December 15

Thank You Seattle Seachordsmen!
Proud Sponsor of Ballard Performing Arts

The Seattle Seachordsmen were joined by Women's Chamber Choir, Men's Ensemble and 3 other local choirs for their Caroling Caroling! holiday show this past Sunday. If you've never experienced the full audience participation version of the Seachordmen's "Twelve Days of Christmas", mark your calendars for next year's performance! We are grateful for their financial support and for the performance opportunity they provided our students. 

Winter Music Concerts - Mozart's Requiem

Thank You to our wonderful Music Directors Michael James, Brittany Newell and Courtney Rowley along with Soloist Molly Barnes and 200+ music students for all three beautiful performances.

Check out Social Media for Photos and Videos of the three Winter Concerts

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Solo and Ensemble 2017
Due Date for Entry Forms is January 6th

Registration for the 2017 WMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival closes on Friday, January 6th.  All students wishing to participate must fill out the attached solo form and/or ensemble form and return them before January 6th, 2017. For students entering as soloists, please submit the fee of $18 to the black mailbox. Checks can be made out to "Ballard Performing Arts."

The contest is on Saturday, Feb. 4 th , 2017 at Seattle Pacific University, and times will be announced approximately a week prior to the festival.  If you know you have a schedule conflict with one part of the contest day, you can request to perform in the AM or PM, but that information must be communicated to your director prior to Jan. 6th. 

Band News  
Wind Ensemble Final New York Trip Cost and Payment
Good News!  Due to some careful trip planning and budgeting, the final overall cost for the trip to Carnegie Hall will only be $1800. This is $200 less than the original estimate of $2000! Stay tuned for the student accounts to be updated this week so that you can plan for your final payment which is due by Tuesday, January 3 rd (the first day back after Winter Vacation).

Pep Band at Varsity Basketball Games Tomorrow
The band will play next at the BHS vs. Garfield varsity basketball games on Friday, December 16. Call time is 6:30 PM and students must wear their Band T-shirts. The complete Pep Band at Basketball Game Schedule is available  here.

Jazz Band Clinic:  Thursday, January 5 th  from 4:00 -8:00 PM
Justin DiCioccio, of the Manhattan School of Music, will be in Seattle the week after break to work with Jazz Band 1 as they prepare their music for the Essentially Ellington competition.  All Jazz Band students are required to attend this clinic to either perform (Jazz 1) or to watch (Jazz 2). Dinner will be provided for both bands at approximately 6:00 PM.

Jazz Band 1:  UW Jazz Festival, Saturday, January 28th all day
Details TBA in January

Thank you Wind Ensemble Online Fundraiser Participants
A BIG Thank You to everyone who donated towards the Online Fundraiser for the Wind Ensemble's trip to New York.  Each student mentioned in a donation has received an email (from ) with the name and email of the donor(s). Please reach out and thank them personally.

Winter Concert - Thank you Mr. James and Mr. Carter

Choir News
Vocal Jazz Annual Caroling Day

On Tuesday, December 13th, Vocal Jazz spent the day spreading holiday cheer at local elementary schools, middle schools, retirement homes, and to the Ballard Rotary. They sounded great! The group will continue sharing the gift of song this afternoon from 4:00 - 4:45 PM at the Mirabella Retirement Community.

Hear Vocal Jazz quartets at the Sorrento Hotel!
On December 16, 17, and 19 - 23, quartets of Ballard Vocal Jazz students will be caroling at the Sorrento Hotel from 5:30 - 7:30 PM each evening.  Enjoy a beverage in the Fireside Lounge, and come support our choir students! Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Capitol Hill.

Winter Concert - Thank you Ms. Rowley, Ms. Iverson and Ms. Chin

Orchestra News
NW Orchestra Festival Payment Due and Chaperones Needed

Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra's half payment of $200 for the Portland trip & NW Orchestra Festival is due Tuesday, January 24th, 2017.  If you'd like to deduct an amount from your student account, please submit a note with your remaining payment, or just a note, to the black mailbox with your name and how much you'd like to use from your student account.  If you have been approved for a scholarship, that amount will be deducted from the second and final payment. 

Call for chaperones!  We are looking for 2 females and 1 male chaperone for the Portland trip from Friday, March 10th - Sunday, March 12th 2017.  Tour will include an open rehearsal with Oregon Symphony, clinic/exchange with a local college or high school, NW Orchestra Festival all day on Saturday, performance at the Grotto on Sunday, and many enjoyable moments in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  Chaperones are subsidized and will pay half of the total cost, estimated $200. Please contact Sylvia Schweinberger if you would like to chaperone this trip.

Winter Concert - Thank you Ms. Newell

Fill the Goodwill Truck!
Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

The Goodwill truck will be at the Ballard HS parking lot on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  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. 

Take Your Concert Attire Home!
By Friday, December 16th

Now that the winter concerts and class pictures are done it is time to take your concert clothes home.  If clothes are not taken home by Friday, December 16th (end of school day) they will be put in storage.  Students will be able to get them after the break, after paying a $5.00 storage and retrieval fee.

Les Misérables
The show has been cast and rehearsals have begun!

Thank you to all students who auditioned for Les Misérables. Rehearsals are already underway. Work Call Saturdays will begin on Saturday, January 7th from 10:00 - 4:00 PM - Students only!

Save the dates!
BPA Booster Meeting - Tuesday, January 10th 
Please join us for our next BPA General Booster meeting at 7:30 PM in the BHS Library.

Saturday, February 4th 
Save the date for our Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser featuring performances by all of our music groups. If you would like to help out with this event, please contact co-chair Melissa Middlebrook.

Winter Break To Do List 
Give the gift of private lessons
Are you looking for a holiday gift that will reap benefits for years to come?  Give your student the gift of private lessons!  Private Lessons are a fantastic way for your student to improve their skills. One-on-one instruction will accelerate their growth. Top performing arts programs have many students who study privately and Seattle has an abundance of great teachers. If you need a recommendation, ask one of our Directors for a referral. 

Instrument Repair 
Winter Break is a good time to get your student's instruments cleaned and tuned. Ask your director for a reference if you don't have a favorite shop you visit.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Fri 12/16
Pep Band at BHS vs. Garfield Basketball Game.  Call time is 6:30 PM
Fri 12/16 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Sat 12/17 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
12/19 - 23 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Thu 1/5 Jazz Band Clinic - all Jazz Band Students must attend  4:00 - 8:00 PM BHS
Fri 1/6 Solo and Ensemble Audition Forms Due
Sat 1/7 Work Call for Les Misérables  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Students only
Tue 1/10
BPA Booster General Meeting  7:30 PM in the BHS Library
Sat 1/14 Goodwill trucks in the BHS Parking Lot.  Come fill the truck to earn $ for BPA.
Sat 1/28 UW Jazz Festival - Jazz I  all day
Sat 2/4 Spaghetti Dinner in BHS Commons  5:00 - 9:00 PM
Sat 2/4 WMEA Solo and Ensemble - Seattle Pacific University - all day