Congratulations to Ms Newell, Orchestra Director 
on receiving the  PTSA Outstanding Educator 
Award  for Ballard High School!


The Performing Arts Booster Board Really Needs You!
As many seniors graduate this year, we are finding that we have a  number
of key  board positions open  and other great opportunities large  or  small
for you to get involved with BPA and make an impact next year.  

  Please consider the many ways you can help out either on the board
or volunteering as needed - attached examples.   Board p osition descriptions are 
listed  HERE  or c ontact  Mara  at 206-251-6036 or send an email 
with any questions to get more info to  

Performing Arts Booster Board Meeting Reminder!
Last Booster Board meeting TONIGHT starting at 6:30pm  at 7553 14th Ave NW.  Please join us if you are interested in a Board position or wanting to volunteer for some BPA events next year. 

Incoming Freshmen Music Meeting THIS  Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 PM
There will be a brief, informational meeting i n the Performing Arts Center  for all incoming freshmen that will be involved in the music program. We realize it is a busy time of year, but if you are able to attend, please come! It is a time to meet the teachers, learn a bit about the program, hear from current students, and meet other 8th graders. We will also be talking about next year's calendar of events.

Graduation Performance on Monday, June 20th for the following groups:
Concert Choir, Adv Women's Chorale, Symphonic Band, 
Wind Ensemble, and selected Percussionists

Students will need to provide their own transportation to and from  Memorial Stadium  and  should arrive no later than 6:30pm at the Stadium and be in full Concert Attire.  Students can bring a black jacket to wear while they are not performing. The ceremony begins at 8pm and is estimated to be done around 9:30pm.  
After graduation, students turn in their Concert Attire at the Stadium so they need to bring an extra change of clothes and shoes. Details attached.


Music Camp Information (
Band , Choir , Orchestra ) was emailed to families last 
week and students will be given Registration Paperwork in class or download HERE.  
Registration paperwork AND Camp fees of $160 are due by July 1st*
  • Pay online HERE and be sure to send your paperwork in by July 1st
  • OR   Pay by check made out to BPA and send with along with your completed registration to: BPA, PO BOX 17774, Seattle, WA  98127
  • OR   Put your check and completed registration paperwork in the black mailbox in the band/orchestra music room
* If you need financial assistance please fill out the  scholarship form , or an 
extension in the due date,  please email the

Thank you  to everyone that participated and contributed to the Performing Arts Fundraiser at Patxi's Pizza last Saturday and a big thank you to Patxi's Pizza for the 10% of total sales that day donation to Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club!

In addition THANK YOU to all that came out and participated in the CLEAN UP DAY.  The day went very smoothly with lots of student and parent volunteers who did an amazing job cleaning and organizing all the rooms from top to bottom!


We need between 12 and 15 volunteers to get this important job done before school starts.  Students can volunteer for community service hours.  The plan is to have returning all marching band students and orchestra and choir girls try on their uniforms between 9:00 and noon on September 1st before the freshman students arrive after orientation.  Then we will begin with the new students.  There is a large group of incoming freshman students, many hands are needed for this.  No experience necessary, we'll show you what to do that morning.   If you're able to help either day please contact:  Jill Hansen (206) 931-8846

Carnegie Hall Trip - April 8-12, 2017

Wind Ensemble Members:  Make sure that your Carnegie Hall  commitment form and downpayment  of $500 is turned in if you plan to go on  next year's trip.  Current members should  have turned this in last Friday.  New Wind  Ensemble members have until June 21st  to turn in their forms and payment. Download a form or pay Online. This is an exciting  opportunity for the group.  Don't miss  out on your chance to participate.

Mr. James is looking for one more Dad who would like to chaperone next year's trip to Carnegie Hall.  If you are able and interested, please email him ASAP at

Attention Parents Interested in Shadowing the NYC Trip: 
Ingrid at will be working with parents who would like to shadow the NYC Trip.  She will not be doing flights or hotel but if you would like to send her your contact information she will keep you in the loop on tickets to events and other information as she gets it. 

