January 11th, 2018
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Spaghetti Dinner
Tickets & Raffle Items

Get totally radical and order your tickets for this year's Spaghetti Dinner!
Tickets are now on sale for your trip back to the 80's, with live entertainment from all the Ballard Performing Arts groups!  
Do you have something you forgot to donate to the Spotlight Dinner and Auction? Have a gift card that's not for you? Want to re-gift an auction suitable item?  Please let Mara know and she can add it to the Spaghetti Dinner raffle.

Reminder: Student performers require a ticket for a meal.

All-You-Can-Eat: $22.50 (Online Reservation Only)
Adults:  $15
Student, Child, Seniors (65+):  $10
Kids Under 5:  Free

All Ballard Performing Artists
AP Music Credit & Solo and Ensemble & PIT

Revised Pit Orchestra Rehearsals: 
Damn Yankees!  pit rehearsals are underway.
HERE is the calendar of rehearsals. Wednesday rehearsals are from 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, Monday and Friday rehearsals are from 3:45 pm-5:45 pm.

New Music Course Offering for the 2018-19 school year:  Music Theory, AP (1.0 Fine Arts Credit, open to students in grades 11 and 12)

Course Overview:
This year-long course is for advanced music students (including piano and guitar players) who have an interest in learning more about music notation, harmony, tonality, form, scoring, and composition. The study of music theory will make you a better performer and a better listener of music, as we learn the theory of tonal harmony, develop our aural skills and we learn to analyze music to discover the composer's intent through the musical structure. Students considering music major or minor in college are encouraged to take this course and students will have the opportunity to receive credit for successful achievement on the Advanced Placement exam. Daily homework is required. 
See syllabus for more information.

Solo & Ensemble Festival:   Saturday, February 10th  at SPU is the Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Registration for this event closes  January 19th. S tudents should contact a corresponding music teacher to register for a solo or ensemble entry. Solos cost $18 per slot. Checks can be made out to Ballard Performing Arts. Ensemble entry fees are covered by our Performing Arts Booster Club. 

Sign Up for Class Reminders Using Remind.com App:  Ballard Performing Arts students and families can receive notifications on their phones if they sign up for the free  Remind  app, available in Apple's App Store, or on Google Play.
Join your classes on the app with these codes: bpa-band, bpa-choir, bpa-drama, bpa-orches, bpa-advcho, bpa-con-ch, bpa-treble, bpa-march, bpa-jazz2
You can also sign up for text updates. Text 81010 with your group's code to get updates via text message.
Here are the codes for texts: @bpa-band, @bpa-choir, @bpa-drama, @bpa-orches, @bpa-advcho, @bpa-con-ch, @bpa-treble, @bpa-march, @bpa-jazz2
Having trouble with 81010? Try texting the words "join bpa-(your group code)" to  862-206-5346.
Goodwill Truck  

Goodwill Truck Fundraiser: Declutter this holiday season. Collect items for donation to fill our Goodwill Truck which will be parked at Ballard High School this Sunday, January 14th, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Festivals, Volunteers Opportunities, & Trip Fees 

Chamber Orchestra to NYC: Please see the updated itinerary
The final trip payment of $500 is due on  Wednesday, January 17th. If you have questions regarding your final payment, please email Debbie Anderson or Ms. Newell. Please note the additional fee for online payments. 
NYC Chaperone meeting on Wednesday, February 7th from 6 pm - 7 pm in the music room.
For additional National Orchestra Cup tickets at Lincoln Center  Saturday, March 4th, contact Teina Woodburn.

Nursing Home Performance Opportunity:  Contact Ms. Newell if you'd like to perform with your chamber ensemble or as a soloist for the residents at the Norse Home - 5311 Phinney Ave N, on  Saturday, February 3rd at 1 pm.  Note: this is the same day as the Spaghetti Dinner. 

Northwest Region Strings Event: We need "day-of" parent volunteers,  Tuesday, February 13th
We are looking for:
4-5 to help set up chairs and stands from  5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
1-2 to take photos and short videos during the event
4-5 to help stack and return chairs and stands after the event
3-4 to greet and hand out programs for the event, starting at  6:30 pm
Please email Sylvia Schweinberger or Ms. Newell if you can help.

Call for 6 Chaperones: Symphonic Orchestra Festival Performances
TuesdayMarch 6th, all day - EBMEA Orchestra festival at Ingraham High School 
Saturday, March 17th, all day - Orchestra festival at Western Washington University 
Please email Sylvia Schweinberger or Ms. Newell if you can help.

Chamber Orchestra Preview Concert:  Please join the Chamber Orchestra for a preview concert of their performance of the Shostakovich  Chamber Symphony, op. 110a  on  Monday, February 26th at 7:30 pm  in the Black Box Theater. Help us send this fabulous group off to NYC for their performance and tour; they leave for Lincoln Center on  Wednesday, February 28th !
Important Dates for Band!

With our extremely busy start to 2018, we have compiled a list of the most up-to-date Band schedule.  Please  click here for more information on Pep Band games, Damn Yankees! rehearsals, Ellington recording sessions and more.

Urgent Call for Male Chaperones
Please sign up HERE to chaperone. We are at risk of canceling the Whistler and Yakima trips as we do not currently meet District chaperone requirements.  Specifically, we still need:
Yakima:  3 Male Chaperones or 1 Male Chaperone and 1 Married Couple (No Cost)
Whistler: 2 Male Chaperones or 1 Married Couple ($450 / Chaperone)

Wind Ensemble Trip Information
Final Payment Due
The final payment for both Whistler and the WMEA Conference in Yakima is due  Thursday, January 18.  Each student was provided with their specific balance due to ensure accurate, timely payments next week.  If you have any questions about your family's balance, please ask your student or contact  Jen Witeck.

Please contact  Jen Witeck to volunteer today!

LA Trip Fees 

Reminder LA Trip Fees Overdue: Concert Choir and Advanced Choral, p lease pay by check for $250 made payable to Ballard Performing Arts or pay with a processing fee:  HERE.
BPA At A Glance
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Ballard Performing Arts
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PO Box 17774 
Seattle, WA  98127