Children of Eden was an absolute phenomenon...
  • Congratulations to the cast, pit orchestra and crew who rose to the occasion for this challenging production. You made art, music and magic with a play that requires much from every individual.
  • Thanks to all of our supportive parents who clearly value arts in education, even when the schedule gets crazy.
  • To the audience, your support and your sense of adventure mean so much.
  • Special call out to the Performing Arts Booster Board for all you do.
  • Sincere gratitude to Vocal Director Courtney Rowley, Instrumental Director Michael James & Choreographer Eia Waltzer. Your commitment to this show and to our kids truly extends above and beyond the call of duty.
  • To Director Shawn Riley, thank you for your artistic vision. You chose the play nobody knows about and you had faith that the cast and crew would enthusiastically embrace the material. You had the tenacity to wrangle all the moving parts into a cohesive and beautiful production that was both thought-provoking and a joy to watch.  You are the indispensable heart and soul of Ballard High Playmakers.

Performing Arts 57th Annual Spaghetti  Dinner on April 2nd

Come hear the Ballard Band, Orchestra, Drama groups & Choir students perform while you enjoy a home cooked spaghetti dinner. This is a wonderful event to share with your entire family and friends. Purchase tickets at 

An event of this size could not happen without the support and help of many people. As they say, "many hands make light work," so please consider signing up to help the evening run smoothly. There are many jobs (large & small) to be filled. We need adults as well as students (service hours) so click here to see ways that you can help support the Ballard Performing Arts! 

Time to think about Spring Cleaning! The Goodwill truck will be at the back Ballard HS parking lot on  April 2 , 2016 from 10am to 2pm.  Please set aside your items for donations until then.   Ballard Performing Arts  will receive a donation of at least $500 from Goodwill. They will accept small furniture (no large furniture please), electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items, etc.


Click  here  for the most recent NYC Itinerary and here for a packing list.


Elliott Bay Choir Festival. This all day festival for Treble Choir, Advanced Women's Chorale and Concert Choir will be held at Ingraham High School on Thursday, March 24th. Parents we only need 3 more chaperones. We will leave BHS at 8:00 am and return around 2:00 pm. Please email Jen Witeck  if you can help out.

Top:  Symphonic Band / Mr James     Middle:  Symphonic Band / Ms Miller    Lower:  Wind Ensemble / Mr James

The Elliott Bay Regional Band Festival was held at Roosevelt High School last week where both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble had beautiful performances. Symphonic Band received feedback from Timothy Salzman who is the Professor of Music/Director of Concerts Bands at UW. Christopher Bianco who is the Director of Bands at Western Washington University talked at length to the Wind Ensemble congratulating them on an inspiring performance.  View the performance here. Students also  had an opportunity to listen to bands from Roosevelt, Ingraham & Hale.

Wind Ensemble & Percussionists Trip to Vancouver BC on Friday, April 8th - 10th
Permission slips were handed out in class or download a form here and are due back to the mailbox by March 25th . We will also be collecting passports or birth certificates.  ID should be put in the Band Room mailbox before March 25th.   ID's will be kept in a binder that travels on the bus with your student. One chaperone will be in charge of each binder during the weekend. Students need to collect their ID before they go home on Sunday.

Jazz 1 Trip to Reno on April 28th - May 1st 
Itinerary and  additional  information  coming soon!  

Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra Tour to Los Angeles on Friday, April 8th - 11th
Trip Fees are now Past Due. Please make your payment as soon as possible. Contact  Mary Lindberg at  maryclind@earthlink.net or Julie Edralin at  julieedralin@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Permission slips will be going home this week and are due back to the mailbox before March 25th.

Please click here for the most recent itinerary which includes updated important travel information for the trip and click here   for a packing list.


Auditions for Student Directed One Acts are on Tuesday, March 29th.   Additional information to be posted soon!

Whitman Middle School is holding the first annual Whitman Jazz Fest Sunday, April 3rd at 1:00 pm at The Tractor Tavern. All Ages Welcome.  Whitman's two Jazz Bands will perform, as will a Jazz combo from Ballard High School.   Buy tickets online at  whitmanms.ejoinme.org/jazzfest2016  Or buy tickets at the door.   Proceeds benefit the Friends of Whitman Music Program.  Check out their flyer for more info.

Marrowstone Music Festival The deadline for application is March 18th.  Applications are available online at  www.marrowstone.orgSince 1943 the Marrowstone Music   The Marrowstone Music Festival is scheduled for July 24-August 7, 2016. Attached is a flyer with additional information.  Stephen Radcliffe,  Music Director Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras &  Music Director, Marrowstone Festival.  

VIVACE!  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 at  www.vivacechamberplayers.com  

NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge  The 5th Avenue Theatre is   working   in partnership   with the Office of Arts and Culture to launch the pilot program of   the NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge ! 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.   Online application at  www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#nea-songwriting-challenge- or at  www.arts.gov/songwriting Deadline  11 p.m., Monday, April 4, 2016

Illumination Learning Studio   Summer Camp Volunteer/Leadership Opportunities. 
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 Ms. Ali at  ms.ali@illuminationlearningstudio.com  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 visit  www.ILSKids.com .  

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  jmkent18@gmail.com for additional information.

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

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
Goodwill Truck at BHS parking lot for BPA Fundraiser from 10am-2pm
Sat, 4/2
57th Annual Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner at 5:00 pm.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR. There will be performances by  all BHS Music Groups (Band, Orchestra and Choir). Purchase tickets here  and a full performance schedule for your students will be published soon!  We also need parent and student help (service hours) for this event. Sign up here  if you can help out.
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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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:  ballardhighnews@gmail.com

Beaver Beat - This Newsletter is published by the BHS PTSA four 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  ballardtally@gmail.com

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 Concert performances. Also Archived Issues of the BPA Newsletter can be viewed on the  BPA Website  under Boosters and Newsletters. Questions? bpabnews@gmail.com


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