Congratulations to Ballard Music on their fantastic 
showing  at last weekend's Regional Solo and Ensemble
Festival  held at Seattle Pacific University  

Ballard had 21 soloists and 10 ensembles participate, who all 
earned a score of either I-Superior or II-Excellent.  

Special recognition goes to the 3 ensembles and 
6 soloists who won their categories and will advance to the State Competition in April!  They include Vocal Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, Mixed Vocal Duet, 
Aidan Ward-Richter - Snare Drum, Meg Shepherd - Soprano, Ezra Finch - Soprano, Aisha Carpenter - Alto, Satchel Dunnell - Tenor, and Diego Roberts Buceta - Baritone.  In addition, Chamber Orchestra, Women's Chamber Choir, and 
numerous soloists were selected as alternates in their categories.  
Complete list of Winners & Alternates advancing to the State Competition
Vocal Jazz - Mixed Vocal Large -  State  
Percussion - Large Percussion Ensemble -  State 
Mixed Duet (Diego Roberst Buceta & Aisha Carpenter) -  Mixed Vocal Small -  State
Aidan Ward-Richter - Snare Drum -  State
Meg Shepherd - Soprano -  State
Ezra Finch - Soprano -  State
Aisha Carpenter - Alto -  State 
Satchel Dunnell - Tenor -  State
Diego Roberts Buceta - Baritone -  State
Chamber Orchestra - Large String Ensemble -  2nd Alternate
Women's Chamber Choir - Women's Vocal Large -  1st Alternate
Women's Duet(Meg Shepherd & Zoe Adamson)-Women's Vocal Small  1st Alternate
Ballard Women's Quartet (Sophia Rice, Madi Lieberman-Koenig, Zipporah Johnson, and Camaira Metz) - Women's Vocal Small -  2nd Alternate
Zoe Adamson - Mezzo Soprano -  1st Alternate
Michael Rager - Baritone -  1st Alternate
Amy Gore - Soprano/Alto Saxophone -  1st Alternate
Trevor Rivers - Timpani -  1st Alternate
Emmett Armstrong - String Bass -  2nd Alternate


"Congratulations to the Wind Ensemble who have been accepted into the 2017 New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall.
W ind Ensemble Parents, please look for further communications regarding the dates of this trip and approximate cost."  Mr. James

Videos below of some BHS Music at the 8th Grade Choices Night!
Vocal Jazz
Vocal Jazz
Sousaphones !

Congratulations go to our BHS Orchestra Students on their performances at the 1st Annual NW Region Strings Concert on February 2nd! Over 200 strings students from twelve elementary schools and three middle schools in our northwest region performed, and the evening culminated in a commissioned arrangement of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" theme from his ninth symphony.

Thursday, February 25th EBMEA Orchestra FestivalOrchestra parents - we still need parent chaperones to join us for this all day Orchestra festival at Cleveland High School. It is an amazing event. Please email  if you can help.

Attention all students traveling to Tampa, FL.  Your fully completed permissions slips must be returned to Ms Newell by Friday 2/19.

Nicely done, Advanced Women's Chorale!
Standing O at the Norwegian Commercial Club last week!

Just one month and counting until the Choir Trip to the Big Apple!
Thank you to everyone that attended the NYC Trip Meeting last week! The students have been working hard to prepare for their Carnegie Hall performance while Ms. Rowley and team have been working 
hard to finalize the travel details.  S ee the current  NYC Itinerary  which includes updated important information about the trip, including flight and hotel, as well as planned student activities and meals.  

Also be aware that the permission slip for this extraordinary field trip were sent home for parent signature.  If you have not seen it, please ask your student about it.  It is critical the signed forms are returned as soon as possible to ensure the District has them in advance of the trip.

For the Carnegie tickets, any parent that would like to attend the Chorale Convergence Celebration may buy tickets directly from the Carnegie Hall at  

Finally, there are a few students left with outstanding balances.  It is urgent that these are paid by 2/19. Please contact Jen  Witeck  to find out if your student is one of them.

On Wednesday, February 24th the Ballard Band will host the 2nd Annual NW Region Band Concert at 7:00 PM in the BHS Gymnasium. This wonderful neighborhood event brings together students from the Elementary schools as well as the bands from Blaine, Hamilton, McClure, Salmon Bay & Whitman along with the Ballard Wind Ensemble & Percussionists. This event offers parents a chance to see the musical pathways available to their students and is a fun community building event.  Call time for Ballard students is 6:30 PM and attire is Ballard Band T-Shirts.

