March 9
Les Misérables Dinner Gala
Last Date to Buy Tickets Extended to March 13th

Please join us on Saturday, March 18th for an evening of dinner and theatre at our Annual Spring Musical Fundraiser: 
  • 5:00 PM  Mocktail Reception - Meet the cast
  • 5:45 PM  Dinner is served - cuisine française bien sûr!
  • 7:30 PM  Curtain - take your prime reserved seat for the show!
Your Gala ticket includes the Reception, Dinner and a Prime Seat for Les Misérables. 
Students $35/Adults $50/Theatre Patrons $75

Deadline extended
Tickets Must Be Purchased by Monday, March 13th

Click Here for Gala Tickets

Vegetarian option available, please contact Bonnie Moses to order a vegetarian entree

Les Misérables
Thrilling, Spectacular and Unforgettable!

The tale of Jean Valjean in his search for redemption, Javert's relentless pursuit of him in the name of justice, and the broken dreams of Fantine are set against the stirrings of revolution in 1823. Epic is a word that applies to everything about this show. Come join us and get swept up in this production that will leave you singing. 

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 Dinner Gala, you must purchase your ticket on the showtix4u website. 

Click Here for Show Tickets

This Week's Peek Behind The Scenes:

Justus Brown, Diego Roberts-Buceta & Sophia Rice as Marius, Valjean & Cosette

Drama Volunteers Needed
Les Misérables - All Show Dates

Parents of Cast and Crew have all volunteered to help with Les Misérables. Please review the revised  Les Miz Volunteer List to find your assignment. We are still in need of more help for the matinee on Sunday, March 26th. Please email  Mr. Riley to let him know if you can take an extra shift. Thank you!

Gala Bartenders Needed
Can you mix a mean mocktail? We are looking for 3 more bartenders to serve mocktails at the Gala on Saturday, March 18th. No experience necessary - just a good sense of humor!  If you'd like to volunteer, send your best joke to Erin Campbell .

Cast, Orchestra and Crew Reminders
  • Students will perform matinees on Wednesday 3/15 (Call time 9:15 AM) and Wednesday 3/22 (Call Time 8:15 AM) during the school day.
  • Permission slips to miss class for both Wednesday matinees are due Friday, March 10th.
  • Rehearsals will be all cast and crew until the show opens.
  • Pit Orchestra, here is your final rehearsal schedule
Take A Seat!
Buy a Seat Plaque 

"Buy" a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. These funds will benefit Ballard High School Performing Arts Center. 400 seats are available. 

BPA Thespian Donation to Lifelong
Rent in Concert generated a $5,441.38 gift

From Lifelong's Facebook page:
We're honored to have Ballard Performing Arts stop by Lifelong this afternoon to drop off a check for a whopping $5,441.38 from their World AIDS Day RENT concert last December. Here we have a group of students from Ballard High School (Seattle, Washington) presenting Paul, Lifelong's Deputy Director, with the fruits of their labor. Brava!

Thank you Joan Rice for driving the students to Lifelong on Monday.

Choir News
Choir Tour to Portland, May 5th - 7th

Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale are headed to Portland May 5th - 7th.  The Portland tour price will be $350. Students who have participated in fundraising activities should check the Student Account Balance Spreadsheet to see if they have money in their ASB account to contribute toward the trip payment. Payment 1 of $200 was due March 1st.  Pay  online or by check made payable to BPA. Please send a note along with the payment indicating the amount (see  Student Account Balance Spreadsheet for individual students funds) to be deducted from the payment. Thank you to all those who paid on time. Questions?  Email Ms. Rowley.

EBMEA Choir Festival at Garfield High - Wednesday, March 29th 
Chaperones Needed
All three large choirs: Treble, Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir will head to Garfield High on Wednesday, March 29th for an all day choir festival. Permission slips will be handed out in class are due Monday, March 20th. We need 2 more driving chaperones for this trip. Please contact Page Harader if you are able to drive.

PLU Choral  Invitational
Congratulations to Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir for your wonderful performances at the  PLU Choral Invitational last Friday. Thank you to all parent chaperones!

Concert Choir at Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU Campus

DeMiero's Jazz Festival
BHS Vocal Jazz and featured soloists gave outstanding performances at the DeMiero Jazz Festival. Thank you to our parent drivers and chaperones.

Featured Soloist Rachel Halmrast and Vocal Jazz

Orchestra News
Orchestra Tour to Portland - March 10 - 12 

Tomorrow morning, all orchestra students and chaperones will meet in the BHS parking lot at 
6:15 AM, ready for a great tour weekend ahead!  Portland Trip Itinerary We will be departing Portland at 2:30 PM on Sunday, March 12th.  Stay tuned to our Facebook and twitter accounts with our expected arrival time back to Seattle. 

EBMEA Orchestra Festival Performance 
Congratulations to both Orchestras for their strong performances at last Thursday's EBMEA Orchestra Festival.  Both groups received Superior ratings and insightful comments and clinics from judges Dr. Nikolas Caoile and Dr. Anna Jensen.  A big thank you to our chaperones Eric Hanson and Sylvia Schweinberger!

