January 4th, 2018
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Spaghetti Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for your trip back to the 80s,  with live entertainment from all the Ballard Performing Arts groups!  
All-You-Can-Eat: $22.50 (Online Reservation Only)
Adults:  $15
Student, Child, Seniors (65+):  $10
Kids Under 5:  Free

Festivals, Volunteers Needed, & 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 6pm - 7pm in the music room.
For additional National Orchestra Cup tickets at Lincoln Center  Saturday, March 4th, contact Teina Woodburn.

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

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. 

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 1pm.  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  5:00pm - 5:30pm
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  6:30pm
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 7:30pm  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 !

Solo & Ensemble, LA Trip Fees 

Vocal Jazz Performance: Vocal Jazz will perform this Saturday as part of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association Concert at Yuletide End. The concert runs from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Ballard First Lutheran Church. Each participating student is eligible for one complimentary ticket. Please email Ms. Rowley if you would like one.  Additional tickets can be purchased here:   Eventbrite.

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.

Candy Sales, Booster Meeting, & Goodwill Truck   

Candy Sales: It's time to wrap up the candy sale. Please turn in your money for all boxes you have checked out as soon as possible
. Collection envelopes can be put in the band room mailbox. Candy money can't be added to your student account until all money is turned in.

BPA Meeting: Performing Arts Boosters meet on Tuesday, January 9th, at 6:00pm in the BHS Library. Pop in and help us celebrate a successful auction, be in on planning for upcoming events, and meet some fellow parents. We all have students in the performing arts programs and want to be supportive of our directors and the great opportunities our students have. It takes a village!

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

Happy 2018 Everyone!  Hope you are ready to get back into the swing of things as we have lots of exciting events happening this year.

Congrats PLU Honor Band Members!
Ballard is thrilled to have five of our musicians selected for the Pacific Lutheran University Northwest High School Honor Band this weekend!   Beau Anderson, Henry Strasburger,  McKenna Taylor,  Matt Watanabe and  Kat Witeck will join approximately 250 other students from Idaho, Oregon and Washington for a concert that is the culmination of intensive two-day rehearsals with guest clinicians. 
Pizza and Pep Band Next Week
A reminder that ALL band members must attend Pizza and Pep Band night on  Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m.   The black band t-shirt is required to perform.

All That Jazz...
Congratulations to Jazz 1 for being selected to participate in this year's Starbucks "Hot Java Cool Jazz" concert at the Paramount Theater on Friday, March 30.  Only five local high schools are chosen to play at this prestigious event.  Watch for ticket information soon!
Important Jazz 1 Dates:  The Ellington Recording Dates are  Sunday Jan 14 and Monday Jan 15.  Exact times TBA.
Urgent Wind Ensemble News...Male Chaperones Still Needed!
The Wind Ensemble is fortunate to be nationally-known and invited to attend prestigious events.  Our attendance at these events is made possible with the support of parents and guardians who volunteer their time to travel with the band to keep our musicians safe and in compliance with strict District guidelines.  As of today, we do not have enough male chaperones to attend either the WMEA Conference in Yakima, or the Whistler Festival.  Can YOU help fill the specific needs below?
Yakima:  4 Male Chaperones -or- 2 Male Chaperones and 1 Married Couple (No Cost to attend)
Whistler: 2 Male Chaperones -or- 1 Married Couple ($450 / Person to attend)
In addition, t here are a large number of WE members who are behind on Whistler payments.  Every student - whether you received a scholarship or not  - must make a payment immediately to ensure your participation on this trip.  Payments may be made through ASB student fundraising accounts, check made payable to BPA or online  Here .  

Please contact   Jen Witeck to volunteer or check your account balance.

Important Wind Ensemble Dates
Thursday, January 18 -  The third and final payment of $177 for students and $150 for chaperones is due!
Friday, January 19, 3:45-5:45pm - WMEA Rehearsal with Dr. Taylor from UBC
Wednesday, January 31, 10am-3pm - WMEA Rehearsal with Dr. Morris from UPS
BPA At A Glance

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