March 16

Tonight is Opening Night for Les Misérables
Curtain at 7:30 PM

"Les Miserables" is a beautiful show in every way. Music, costumes, acting, sets. More than 100 students are directly involved with this production! The pit orchestra of 35 players doesn't get a break until intermission. There are still tickets available to all shows, including newly-released seats on the first Saturday. Snap them up at . TIckets are selling briskly and we recommend reserving your seat with an advance ticket so you will be guaranteed a place to view this phenomenal show.

Performances are Thursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM 
and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM.

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This Week's Peek Behind The Scenes:

Revolution is Brewing

Drama Volunteers 
Check the Spreadsheet for your Shift and/or Baking Date

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. Thank you in advance for helping Les Misérables have a successful run.

Cast, Orchestra and Crew Reminders
  • Students will perform a matinee on Wednesday 3/22 (Call Time 8:15 AM) 
  • Pit Orchestra, here is your final rehearsal schedule
Flower and Candy Kudos
Available at every performance 

Celebrate a job well done by sending a "Kudos Rose" or "Kudos Chocolate Bar" and a note backstage to your favorite cast, crew or pit orchestra member. Kudos will be available for purchase near the bake sale table at every show for $2 each. All proceeds benefit Ballard Performing Arts.

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. 

Wind Ensemble is headed to Carnegie Hall!
Dress Rehearsal March 29th at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Pack the PAC on March 29th from 7:00 to 7:30 pm and send them off to NYC in style

Most of us can't get to Carnegie Hall on April 11, 2017 to hear the Wind Ensemble perform, but we can create a standing room crowd at their dress rehearsal!  This 30 minute concert is free to all.

Wind Ensemble will give us a sneak preview of their Carnegie material:   Overture to 'Candide' by Leonard Bernstein and 'Give Us This Day' by David Maslanka. (Wind Ensemble Families must stay after the performance for the NYC trip meeting.)

This group of 70 musicians was accepted into the "New York International Music Festival" through a competitive audition process and is one of eight ensembles from around the world chosen to perform at this particular festival. They will be able to listen to and interact with students from all over the world throughout the festival. Other ensembles selected to perform include the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra from Australia, the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra from Wales, the Los Angeles Children's Orchestra and the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and Choirs. 
Wind Ensemble departs on April 7th and returns on the 12th. 

The NYC itinerary includes festival participation and performance, giving a concert in Central Park, taking in a Broadway show and visiting a variety of sights in the city. It's been a long time in planning, and it's finally here!  Carnegie Hall Tickets Here.

Band News
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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:

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

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
Freshmen Parents Now's the Time to Get Involved! 
All three band groups: Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Percussion will attend the all day Elliott Bay Band festival on Tuesday, March 28 th.  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. Freshmen parents, please join the fun and get involved. Permission Slips are due on Monday, March 20th. 

Orchestra News
Congratulations Symphonic Orchestra!

Symphonic Orchestra took 2nd place in their division at the NW Orchestra Festival in Gresham over the weekend! Congratulations on your performance! Click here for a YouTube playlist of the Orchestra's weekend performances.

The Ballard Orchestras had an exciting and busy performance tour to Portland, Oregon over the weekend. Highlights included an open rehearsal with the Oregon Symphony of Dvořák's Cello Concerto, clinics with PSU faculty Tomas Cotik and Ken Selden, dynamic performances at the NW Orchestra Festival in Gresham, and a public performance at the Grotto National Sanctuary.

Thank you to our fabulous chaperones for making this trip happen - Steve Redpath, Sylvia Schweinberger, Eric Sanderson, Phyllis Rosen, & Kim Munniza.
2017 Orchestra Tour of Portland and NW Orchestra Festival in Gresham, OR

Spring Concerto Auditions
Calling all instrumentalists who would like to audition to perform one movement of a standard concerto work for the Spring Orchestra Concert, Thursday, June 1st 7:30 PM.  Auditions will take place on Monday, April 3rd beginning at 4 PM.  A sign up sheet will be posted in the Music Room this week to sign up for a ten-minute time slot.  Accompanists are welcome to play for auditions. 

Choir News
Choir Tour to Portland, May 5th - 7th - Payment 1 is Overdue

There are still 20 Advanced Chorale or Concert Choir students who have not made the first payment for the Portland Tour. 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 
Freshmen Parents Now's the Time to Get Involved!
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. We need chaperones for this trip. Please contact  Page Harader if you are able to chaperone.  Freshmen parents, please join the fun and get involved.  Permission slips are due Monday, March 20th

Choirs in the Community
Thank you Women's Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble for sharing the gift of music with the local community. Women's Chamber Choir sang for the Norwegian Ladies Chorus at their annual Fishcake Dinner this past Sunday and Men's Ensemble sang for the Coe Elementary School Auction this past Saturday.  Both choirs gave fabulous performances and were great ambassadors for Ballard High School and Ballard Performing Arts.

Senior Scholarship Opportunity
Sub Pop's 2017 Loser Scholarship - Due 3/22/17

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.

Summer Music Camps
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Vivace!  August 14 - 20 2017

It's time to register!  Experience an incredible week of chamber music and orchestra at Vivace! 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! 

2017 Marrowstone Music Festival - Deadline is Saturday!
There is still time for your students to apply to the  2017 Marrowstone Music Festival
The deadline for application for all students is March 18th . Applications are available online at support is available throughout the application process by emailing or calling 206-362-2300

Fiddle Tunes Workshop - Fort Worden - July 2 - 9
Spend a week at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, living, learning, and playing music with masters of a wide variety of fiddling styles. Fiddle Tunes provides an opportunity to be in community with the bearers of fiddle traditions.   Fiddle Tune Workshop Information Here.

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Summer Music Camps.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

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 - Show tickets available here
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 Middle Schools - 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 Dress Rehearsal followed by Parent Meeting 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the PAC