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Posted April, 2017 by Barbara Ingram Foundation - Edited by Linda Howard

Opening night for Seussical The Musical
is just a few weeks away!

Take if from Dr. Seuss....
don't wait....
buy your tickets NOW!

To purchase tickets to one of the shows please visit
The Maryalnd Theatre's website:


For more detailed information, visit our website at:

Foundation Events

Please join us...
At a reception in celebrating the Opening Night of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL  on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 28 South.  Your ticket to the reception will include a show ticket to the performance.  Invitation and RSVP are included below.  Please click on the Opening Night Reception RSVP card to print it out and mail it in with your payment to the:  Barbara Ingram Foundation, 38 S. Potomac Street, Suite 305, Hagerstown, MD 21740
A Special Invite....
If you have always wondered what goes on during a rehearsal for one of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts productions, please join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to see a FULL REHEARSAL look at the Seussical production.  Invitation and RSVP are included below.  Please click on the Full Rehearsal Event RSVP card to print it and mail it in with your payment to the: Barbara Ingram Foundation, 38 S. Potomac Street, Suite 305, Hagerstown, MD 21740.  If you would like to pay by credit card, please print the attached RSVP card for the Opening Night Reception, and mail it in with your RSVP Full Rehearsal card. 

To purchase tickets to one of the shows please visit The Maryalnd Theatre's website:

Foundation Programs

2017 Summer Arts Academy:  Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2017 Summer Arts Academy.  This is the Foundation's 7th year to sponsor this program.  There are 11 programs being offered this year.  Space is limited in some programs, so sign up early.  Application and Program descriptions have been posted on the foundation's web site, please click here:

Scholarship opportunities are available for several camps.
Applications can be found at: We would like to give special thanks to the following community businesses, organizations, and individuals for sponsoring our Summer Arts Academy through a sponsorship or scholarship donation.  

RBC Wealth Management, Wilson Orthodontics, Washington County Arts Council, Middletown Valley Bank, Schmankeral Stube, TMG Studios & Julie Fritsch

Susan Wood in honor of Michael Raymer Dance & Piano Scholarships
Thomas L. Law Visual Arts Scholarship
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Band & Flute Scholarships

Foundation News

Ellie Doub, past Board member constructed another amazing quilt for BISFA. This is her eighth quilt.
Thanks Ellie !

We are thrilled to announce that Flute Academy is returning to the Summer Arts Academy. Mrs. Kimberly Swanson is our instructor.
Mrs. Kimberly Swanson is excited to be providing lessons as well as teaching at Barbara Ingram for her second year. She graduated from Belmont University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education, and studied flute under Dr. Carolyn
Treybig. She currently teaches Music Theory, Advance Placement Music Theory, Jazz Band, Music Technology, Band and Orchestra. She is grateful for this wonderful opportunity and determined to help her students reach excellence in their time at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

The Barbara Ingram Foundation has a non-paid student internship position this summer from June until August. The starting and ending dates are flexible. The candidate would work 10-12 hours a week. They would not work on Friday. The candidate would learn the fundamentals of a non-profit organization. Duties would include but not limited to: writing press releases, organize paper work, assist in the Summer Arts Academy, research grant opportunities and update alumni lists.

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter to:
Mail To:  Mimi Dickinson, Executive Director
          Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation
          38 S. Potomac St. Suite 305
          Hagerstown, MD 21740

Foundation Fundraising

The Foundation has sponsored the Summer Arts Academy since 2011.  Under this program the Summer Arts Academy welcomes students in grades 7-12 from all areas in MD, VA, PA, and WV to participate in programs such as Rock Band Orchestra, Dance, Guitar, Piano, Vocal, Creative Writing, Musical Theater, and Visual Arts. 

A sponsorship will help to provide the funding for guest speakers/master classes and other materials needed to enhance this program. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Summer Arts Academy, please clink on the form below to print a copy to fill out and send in. 
The Barbara Ingram Foundation will once again be participating in
Washington County Gives on May 2, 2017. 


Leave a Legacy

Black Box Theatre Chair Campaign - 
This is a great opportunity for you to leave a legacy for years to come. By sponsoring a chair for $1000 you will receive a personalized name plate on the back of the chair and your name on the recognition board located in the entrance of the Black Box Theatre. For more information and the application click this link:
Foundation Grant Programs
Recipients of the Pauline K. Anderson Student Grant:

Visual Arts - Louise Wang
Dance - Naomi Smith
Instrumental - Taylor Bassler

Recipients of the Hamilton Family Foundation Achievement Grant:

Awarded Enrichment Grants
BISFA Student News

Creative Writing sophomore Sara Ritchey placed second-runner up in the Baltimore wild-card regional of Poetry Out Loud!

