January 12

Fill the Goodwill Truck!
Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

The Goodwill truck will be in the Ballard HS parking lot this Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Please set aside your items for donation until then. Ballard Performing Arts will receive a donation of at least $500 from Goodwill. They will accept small furniture (no large furniture please), electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items, etc. 

58th Annual  
Spaghetti Dinner 
Welcome to the 60s!

Who is invited?
You, your family, your friends and neighbors, and future BHS families. Tickets are available here.

What is this event?
The Spaghetti Dinner is our annual Ballard Performing Arts fundraiser where we celebrate and share our three music programs and drama department with the larger Ballard community.

When and Where?
Saturday, February 4th from 5:30 - 8:30 PM in the BHS Commons

Why attend?
Your student will be performing and this is your only opportunity all year to hear every BPA music group in a single evening. You will even be treated to a sneak preview of the musical by the cast of Les Misérables!  Come enjoy the music of the 60s with old friends, meet new BPA families, and best of all - avoid cooking dinner at home!

How can I help?
It takes a brigade of student and adult volunteers to feed hundreds of people. The performance schedule is listed on the Sign Up Genius to avoid volunteer shift/performance conflicts. Students earn service hours for volunteering.  Please contact co-chair  Melissa Middlebrook   with questions. Click on the Sign up button to select your shift.

Tickets  are available now!
$15/adult, $10/student and Free/5yrs and under are available here.  Please note - all Ballard Performing Arts students must buy a ticket in order to eat dinner. 

Band News 
Ellington Recording and Rehearsal Dates for Jazz Band 1

Monday, January 16 (MLK Day) - Rehearsal  6:00 -9:00 PM
Tuesday, January 24 - Ellington Recording  6:00 -9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25 - Ellington Recording  6:00 -9:00 PM

NYC Wind Ensemble Trip Information
The final payment of $300 (toward the final trip cost of $1800) was due last week. If you haven't already done so, place your check in the black box in the music room or pay online  here. An  updated NYC itinerary is available   here.

Pep Band and Pizza Night at Basketball Games next Wednesday 1/18
This is the one required basketball game for all band and percussion students. Call Time is 5:45 PM.  Middle School band students will be joining us to play pep band songs at the Girls Basketball Game. Don't forget to wear your Band shirt.  The complete Pep Band at Basketball Game Schedule is available  here .

Drivers Needed - Jazz Band 1:  UW Jazz Festival, Saturday, January 28th All Day 
Depending on the number of seats in parents' cars we will need up to 6 parent drivers for this event.  All volunteer paperwork must be completed and processed before the trip.  Anyone with paperwork on file will need to fill out the driving form for this trip.  Please contact Ingrid Riley if you can drive for this event.

Jazz Band Clinic Review:
Last week, Justin DiCioccio from the Manhattan School of Music was here to work with Jazz 1. He gave a great clinic and Jazz 2 was there to watch and learn as well.  Both bands had dinner together.  A BIG Thank You to all of the parents who provided food and/or drinks for the dinner.  Also, big thanks to the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood who provided lodging for Justin while he was here to work with area schools.  Send business their way if you know of anyone who will be visiting the Seattle area!

Orchestra News
NW Orchestra Festival Online Payment Available

Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra's half payment of $200 for the Portland trip & NW Orchestra Festival is due Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. Pay online here or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts. If you'd like to deduct an amount from your student account, please submit a note with your remaining payment, or just a note, to the black mailbox with your name and how much you'd like to use from your student account. If you have been approved for a scholarship, that amount will be deducted from the second and final payment. 

Chaperones Needed
We are looking for 2 females and 1 male chaperone for the Portland trip from Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th 2017.  The tour will include an open rehearsal with Oregon Symphony, clinic with Portland State University faculty, NW Orchestra Festival all day on Saturday, performance at the Grotto on Sunday, and many enjoyable moments in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Chaperones are subsidized and will pay half of the total cost, estimated $200. Please contact Sylvia Schweinberger if you would like to chaperone this trip.

