios in the Strip District, 2900 Liberty Ave. Latecomers will not be permitted to audition.

    Now entering its fifth year, PBT’s Community Youth Scholarship Program supports early ballet training for talented students who demonstrate financial need. The program is committed to making PBT School and the art form of ballet accessible to passionate students throughout the Pittsburgh region. Full scholarships will be awarded to young dancers who show talent and passion to attend Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre school during the 2017-2018 school year.

    The audition will consist of a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members. No previous dance experience is required and students DO NOT need to prepare any dances for the audition.  Children must be 5 to 8 years of age by Sept. 1, and must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to be considered for scholarships. Parents may be required to provide 2016 tax statements to show proof of eligibility. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their talent and dedication to pursuing dance training at PBT School.

    As PBT’s first dedicated program for Children’s Division scholarships, the annual program aims to broaden access to early ballet training for talented young students from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. The program is generously funded by an endowment fund from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, Sandy and Bill Lambert, and individual donors who value and appreciate the power of dance to enrich the lives of children.

    Who is the audition for?
    Students must be 5 – 8 years of age by September 1, 2017. While no previous dance experience is necessary, students must meet the following criteria:
    Talent for training in ballet and other dance styles
    Desire, commitment, and discipline to study dance in a training academy
    Ability to get to and from classes on a regular basis

    Eligibility
    Dancers must be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Parents may be required to provide 2016 tax statements to show proof of eligibility.

    Where will the audition be held?
    Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Studios 2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

    How do I register?
    Email Director of Education Christina Salgado at csalgado@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9105. An online registration form will also be available on PBT’s website: Community Youth Scholarship Program

    When will the audition take place?
    Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2017
    Audition begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. (unfortunately, latecomers will not be permitted to participate)

    What will the audition be like?
    The audition will be a basic dance class taught by PBT School faculty members of the Children’s and Student Divisions. Students DO NOT need to prepare any dances for the audition.

    What should my child wear to the audition?
    Ballet clothing is preferred.

    Girls: leotard, tights, and ballet slippers. Hair should be pulled up and away from the face.

    Boys: T-shirt, tights, and ballet slippers.

    If you don’t have ballet clothing, that’s OK! Please wear fitted clothing such as a t-shirt, shorts, opaque leggings and socks.

    Will parents be allowed to watch the audition?
    The audition is for students only. During the audition a special “Get to know PBT and Ballet” information session will be held for parents and family. Refreshments will be provided.

    Download a pdf of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Scholarship Audition Flyer here.

  2. Flute Recital – Rominski & Trotter

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    Join us for a lovely evening of flute music with Hope Academy teaching artists, as we welcome Brittany Trotter and say good-bye to Kristine Rominski. Laura Carmichael will accompany on piano.

    Program:

    Sonata for Flute and Piano, Otar Taktakishvili
    I. Allegro Cantabile
    II. Aria
    III. Allegro Scherzando
    Kristine Rominski, flute; Laura Carmichael, piano

    Tango Etudes, Astor Piazzolla
    Kristine Rominski, flute

    Fish are Jumping, Robert Dick
    Brittany Trotter, flute

    Flute Concerto, Otar Gordeli
    Brittany Trotter, flute; Laura Carmichael, piano

    Zoom Tube, Ian Clarke
    Brittany Trotter, flute

    Three Dances for Two Flutes, Gary Schocker
    I. Easy Going
    II. Moody
    III. Coffee Nerves
    Kristine Rominski and Brittany Trotter, flutes
    Laura Carmichael, piano

  3. Chamber Music Pittsburgh – JUST SUMMER Concert – Chelsey Green and The Green Project

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    Hope Academy families are invited to a JUST SUMMER concert featuring Chelsey Green and The Green Project, who tear down all stereotypes of the violin by fusing traditional classical technique with genres including R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Alternative, Hip Hop and Gospel! . Tickets have been generously donated to us by our partner, Chamber Music Pittsburgh. This performance is recommended for students whose attention span and behavior is equivalent to an 8 year old.

    Please read about the performance, so that you know what to expect; and the etiquette guidelines, so that you understand the expectations; then  RSVP here.

    With performances often described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Billboard charting recording artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way.

    A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Chelsey Green was born into a family of jazz and funk musicians and started her performance career as a violinist at age 5. Though inundated with music of all genres, she focused on classical music studying both privately and publicly at performing arts schools in the Houston public school system. Chelsey Green was soloing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall at age 16. Dr. Green went on to receive a scholarship for classical viola studies at The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Green then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and most recently received her doctorate from the University of Maryland College Park.

    Chelsey Green and her ensemble, The Green Project, tear down all stereotypes of the violin and viola by fusing traditional classical technique with popular favorites and enticing original songs in various genres, including R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Alternative, Hip Hop, Gospel and more. The Green Project showcases an innovative twist in their performances of uniquely arranged popular songs and enticing original pieces.

