February 2

Click on the poster for tickets or purchase at the door.
The 58th Annual  
Spaghetti Dinner 
Saturday, February 4th

The night's menu features  spaghetti with homemade meat sauce (vegetarian and gluten-free options), fresh green salad with choice of dressing, fresh baked bread, lemonade, water, coffee, AND ice cream for dessert! There will also be a bake sale, raffle and BPA spirit wear sale. Don't miss the fun and the opportunity to see all 14 Ballard Performing Arts groups.

Performance Schedule
6:00 Symphonic Band
6:10 Treble Choir
6:20 Symphonic Orchestra
6:30 Men's Ensemble
6:40 Jazz 2
6:55 Women's Chamber
7:05 Fiddle Ensemble
7:15 Vocal Jazz
7:25 Jazz 1
7:40 Advanced Chorale ***
7:50 Concert Choir ***
8:00 Chamber Orchestra
8:10 Les Miz Cast ***
8:20 Wind Ensemble  

*** Advanced Chorale, Concert Choir and Les Miz cast - note updated performance times.

All students, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled performance and wear your music T-shirts. Remember, you must buy a ticket in order to eat dinner.

"Won't you please, please help me!"
There are still a few open shifts including 4 dishwasher slots from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Please volunteer for a short shift to ensure the evening's success. The performance schedule is listed on the Sign Up Genius to avoid any conflicts. Students will receive service hours for volunteering. 

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

Update: Solo and Ensemble Competition 
Saturday, February 4th at Seattle Pacific University

All Students participating in the Solo and Ensemble Competition must review the following two documents prior to the competition on Saturday,

Solo and Ensemble Performance Schedule sorted by your Music Director's name.

Band News and Thank Yous
UW Jazz Festival - Congratulations to Jazz 1

Congratulations to Mr. James and Jazz 1 for being selected as one of three Outstanding Ensembles invited to perform in the final concert of the UW Jazz Festival last Saturday.  

Band and Percussion Rehearsal tomorrow - Friday, February 3
Band and Percussion students must attend rehearsal after school tomorrow from 3:30 - 4:00 PM to prepare for the Spaghetti Dinner.

Marching Band at 8th Grade Open House - Thursday, February 9
Call Time is 5:45 PM. Change into Marching Band Uniforms, perform from 6:30 - 7:00 PM in the Gym then change out of uniforms. We are need of 5 - 6 parents to help with uniform check in at 7:00 PM. Please contact Ingrid Riley to volunteer.

Thank You Pep Band!
BHS PEP Band | Ballard Boys Varsity vs Nathan Hale | Jan 28, 2017
BHS PEP Band | Ballard Boys Varsity vs Nathan Hale | Jan 28, 2017
Thank you Pep Band members for showing your BHS spirit by filling the gym with your music and energy during the Varsity Basketball games this season. If you didn't get a seat at Saturday's sold out basketball games watch the video to see our fantastic Pep Band in action!

NW Region Strings Concert
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 PM at BHS

We need lots of parent volunteers and enough baked goods and food donations to feed an army of elementary and middle school students! I f you are unable to volunteer, please consider donating treats or dropping off a food item listed on the Sign Up below. Volunteer shifts are:
5:00 - 6:00 PM - serve pizza before the concert and set up chairs and stands
6:45 - 8:15 PM - work the bake sale table before, during and after the concert 
8:00 - 8:30 PM  - tear down chairs and stands. BHS students will also be helping.

Call time for BHS Students is 5:20 PM 
Dress:  Students will wear their BHS Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. 
Purpose: To show the community the progression of the SPS instrumental music program from elementary level through high school. Please sign up and lend a hand!

UPDATE: Orchestra Tour to Portland - March 10 - 12
Only 1 Female and 1 Male Chaperone Still Needed:  Ride the bus with us down to Portland, and take part in our weekend tour. Cost for chaperones is $200.  Depart BHS Friday March 10 at 6:30 AM, return to BHS Sunday March 12 by 6:00 PM.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Portland Tour Payment Schedule and Itinerary.
Payment 1 was due Tuesday, January 24th - $200 
Payment 2 is due Tuesday, February 26th - $200 
Pay online here  or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.