Solo and Ensemble Vocal Recital
Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 and 7:30 PM at BHS

Vocal students competing in the Solo and Ensemble competition will have a recital at BHS on Wednesday, February 1st at either 6:30 or 7:30 PM.  Ms. Rowley will schedule two different groups and will let your student(s) know which hour they will perform. Be advised that this is the day between semesters and there is no school that day. 

Turn In Your Candy Money!
Where Is That Envelope Stuffed with $1 Bills? 

Please turn in the money you owe for the candy you checked out immediately.  Be sure your name is on the envelope when you drop it in the band room mailbox! Questions?  Please contact Jill Hansen.

Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala
Saturday, March 18th 

Save the date for the Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala! Your Gala ticket will include dinner and a prime seat for the performance. Gala tickets will be available at a later date. Advance tickets are now on sale for all performances. Tickets are available at showtix4u for the Saturday, March 18th performance for those who do not wish to attend the Gala. Don't delay, the show is sure to sell out.  Buy your tickets today at showtix4u
Performance Dates:
March 16, 17 and 18 and  March 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM 

If you are interested in helping out with the Gala, please contact Drama Rep Bonnie Moses.

Les Misérables Participant Check List
  • All cast members and all Thespians (even if not in the show) must sell at least one program ad. Paperwork was handed out at rehearsal and is also available here.
  • All cast members must return the parent information/volunteer sheet and their bio forms.
  • Les Misérables T-shirts are available for $10 - checks payable to BHS Performing Arts.
  • Work Call is every Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 PM - Students only!

The Seattle Seachordsmen
Winter Holiday Concert Donation

The final numbers are in from the Seachordsmen's Holiday concert.  With the participation of the Ballard High School Women's Chamber Choir and the Men's Ensemble, the Seachordsmen were able to raise money enough to donate the following amounts to area charities:

Phinney Ridge Food Bank/outreach: $1,500
Mary's Place : $500
Path With Art: $1,000
Queen Anne Helpline: $500

The two choirs also earned $200 for Ballard Performing Arts.

The SeaChordsmen would like to send out a huge Thank You! To the choirs for their participation and invite all interested men 16+ (students and parents welcome!) to our guest night on January 17, 2017 at Queen Anne Baptist Church 2011 1st Ave N Seattle 98109.  Questions?  
Contact:   David Rice,  VP Music,   Seattle SeaChordsmen    206-724-4585

Where Is Your Concert Attire?
Families, please remind your students to pick up their clothes!

Concert Clothes that did not make it home after the Winter Concerts are being held in storage. There is a $5.00 storage and retrieval fee.  Please see your teacher or Jill Hansen to pick up your clothes ASAP.

Community News for Vocal Students
Solo and Ensemble Masterclasses and Individual Lessons

Solo & Ensemble preparation masterclasses:  get ready, feel steady!  Group sessions with individual focus on Sunday 1/22 and Sunday 1/29 in Wallingford. More information here.

New Year's voice lesson special:  If in-class voice lessons don't work for you, consider taking lessons outside of school. Dr. Stacey Mastrian is based in Wallingford and is offering a New Year's lesson special of $50 for an initial voice lesson for new students (a $25 discount!) through February 15, 2017. Contact Dr. Stacey Mastrian at DrMastrian@gmail.com  and view her websites at Stacey MastrianMastrian Studio

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse persons or programs listed under Community New.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Sat 1/14 Goodwill trucks in the BHS Parking Lot.  Come fill the truck to earn $ for BPA.
Mon 1/16 Jazz I - Extra Rehearsal to prep for Ellington Recording 6:00 - 9:00 PM 
Tue 1/24 Jazz I Ellington Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Wed 1/25 Jazz I Ellington Recording 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Sat 1/28 UW Jazz Festival - Jazz I  all day
Wed 2/1
Vocal Recital for Solo and Ensemble Participants 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM at BHS
Sat 2/4 Spaghetti Dinner in BHS Commons  5:30 - 8:30 PM
Sat 2/4 WMEA Solo and Ensemble - Seattle Pacific University - all day