Thank you to everyone who has already put in requests for Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets.  If you put in your request by June 13th, your tickets will be available to pick up on Thursday, June 16th.  Please complete the student contract upon receiving your tickets.  Please see this  attachment for more information regarding this fundraiser and for obtaining additional tickets over the summer.   Call/text in your order for tickets to Carolyn Dunn at 206-390-4900 or email:  with the following info:  Student Name and  # of tickets (10 max at a time) and Parent Name and  #.

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BHS Band Shirts!   If you'd like to order a band sweatshirt or an additional t-shirt (students receive a t-shirt when the annual fee is paid).  We can add sweatshirts and long sleeved t-shirts to our order.  Fully completed  Order Forms  and payment must be put in the band room mailbox by June 17th . Orders will be delivered late summer and can be picked up during uniform fittings on Freshman Orientation day, Thursday September 1st from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

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A Message From Your Band Rep! 
Come join the fun of helping the award winning Ballard High School Band. I need 30 parents on a standby volunteer list to be ready for important jobs. From time to time our usual volunteers need extra hands; your hands would be fantastic! There's no long term commitment and most jobs require only a short amount of time. Please contact Ingrid Riley,, with your name, email, phone number, and student name. I would be ecstatic to work with you!

Band Camp 2016 - I am looking for moms and especially dads to chaperone band camp Sept. 9-11, 2016. Chaperoning is a great way to get immersed into the band program. Please contact Ingrid Riley,, to sign up. 

Fees! Outstanding 2015 - 2016 fee lists are posted in the music room. Please check that you are all paid up. Contact Ingrid with any questions. 


The Ballard Fiddlers played at their 3rd annual showcase on June 9th. Congratulations to all on a terrific evening of music and dancing. The Ballard Homestead has a charming character that suits this event perfectly. Thank you to Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons and the Rain City Ramblers for adding your sounds to a great evening. This is such a fun way for the fiddlers to wrap up the year! Link to Photos!


To listen to recordings from the Ballard Spring Orchestra Concert.
WAV files are for burning CD's and the MP3's are for iPods.  Thank you to Kerry Webster at Chinook Wind Recording!

"Please respect the copyright on this music, do not share it with students who are not in our music program or upload it to anywhere else on the web. The copyright act allows "1 archive or study recording" per musician."

Vocal Jazz Solo night on 6/8 featured our own Jazz Ensemble members for a night of standards. The soloists were backed by the Ev Stern Trio. Talk about a dream come true! The black box feels like a jazz club! Our own Ballard Jazz Combo also performed. They have supported the Vocal Jazz Ensemble all year. Well done, everyone! 

Seeking Choir Camp Chaperones!

Ms. Rowley is looking for parents and guardians of Advanced Women's Chorale and Concert Choir students willing to volunteer their time and energy to the choir trip to Camp Burton September 16 - 18. Specifically, we need 4 male and 6 female chaperones to be in accordance with the school district guidelines.

Interested but not sure what is expected of a chaperone? Honestly, being a camp chaperone is a lot of fun. Your main responsibilities are:

1) Being a presence for the kids in the cabins at night.
2) Ensuring the students get to / from all camp activities and meals on time.
3) Being available if any student needs help - medications, injuries, etc.

You'll have plenty of time on your own to explore the camp, sit by the beach, read a book or walk to the espresso stand up the road while the kids are engaged in their sessions. And the best part about this beautiful, fun weekend getaway? There is no cost for chaperones to attend!

Time is of the essence in accordance with the new school district guidelines for chaperones. Please email Ms. Rowley or Jen Witeck with your intent to volunteer, then complete the attached volunteer paperwork. The sooner, the better! Thank you!

Choir Uniform Assistants Needed!

