December 7th, 2017

Music Ensemble Picture Day: BPA Music Picture Day is Thursday, December 14th during the school day. All band, choir, and orchestra students need to have on full concert attire including dress shoes.
Please note:  All uniforms MUST go back home after school on Thursday. If uniforms are not taken back home students will be charged a $5.00 storage fee.
Schedule for Pictures:
  • 0 period: Jazz I, Jazz II, Vocal Jazz, Women's Chamber Choir
  • 1st period: Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, Men's Ensemble
  • 2nd period: Fiddle Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Wind Ensemble
  • 3rd period: Advanced Chorale, Percussion
  • 4th period: Treble Choir

NYC Preview Concert & DY Pit Orchestra Update

Well done, and thank you to all who made the orchestra concert last night a holiday delight! The students have worked so diligently this fall to make their music ring out!

Chamber Orchestra Preview Concert: Please join 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 Wednesday February 28th!

Damn Yankees (DY)Pit Orchestra Results: Please stay tuned - we are waiting on the arrival of the score to assign parts. We hope to have results posted before Winter Break. 

Concerts & Caroling 

Men's Ensemble & Women's Chamber Choir will join the Seattle SeaChordsmen for their annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 9th at the 2:00 pm show only, held at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church 7500 Greenwood Ave N. Tickets are available here.
Call Time:  Noon for performers 

Vocal Jazz Caroling Day: Tuesday, December 12th Vocal Jazz will be spreading holiday cheer throughout Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia on our annual Caroling Day! See the schedule below in case you'd like to stop by one of the venues. We are looking for approximately 5 parent drivers to join us for this fun and inspiring day.  
Lawton                                7:45-8:15 am
McClure                              8:30-8:55 am
West Woodland                 tentative
Ida Culver                         10:00-10:30 am
Foss Home                       11:00-11:30 am
Ballard Rotary/Lunch        12:00-1:00 pm
Whittier                               1:30-2:00 pm
Loyal Heights                     2:45-3:15 pm
Whitman                             3:30-4:00 pm
Bake Sale & Holiday Amazon Smile    

Bake Sale: Help us raise funds for our program by donating baked goods for our winter concerts. Bring your baked items to the table in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center. Sign up HERE.  

Amazon Smile for Holiday Shopping: You may be shopping at Amazon for extra fun holiday shopping already. Connect your account at to Ballard High School Performing Arts, and a portion of each purchase is donated by Amazon to BPA. Consider helping the boosters in the passive fundraiser this winter.
See You Tonight!
The Winter Band Concert is tonight at  7:30 p.m.  Please note the bands will not be seated in the auditorium for this evening's performances allowing for more seating for our guests.  

Guest will also be able to view the proof of the Marching Band photo and order at  the  concert.  Photos are $10 for an 8 X 10 with checks payable to Rowland Studios.

Call time is  7:00 p.m. for the Jazz and Symphonic Bands as they will perform prior to intermission.  Call time is  7:30 p.m. for the Wind Ensemble who will perform after intermission.  Select musicians will then combine with the Orchestra and Choir for the Grand Finale.

Pep Band Tomorrow!
The first Pep Band performance is tomorrow,  Friday, Dec 8 with a call time of  6:30 p.m.  Students must wear their black band t-shirt in order to perform.

What's New?
January 19 - Wind Ensemble with Dr. Taylor of UBC from  3:45 to 5:45 p.m.
January 31* - Wind Ensemble "Retreat" at BHS to prepare for the WMEA Conference from  10:00 a.m. to  3:00 p.m.
*Day between semesters.

If you have any questions about the above items, or wish to chaperone the Whistler or Yakima trips, please contact Jen Witeck at

BPA Families who would like to view all of the Band Concerts & Events may visit the BPA Vimeo Channel at  

Interested in taking BPA Concert Videos?   
We need you!  Please contact Diane Taylor at    Not only are the videos great to forward to family & friends who could not make a concert, video performances are helpful for the Directors to apply to competitions & festivals. 
BPA At A Glance

All Bands & Haydn performers: Winter Band Concert 7:30pm - 9:30pm PAC
12/8 FRI Band: Basketball Game BHS Gym
Women's Chamber Choir & Men's Ensemble: Seachordsmen Concerts 2:00 pm  Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
12/9 SAT
Jazz Combo: Concert at Pike Place - Atrium 1pm 
All Choirs & Haydn performers: Winter Choir Concert 7:30pm - 9:30pm PAC
Vocal Jazz: Caroling Day TBA Various - Ballard, Magnolia  
All Music Ensembles: Music Ensemble Picture Day 7:45 am-12 pm
Band:  Basketball Game BHS Gym
1/6 SAT
Vocal Jazz: Bergen Sister City Concert 3:00pm Ballard First Lutheran  
1/9 TUE Directors, Booster Board, Parents: Ballard Performing Arts Booster Meeting 6:00pm BHS Library
Band Required: Pizza & Pep Night BHS Gym
Band:  Basketball Game BHS Gym
Band:  Basketball Game BHS Gym
1/30 TUE Directors, Booster Board, Parents: Ballard Performing Arts Booster Meeting 6:00pm BHS Library 

    Thank you for the generous support from our sponsors!    

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PO Box 17774 
Seattle, WA  98127