Sept 14 

Tons of Thanks
Thank you to all who came out to the performing arts information meeting. It was a great success! We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on all things "Ballard Performing Arts". Keep an eye out, for ways you can get involved. No amount of involvement is too small. We can't do this without you. If you couldn't make the meeting, the overview can be found HERE.
A shout out to those who have already helped this year, with uniforms, paperwork, donations, chaperoning and encouraging your student(s).
Camp and Announcements

Congratulations to Mr. James and the BHS Marching Band for another great
band camp! The band has nearly 180 members and is the largest marching band in the city. We look forward to seeing them at the football games soon.  
Don't forget to mark your calendars to watch them in the Homecoming halftime show on Saturday, October 21st, 5:00pm Memorial Stadium!

Band reminders:
  • HUSKY BAND DAY is September 16th! Band members and chaperones should arrive at BHS at 11:00 am for the 6:30 pm start time. Expect to return at 9:00 p.m. to BHS. Chaperones are still needed and receive free admittance to the game, please contact Band Rep Jen Witeck. If anyone would like to attend the game as a spectator, the tickets can be purchased HERE.
    • Food for the day must adhere to Uniform Policy rules. No food/drink which will stain the uniform such as: mustard, relish, cheese, soda, hot chocolate, etc. We strongly encourage beverages and food be in plastic containers as no glass is allowed inside Husky Stadium.  
  • Marching band students need to purchase an ASB card in the main office or purchase online at SchoolPay on the Source
  • Check out the Marching Band FAQ  page for useful information and helpful tips for getting through the season.
  • Band's first BHS football game will be 9/30. We need chaperones! Please contact Jen Witeck if you are interested in joining the band under the "Saturday Night Lights."
    If you are in the Wind Ensemble, pay online  or send in a check for $150 payable to Ballard Performing Arts or request a transfer from your student fundraising account by Monday, September 18th.  Without every student's/chaperon's deposits, due next week, we forfeit our lodging and group dining requests. 

      The second Whistler payment of $200 is due  Thursday, November 16 . The third and final payment is TBD and due  Thursday, January 18 .

September 15th-17th
  • Advanced Choir and Concert Choir leaves for Camp Burton: Friday, September 15th. We are loading the busses at 4pm and driving away at 4:15pm. 
  • Click to connect to the choir camp itinerary and choir camp packing list
Orchestra Musical Notes
Camp, Invitational, NYC prep, & Fiddle Ensemble

  • Camp:September 29th-October 1st. Orchestra camp is quickly approaching - thank you to those who have volunteered to chaperone! Paperwork and fees for students are past due, please submit ASAP. Busses will depart from school at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29th, and return to school by about 2:00 p.m on Sunday, Oct. 1st. Paperwork can be found HERE.
  • Chamber Orchestra will perform for the PLU Orchestra Invitational on Friday, Oct. 13th. We need 6 parent drivers. Please consider driving students and attending the day of performances. Contact Sylvia Schweinberger to get set up as a chaperone.
  • Chamber Orchestra is bound for Lincoln Center in 2018! Parents, if you would like to chaperone, or plan a trip around the National Orchestra Cup in NYC, please get in touch with Ms. Newell or Sylvia Schweinberger ASAP. The second payment for students, and first payment for chaperones is due Nov. 15th. Please see attached sheet for a tentative itinerary and a payment schedule for the trip. 
  • Fiddle Ensemble is kicking off another year starting on Monday, Sept. 18th, and will rehearse from 6:00-7:30 each Monday evening. Please see Ms. Newell for more information about this ensemble.

October 12, 13,14,19 & 20 
Curtain at 7:30pm
General:$15 Students/seniors: $10

Mary Zimmerman's play  Metamorphoses  is based on Ovid's fifteen-volume work of transformation myths. Positioned in and around a large pool on the stage, the characters enact the adaptations of Ovid's tales, juxtaposing the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image. The tone of the drama echoes the themes of change and contrast, from the humor of Phaeton's therapy session to the tragedy of Midas and his daughter. 

Ballard High School is fortunate to have Cal Arts graduate (and former Riley student) Chelsea Duvall as a guest director for this evening of theatre.

Annual Fees
Annual fees due Sept 15th

To cover some of the costs for transportation, music, and t-shirts, Ballard Performing Arts collects a one-time fee at the beginning of the year, instead of collecting fees for activities one at a time. 

Please send in the packet and payment, or the scholarship packet by Sept. 15th. It's our goal for every student, regardless of finances, to participate in the arts. 

You should have received a packet with the information in the mail during the summer.  If you didn't receive a packet, or would like to refer to it online during the year,  it is posted on the website, HERE.

Notifications regarding scholarship decisions will be sent out to families in mid-October. All scholarship applicants should go to camp. 

To check on the status of your fees, contact your Ballard Performing Arts representative: Band, Choir, Orchestra, &  Theatre

Class Reminders
Ballard reminder App

Sign Up for Class Reminders Using App.  Many of you have already done this for your student's sport and/or class.
Ballard Performing Arts classes 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-theatre, 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-theatre, @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.

Spotlight Dinner & Auction
Volunteers Needed

November 18th, 5:30pm - 10:30pm
New Venue: 
Swedish Club at 1920 Dexter Ave N

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Ballard High School Performing Arts Boosters Club - and one of the most fun! Entertainment is provided by the BPA student small ensembles. Enjoy drinks, dinner, silent and live auctions and time to mingle with other true fanatics of the incredible Ballard Performing Arts programs.

What we need help with right now:  Procurement! 
Complete volunteer sign up can be found HERE

Upcoming Events

9/16  SAT  Husky Band Day 11AM - 9:00PM Husky Stadium
9/29  10/1 FRI-SUN   Orchestra Camp 4pm Fri - 3PM Sun Camp Burton  
9/30  SAT  Varsity Football Game 5:00 PM Memorial Stadium Marching Band  
10/10 TUES  Ballard Performing Arts Booster Meeting 6:00 BHS Library 
10/12-10/14 FRI-SUN  Fall Play: Metamorphoses 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Performing Arts Center 
10/13  FRI  PLU Orchestra Invitational All Day - TimeTBA PLU  
10/13  FRI  Varsity Football Game 7:45 PM Memorial Stadium Marching Band 
10/18  WED  Marching Band Homecoming Practice 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
10/20  FRI  Marching Band Homecoming Practice In School Field Trip 
10/21  SAT  Homecoming Performance at Football Game 5:00 PM Memorial Stadium 
10/19-10/20 FRI-SUN  Fall Play: Metamorphoses 7:30pm-10:00 pm Performing Arts Center  
10/25  WED  Fall Choir Concert 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PAC All Choirs 
10/28  SAT  Edmonds Jazz Band Symposium All Day - Time TBA Montlake Terrace High School 

BPA 2017-18 school year calendar
dates subject to change HERE