November 10

Last Call for Donations! 
Deadline is today, November 10th

We are still accepting last minute donations for the Spotlight Gala!  Please complete the online donation form today, then send your item in with your student on Monday.

Not sure what to donate?  We would love a few more bottles of wine or a wine rack for our Live Auction Instant Wine Cellar, or restaurant gift certificates to downtown establishments, such as Dragonfish, Ruth's Chris, Morton's, Canlis or El Gaucho.  Did you know that many of these restaurants will add to the certificate amount if they know it's for a charitable organization?

The Spotlight Gala is THE social event of the year for Ballard Performing Arts.  We have sold out the last two years because of the festive atmosphere, frenzied bidding, delicious food and drinks and amazing entertainment provided by our small student ensembles, which include Fiddle Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz I, Jazz II, Vocal Jazz and Thespians. You definitely want to treat yourself to a fun night out in support of BPA!  Get your tickets today!

For more information, please visit the Spotlight Gala website.

Fall Concert Volunteers 
We appreciate your donations and support

Thank you to all of the fabulous volunteers who baked, delivered treats, staffed the bake sale table, sold BPA Spirit Wear and handed out concert programs.  Thank you to all who attended the concerts bringing family, friends and neighbors to enjoy our talented singers and musicians.  

Concert Choir to WWU Invitational
Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 AM

Concert Choir members need to arrive in the BHS parking lot at 6:30 AM, dressed in their tuxes and dresses.  They should either bring a sack lunch or money to purchase lunch in the student union building at Western.  Students should be back at Ballard around 3:30 PM. 

Chamber Orchestra Performance
with Philharmonia NW on November 20th at 2:30 PM
Chamber Orchestra will be performing side by side with Philharmonia NW on Sunday, November 20th at 2:30 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church located at 4805 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 

Tickets are available here.  Adults $20 and Students/Seniors $15.

Last two rehearsals:
Tue  Nov 15 BHS PAC  7:15 - 8:15 PM
Sat   Nov 19 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 11:40 - 12:30 PM

Congratulations Band!
Fall Concert Review

Thank you to Band Director Michael James and Jazz Band II Director Brennan Carter for the fabulous band concert last Thursday evening.  Congratulations  to all Band students for a wonderful performance.  The music that was learned in the short amount of time since Homecoming was truly inspirational.  Thank you to all families and friends in attendance We hope to see you at the Winter Band Concert on December 7th.

If you were unable to attend the concert, check out the vimeo

Les Misérables Auditions
Tuesday, November 29th 

Please select a song of 16 bars or at least 1 verse and 1 chorus. An accompanist will be provided. Students MUST have sheet music. No a capella auditions will be heard. Students must sign up on the black box doors for an audition time. All students must bring all three completed and signed forms to the audition: 

RENT  - in concert          
December 1st and 3rd at 7:30 PM at BHS

Please join the Ballard Playmakers, alumni and local theatre friends for an evening in celebration of the 20 th anniversary of the rock musical Rent and in recognition of World AIDS Day.  Director Riley has selected a cast to sing the score of the Tony and Pulitzer-winning show. Proceeds will benefit the theatre LED lighting conversion and Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a local HIV/AIDS support non-profit. No fancy sets, just great singing.  A few surprises are in store! 

RENT tickets are available now at  showtix4u. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and students.  

PARENT ADVISORY:  This show contains references to profanity, sexuality and violence and may not be appropriate for young children.

Wind Ensemble News
NYC Trip payment schedule and information review
  • The next payment of $500 is due Thursday, December 1st.
  • Final payment is due on Tuesday, January 3rd.
  • There was an email sent out to Band families on Tuesday, November 8th about the Wind Ensemble's online NYC fundraiser.  Didn't receive this email?  Have questions?  Please email Mr. James.
  • There has been much discussion about how to handle such a large group of parents who want to shadow the band in New York. We have decided to give parents an itinerary and if you want to do activities with the band you will need to plan to get your own tickets for activities. It is to difficult to schedule a large group of band students and include the large group of adults and family. 
You will be able to order concert tickets in February for your group.  
  • All parents and family members who will be traveling with the band please be aware that your student will need to remain with the band the entire scheduled time in New York. Students will not be allowed to be with their families during scheduled band activities. This means the entire trip. Thank you for your understanding.

Winter Concert Rehearsal Schedule Save the Date
Put these dates on your calendar!

