Countdown To Opening Night... TODAY March 1st is the Last Day to  Purchase Opening Night Gala Tickets

Opening Night Gala & Dinner is Thursday,  March 3, 2016

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

Purchase Gala Tickets here  Your ticket includes 
Dinner & Reserved Seating at the Opening Night Show.

Presented by the BHS Foundation in partnership with BHS Performing Arts
Special Guest Reuven Carlyle: State Senator & Ballard parent. 
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
Children Of Eden Performance T ickets at
Performance Dates: 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 is a show about parenthood and the impossible idea that every child will eventually leave home and become a parent in their own time. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."  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!

RECAP - The  Northwest Regional Band Festival  was a huge success!  Approximately 100 Elementary school students from 13 different Elementary schools, 200 Middle School students from Blaine, Salmon Bay, Whitman, Hamilton and McClure, and 60 Ballard Wind Ensemble students shared a fun evening of performing music for each other and their parents.  It was truly amazing to see 4 th -12 th  grade band students all perform on one concert and to see a full gym of band families!  Congratulations to all involved! Special callout to all that donated to our bakesale and helped out that night.   It was a very successful  fundraiser and we couldn't have done it with out your help! To view the F estival performances go to our Ballard Vimeo Channel

UPCOMING - The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  is next  Wed, March 9th and will be held at Roosevelt High School  during the entire school day . We will be leaving at 8:00 am. REMINDER! Students need to bring a sack lunch (students are not permitted to leave the campus) and should wear their concert attire.
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and most percussionists will be attending. 

Permission slips were handed out and students need to have all 6 teachers sign their forms.  Forms must be returned by Wed, March 2nd

This is an adjudicated performance and is very exciting and informative to watch. 
Thank you to all of the parents who have offered to help out that day. We really appreciate you and please know these trips could not happen without you! 

COMING SOON - Wind Ensemble & Percussionists trip 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.  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.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR  - There will be a Wind Ensemble - Vancouver BC breakout trip meeting as well as a Jazz 1 - Reno NV trip meeting at the next BPA Booster General Meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 pm.  


RECAP -Thank you to our parent chaperones for the EBMEA Orchestra Festival last week and congra tulations to the orchestra students on your inspired performances!

UPCOMING -The  National Orchestra Festival in Tampa FL is coming up fast on March 3rd!  The updated Trip Itinerary is available to view
Students are working hard to finalize their preparations for their Festival performance! 

All students and chaperones should meet at 6:30 am on Thursday, March 3rd at SeaTac (just inside the airport by the Alaska Airlines check in). Students should wear their Chamber Orchestra sweatshirts or Orchestra T-shirts. 

Please note that signed permission slips for the Tampa Trip are now past due. It is critical that the district have these forms in advance of the trip.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR  - There will be a breakout Trip Meeting at the BPA Booster Meeting on Tues, March 8th at 7:00 pm. View the updated Los Angeles Trip Itinerary


S ee the current  NYC Itinerary  which includes important information.  Permission slips are NOW PAST DUE! It is  critical the signed forms are returned now.  

ARE YOU A PARENT VISITING NYC DURING THE CHOIR TRIP?  Are you flying into the JFK Airport?  If so, a Ballard parent has an unused Airtrain card - the train that connects JFK to the metro subway line - that is valid only until March 31, 2016.  This route was purchased by mistake, so rather than have it go unused, we are helping find someone who may benefit from it.  Contact Jen Witeck for more information.

Reminder, if you are attending the choir concert on Friday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m., you will need a ticket.  We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance directly from Carnegie Hall at as a few sections have already sold out.

NYC CHAPERONES  - Please check your emails for notice on where the mandatory trip meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m .  Thanks!


Gala Volunteers Needed!  Please Help Us Out!
  • We need 2 adult volunteers to help the Caterers set up the BHS Commons at 2:30 pm on Thurs March 3rd. 
  • Around 7:15 pm, we also need 2-3 adults to help clean up and re-set the Commons. Please contact Mike Hansen.  Thank you!
  • We need 1 volunteer to help with selling raffle tickets. Please contact Shelly Hurley

KUDOS  Kudos are a great way to acknowledge the hard work of each cast, crew, and Pit Orchestra member.  KUDOS will be available for purchase each night of the show. You can s upport your student, Drama and the Music Departments all at the same time!

VIVACE!  It's time to  register.   Piano spots are filling up QUICKLY.  Experience an incredible week of chamber music and orchestra at Vivace!  August 15 - 20, 2016 
Classes Include: Chamber Music Rehearsals, Orchestra/Large Ensemble Rehearsals, Choir, Performance Classes and Final Concerts. Held at Seattle Pacific University.
Register now at  to reserve your spot today!

The 5th Avenue Theatre is  working on  in partnership  with the Office of Arts and Culture to launch the pilot program of  the NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge !  Such an exciting opportunity!   The contest is for   all high school (grades 9-12) students in King County   and will focus on musical theater composition that includes both music and lyrics. See the flyer with additional info here.   Application -  Online application opens February 17 at or at Deadline  11 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016

Illumination Learning Studio's Light-Up Broadway Presents Broadway Nights Jr.
We are kicking-off our first ever Musical Review for performing students who are ages 7-16.  Erin Wise who is our Performing Arts instructor at ILS, a graduate of Theater Arts from AMDA in New York and has directed and performed numerous productions with students of many ages.  Please see the  attached flyer for more information or email or

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

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 Tampa Bay, Florida Itinerary  
Tue, 3/8
BPA Booster Club Meeting at 7:00 Breakout LA, Vancouver & Reno Trip Info
Wed, 3/9
Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival at Roosevelt during the school day. Students need to bring a sack lunch and wear concert attire 
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
New! Goodwill Truck at BHS for BPA Fundraiser from 10am-2pm
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 Itinerary
Thu, 4/28-5/1
Reno Jazz Festival - Jazz 1

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