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Advisory Notes: January 15, 2019



(All students) Dearest BHSECQ Students,

The first day of the spring semester, Tuesday, January 28th, is BHSECQ's 3rd annual Black Lives Matter Day of Action!

On this day, you won't follow your regular schedule. Instead, you will choose workshops that highlight the guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

You can read about your workshop options on the Black Lives Matter Day of Action 2020 website (all 9th graders will also view the documentary 13th as part of your schedule that day), or review the program attached to this email.

Submit your workshop preferences using this form.

You can also buy the national BLM Week of Action t-shirt with art by a Year 2 student, Fabiha Ahmed, to wear in solidarity that day along with many of your peers and faculty, staff, and administrators. Order here by January 17th to get yours in time!


(All students) Greetings!

The BHSECQ Library is seeking Library Interns for the Spring 2020 semester!

If interested, please complete the following form by Tuesday, January 28th:



(All students) We are pleased to announce the audition/ application period for the HEAR ME! Monologue Showcase is now open! We hope you will encourage your students to apply. It’s easy and free.

Three easy steps:

1) Students choose a monologue from the Play Compendium:


2) Shoot a video audition (using an iPhone is okay), and upload it to YouTube.

3) Fill-out the Application form, and upload the video’s link in the space provided.

That’s it. We’ll take it from there.

Students should read the rules and requirements for the video audition and Showcase carefully. Everything they will need to know is located on the “DETAILS” and “FAQ” pages of the Showcase's website: www.hearmemonologue.com. However, if they (or you) have any questions, or need further information, they should feel free to email us anytime. We’re here to help, and make the experience a good one.


(All students) Spring One Act Play Auditions!

This May BHSEC Queens Theater Department will present the 8th Annual Spring One Act Play Festival. This year 6 short plays and 1 short musical will be directed by students in the college program. Auditions for actors will take place after school on Wednesday 1/29, Thursday 1/30, and Friday 1/31 from 3:30 to 5:00 in the Black Box Theater (rm. 640). You can sign up for a time slot on the door of the Black Box Theater. Call backs will be held the following week.

For the audition: Actors must prepare a 1 minute monologue. The monologue must be memorized. If you would like to audition for the musical, please also prepare 16 bars of a song to be sung a capella. Students from all years are encouraged to audition. Last year's festival had student actors from all grade levels. Rehearsals will take place before, during, or after school two times per week (exact days TBD). For more information, contact Professor Timothy Ryan Olson at rolson@bhsec.bard.edu


(All students) Submissions to the Hype Literary Magazine are now being accepted up until January 22nd! Any pieces of prose, poetry, artwork, et cetera will be accepted. Just share your work with me using the link https://bhsecqhype.wordpress.com/contact/ or by sharing these pieces with me using er963q@bhsec.bard.edu, with Layla using lr675q@bhsec.bard.edu, as well as the email thehypeatbard@gmail.com.


(All students) On Thursday Jan 16th at 2pm in Room 636 members of the Contemporaneous Ensemble will be performing trios for flute, oboe and cello written by BHSEC student composers: Benjamin Aziel, Aryeh Blumenfeld, Adam El Sawaf, Emily Hui, Krystian Juszczak, and Xiuxian Zhang. All are welcome to attend this session, and students interested to join the music composition course are strongly encouraged to attend. This will not be a concert, but a working rehearsal of final composition project. If you're unable to attend, recordings of the pieces will be uploaded to: https://soundcloud.com/bhsecq-student-composers Bios of the musicians are below. A proponent of chamber and contemporary music, Stuart Breczinski is the oboist with The Academy at Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. He is a member of ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and The Generous Ensemble, and he has performed as a chamber musician with Bang on a Can, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Signal, Contemporaneous, and Tactus. As the 2009 winner of the Paranov Concerto Competition, Breczinski presented the American premiere of Paul Patterson’s Phoenix Concerto for oboe and strings with the Hartt Symphony Orchestra. He was also the 2007 winner of the Iowa Center for the Arts competition and a two-time winner of both the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition and the Midwest Oboe Competition. Praised for her “expert technical work” (The Strad), cellist Amanda Gookin "pushes Classical forward" (LA Times) and champions the future of music through the creation and bold performance of new works, and a dedication to education, culture, and community engagement. Amanda was the founder and decade-long cellist of GRAMMY nominated string quartet, PUBLIQuartet, specializing in the performance of new music and improvisation. She serves on faculty at Mannes School of Music and SUNY Purchase, leading courses on experimental performance and women in music. She has been sought after to speak on activism through music by TEDxMidAtlantic, Houston Public Media, and I Care If You Listen. Her initiative, Forward Music Project, commissions new multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment by today’s most forward-thinking composers. Amanda has been presented by such institutions as The Kennedy Center in DC, National Sawdust in New York City, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and deDoelen in Rotterdam. Praised by the Calgary Herald for her "lyrical sensitivity," Fanya Wyrick-Flax (flute) is an innovative and elegant performer. An active freelance musician in the New York tristate area and Boston, Fanya has performed with ensembles including New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, MidAtlantic Opera, Ensemble 212, EQ Ensemble and The Conductors Institute Orchestra at Bard College; and at music festivals including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Bard Music Festival. She was invited to perform Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto with American Symphony Orchestra in October 2013 as a 2013 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition winner. She can be heard in several recordings with Contemporaneous including the ensemble’s debut album Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly (Innova), TORUS (Roven Records) and The NYFA Collection, Vol. 2 (Innova).

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