February 16

Band News
NW Region Band Concert 
Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 PM Help Needed!

Ballard will be hosting students from several elementary schools and bands from Salmon Bay, Blaine, Whitman, McClure, and Hamilton middle schools. Last year over 300 students joined the Ballard Wind Ensemble in a performance. It will be a packed event requiring all hands on deck. Please lend a hand by baking treats, donating healthy food or working a bake sale shift. Call time 6:30 PM - Wear Band T-shirts


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:
  • Tuesday         February 28, 3:30 - 4:45pm
  • Thursday        March 9, 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday         March 21, 3:30 - 5:30pm 
  • Monday          March 27, 3:30 - 4:30pm 
  • Thursday       March 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm  - Performance for Family and Friends then Parent Meeting
  • Wednesday    April 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Friday             April 7 - We Leave for New York!
Instrument Tune Up during Mid-Winter Break
Mid-Winter Break is a great time to get your student's  instruments cleaned & tuned and for students going to  NYC to prepare their instrument for the Carnegie Hall  performance. We highly recommend Marie at  Seattle Sound Repair   4112 Stone Way N., Seattle WA 98103. Questions? call Seattle Sound Repair. Free estimates provided 206-659-9023.

Orchestra News
EBMEA Orchestra Festival - Thursday, March 2 -  Chaperones Still Needed!

2 More Drivers and 2 More Chaperones Needed: to drive or ride the bus to Garfield HS, attend the festival, eat lunch, etc. for the day.  Depart BHS at 8:00 AM and return at 3:15 PM.  *EBMEA - Elliott Bay Music Educator's Association.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Orchestra Tour to Portland - March 10 - 12 - Final Payment due Tuesday, 2/28
Thank you to those who volunteered to chaperone! Contact Sylvia or Brittany with any questions or concerns.  The final payment 2 is due Tuesday, February 28th - $200.   Pay online here   or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.   Weekend Tour and Festival Itinerary here

NW Orchestra Festival Recap
Last night, Ballard High School hosted the Northwest Region Strings Concert with 275 talented musicians from our local elementary and middle schools. The evening was capped with an all-school performance of Ode to Joy that commanded a well-deserved standing ovation from our very full house!   A BIG thank you to all of the student musicians and parent volunteers that helped make the evening such a great success!   

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. Don't delay, the show is sure to sell out!

This Week's Peek Behind The Scenes:

Thernadiers strike a deal with Valjean for Cosette

Les Misérables Dinner Gala
Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM

Purchase your tickets 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.

Choir News
PLU Choral Invitational - Friday, March 3rd 

Concert choir and Advanced Chorale will both be attending the PLU Choral Invitational. It will take place during the entire school day. Permission slips were due last week.  Call Time is  6:20 AM. Please wear Choir T-shirts and black pants. Bring a sack lunch or money to purchase food. We will return to BHS at 5:00 PM.
DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Saturday, March 4th - Vocal Jazz
We will need 3 to 4 drivers and chaperones to accompany Vocal Jazz to the Edmonds Center for the Arts for this all day festival. Please contact Page Harader if you are able to chaperone and she will provide volunteer forms and details. For more information see the website: DeMiero Jazz Fest.

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.  The Portland tour price will be $350. A full itinerary will be released shortly. Students who have participated in fundraising activities should check with Jill Hansen or Dan Requarth to see if they have money in their ASB account to contribute to this trip. 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. 

First Portland Tour Payment Due after Winter Break
Payment 1 of $200 is due on Wednesday, March 1. Pay online or by check made payable to BPA.

Les Mis érables Cast Members and Thespians:
  • 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.
  • Work Call - every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Students Only!

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Sun 2/19
All NW - All State Music Honor Ensembles Concerts - Tickets available here
Wed 3/1 NW Region Band Concert hosted by BHS - 7:00 PM - Wind Ensemble
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 - Advanced & Concert Choir
Sat 3/4 DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Edmonds Center for the Arts - all day - Vocal Jazz
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
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  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