Fiddlers on Vashon Island
Fiddle Ensemble performed music for the HIMS annual square dance on Vashon Island on Friday night for a very full house. Way to bring the spirit, Fiddlers!  Another big thank you to parent drivers Steve Redpath, Sylvia Schweinberger, and Temple McNeer for making this special opportunity happen!

Band News
Carnegie Hall Rehearsal Schedule

All students heading to NYC in April must attend the following Combined Wind Ensemble and Percussion Rehearsals. Please add these dates to your calendar:

Tonight - 6:30 - 8:30 - Dinner provided for Pit Orchestra Members
Tue      March 21, 3:30 - 5:30pm 
Mon     March 27, 3:30 - 4:30pm 
Wed     March 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm  Performance then Parent Meeting
Wed     April 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Fri        April 7 - "Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today" - Depart for NYC

Pack the PAC and other NYC Wind Ensemble Trip Details
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the pre-NYC Wind Ensemble Performance for family and friends followed by the Parent Meeting on Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 PM at BHS. For more info and tickets click here: NYC Trip Itinerary  and  Carnegie Hall Performance Tickets

Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets
We still have 24 Brown Bear car wash tickets that need to be sold before the trip to NYC!  $7.00 per ticket. Contact Jill Hansen or purchase the night of the meeting.

Bach in the Subways
Selected Ballard Percussion students are participating in the annual "Bach in the Subways" event.  Students will be performing marimba duets at the Seattle Public Library (downtown) from 3:20 - 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 18. For more information about this event, check out the 

EBMEA Band Festival - Tuesday, March 28th at Ingraham High
Chaperones Needed!
The Elliott Bay Band festival is Tuesday, March 28 th , and 8 adult chaperones are needed to spend the day with the Band. Please email Ingrid Riley if you can chaperone. The festival is at Ingraham HS and the parents just need to be there to supervise. We will be in the Ingraham Auditorium the entire school day. Permission Slips are due on Monday, March 20th.

Senior Scholarship Opportunity
Sub Pop's 2017 Loser Scholarship

Sub Pop Records in Seattle, WA is offering a grand total of $15,000 worth of college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. There are three scholarships-one for $7,000, one for $5,000 and one for $3,000. As longtime and proud losers ourselves, we're exceedingly happy to be able, in some small way, to help further the education of art-enthused misfits from the NW.

Applicants must be a resident of WA or OR, and a graduating senior on your way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. We are looking for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. However, you do not need to be pursuing an education in the arts.

To apply you must submit an essay, one page or less, using any combination of the following questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Please list the school you are graduating from and the school you plan to attend in the fall at the top of your essay along with your contact information.

- What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?
- What does being a Sub Pop 'Loser' mean to you?
- What are your influences and/or who inspired you to become involved in the arts?
- Describe your biggest failure and explain how it has brought you closer to your goal(s).
- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
- How has your family or community background affected the way you see the world?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to send digital links and/or provide hard copies of their artwork along with their essay (we have never had a winner who submitted only an essay). However, please be aware that Sub Pop will not return any of this material, so please don't send originals. Sub Pop will give equal opportunity to all applicants who fit the criteria outlined above. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 22nd.

Please send all submissions and attachments to by Wednesday, March 22nd. We will announce the scholarship winners on April 3rd.

Community News
Vivace!  August 14 - 20 2017

It's time to register!  Experience an incredible week of chamber music and orchestra at Vivaci! August 14 - 20, 2017.  Classes Include: Chamber Music Rehearsals, Orchestra/Large Ensemble Rehearsals, Choir, Performance Classes and Final Concerts. New Location! University Prep.
Register now at  Vivace! to reserve your spot today! 

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Community News.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Thu 3/9 Carnegie Hall Practice - 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Fri 3/10-12 NW Orchestra Festival - Gresham, OR - Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra
Wed 3/15
Les Misérables Matinee for Elementary Schools - 10:00 AM  Call time is 9:15 AM
Thu 3/16 Les Misérables - Opening Night!  7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Fri 3/17 Les Misérables - 7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Sat 3/18 "Bach in the Subways" at Seattle Public Library - 3:20 - 4:00 PM - Selected Percussion
Sat 3/18  Les Misérables Dinner Gala - 5:00 PM in Commons - Gala Ticket includes a show seat
Sat 3/18 Les Misérables - 7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Tue 3/21
Carnegie Hall Practice - 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Wed 3/22
Les Misérables Matinee - for Norse Home - 8:45 AM   Call time is 8:15 AM
Thu 3/23
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Fri 3/24
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Sat 3/25
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Sun 3/26
Les Misérables  - 2:00 PM in the PAC - Tickets available here
Mon 3/27
Carnegie Hall Practice - 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Tue 3/28 EBMEA Band Festival at Ingraham High - all day - Wind, Symphonic and Percussion
Wed 3/29 EBMEA Choir Festival at Garfield High - all day - Treble, Advanced and Concert Choirs
Wed 3/29
Carnegie Hall Performance followed by Parent Meeting 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the PAC