    Chelsey Green and The Green Project have been honored to perform in many highly-regarded venues around the world. Green’s varied performance resume includes performances at the Late Show with David Letterman, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NAACP National Convention, Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, White House Correspondents’ Dinner Reception, BET Honors Dinner, Essence Music Festival, Macy’s Herald Square, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, The Howard Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, Blues Alley, Bobby Jones Gospel, The John F. Kennedy Center and more.

    Here is a video of the Chelsey Green and The Green Project  to give you an idea about what to expect.


    How to be a good audience member

    It is important that audience members remain quiet during the performance. Since music is mostly a listening activity, any extra sounds that are not part of the music can get in the way and will distract and disturb the musicians and other audience members.

    Before the Concert

    • JUST SUMMER performances at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater are more casual and relaxed than concerts we’ve been attending at Carnegie Music Hall, so there isn’t a dress code. Just don’t wear anything that will be distracting (light up shoes, clanging jewelry, etc)
    • Arrive no later than 7:00 pm to get your tickets. There is a mixer that starts at 6:30 pm, with snacks from The Livermore, so you are welcome to come early if you would like.

    Before You Take Your Seat

    • Take care of all rest room needs.
    • Leave all food, drink, and gum outside, in the lobby.
    • Leave all cameras and recording devices outside, as well. There are strict copyright guidelines about recording concerts.
    • Turn off all cell phones, pagers, ipads, watch sounds, alarms, or anything that might make a noise. The only sounds that should be heard are the ones that appear in the musical score (and the audience reaction after the music).

    Once You Take Your Seat

    • A parent or guardian must sit next to each child.
    • Remain seated and quiet while the musicians are playing. Do not get up during the concert or change seats.
    • No talking, whispering, sighing, tapping or kicking feet, or rattling of programs or papers.
    • Be sure to sit without fidgeting so you don’t distract your neighbors or the performers on stage.

     

     

  4. Chamber Music Pittsburgh – JUST SUMMER Concert – Roomful of Teeth

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    Hope Academy families are invited to a JUST SUMMER concert featuring Grammy-award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, who perform a program of globally diverse music that explores the expressive potential of the human voice. Tickets have been generously donated to us by our partner, Chamber Music Pittsburgh. This performance is recommended for students whose attention span and behavior is equivalent to an 8 year old.

    Please read about the performance, so that you know what to expect; and the etiquette guidelines, so that you understand the expectations; then  RSVP here.

    Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.  

    Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music and Persian classical singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Anna Clyne, Fred Hersch, Wally Gunn, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon, and Ted Hearne.

    Projects in 2015-2016 included The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with NOW Ensemble, Kanye West and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME); performances with the Seattle Symphony featuring Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia, appearances at new music festivals in the US, Mexico and Canada; and partnerships with over a dozen higher education institutions across the country.

    Here is a video of Roomful of Teeth to give you an idea about what to expect.


    How to be a good audience member

    It is important that audience members remain quiet during the performance. Since music is mostly a listening activity, any extra sounds that are not part of the music can get in the way and will distract and disturb the musicians and other audience members.

    Before the Concert

    • JUST SUMMER performances at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater are more casual and relaxed than concerts we’ve been attending at Carnegie Music Hall, so there isn’t a dress code. Just don’t wear anything that will be distracting (light up shoes, clanging jewelry, etc)
    • Arrive no later than 7:00 pm to get your tickets. There is a mixer that starts at 6:30 pm, with snacks from The Livermore, so you are welcome to come early if you would like.

    Before You Take Your Seat

    • Take care of all rest room needs.
    • Leave all food, drink, and gum outside, in the lobby.
    • Leave all cameras and recording devices outside, as well. There are strict copyright guidelines about recording concerts.
    • Turn off all cell phones, pagers, ipads, watch sounds, alarms, or anything that might make a noise. The only sounds that should be heard are the ones that appear in the musical score (and the audience reaction after the music).

    Once You Take Your Seat

    • A parent or guardian must sit next to each child.
    • Remain seated and quiet while the musicians are playing. Do not get up during the concert or change seats.
    • No talking, whispering, sighing, tapping or kicking feet, or rattling of programs or papers.
    • Be sure to sit without fidgeting so you don’t distract your neighbors or the performers on stage.
  5. Hope Academy Spring 2017 Open Classes

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    Saturday Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) dance classes and Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (PSCA) vocal ensembles are all “open for observation” on Saturday, May 19. Families and friends — as well as students who might be interested in joining us next fall — are invited to come and watch…and maybe get in on the action.

    These will be our final day of Saturday classes for 2016-2017 school year. Hope Academy Theater Company (upper and lower divisions & band) will continue to rehearse in the month of June for performances.

