May 18 

The Importance of Being Earnest
Last week for this light-hearted comedy! 

When the men get caught in lies, they attempt a musical number to win favor with the ladies. Does it look like it's working?
The Importance of Being Earnest , by Oscar Wilde, is proving to be tremendous fun for actors and audience members alike! This light-hearted play is full of social satire with Victorian roots that also applies to current times. The fantastic cast has great timing and delivery which keeps us laughing throughout. We pity them for suffering the disapproving glare of Lady Bracknell, and we cheer them in their pursuit of love and happiness. The richly beautiful costumes are set off by the elegantly simple set. This is a complete theatre experience which is absolutely delightful. 

Show Dates: May 18, 19 and 20.  Curtain at 7:30 PM
     Students $10 and Adults $15
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Spring Concerts 7:30 PM
Choir - May 25th  |  Orchestra - June 1st  |  Band - June 8th

Concert Call Times:
Choir - 6:30 PM  Advanced Chorale and Concert and 6:45 PM for for Treble Choir 
Orchestra - 6:45 PM for all Orchestras and 7:45 PM for all wind, brass and percussion performing on the concerto pieces after intermission.
Band - TBA

Uniform Check-In After Concerts - ALL Students not Performing at Graduation
Choir - All Treble Choir members must check-in their concert attire on May 25th 
Orchestra  All Orchestra members must check-in their concert attire on June 1st.
Band - All Symphonic Band members and select Percussionists check-in on June 8th.

Volunteers Needed at all 3 Concerts!
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Please consider volunteering at one of the concert your student is NOT in so that all families can see their students perform.  We need your help  selling baked goods, ushering those who purchased reserved seats, adult donation collectors, end of year uniform check in, bottled water and of course treats to fill the bake sale table. All 3 Concerts are on this SignUp Genius - scroll past Choir to find Orchestra and Band.
Coffee Order Pick Up
Coffee Appassionatto orders will be available for pick up at each of the three concerts.

Reserved Seating
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The Concerts usually fill to capacity.  Want to pick your seats? Don't want to end up standing? Reserve your seats before the concerts at ShowTix4U . For the best views and extra leg room, choose seats in rows L, M or N. 

Ballard Market Receipts
Don't forget to drop off your Ballard Market receipts at the Bake Sale table. 1% of receipt totals is donated to BPA.

Band News
Syttende Mai Parade 2017
Marching Band sounded fabulous last night! 

Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsals:
May 31 - 3:30-4:30pm
June 5- 3:30-4:30pm
June 6 - 3:30-4:30pm
Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble Auditions
Interested in Auditioning for 2017 - 2018?

June 12-14 - Jazz Auditions before school (current BHS students)
June 12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions during 1 st  Period (current Symphonic Band students)

Please review Ballard Band Audition Information prior to June 12th.
Audition materials below:

Jazz Alley - Tuesday, May 30th
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Jazz 1 and 2 and Vocal Jazz

Jazz Band 1 and 2 and Vocal Jazz will perform at Jazz Alley on Tuesday, May 30th.  Doors Open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.  Get your tickets and reserve your table before they sell out!    Tickets are available now. Please note musicians and singers do not need to purchase admission tickets.
Invite your friends and family to this fun evening of music in one of the most famous jazz venues in all of Seattle!
Vocal Jazz Solo Night
Monday, June 5th at 7:15 in the Black Box

All Vocal Jazz members will present a jazz standard, backed up by the incomparable Ev Stern Jazz Trio.  Come support Vocal Jazz and enjoy a fun evening of song!  Donations will be accepted at the door to help offset the cost of our professional musicians.  We hope to see you there!

Choir News
Treble Choir at the Women's University Club, Friday, May 19th

Treble Choir  is performing by invitation for the "Music Counts" fundraiser for music education.
at the  Women's University Club on Friday, May 19th. Call time is 6:00 PMStudents must wear their formal concert attire.  Parents are welcome to attend the performance, although parking is not available onsite.  Please arrange for a ride home at   7:00 PM. 

Treble Choir at the UW Festival of Choral Excellence  

Treble Choir at UW Choral Festival May 11_ 2017
Treble Choir at UW Choral Festival May 11, 2017

Last Thursday, Treble Choir attended the UW Festival for Choral Excellence.  They had a fantastic performance onstage at Meany Hall, and got to work with Dr. Eric Johnson of Northern Illinois University and Dr. Giselle Wyers of the University of Washington.  It was a fun and inspiring day for all!

Orchestra News 
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Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival

Headed to Folklife this Memorial Day weekend?  Make sure you're at the Center Theater at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 27th to hear our Fiddlers play!

Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal Schedule  
Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, selected members of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Percussion to be performing on the concerto pieces:
Thursday, May 18 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 23 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Thursday, May 25 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 30 - 3:30-5:30 PM, Stage
Orchestra Trip to NYC
March 2018
Lincoln Center, NYC

Chamber Orchestra will be traveling to New York City next March to compete in the National Orchestra Cup, March 1-4. The Orchestra will perform twenty minutes of music in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the performance venue of the New York Philharmonic, and compete alongside nine other Orchestras from around the country. 

