February 9
Solo and Ensemble Congratulations! 
And They're Headed to State...    

Congratulations to Ballard Music for their dominating performance this past weekend at Regional Solo and Ensemble. Ballard had 62 entries, all of whom received a rating of either Superior or Excellent. In addition, numerous entries won their categories and are going to the  State Competition at CWU in Ellensburg April 28-29. Parents of soloists should make your hotel reservations ASAP for Friday night, April 28th in preparation for an early call time. Ensemble participants will carpool to Ellensburg and back on Friday, April 28th.

Regional Winners:
Men's Quartet
Men's Quartet
Men's Ensemble
Chamber Singers (Vocal Jazz)
Women's Chamber 
Percussion Ensemble
Trevor Rivers - Timpani
Hannah Loucks - Snare Drum
Claire Burreson - Soprano
Meg Shepherd - Mezzo
Olivia Sutherland - Alto 
Alex Putnam - Tenor
Diego Roberts Buceta - Baritone 
Jonny Maier - Bass 
Emmett Armstrong - String Bass

First Alternates:
Women's Chamber Choir
Chamber Orchestra
Trombone Quartet
Aidan Ward-Richter - Snare Drum
Leander Vandefen - Clarinet
Amy Gore - Alto Saxophone
Madi Lieberman-Koenig - Soprano
Zipporah Johnson - Mezzo
Nick Requarth - Bass

Second Alternates:
Melina Monlux - Soprano
Sophie Otness - Mezzo
Paige Campbell - Alto
Roscoe McDonald - Bass
Congratulations  to all entries for your hard work, dedication and for representing Ballard so well. 

Groovin' To That 60s Beat At The Spaghetti Dinner
625 Guests, A Mountain of Pasta, A Long Line of Exceedingly Patient People!

The 60's themed evening was a joyous musical blast from the past. Thanks for turning out and helping us stay on track for the year! The theme was such a hit, our directors are contemplating what era we should visit next year. We will double the pasta and be ready for you!  Thank you to the following people who help ed create a fabulous evening:
  • Co-chairs Julie Whitehorn and Melissa Middlebrook  
  • All volunteers, treat donators and student clean up crews
  • All 14 Performing groups and M.C. Mr. Riley for keeping things rolling
  • Special shout out to Senior Nick Requarth who graciously agreed to dress in drag...again!
  • Our 3 Fabulous Music Directors, Ms. Newell, Ms. Rowley, Mr. James and Student teacher, Aaron Weed, directing in Mr. James absence
  • Jazz II Director Brennan Carter, Fiddle Ensemble Coach Shelley Weiss, and accompanist Serena Chin
  • Every person who attended, waited patiently in line for their pasta, and stayed long into the evening to watch every group.
In Case You Missed The Finale - See Our Carnegie Hall Bound Wind Ensemble 

BPA Spaghetti Dinner | Summer of 69 | Feb 4, 2017
Wind Ensemble Playing "Summer of  '69"

Check out the BPA  View my photos on flickrChannel to view more photos from the event.

NW Region Strings Concert - Help Wanted!  
Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 PM at BHS Volunteers Needed

We are welcoming 250 elementary and middle school students to BHS next week. Please lend a hand!

I f you are unable to volunteer, please consider donating treats or dropping off a food item listed on the Sign Up below. Food can be dropped off before school or during the day in Ms. Newell's office or in the uniform room. Volunteer shifts are:
5:00 - 6:00 PM - serve pizza and set up chairs and stands before concert
6:45 - 8:15 PM - work the bake sale table before, during and after concert 
8:00 - 8:30 PM  - tear down chairs and stands with help from BHS students 
Call time for BHS Students is 5:20 PM 
Dress:  Students will wear their BHS Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. 

Update: EBMEA Orchestra Festival - Thursday, March 2 during the school day
2 More Drivers and 2 More Chaperones Needed: to drive or ride the bus to Garfield HS, attend the festival, eat lunch, etc. for the day.  Depart BHS at 8:00 AM and return at 3:15 PM.  *EBMEA - Elliott Bay Music Educator's Association.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Another Update: Orchestra Tour to Portland - March 10 - 12
Only 1 Male Chaperone Still Needed:  Ride the bus with us down to Portland, and take part in our weekend tour. Cost for chaperones is $200.  Depart BHS Friday March 10 at 6:30 AM, return to BHS Sunday March 12 by 6:00 PM.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Portland Tour Payment Schedule and Itinerary.
Payment 1 was due Tuesday, January 24th - $200 
Payment 2 is due Tuesday, February 26th - $200 
Pay online here  or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.

Band News
Marching Band at 8th Grade Open House - Thursday, February 9
Call Time is 5:45 PM. Change into Marching Band Uniforms, perform from 6:30 - 7:00 PM in the Gym then change out of uniforms. 