9th Grade
Lauren Walker 2D Snow Run
McKayla Wiles 3D Untitled
10th Grade
Sydney Bak 2D Jungle
Liam Halsey 3D Gluttony
McKayla Smith-Mighty 3D Mother and Child & 2D Precious
11th Grade
Brittany Bantugan 3D Roman Head & 2D Tinikling in Bagac
N’Kai Delauter 3D Dreamscape of a Scrapbook & 2D What the Neighbors Lost
Frances Hammersla 2D Food is My Religion
Madelyn Lane 2D Secrets of Venice
Armand Martenot 3D Teapot
Graycen Scott 3D Quail and Chicks and 2D Hemingway in the Grass
12th Grade
Lovelei Holly 2D Cotton Candy
Angelina Panasyuk 2D Portrait of Peter

Congratulations to all of the SOLO AND ENSEMBLE PARTICIPANTS Overall, we earned 41 Superior Ratings and 15 Excellent ratings:
Aidan Hulbert
Alexander Gunther
Alina Kantsavenka
Amelia Summers
Andre Madison
Audrey Howerin
Austin Udy
Becca Stell
Blake Patton
Caitlin Boswell
Cameron Whaley
Chiara Blair
Destiny Ortiz
Dixie Boppe
Emily Rochford
Emmeline Pasquarette
Gabriel Evans
Geoffrey Ford
Geoffrey Sousa
Hailey Chaney
Hannah Parker
Hunter Maddock
Jason Lowery James
John Frye
Jordan Hautz,
Jordan O'Reilly
Joseph Crocetta
Josephine Anderson
Justin Smith
Kassandra Simmons
Kathleen Thompson
Katie Zilenski
Keira Billings
Lauren Haller
Lauren Koontz
Logan Ritchey
Marseja Cardwell
Mason Nemes
Melanie Boschen
Mikayla Cunningham
Mirjahna Ortiz
Naja Lee-Hendricks
Patrick Anthony
Samuel Silbert
Tate Hopkins
Taylor Bassler

The following BISFA Students were chosen to perform for the WCPS Honor’s Recital by Dr. Miles and the the Solo & Ensemble Judges:
Justin Smith,  Taylor Bassler, Lauren Koontz, Guitar Trio
Destiny Ortiz, flute
Katie Zielinski, flute
Patrick Anthony, clarinet
Patrick Anthony, Emily Rochford, Becca Stell, clarinet trio
Emily Rochford, clarinet
Jason Lowery James, tuba
Melanie Boschen, French horn
Joseph Crocetta, trombone
Cameron Whaley, xylophone
Upcoming Events for BISFA

For a full Schedule of Events please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and click the link provided under "BISFA SCHOOL CALENDAR."

Creative Writing
Poetry Speaks: A Spoken Word Event April 4th, 7pm  Dance Floor

Dance Department

Musical Theatre Department

Instrumental Music Department
Vocal Department

Visual Arts Department
BISFA Alumni News We are looking for any alumni that would be interested in being on
            the 10 year anniversary committee. For more details email
            Mimi Dickinson at

Our Alumni are doing GREAT THINGS.....
 Kristen Davis, 2013 graduate of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, was crowned Miss Washington County 2017.  Kristen was part of the dance program at BISFA and also participated in the school musicals Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Legally Blonde.
As the winner she received a $2,000 scholarship, crown, sash, and gifts from businesses throughout the community. 
Kristen’s platform is “Let’s Dance!: Teaching and Inspiring Young Artists”, which is very close to her heart.  Kristen will be making appearances in the community and donating her time to many different causes including serving as an ambassador board member with Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley Inc., raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network and mentoring young artists in the community.
This June, Kristen will be competing in the Miss Maryland Pageant at the Maryland Theatre, where in 2016 she was voted People’s Choice and placed in the top 12.

BISFA School Calendar

For a complete up-to-date calendar listing all the activities and events going on at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts please click here:
Our mailing address is:
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation
Mimi Dickinson, Executive Director
38 South Potomac Street, Suite 305
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
Phone:  240.347.4934

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