January 19

Attention Orchestra Families
Bakers, Chaperones and Volunteers Needed

February and March are busy months for Orchestra. Please review the many opportunities below then contact Orchestra Rep Sylvia Schweinberger or Director Brittany Newell and let them know when you can help. Thank you in advance!

NW Region Strings Concert - Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 PM at BHS
6 - 10 Parent Volunteers and Baked Goods Galore for the Bake Sale
5:00 - 6:00 PM - serve pizza before the concert and set up chairs and stands
6:45 - 8:15 PM - work the bake sale table before, during and after the concert 
8:00 - 8:30 PM  - tear down chairs and stands. BHS students will also be helping.
Call time for BHS Students is 5:20 PM 
Participating Schools:  BHS, McClure MS, Whitman MS, Hamilton MS, Broadview Thompson, Adams, Bagley, BF Day, Blaine, Coe, Greenwood, John Hay, Loyal Heights, North Beach, Viewlands, Whittier, West Woodland. 
Dress:  Students will wear their BHS Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. 
Purpose: To show the community the progression of the SPS instrumental music program from elementary level through high school.   Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

EBMEA*  Orchestra Festival - Thursday, March 2 during the school day
5 - 6 Parent Chaperones Needed: to 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.

Orchestra Tour to Portland & Gresham Orchestra Festival - March 10 - 12
2 Females and 1 Male Chaperone 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 due Tuesday, January 24th - $200 
Payment 2 due Tuesday, February 26th - $200 
Pay online here  or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.

Chamber Orchestra at SPS Board Meeting  - Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 PM
4 - 5 Parent Drivers Needed: to transport students to and from the John Stanford Center in SODO for this televised performance. Return to BHS by 6:00 PM.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

58th Annual  
Spaghetti Dinner 
Welcome to the 60s!

The 58th annual Ballard Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, February 4th from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. It's a casual and friendly dinner and show - every choral and instrumental group at Ballard will perform a piece from the 60s. There will also be a sneak peek of the upcoming musical, Les Misérables! Please join us in the Commons for a memorable evening in support of Ballard Performing Arts. Take a chance on the raffles, meet other Ballard families, and, if the spirit moves you, bring out your grooviest attire! 

"Help!  I need somebody..."
Please volunteer for a shift during the Spaghetti dinner. The performance schedule is listed on the Sign Up Genius to avoid any conflicts. Students will receive service hours for volunteering. 

Tickets are available here!
$15/adult, $10/student and Free/5yrs and under. Please note - all Ballard Performing Arts students must buy a ticket in order to eat dinner. 

Band News
Carnegie Hall Tickets Are Now Available

"Start spreading the news..." Concert tickets are now on sale for the Wind Ensemble's International Music Festival (IMF) performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Please be aware there are two different IMF concerts that day:

1:00 PM  Afternoon Concert. The Wind Ensemble will only perform during this concert.
8:00 PM  Evening Showcase and Awards Ceremony. The Wind Ensemble will be in attendance but will NOT be performing during this event.

Tickets for each concert are sold separately ($20 or $30 plus service fee) and may be purchased directly from the Carnegie Hall website .  The concerts are expected to sell out so purchase your tickets today!

All students should have paid for the entirety of their New York trip ($1800).  If you haven't already done so, place your check in the black box in the music room or  pay online here . Please see updated   NYC itinerary here.

Ellington Recording and Rehearsal Dates for Jazz Band 1 
Tuesday, January 24 - Ellington Recording   6:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25 - Ellington Recording  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Drivers Needed - Jazz Band 1:  UW Jazz Festival, Saturday, January 28th All Day 
We still need 5 parent drivers for this event.  All volunteer paperwork must be completed and processed before the trip.  Anyone with paperwork on file will need to fill out the driving form for this trip.  Please contact Ingrid Riley if you can drive for this event.