Parents we need your help  with the Bake Sale that night:
The Performing Arts Boosters will be having a bake sale at the Regional Band Festival on 2/24.  We could use donations of juice boxes/pouches, fruit snacks, granola type bars and satsuma oranges for the younger students attending. Items may be sent in with your student Wed morning or when they arrive for the event. Contact:  Jill Hansen

The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  is  March 9th at Roosevelt High School
during the school day .  Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble & most percussionists will be attending.  We will leave at 9:30 to go to the event and will be leaving Roosevelt at 1:30 to return to BHS. Permission slips will be handed out at the end of this week.
This is an adjudicated performance and is very exciting and informative to watch. Students will be wearing their concert attire.  A BIG thank you  to the parents who have offered to help out that day.  We really appreciate you! 

ATTN: Wind Ensemble & Percussionists traveling to Vancouver BC in April 2016
Permission slips will be going home the week of March 7th, due back to the Band Room mailbox before March 25th. Please remember to have your students get their teachers signature for missing school on Friday April 8th. We will also be collecting passports or birth certificates. The ID should be put in the Band Room mailbox before March 25th 

All ID's will be kept in a binder that travels on the bus your student is assigned to. One chaperone will be in charge of each binder during the weekend. When we return to school on Sunday, students can collect their ID before they go home.

 Opening Night Gala & Dinner -  March 3, 2016 

Gala Schedule: 
5:00 pm - Meet the Cast
5:45 pm - Buffet Dinner followed by the Opening Night Show! 
Tickets $50, Patron $75.  Tables for 8 $400 & Patron for 8 $600

Gala tickets available here and the ticket includes
Dinner & Reserved Seating at the Opening Night of the show.
Special Guest Reuven Carlyle: State Senator & Ballard parent. 

Presented by the BHS Foundation in partnership with BHS Performing Arts
For additional information, contact Dick Lee or call 206-391-5555. 
Can't attend but  would like to support Performing Arts at Ballard?   Donate here
Show  Tickets are available online for the Musical - Children of Eden 
Children of Eden will be playing March 3, 4, 5, 10,11 & 12 at 7:30 pm in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at  
Prices: $15 for Adults $10 for Staff, Senior Citizens, Students 18 and under

Children of Eden Synopsis
Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt production. From musical theatre genius Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, & Godspell) comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Children of Eden is a show about parenthood and the impossible idea that every child will eventually leave home and become a parent in their own time, a cycle that never ends: As Adam, Eve, Noah, and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, the show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."

Summer Camp Volunteer/Leadership Opportunities at Illumination Learning Studio
The Studio offers a high-quality After School for ages K-5th grade with locations in Ballard and Greenwood.  Our program has a cultural arts concentration, providing students exposure to Interactive learning technologies, Music, Drama, Fine-Arts, Spanish and Yoga activities after school. Our staff are specialized early childhood educators and teachers.  We c urrently have  Summer Leadership Volunteer opportunities as co-leads in our exciting summer youth camps.  Interested middle and high school students should complete our  application  and return it to our registrar Ms. Ali at  by March 31st, 2016 .  Informal interviews will take place in early April with decisions announced Mid-April followed by an orientation in May.  Summer Camp volunteers can choose from a flexible schedule, mornings or afternoons and choice of days or weeks between June 27th and Sept 2nd.  To learn more about our camps visit .   We also have 2016-2017 volunteer opportunities in our After School programs.  

Magnolia Chorale is offering two scholarships ($250) for students who would like to sing with us in our spring session. "Radio Hour" will feature pop songs from every decade from the 20s to the present. Participants will enjoy 2 free voice lessons from Evan Norberg, our assistant director.   Select here for additional information.  Service Learning Opportunity! The Magnolia Chorale needs students to help with the door at their Concert on April 30 and May 1 for service hours credit. Contact Jean-Marie Kent at for additional information.

Disclaimer: We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News

Wed, 2/24
NW Regional Band Concert at BHS 7:00.  Call Time is 6:30 with Band T-Shirts
Thu, 2/25
EBMEA Orchestra Festival during the school day at Cleveland High School
Thu, 3/3
Opening Night Gala: Children of Eden   Click here for Gala tickets
Thu, 3/3-3/5
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC. Click here for Show tickets
Thu, 3/3-3/6
National Orchestra Festival in  Tampa Bay, Florida - Chamber Orchestra 
Tue, 3/8
BPA Booster Club General Meeting at 7:00.  Reno Trip Information & LA Trip
Wed, 3/9
Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival at Roosevelt during the school day
Thu, 3/10-12
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC. Click  here  for Show tickets
Tue, 3/15-3/20
Concert Choir & Advanced Women's Chorale Trip to NYC - Carnegie Hall
Thu, 3/24
Elliott Bay Choir Festival at Ingraham during the school day
Tue, 3/29
Auditions for Student Directed One Acts
Sat, 4/2
57th Annual Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner at 5:00 pm
Wed, 4/6
NW Region Choral Showcase at BHS. Choirs w/ Elementary & Middle Schools
Fri, 4/8-4/10
Wind Ensemble Trip to Vancouver B.C.
Fri, 4/8-4/11
Orchestra Tour to Los Angeles, CA

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