The Center for Artistry and Scholarship is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Conservatory Lab Charter School. CAS works in three areas: promoting and disseminating the work of the Conservatory Lab Charter School, supporting innovative school leadership, and celebrating arts-immersed education.
Boston Children’s Museum: Since 2013, the K-2 class has given three performances annually at the Children’s Museum demonstrating the stages of development and growth into an orchestra by the class using the approach of building “A Paper Orchestra” first.
Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: Since 2013, Conservatory Lab and BPYO has co-sponsored an Annual El Sistema Boston showcase, wherein all the El Sistema inspired programs in the greater Boston area come together with their students to have joint workshops and performances showcasing their work and progress as musicians. The very successful community event has taken place at the Benjamin Franklin Institute and at Roxbury Community College.
From The Top: Since 2011, Conservatory Lab has been a site for From the Top’s Center for Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL), an arts leadership program for the young musicians of Greater Boston. Up to fifty young musicians are mentored each year in this program. A group of CDAL students come to Conservatory Lab twice throughout the year and works for one week each time with an assigned ensemble from the school, like a clinic. At the end of the week, the CDAL students and Conservatory Lab students give a joint performance.
Landmarks Orchestra: Since 2012, Conservatory Lab has had a collaboration with the Landmarks Orchestra. This program provides opportunities for Conservatory Lab students to rehearse and perform with professional musicians of the Landmarks Orchestra during in-school and out-of-school sessions in late spring and early summer. The culminating event is a concert at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade before an audience of between 4,000 and 6.000 people.
Longy Sistema Side-by-Side: Since 2013, students from Conservatory Lab have been key participants in Longy’s music initiative which brings together students from El Sistema-inspired music programs across Massachusetts and musicians from the Longy Conservatory Orchestra for a series of intensive rehearsals and performances featuring nationally renowned guest artists and conductors.
Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra: Since 2012, Conservatory Lab Charter School students have performed at one of the four concerts of this orchestra’s Season. The student musicians join the professional musicians of this orchestra and play a piece selected jointly. This annual concert usually takes place at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.