Save the Date: NW Region Band Concert - Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 PM
Ballard will be hosting students from several elementary schools, bands from Salmon Bay, Blaine, Whitman, McClure, and Hamilton middle schools. Last year over 300 hundred students joined the Ballard Wind Ensemble in a performance. It will be a packed event requiring all hands on deck. Save the date - details next week.

Update: Wind Ensemble Trip to NYC
All students should have paid in full for the Wind Ensemble trip to NYC. If you are unsure whether you owe money, please contact Jill Hansen.

Les Misérables Dinner Gala
Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM
Purchase your tickets now for an unforgettable night of dinner and theatre on Saturday, March 18th. You will enjoy a relaxing meal and mocktail in the BHS Commons with fellow theatre fans then stroll on over to the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center to your prime reserved seat at Les Misérables.

This Week's Peek Behind The Scenes:

Rehearsing "Lovely Lady"

Advance Tickets On Sale Now
Performances are Thursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend the Saturday, March 18th performance but not the Gala, you must purchase your ticket on the showtix4u website. Don't delay, the show is sure to sell out!

Choir News
PLU Choral Invitational - Friday, March 3rd 
Permission Slips Due Tomorrow

Concert choir and Advanced Chorale will both be attending the PLU Choral Invitational. It will take place during the entire school day. Permission slips went home today and are due Friday, February 10th.  

Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir Tour to Portland, May 5 - 7 
Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale are headed to Portland! This educational performance tour will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th. We will leave after lunch on Friday. Students will only miss 5th and 6th periods and it will NOT interfere with Friday's AP tests. On our way down, we will participate in a choir exchange concert with the acclaimed Rogers High School Concert Choir in Puyallup. On Saturday, we'll have an in-depth clinic with Dr. Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University. Dr. Sperry is truly one of the best in the field today and we are incredibly lucky to get to work with him! Also, that weekend, we'll perform at the beautiful Grotto, both outside in the Cliffside amphitheater and in the acoustically vivid chapel.

While in Portland, we'll stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel downtown, close to Powell's Books, Voodoo Donuts, downtown shopping and the riverfront. The hotel includes a full breakfast buffet each morning. Also included is a group dinner at Old Town Pizza and Saturday night and bowling at AMF Lanes. In addition, we'll have time to explore the Pearl District, Mississippi Street, and NE Alberta Street neighborhoods. 

Update: The Portland tour price will be $350. A full itinerary will be released shortly. Students who have participated in fundraising activities should check with Jill Hansen or Dan Requarth to see if they have money in their ASB account to contribute to this trip. It is our hope that all students in Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale can attend. Please contact Ms. Rowley if you have any questions are concerns. 

Payment 1 of $200 is due on Wednesday, March 1st, either online or by check made payable to BPA.

All NW - All State Music Honor Ensemble Tickets
Performances on Sunday, February 19th

Congratulations to the five BPA students who were selected to participate in the prestigious NAfME All-Northwest High School Honor Ensembles. The Choirs will perform at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 19 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in the Bellevue Sheraton Hotel. The Symphony Orchestra will perform at 5:30 PM on Sunday, February 19 at Benaroya Hall. 

One ticket allows admission to both concerts. Tickets cost $20 each and are free for ages 14 and under. Click here for tickets and information. Tickets are also available at the door for $25.
  • Diego Roberts Buceta: Bass - All-NW Mixed Choir
  • Olivia Sutherland - Alto: All-NW Treble Choir 
  • Alex Putnam - Tenor: All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Zipporah Johnson: Alto - All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Emmett Armstrong: String Bass - All-State Symphony Orchestra 

Les Mis érables Reminders:
  • Program Ads - All cast members and all Thespians (even if not in the show) must sell at least one program ad. Paperwork was handed out at rehearsal and is also available here.
  • T-shirts - Many cast, crew and orchestra members still need to pay for their Les Misérables T-shirts ($10 - cash or checks payable to BPA). Students may use their student account money but ONLY if they let Mr. Riley know.
  • Work Call - every Saturday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Students Only!

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Thu 2/9 Marching Band at 8th Grade Open House - Call time is 5:45 PM
Wed 2/15 NW Region Strings Concert 7:00 PM at BHS - Call time for BHS students is 5:20 PM
Sun 2/19
All NW - All State Music Honor Ensembles Concerts - See above for times/locations
Wed 3/1 NW Region Band Concert hosted by BHS - 7:00 PM - Band
Thu 3/2 EBMEA Orchestra Festival at Garfield High - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Orchestra
Fri 3/3 PLU Choral Invitational - Pacific Lutheran University - all day - Advanced & Concert Choir
Sat 3/4 DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Edmonds Center for the Arts - all day - Vocal Jazz
Fri 3/10-12 NW Orchestra Festival - Grasham, OR - Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra