June 8 

Spring Band Concert Tonight
7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center

Click Poster to buy Reserved Seats

Call Times For Concert - Please note time correction from last week.
6:45 PM for all Jazz students and 7:00 PM for all non-Jazz students

Band Concert Reserved Seating Available Until 3 PM Today
Another wonderful year of music from your amazing students. Once again, we will have Reserved Concert Seating available. This is your chance to get one of the best seats in the house without having to rush and you can also raise funds for the BHS Performing Arts at the same time. Reserve your seat now at Showtix4u, choose the "Buy Tickets" option and select the Band concert.

Uniform Check In After the Concert - Bring Street Clothes
All Seniors, all Symphonic Band students and Percussion students not performing at graduation must bring street clothes to the concert and turn in their concert attire immediately afterward.  Graduating Senior Men  - you are welcome to donate your tux shirts and cuff links to BPA for next year's choir students.  

Uniform Check in After Graduation - June 19th at Memorial Stadium
Students (not Seniors) in the following groups will keep their uniforms to perform at graduation:
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Select Percussionists
Volunteers Needed For Tonight's Concert!
Our Sign-Up Genius has open slots. We still need help:
  • Bake Sale table help before the concert and during intermission - 1 more person
  • Usher people to reserved seats  - 2 people 

Don't Forget Ballard Market Receipts
Drop them off at the Bake Sale Table. BPA receives 1% of the total receipts.

Pick Up Coffee Orders at Concert    
Caffé Appassionato coffee orders will be ready for pick up at the Band concert tonight. For other arrangements, contact Rebecca Staffel. Thanks for supporting your students and Ballard Performing Arts Programs!

Drama News!
Fall Play Auditions are Wednesday, June 14 

Auditions for the first show of next year will be held on June 14th at 3:30 PM in the PAC. Due to the structure of the 2017-2018 activity calendar, we are holding auditions for METAMORPHOSES before the end of this school year! Interested students should pick up an audition packet in the black box ASAP! Any questions should be discussed with Mr. Riley. Hope to see many of you there!

2017 - 2018 Theatrical Season! 

Orchestra News 
Spring Concert Recap

Congratulations to Orchestra Director, Brittany Newell and Fiddle Ensemble Director,
Shelley Weiss  and all performing groups for a wonderful and inspiring concert last Thursday evening. The Concertos were beautiful and our soloists amazing!  We are proud of all our Seniors and wish them well on their next journey.  The following Seniors received awards at last Thursday's concert:
Most Improved Awards: Kaye Gill and Jacob Berghof
Dedication Award: Alexandria Scott
National Orchestra Award: Emmett Armstrong
Conductor's Award: Ella James
Outstanding Freshman Award: Anika Thomas

Congratulations to our four wonderful soloists on outstanding concerto performances!  
Alexandria Scott - Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 mvt. 1, 
Emmett Armstrong - Dittersdorf Bass Concerto mvt. 1, 
Max Truluck - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto mvt. 3, 
Anika Thomas - Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, mvt. 1.

Spring Concert Photos and Video: 
View our photos on flickr  

View Concert video on Vimeo. Video by James Taylor Sound by Chinook Wind Recording.

Spring Concert Recordings
Spring Choir Concert recordings are  online and available nowThe link is to a folder called "Ballard Spring 2017." Inside that folder are two others, "Choir .WAV" and "Choir MP3s" The .WAV files are for people who want to burn their own CDs. The MP3 files are for iPods, iPhones and similar devices. The MP3 files will appear in alphabetical order, but when they are downloaded to iTunes they should sort themselves into concert order in an album called "Ballard Spring Concert 2017".  The files will not play on Google Drive - they will only play when downloaded to a device or a computer with a media player. As always, please do not to share or trade the files.

June 16th Fiddle Showcase at the Ballard Homestead

Click poster for tickets

If you enjoy an evening of fiddle music topped off with some audience square dancing, look no further than the Ballard Homestead on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 PM. The Ballard High Fiddlers will take the stage with their bluegrass and folk tunes to keep your toes tapping. Advance tickets are available now!

Orchestra Trip to NYC -  March 2018
Lincoln Center, NYC

Chamber Orchestra will be traveling to New York City next March to compete in the National Orchestra Cup, March 1 - 4!

Chamber auditions for current Symphonic Orchestra members are occurring June 12th and 13th during class.  Audition materials are up on the class Schoology page. Contact Ms. Newell for questions. 

Jazz News
Vocal Jazz Solo Night

Top L to R: Rachel Halmrast, Sophia Rice, Madi Lieberman-Koenig
Bottom L to R: Alex Putman, James Kerrigan, Kai Vickers 

Shout out to Ev Stern Trio for backing Vocal Jazz singers on Monday night for Jazz Solo Night. Congratulations to Ms. Rowley and all singers and combo members for a fantastic year! Thank you to all who attended the Solo Night concert and supported Vocal Jazz all year 

                                                          View our photos on flickr

Jazz Band Auditions - June 12 - 15
Jazz Auditions for current BHS students will be held before school next Monday - Thursday.  
There is a sign-up sheet on Mr. James' office window where current students can sign up for a 10-minute time slot.  See Jazz Audition Music below.