Choir News
Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir Tour to Portland, May 5 - 7 

Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale are headed to Portland! This educational performance tour will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th. We will leave after lunch on Friday. Students will only miss 5th and 6th periods and it will NOT interfere with Friday's AP tests. On our way down, we will participate in a choir exchange concert with the acclaimed Rogers High School Concert Choir in Puyallup. On Saturday, we'll have an in-depth clinic with Dr. Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University. Dr. Sperry is truly one of the best in the field today and we are incredibly lucky to get to work with him! Also, that weekend, we'll perform at the beautiful Grotto, both outside in the Cliffside amphitheater and in the acoustically vivid chapel.

While in Portland, we'll stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel downtown, close to Powell's Books, Voodoo Donuts, downtown shopping and the riverfront. The hotel includes a full breakfast buffet each morning. Also included is a group dinner at Old Town Pizza and Saturday night and bowling at AMF Lanes. In addition, we'll have time to explore the Pearl District, Mississippi Street, and NE Alberta Street neighborhoods. 

The Portland tour price is estimated at $350, but an exact price and full itinerary will be released shortly. It is our hope that all students in Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale can attend. Please contact Ms. Rowley if you have any questions are concerns. 

Payment 1 of $200 is due on Wednesday, March 1st, either online or by check made payable to BPA.

Men's Ensemble Sings the National Anthem
Men's Ensemble National Anthem 28-Jan-2017

Thank you Men's Ensemble for your beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the sold-out basketball game last Saturday night.

All NW - All State Music Honor Ensemble Tickets
Performances on Sunday, February 19th

Congratulations to the four Concert Choir members and one Chamber Orchestra member who were selected from 4600 musicians to participate in the prestigious NAfME All-Northwest High School Honor Ensembles. The choirs will perform at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 19 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in the Bellevue Sheraton Hotel. The Symphony Orchestra will perform at 5:30 PM on Sunday, February 19 at Benaroya Hall. 

One ticket allows admission to concerts at both venues. Tickets cost $20 each and are free for ages 14 and under. Click here for tickets and information. Tickets are also available at the door for $25.
  • Diego Roberts Buceta: Bass - All-NW Mixed Choir
  • Olivia Sutherland - Alto: All-NW Treble Choir 
  • Alex Putnam - Tenor: All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Zipporah Johnson: Alto - All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Emmett Armstrong: String Bass - All-State Symphony Orchestra 

Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala
Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM
Reserve your seats now for an unforgettable night of dinner and theatre on Saturday, March 18th. You will enjoy a relaxing meal and mocktail in the BHS Commons with fellow theatre fans then stroll on over to the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center to your prime reserved seat at Les Misérables.

Advance Tickets On Sale Now
Performances are Thursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend the Saturday, March 18th performance but not the Gala, you must purchase your ticket on the showtix4u website. Don't delay, the show is sure to sell out!

Buy your tickets today at  showtix4u

Les Misérables Reminders: Program Ads & T-shirts
  • Program Ads - 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.
  • T-shirts Many cast, crew and orchestra members still need to pay for their Les Misérables T-shirts ($10 - cash or checks payable to BPA). Students may use their student account money but ONLY if they let Mr. Riley know.
  • Work Call - every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Student Only!

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Fri 2/3 Band and Percussion Rehearsal for Spaghetti Dinner - 3:30 - 4:00 PM 
Sat 2/4 Spaghetti Dinner in BHS Commons  5:30 - 8:30 PM - Tickets available here
Sat 2/4 WMEA Solo and Ensemble - Seattle Pacific University - see teachers for exact time slots
Tue 2/7 BPA Booster Board Meeting 5:50 PM in BHS Library
Thu 2/9 Marching Band at 8th Grade Open House - Call time is 5:45 PM
Wed 2/15 NW Region Strings Concert 7:00 PM at BHS - Call time for BHS students is 5:20 PM
Sun 2/19
All NW - All State Music Honor Ensembles Concerts - See above for times/locations
Wed 3/1 NW Region Band Concert hosted by BHS - 7:00 PM - Band
Thu 3/2 EBMEA Orchestra Festival at Garfield High - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Orchestra
Fri 3/3 PLU Choral Invitational - Pacific Lutheran University - all day - Concert Choir
Sat 3/4 DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Edmonds Center for the Arts - all day - Vocal Jazz