Sept. 29, 6pm Junior/Senior Family Meeting, Sweets Ballroom
Oct. 2, 6pm Back to School Night
Oct. 8, 6pm Vocal Music Sharing Night, Sweets Ballroom
Oct. 13 SCHOOL CLOSED: Indigeneous People's Day
Support OSA's Annual Fund
OSA’s Annual Fund – Donate and Apply for a Matching Gift!
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to OSA’s Annual Fund so far this year! We continue to focus our attention on this crucial fundraising effort for OSA as we strive for 100% family participation. There are many Ways to Give.One of the easiest ways to double or even triple your donation to OSA’s Annual Fund is through Matching Gifts, where your employer may match your contribution to OSA. Contact your Human Resources department to see if your company will match your gift, or click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.
Thank you – every dollar from every donor makes a difference. For questions, contact Director of Development, Kathryn Keslosky at 510-873-8819.
OSA Hosts BACTA
The first Bay Area Collegiate Theatre Auditions (BACTA) will be hosted by Oakland School for the Arts on November 14-16, 2014 at OSA! This is an opportunity for Bay Area 12th and 11th grade acting and technical theatre students interested in a post-high school education in acting, directing, dramaturgy, and technical theatre to participate in this regional audition. Students can be considered for BFA programs, BA programs, AA programs, and certificate programs in acting, technical theatre, directing, and playwriting/dramaturgy conducted by representatives from some of the most respected collegiate programs throughout the region and the country.
For more information, please click here
OSA & OSO Bridge Program
OAKLAND SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS and OAKLAND SPIRIT ORCHESTRA BRIDGE PROGRAM
Oakland Spirit Orchestra (OSO) is a joyful music making ensemble for Oakland’s talented young musicians. OSO’s music is its own unique mix of popular tunes, world music, classical favorites, and jazz. The young musicians of OSO are not only playing music, they are creating it, too. The kids construct their own arrangements, write their own music, and improvise. OSO is a community of kind-hearted musicians who are striving to be the best performers they can be. The aim of OSO is to cultivate excellent musicians who perform joyful music, and make the world a brighter place!
Oakland Spirit Orchestra is supported by Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Symphony. Oakland School for the Arts is pioneering the Bridge Program to enable young musicians from all over Oakland collaborate.
Alison B. Streich, MA Ed. (OUSD’s 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year, and OSO’s founding director), is collaborating with OSA’s Dr. Ondine Young to offer the Bridge Program to ALL 4th – 9th graders in Oakland.
Bridge Classes with Dr. Young
Mondays at OSA (Oakland School for the Arts, www.oakarts.org)
Students must audition to show skill levels and must supply their own instrument.
1pm – 2pm C instruments (strings, flute, oboe, bassoon, keyboards, guitars)
2pm - 3pm Bb /Eb instruments (trumpets, sax, clarinet and other winds/brass, percussion and voice )
Bridge classes are preparatory ensembles. Students in these classes will be focusing on solfege/theory, rhythm, note reading, scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, improvising, soloing, composition, and building performance skills. Repertoire for this year’s concert season include Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” Eddie Grant’s “Electric Avenue,”Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” other classic rock/pop favorites, and jazz favorites such as Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints,” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” Mads Tolling’s arrangement of Oliver Nelson’s “Stolen Moments,” and classical favorites such as Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Bach “Air,” Mozart “Eine Kleine,” as well as unique compositions by OSO band members.
3:30pm – 5pm OSO Bridge Band Rehearsal at West Oakland Middle School
**Experienced students who demonstrate excellent musicianship and performance skills may be invited to join the OSO Bridge Band. The OSO Bridge Band is a performing ensemble with high standards of excellence and which requires a dedicated commitment to attending every rehearsal and every performance.**
Suggested Fees -- $40/month, or $100 for 3 months, or $180 for 6 months per student. Parent volunteer hours are requested to assist with transportation, performances, publicity, etc. Sliding scale is available – no one turned away for lack of funds.
OSA is a member of the Arts Schools Networks.
OSA is a member of the California Charter Schools Association
OSA is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling
OSA is affiliated with the Music National Service Initiative.
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