About FoPA Grants
FoPA grants support the inspiration and creativity of our performing arts faculty when they need funds to accomplish something new in the classroom or the stage. FoPA accepts grant applications on a rolling basis throughout the school year, and we are delighted to consider funding a range of projects BHS instructors believe will deepen and enrich learning and performance. Grants are solely funded by gifts to FoPA via direct donation, business sponsorship, and celebratory greetings placed in our performance program books.
2022 Collaborative Purchase of Lavalier Microphones for Students
FoPA contributed one-third of the cost to a departmental purchase of a new lavalier microphone system for student stage performances. These "necklace style" microphones will enable the Perfiming Arts Department to put on more professional performances, give the students the chance to learn how to use professional equipment, and improve the overall quality of BHS performances. This is a ten-year-plus equipment investment.
2021 Partnership with Terezin Music Foundation
Read about Camerata's experience performing at Symphony Hall and hearing from Holocaust survivor Simon Gronowski here.
2021 Special Workshop with Jazz Great George Garzone
Read about Music Collective's workshop and evening performance with legendary saxaphonist and educator George Garzone here.
2016 Jazz masters!
Members of the Matchbox Trio — Jorrit Dijkstra, alto sax; Pandelis Karayorgis, piano; and Nate McBride, bass — worked with members of the BHS Music Collective.
Students in Jazz Masters said . . .
2016 African dance workshop!
Joh Camara taught African dance and provided rhythm on African drums, bringing a new style and challenge to our dance classes.
Past grants . . .
The first FoPA grant in 2013-14 was written by dance instructor Kathleen Exar to bring New England Conservatory dance master Olivier Besson into classrooms for three master classes. Read about it here.
BHS improvisation class with master dancer Olivier Besson, funded by a FoPA grant
"Thank you so much for FoPA's generosity in helping me to attend the Performance As Activism conference this past weekend. I've already used one exercise in class today that I learned in one of the sessions. In another session, I was introduced to a method for creating work that I found fascinating."