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Ballard High School has earned an invitation to Carnegie Hall in back-to-back  years.
The Advanced Women's Chorale and Concert Choir will perform at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March  18th.  Wind Ensemble will perform next April at the   International Festival.

Welcome Back Chamber Orchestra From Tampa, FL!
Welcome back Chamber Orchestra from Tampa, FL! A huge thank you to our dedicated chaperones, Debbie Gotchef, Vijay Doshi and Eric Hanson, as we could not have done this without your dedication and energy.  Congratulations to the students for their collective grace, poise, and musicality both on and off stage throughout the weekend. 

Described by judges as "sophisticated, inspired, and musical" the students represented Ballard beautifully during their performance, and received excellent and superior ratings across the board. 

We will post and share performance recordings in the coming weeks, along with additional photos from the ASTA conference, National Orchestra Festival, and our outing to the beautiful Clearwater beach. We are deeply grateful for our parents and the BPA Board and Boosters for their support!

The  Reviews Are In...
CHILDREN of EDEN  is Not To Be Missed!
This play runs the gamut of moods and has some surprisingly moving and impactful scenes. The costumes are visually spectacular and varied in design to represent cultures around the world. The music and  choreography also reflect a mix of influences. Be sure to get your tickets now.

Remaining Performance Dates:  March 10,11 & 12 at 7:30 pm in the  BHS Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are available for purchase at  or at the door.

BPA BOOSTER CLUB GENERAL MEETING at 7:00 pm in the BHS Library. 7:30 Breakout Trip Meetings: Orchestra: Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble: Vancouver, BC and Jazz 1: Reno.

All group class photos will be available for preview and purchase at the meeting.   Photos are 8 X 10 and cost $10.  Checks should be made payable to Rowland Studios. The last chance to order photos will be at the 57th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on 4/2.

The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  is tomorrow  Wednesday,  March 9th  at Roosevelt. Busses leave at  8:00 am. REMINDER! Students need to bring a sack lunch and should wear their concert attire.   Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and most Percussionists will be attending. 

Wind Ensemble & Percussionists Trip to Vancouver BC on Friday, April 8th - 10th
Trip Fees are now Past Due. Please make your payment as soon as possible so we can send deposits for the activities we are planning while in Vancouver. Contact Ingrid if you have any questions.  Permission slips will be going home this week and are due back to the mailbox before March 25th . 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 with your student. One chaperone will be in charge of each binder during the weekend. When we return to school on Sunday the 10th students need to collect their ID before they go home.

Vancouver and Reno participants:  Be sure to come to the Booster Meeting tonight for a breakout session with Mr. James.  This is a great chance to bring in your passports and to make sure you are paid in full.  We are missing quite a few payments.  Not sure what your balance is?  For the Vancouver trip contact Ingrid Riley or Mike Hansen.  For the Reno trip contact Patti Kashiwa or Mike Hansen.   Our Treasurer, Mike, will be at the meeting to accept your checks!

Important LA Orchestra Tour meeting tonight, 3/8 at 7:30 in the BHS Library ( General  Meeting starts at 7:00).   We will meet with our travel agent, review a finalized itinerary, and answer questions. 

All students and parents are encouraged to attend. Extra credit is provided for all students or parents of students in attendance. 

ATTENTION:  The NYC Itinerary has been updated due to changes in our final 
Festival Schedule from Choirs of America.   Please click  here  for the most recent itinerary which includes important travel information and here for a packing list.

Permission slips are PAST DUE! It is critical the signed forms are returned now. 


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.  Thank you!

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 need 7 chaperones; 3 that can drive students to and from this event. We will leave BHS at 8:00 am and return around 2:00 pm. Please email Jen Witeck  if you can help out.

Thank you to all who attended the Opening Night 
Gala of Children of Eden! 

This wonderful evening was put on by the BHS Foundation, lead by Dick Lee.  The evening started with guests mingling with the cast, appetizers, punch and the cool sounds of the Jazz Combo. The cast was in full costume, so the guests had a sneak peak into the look of the musical. 

After a visit to the catered buffet, guests were seated to eat and engage in the evenings program. The speakers of the night were BHS Principal Keven Wynkoop, Program Directors Mr. James, Ms Rowley & Mr Riley, Dick Lee Executive Director BHS Foundation and John Loacker, BHS Performing Arts Booster Club president and State Senator Reuven Carlye. Each person thanked and reminded the community about the importance of supporting the arts, but the most moving testimonial came from former student Eliza Palasz, in a letter that was read by Mr. Riley. She shared how her life now has been shaped by her time at BHS. Lessons she learned have given her skill and confidence to attend and graduate college with have the ability to support herself through a career of performing through music and singing.  After being filled with pride and enthusiasm for the arts, the guests entered the Performing Arts Center to be entranced by "The Children of Eden".  - Mara

THANK YOU!   A huge thank you to Janelle O'Bannon and the many drama students for setting up the commons and to Mara Lim, John Locaker and Mike Hansen for clean up and resetting the commons for Friday morning.  You did a fantastic job!  - Jill

The Goodwill truck will be at the 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.

Marrowstone Music Festival The deadline for application is March 18th.  Applications are available online at  www.marrowstone.orgSince 1943 the Marrowstone Music Festival has provided outstanding musical training to thousands of young musicians in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country. As the region's premiere orchestral training program, Marrowstone has helped shape the lives of countless young artists by fostering a positive and nurturing environment for young people to explore the rich beauty of the classical symphonic and chamber music repertoires.  The Marrowstone Music Festival is scheduled for July 24-August 7, 2016. If you have students, ages 14-25, who are serious about furthering their musical studies under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed teachers and conductors, we hope that you will recommend Marrowstone.  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  

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 or at 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  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 .  

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

Tue, 3/8
BPA Booster Club Meeting at 7:00. Breakout Trip Meetings for Los Angeles, Vancouver, Reno at 7:30. Hope to see you there!
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.  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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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 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