Are you handy with a tape measure? Do you know how to sew? Or are you just willing to lend a pair of helping hands? Please contact Jill Hansen if you are able to assist with the choir uniform fittings on September 1st and 2nd , and on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Stay all day or for just a few hours, every little bit helps! With over 125 students in the choir program, we need four or five volunteers to ensure the process runs quickly and efficiently. Thank you!


The Foreigner,  Les Misérables and  T he Importance of Being Earnest.  

Watch for Audition & Show Dates to be announced soon!

"Buy" A Ballard Theatre Seat! 
Buy a seat plaque in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place the plaque with your name on the arm.  You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer. 

These funds contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. 
Download an  Order Form for more info!

Summer Music Camps and Workshops  Summertime is an important time for students to continue working on their musical or theatrical skills, meeting and working with students from other schools, and gaining college resume builders for college applications.  Click HERE for the Summer Music Camps and Workshops  list with some of the many opportunities available in our region.  We hope that Ballard Performing Arts students will participate in some of these camps and workshops. 

All City Band    The award winning  All-City Band  is seeking members for the 2016 summer marching band. As a part of this group students will improve their musicianship, learn new music and make new friends. There is no audition regardless of experience, students will be taught everything they need to know by the instructional staff of college volunteers. Students in the  g raduating classes of 2016-2020 are eligible to participate. Register at  The first rehearsal is June 28th at Memorial Stadium .

JAZZED New York City singing sensations Kate Davis and Martina DaDilva are coming to Seattle...Vocal Jazz Intensive with the Ladybugs on August 15 - 19 from 10am - 3pm daily. While it is a camp for singing it would also be a lot of fun and musically instructive for students who are mainly instrumentalists but willing to give vocals a try. Additional information is available HERE and also view this  attached flyer 

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

Tue, 6/14
Performing Arts Board & General Meeting. Location 7553 14th Ave NW 6:30pm
Wed, 6/15
Incoming Freshman Music Meeting at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation. Must be at Memorial Stadium at 6:30
Sun, 8/21
Dessert Dash at Dinner of Champions
Thu, 9/1
BPA Uniform Fittings from 9:00 - Noon. Marching Band, Orchestra and Choir Girls. After Freshman Orientation 12:00 - 3:00 New Students
Fri, 9/2
BPA Uniform Fittings 9:00 - 1:00 - All new and Returning Students who did not go on  Thursday.
Wed, 9/7
First Day of School.  New Start Time Start time 8:45 am - End time 3:15 pm
Fri, 9/9 - 9/11
Marching Band Camp - Camp Seymour, Gig Harbor
Fri, 9/16-9/18
Choir Camp - Camp Burton, Vashon Island
Fri, 9/23-9/25
Orchestra Camp - Camp Burton, Vashon Island
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BHS News - This informational PTSA weekly BHS News is sent to subscribed families AND is also available to view on the Ballard School Website (including Archived Past Editions!) under the  Resources Section . It includes school updates as well as Sports and Performing Arts News. To subscribe email your students name, grade and email address to:

Beaver Beat - This Newsletter is published by the BHS PTSA five times a year and emailed to you if you are subscribed to the BHS News. It includes updates on the accomplishments and happenings at Ballard.  It is also available to view on the  PTSA Website AND also on the Ballard School Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News.

The Talisman - This is the BHS School Newspaper.  This is an open public forum for student expression and is a nationally recognized and award winning publication.  You can view the current edition on the Ballard School Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News or subscribe by sending an email to

BPA Newsletter  - This is a Ballard Performing Arts Newsletter that is sent to subscribed families Weekly with up to the minute Music and Theatre Performance information, including links to photos, and videos of Concert performances. Also Archived Issues of the BPA Newsletter can be viewed on the  BPA Website  under Boosters and Newsletters. Questions?


BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is a 501(c)(3). Keep this in mind  as you  donate to the program and especially if  your  company  has a matching program.  For donations, include our EID #.  BPABC Contact: Nanette Magno