All members of Concert Choir, Advanced Choral, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and select members of Wind Ensemble and Percussion are required to attend the following after school rehearsals in preparation for the Winter Concerts December 7th, 8th and 9th.

Friday, Dec 2  3:30 - 5:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 6  3:30 - 5:30 PM

World's Finest Candy Bars for Sale
Student Fundraising Opportunity

Candy sales  will continue through Monday, November 28th.  Candy bars sell for $1. Students may only check out one case of 60 candy bars at a time.  All money, checks made payable to BPA or cash - NO coins! - is due on Monday, November 28th. Proceeds from candy bar sales will be deposited to each student's individual ASB account to be used for trips, camp fees, annual fees, t-shirts and concert attire. All student fundraisers are optional.  Questions?  Contact Jill Hansen.

Drink Coffee and Raise Money for BPA
Student Fundraising Opportunity

It's coffee time! We are once again partnering with Caffé Appassionato, who will generously donate $5 from every $12 (12oz) bag sold to support performing arts students and programs. There are four delicious blends to choose from: Organic Espresso, Organic Decaf, Arietta (lightest roast) and Tempest (darkest roast).
Order forms are coming home this week with your student and are also available on the Performing Arts website. Each student is asked to sell, collect payment, and turn in completed forms to the black locked mailbox in the music room. Completed orders are due by Monday, November 21.  Coffee orders will be distributed during each of the Winder Concerts - December 7th - 9th.  See the Upcoming Events Calendar at the end of the newsletter. 
There are several big trips coming up this year-this money goes to your student's personal account and can be used to help pay those trip fees.   Any questions? Contact Rebecca Staffel

BPA Spirit Wear Now Available      
Visit our brand new online store today

BPA Spirit Merchandise is available online through December 12th and at drama performances and music concerts.  Please visit the BPA store to view sale items and make purchases or donations. All proceeds go to support Music and Drama at Ballard High School! Purchased items can be picked up at school during the performances or at the BPA meetings. Contact Patti Kashiwa  with  any questions or to arrange a pick up. 

Community News 
JazzEd Opportunities for Band,  Jazz and Orchestra

JazzED offers payment plans and scholarships to all students who need them, including full scholarships. No family is ever turned away

JazzEd Ensembles, placement on Nov 19 & Nov 20
The award-winning Seattle JazzED Big Band Ensembles are now enrolling kids in grades 6-12, at every skill level. Weekend rehearsals, January through May 2017. Work with legendary jazz educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz
, Darin Faul and many more. Top ensembles travel to New York in the spring . Advanced students encouraged to sign up for New Works Ensemble.  Scholarships are easy to get and payment plans available to every family. Register for Placement Day (Nov 19 or Nov 20) and get more information at or call 206-324-JAZZ (5299).

Girls Jazz Day is Sunday, Nov 13 
Join us for one day, 100% dedicated to girls who play jazz. You'll learn new songs in an all-girl band with an awesome female band director. Open to grades 6-12, all instruments (including string instruments). Sign up and more info, including fee waiver coupon at

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Community News.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA calendar available here

Tue 11/15 Concert Choir trip to WWU Choral Invitational Festival.  6:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sat 11/19 Vocal Jazz to Bremerton Jazz Festival.  7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sat 11/19 Spotlight Gala and Auction.  5:30 PM - 11:00 PM at the Leif Erikson Lodge. Tickets here
Sun 11/20
Chamber Orchestra with NW Philharmonia 2:30 - 4:30 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal 
Mon 11/21 Coffee sale money due.  Questions?  Contact Rebecca Staffel
Mon 11/28
Candy sale money due.  Questions?  Contact Jill Hansen
Tue 11/29 
Auditions for  Les Misérables  3:15 PM - 6:15 PM in PAC and NE 221
Thu 12/1
RENT in Concert.  7:30 PM in the PAC.  Tickets at showtix4u
Sat 12/3
RENT  in Concert.  7:30 PM in the PAC.  Tickets at showtix4u
Sat 12/3
Mill Creek Jazz Festival - Jazz I and II.  All day - Jackson High School, Mill Creek 
Wed 12/7
Band Winter Concert. 7:30 PM at BHS.  
Thu 12/8
Choir Winter Concert.  7:30 PM at BHS. 
Fri 12/9 Orchestra Winter Concert,  7:30 PM at BHS.