Solo and Ensemble Competition Details
Recital for Students Performing Vocal Solos - February 1 

Students who are performing a vocal solo in the Solo and Ensemble competition will have a recital at BHS on Wednesday, February 1st. Students may sign up for either the 6:30 or the 7:30 PM recital in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.  Be advised that this is the day between semesters and there is no school that day. 

All Participating Students Must Pay the Competition Fee
Students participating in the Solo and Ensemble Competition must pay the $18 (single time slot) or $36 (double time slot) fee. Please make checks payable to Ballard Performing Arts. If you are unsure whether or not you have paid, please contact Jill Hansen.

All Solo and Ensemble Competition Time Slots Announced
Please check with your teachers to find out your exact performance time slot on February 4th.

Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala
Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM

Please join us for the Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala! Your Gala ticket includes a reception to meet the cast, dinner and a prime seat for the 7:30 PM performance. Gala tickets must be purchased HERE and not on the showtix site. Want to help? Contact Bonnie Moses.

Advance Tickets On Sale Now
Performances are Thursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, 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!

Buy your tickets today at  showtix4u

Les Misérables Participant Check List
  • Program Ad - 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.
  • Info Sheet and Bio Form - All cast members must return the parent information/volunteer sheet and their bio forms.
  • T-shirts - Les Misérables T-shirts are available for $10 - checks payable to BPA.
  • Work Call - every Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 PM - Students only!

Turn In Your Candy Money!
Is your name on this list?

Please turn in the money you owe for the candy you checked out immediately.  Be sure your name is on the envelope when you drop it in the band room mailbox! Questions?  Please contact Jill Hansen.

Pick Up Your Concert Attire!
If your name is on this list  pick up your clothes!

Concert Clothes that did not make it home after the Winter Concerts are being held in storage. There is a $5.00 storage and retrieval fee. If your name is on the list, your concert attire is still here at Ballard!

Community News 
Solo and Ensemble Masterclasses and Individual Lessons

Solo & Ensemble preparation masterclasses:  get ready, feel steady!  Group sessions with individual focus on Sunday 1/22 and Sunday 1/29 in Wallingford. More information here.

New Year's voice lesson special:  If in-class voice lessons don't work for you, consider taking lessons outside of school. Dr. Stacey Mastrian is based in Wallingford and is offering a New Year's lesson special of $50 for an initial voice lesson for new students (a $25 discount!) through February 15, 2017. Contact Dr. Stacey Mastrian at DrMastrian@gmail.com  and view her websites at Stacey MastrianMastrian Studio

Bach in the Subways Fundraiser Concert - January 21 at 7:00 PM
Please join Bach in the Subways founder and cellist Dale Henderson, and Seattle musicians  Lori Williams (soprano), Maureen Stone (oboist), Lucy Wenger (pianist) and Karin McCullough (pianist), for a fundraiser concert celebrating the father of classical music, JS BACH. These musicians are donating their performance skills for a concert to celebrate Bach's legacy and raise needed funds. The global festival of volunteer performers is made possible through the Bach in the Subways website which requires maintenance and upgrades.  Please join us for a wonderful evening of Bach's music with your contribution supporting the on-going performance of Bach's music in public spaces. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.  $20 General Admission and $5 children and students. Concert will be held at the Haller Lake United Methodist Church located at 13055 First Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse persons or programs listed under Community New.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Tue 1/24 Jazz I Ellington Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Wed 1/25 Jazz I Ellington Recording 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Sat 1/28 UW Jazz Festival - Jazz I  - all day
Sat 1/28 Pep Band at Basketball Games vs. Nathan Hale - Call time is 4:15 PM
Wed 2/1
Vocal Recital for soloists competing at Solo and Ensemble 6:30 PM or 7:30 PM at BHS
Sat 2/4 Spaghetti Dinner in BHS Commons  5:30 - 8:30 PM - Tickets available here
Sat 2/4 WMEA Solo and Ensemble - Seattle Pacific University - see teachers for exact time slots
Wed 2/15 NW Region Strings Concert 7:00 PM at BHS - Call time for BHS students is 5:20 PM