Chamber auditions for current Symphonic Orchestra members are occurring June 12th and 13th during class.  Audition materials are up on the class Schoology page.  Contact Ms. Newell for questions. 

The trip, including a four night stay in a Manhattan hotel, airfare, festival fees, large instrument rental, transportation, several meals, a Broadway Show, an evening with the New York Phil, and a dinner cruise, is estimated at $1,600 per student. The Ballard Performing Arts Boosters have a mission to help support our students in their performance opportunities that include travel, and we will have scholarship money available for students, as well as our annual student fundraisers including coffee, chocolate, and Chinook Books.
Fiddle Showcase
Friday, July 16th at the Ballard Homestead

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If you enjoy an evening of fiddle music topped off with some audience square dancing, look no further than the Ballard Homestead on Friday, June 16 th at 7:00 p.m. The Ballard High Fiddlers will take the stage with their bluegrass and folk tunes to keep your toes tapping. These players come from the orchestra program at Ballard, and they can be found playing classical music at the Ballard High concerts. Clearly, this ensemble enjoys ranging out into the folk world, as well.
In addition to the Fiddle group, some members of the Symphonic Orchestra will be playing arrangements of music by Deakin Hicks, an accordion and clarinet duo who play original instrumental tunes inspired by music of the Basque region in Spain. Special guestsThe Eclectic Strings from Holy Names Academy will round out the program.

At 8:00 p.m. there will be some called dances and audience and musicians can participate because all dances will be taught. This is an evening that is fun for all ages and the Homestead is the perfect backdrop for some down-home fun.  Bring a friend and wear comfortable shoes for this evening of music and dance.  Advance tickets are available now!

2017 - 2018 VP Communications
Time Commitment - 8 hours/month from home or BHS

In charge of communication and promotions to the community at large. Delegates to the Communications Committee. The following positions are part of Communications Committee: Publicity Lead, Website Chair, Poster Distribution Lead, Calendar Owner, Graphic Design (currently open) and Newsletter Editor. Job can be done at home with exception of BPA Board Meetings.  Please contact current VP Communications with questions:   Ann Selberg

2017 - 2018 Concert Wear Tux Coordinator Position
Tuxedo (Marching Band and Concert Dress Positions filled)

We are looking for 1 person to maintain the tuxes for all 3 music groups, organize fittings in the fall and return in the spring. Lots of prep work in July - Aug when clothes come back from the dry cleaners to get ready for the August fittings. Tuxes are bagged for returning students, graduated student clothes are put back in stock by size and pant length. Uniforms are ordered after the fittings in August (September for the tuxes) The Choir, Band and Orchestra Reps will help support you along with student volunteers during fittings.  Time Commitment:  30-40 hours in August and September and 20 hours in June, with some mid-year maintenance.  Please contact current Concert Wear Coordinator with questions:  Jill Hansen  

Nine 2017 - 2018 BPA Board Positions Filled - Six to Go!
Thank you 
Gary Haarsager and Carol Knoph 
for volunteering for the 2017-2018 Dessert Dash Positions.

The following positions (in addition to the two above) are still open:  
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Spotlight Gala Co-chair
  • Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs 
  • For detailed information about these positions, please see the BPA Jobs Newsletter

Summer Music Camps
There is still time to register for Summer Music Camps

A Note from our Directors:
Summertime is an important time for students to continue working on their musical or theatrical skills, to meet and work with students from other schools, and to gain experience for college applications. Click here for a list of some of the many opportunities available in our region. We hope that Ballard Performing Arts students will participate in some of these camps and workshops.  Go directly to listed websites for more information and please let us know if there is an opportunity that you would like to add to this list.
Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Summer Music Camps.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Thu 5/18
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the BTuand room
Thu 5/18
The Importance of Being Earnest  7:30 PM -   Tickets Here
Fri 5/19 Treble Choir at the Women's University Club - Call time 6:00 PM
Fri 5/19
The Importance of Being Earnest  7:30 PM -   Tickets Here
Sat 5/20
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM  Tickets Here
Tue 5/23
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25 Spring Choir Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center 7:30 PM 
Sat 5/27 Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival - meet at Center Theater at 10:15 AM
Tue 5/30
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:30 PM on the Stage
Tue 5/30 Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz at Jazz Alley - Tickets Here
Wed 5/31 Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal - 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Band room
Thu 6/1
Spring Orchestra Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center   7:30 PM 
Sat 6/3 Paxti's Fundraiser and Clean Up Day at BHS - Details TBA
Mon 6/5 Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the Black Box Theatre  7:15 PM
Thu 6/8 Spring Band Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center  7:30 PM
Mon 6/12 5th Avenue Theatre Awards 7:00 PM (Nominations announced 5/23/17)
Mon 6/12-14 Jazz Auditions before school - current students only
Mon 6/12 - 16 Wind Ensemble Auditions - 1st period for current Symphonic Band Members
Fri 6/16
Fiddle Showcase at Ballard Homestead 7:00 PM  -   Tickets Here
Mon 6/19 Graduation at Memorial Stadium - Wind Ensemble, CC Adv Choir, Percussion - TBA
Tue 6/20  Incoming Freshman Orientation in PAC  7:00 PM