    OPEN CLASS SCHEDULE

    9:00 –10:00 am
    PBT Bridge Ballet 1 (ages 5-7)

    9:00 –10:00 am
    PSCA Vocal Ensemble 2 (ages 7 & 8)

    10:00 – 11:00 am
    PBT Bridge Ballet 2 (ages 7 & 8)

    10:00 – 11:00 am
    PSCA Vocal Ensemble 3 (ages 9 – 13)

    11:00 – 12:00 noon
    PBT Bridge Ballet 3 (ages 9-13)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COMBINED TAP – MUSICAL THEATER & HAT Co

  6. Buzzword Perform & Play – Magic!

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    A  live, interactive performance, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, followed by dinner and activities, for young children (ages five and under) and their families. The event is short enough to hold the interest of toddlers, yet engaging enough for their older brothers and sisters. Food will be served and fun will be had!

    Space is limited, and we do fill for each event,  so please reserve your FREE tickets by  completing this online BUZZWORD RSVP form.

    This Buzzword Perform & Play is ed by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

    Buzzword Pittsburgh was created to excite children and families as they discover the words that are all around them. Through talk and play about math, science, and art, families will expand their young children’s vocabulary and conversation skills. The program will engage families and community organizations in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood and the greater community.

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    The Buzzword Pittsburgh collaborative consists of six partner organizations with expertise in the arts and sciences. They will provide interactive learning opportunities that will encourage imagination, investigation, creation, and reflection. This initiative is supported by PNC Grow Up Great.

    Buzzword Pittsburgh‘s Perform & Play series is presented in partnership with Hope Academy of Music and the Arts and East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

     

     

  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. HAT Co on Pittsburgh Today Live

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    HAT Co singers and band will perform their newly released original song, “All I Want for Christmas (is my baby)” on CBS’s local morning show, Pittsburgh Today Live.

    “All I Want for Christmas (is my baby)” is a HAT Co original song, written in 2012 for WYEP‘s Reimagination contest. HAT Co performed it live at the WYEP Holiday Hootenanny with musician-mentors, Emma Cox and Lauren Shapiro (from the band, The Color Fleet).

    Some of the group came back to record it for a HAT Co Alumni Reunion last week. Steven Foxbury, from Yellow Couch Studio, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered it for us. And here it is, on Bandcamp,  to add to your Christmas playlist. It’s free to download, but you can “name your price” to make a donation (paypal or credit card) to support Hope Academy’s programs.

    HAT Co band and singers on recording

    Henry Schultz – keyboard
    Desmond Rucker – drums
    James Jaap – bass
    Anna Lowe* – guitar
    Sam Gardner* – guitar
    Bonnie Nickel* – guitar
    Tomi Olaore – sax
    Ben Barson – sax
    Lead Vocals:
    Jewel Strothers*
    Faith Williams*
    Candace Burgess*
    Zoe Zielinski*
    Laela Lumsden*
    Back up Vocals:
    Kira Mukogosi
    Kyra Simmons
    Raffy Carattino
    Lyrics: Lawrence White*, Zoe Zieilinski*, Candace Burgess*, Jewel Strothers*
    Music – Lawrence White*, Jonathan Lee*
    Recording by Steven Foxbury, Yellow Couch Studio

    *HAT Co alumni

  9. An Un-Halloween Party at Hope Academy

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    NO tricks and NO treats,  but lots of fun dressing up for classes and private lessons on Halloween.

    This is a dress-up day so use your imagination and come in your favorite costume. Keep it G-rated for all of the little ones (nothing scary, bloody, violent, suggestive or adult-themed); and make sure you can move easily and safely (no boots, flip flops, bare feet, or masks that obstruct vision).

    We will have a photographer here to take photos of everyone and the teaching artists will incorporate your characters into the lessons for the day.

    Please note: There will be an event on Penn Avenue and Highland Avenue will be blocked off to just before the circle driveway. Give yourselves enough time to navigate around the roadblock.

    Un-Halloween Dress Up Day

  10. Pittsburgh CAPA Application Deadline for 2017-18

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    Applications for Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts School 6-12 – DEADLINE October 21, 2016 at 5 PM
    Students may apply for no more than TWO art forms; and must submit a separate application, essay and letter of recommendation for each.

    Use this link (PPS CAPA website) to download the application and to find out more about requirements for those who are not current Pittsburgh Public School students

    Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Application, Essay and Audition Requirements for the 2016-2017 School Year

    Coaching and Letters of Recommendation from Hope Academy Teaching Artists

    Hope Academy will provide coaching and letters of recommendation to current students, in good standing, who complete an online form by October 10.

    Hope Academy CAPA Coaching and Letter of Recommendation Online Form