Spring Fling Tickets On Sale

SpringFling2013Cover It’s official!  The invites have been sent and the tickets are now on sale.  Just like last year, Spring Fling tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.  This year seating will be assigned rather than general admission and children under 5 are free.
The Spring Fling will be hosted by Jose Masso, celebrated radio personality of WBUR and WGBH, and the performance will feature symphonic works rendered by orchestras of 2nd-6th graders, as well as showcases of the students’ learning expeditions.
This year, we will honor Mark Churchill, a founding member of our board of trustees, with the first annual Citizen Artist Award for his service to our school and community. We are sure to fill the Strand so tell your friends and families to get their tickets early!
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Family Notes

March 8, 2013  
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Dear Families,

Sometimes learning happens in a swift, “Ah Ha!” moment; a sudden realization illuminates the world as if flicked on by a switch. Sometimes learning happens with glacial persistence, like the gentle warming of dawn. As educators, we know that even the light bulb moments happen in the context of daily practice, repetition, and diligent effort. Every crowning achievement is made up of little victories along the way.

As we enter the season of concerts, conferences, and culminating projects, we are sure to have our breath taken away by capstone moments. Each classroom expedition is gearing up for another impressive display of student learning. Our ensembles are preparing to dazzle us anew, just as the Dudamel Orchestra did last Saturday at the concert with Pro Arte Chamber Ensemble. The Spring Fling Concert on April 7th is promising to be another blockbuster tour de force of the talent and spirit that make our school exceptional.

Yet the glamor of these crowning moments is only a byproduct of the learning that is taking place in each classroom each day. The questioning, analyzing, experimenting, and revising that gradually lead to sparkling products also lead to sparkling human beings. In the pursuit of beauty and truth, the process itself is the most important product.

Warmly, Ms. Lam

Diana Lam

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Dudamel Orchestra Opens For ProArte Concert

  

The walls of All Saints Parish in Brookline rang with beautiful music on Saturday, March 2nd as our Dudamel Orchestra performed three pieces, the 3rd movement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, the 4th movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Finlandia by Sibelius, with members of the ProArte Chamber Orchestra. Then, while the stage was set for the rest of the concert, the Dudamel Brass wowed the audience with their repertoire and their sound.

Brass at ProArte

Each of the last two years, our students have opened the concert showcasing the winners of ProArte’s Annual Concerto Competition.  This year there were five young soloists, three on piano (including a brother/sister duet), a cellist and a double bassist.  The audience of friends and family of both orchestras was amazed by the caliber of all the performers.

Our students were particularly impressed with the virtuosity of the soloists.  Many of them noted how unusual it was to hear such high notes on the double bass.  They loved watching the soloist’s fingers flying up and down the fingerboard.  Other audience members who had never heard our orchestra before were impressed at the sophistication of the musical choices and the rich and dynamic sound produced by our young musicians.  Bravo!

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Teachers Present At National Conference On Expeditionary Learning  

  

Over 800 teachers from across the country came to Baltimore, Maryland on February 28th-March 2nd to attend the National Conference on Expeditionary Learning. Attendees engaged in round-table discussions, master classes, and presentations on topics related to Expeditionary Learning. Teachers had the opportunity to meet with colleagues from other schools to share ideas and resources with one another.

“It was great to talk to other teachers who passionate about their work-who are doing the same sorts of things we are doing,” explained K2 teacher Mary Randolph. Conservatory Lab is part of a larger network of Expeditionary Learning Schools, which create their curriculum based on a set of core principles that encourage student-driven, interdisciplinary, project-based learning.

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Classroom teachers Jenna Gampel and Rebecca Mason were among those selected to present, based on a rigorous application process. Each received numerous accolades for their presentations, which peers found to be engaging and inspiring.

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Resident Artists Present Paper Orchestra at National String Conference

On Saturday, March 2, 10 first-grade musicians from the Abreu Orchestra traveled to Providence, Rhode Island with Resident Artists Rebecca Levi and Levi Comstock to present at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association. Music teachers from across the country attended the session, Paper Orchestra: Creating a Culture of Musicianship in the Early Childhood Ensemble, which featured a joint lecture from the two teachers and a live demonstration from the students.

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Kindergarteners at Conservatory Lab Charter School participate in paper orchestra as a precursor to a string ensemble. Using paper instruments, children develop fundamentals of instrument position, build musicality through singing and movement, and practice the routines and norms of orchestra rehearsal. At the national conference, students demonstrated the songs and activities of paper orchestra which introduce the skills of playing real instruments.

The idea for paper orchestra came from Josbel Puche at Nucleo La Rinconada, one of the premier early child music centers inVenezuela’s El Sistema network. Ms. Puche began teaching her students on paper instruments at a time when real instruments were not available, but she quickly realized that paper orchestra could be a powerful pedagogical tool, as well as a way to bring a community together.

Rebecca Levi developed the paper orchestra curriculum at Conservatory Lab based on techniques and concepts she learned from Ms. Puche in 2010, with input from strings teacher Levi Comstock.

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El Sistema Director Rebecca Levi Wins Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award

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Our own El Sistema Director, Rebecca Levi has been selected to attend the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools and to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. From a pool of nearly 300 nominees representing 45 states, Ms. Levi was one of 50 teachers chosen to receive this special distinction by a panel of music professionals for her outstanding accomplishments and vision as a public school music teacher.

At this Symposium on the Yale University Campus, distinguished teachers will be joined by local music teachers from the New Haven Public Schools for several workshops before a concert will be held in the evening.  The next day will feature more workshops and culminates with an Awards Dinner. Congratulations Ms. Levi!

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Special Lottery For Middle School  

If you have any friends with children entering the 6th or 7th grade in the 2013-2014 school year tell them to check out Conservatory Lab Charter School.  Due to the expansion, new seats will be available via a special lottery for admission to these grades on Wednesday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the school. 

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Encourage your friends to submit an application for their child who is presently in the 5thth or 6th grade TODAY!  All application materials must be received by April 25, 2013.  The application can be downloaded from our web page, www.conservatorylab.org or contact Osiel Gonzalez at ogonzalez@conservatorylab.org
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Spring Fling Tickets On Sale 

SpringFling2013Cover It’s official!  The invites have been sent and the tickets are now on sale.  Just like last year, Spring Fling tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.  This year seating will be assigned rather than general admission and children under 5 are free.

The Spring Fling will be hosted by Jose Masso, celebrated radio personality of WBUR and WGBH, and the performance will feature symphonic works rendered by orchestras of 2nd-6th graders, as well as showcases of the students’ learning expeditions.

This year, we will honor Mark Churchill, a founding member of our board of trustees, with the first annual Citizen Artist Award for his service to our school and community. We are sure to fill the Strand so tell your friends and families to get their tickets early!