New Jazz Students 
All prospective Jazz Students must review Ballard Band Audition Information prior to June 12th.  Jazz Audition Music: B-flat Clef ,   E-flat Clef Bass Clef , Treble Clef  

New Vocal Jazz Student Auditions  - June 15
Vocal Jazz Auditions will be held Thursday, June 15 th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an audition sheet and sign-up in the Black Box. Paperwork can also be found here: Vocal Jazz Information Sheet and Vocal Jazz Audition Contract.   

Choir AuditionsMusical Notes
2017 - 2018

Choir placement auditions for all choirs will happen during class next week. Audition information can be found here.   If you know of any students who are not currently enrolled in choir but would like to be next year, please have them email Ms. Rowley  to set up an audition time!
Auditions for Women's Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble will take place in the fall. See Vocal Jazz Information in the Jazz News Section.

Band Audition Schedule - Updated
Wind Ensemble Auditions

June 12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions for current Symphonic Band students will be held during 1 st  Period next week. Wind Ensemble Audition Excerpt

New Band Students
All prospective Band students must review Ballard Band Audition Information prior to June 12th.
Audition materials for all band students here:  Wind Ensemble Audition Excerpt

New Percussion Students
A Percussion/Drumline audition packet will be sent out individually and auditions will take place on June 20th from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Please Email Mr. James  to sign up for a 10-minute time slot.

Jazz Band Audition Information above in Jazz News Section,

Graduation Day Performance Red Grad Cap
June 19th at Memorial Stadium

Call time is 4:00 PM at Memorial Stadium for:

Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir
Wind Ensemble
Selected Percussion 

Students will need to leave  right after school. There will be limited parking and students should plan to carpool or take Metro. We do not encourage individual students to drive. All performing students need to bring a change of clothing so that they can turn in their uniform, hanger, and garment bag after graduation and before leaving Memorial Stadium. 

Les Misérables Video
Back by Popular Demand...
Click on logo above or title below to view the video

Video by James Taylor

Performed at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center, Ballard High School | March 25, 2017 | Private Link | https://vimeo.com/211285593/beaa8c4273 

2017 - 2018 VP Communications
This is the Perfect Job for You!

Last but not least - we have all but 2 of the BPA jobs for next year filled! 
Thanks to everyone who has stepped up!

VP Communications is a coordinating role. We already have very smart, able people filling all the key roles to generate the newsletter, chase the publicity, update the website, maintain the calendar, do the graphics. We need you to be a contact point, schedule photographer parents for concerts, store some information on the BPA Google drive (we have a simple system in place already), order posters, alert the committee when necessary. All of the folks involved are either veterans on the committee already, or are taking it on with the promise of support from their predecessor. This work gets done via email and phone. We strive to keep our families informed, build community, and spread the word about Ballard Performing Arts!  Please contact current VP Communications with questions:   Ann Selberg

The following position (in addition to the one above) are still open:   
  • Spotlight Gala Co-chair
  • For detailed information about this position, please see the BPA Jobs Newsletter

Last BPA Meeting of the Year
Wednesday, June 14th - 6:00 PM

Join us as we welcome new board members and say thanks to those who are moving on. We will approve the preliminary budget and vote in new officers. Potluck at 6:00 PM and meeting to begin at 6:45 PM. Due to space considerations, please RSVP to ballardperformingarts@gmail.com

Family Summer Opportunity for Choir 

The Seachordsmen (proud sponsor of Ballad Performing Arts) invite all men in the choir(s) & their fathers or guardians to the Seattle SeaChordsmen's guest night rehearsal on Tuesday, July 18th.  
Full details at www.seachordsmen.org .  

This is a great way to keep singing over the summer and come back to school better prepared to sing in harmony.

Summer Music Camps
There is still time to register for Summer Music Camps

A Note from our Directors:
Summertime is an important time for students to continue working on their musical or theatrical skills, to meet and work with students from other schools, and to gain experience for college applications. Click here for a list of some of the many opportunities available in our region. We hope that Ballard Performing Arts students will participate in some of these camps and workshops.  Go directly to listed websites for more information and please let us know if there is an opportunity that you would like to add to this list.
Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Summer Music Camps.

Thu 6/8 Spring Band Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center  7:30 PM
Mon 6/12 5th Avenue Theatre Awards 7:00 PM 
Mon 6/12-14 Jazz Auditions before school - current students only
Mon 6/12 - 16 Wind Ensemble Auditions - 1st period for current Symphonic Band Members
Wed 6/14
Fall Play Auditions:   Metamorphosis   3:30 PM in the PAC
Wed 6/14
Last BPA Meeting - offsite - please RSVP to attend
Thu 6/15
Vocal Jazz Auditions  3:30 - 5:30 PM
Fri 6/16
Fiddle Showcase at Ballard Homestead 7:00 PM  -   Tickets Here
Mon 6/19 Graduation at Memorial Stadium - Wind Ensemble, CC Adv Choir, Percussion
Tue 6/20 Drumline Auditions 3:30 in the music room
Tue 6/20  Incoming Freshman Orientation in PAC  7:00 PM