October 20

The Foreigner is a Hit!
Come to the Theater!

Tickets still available at showtix4u.com for closing weekend performances: October 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 PM.  

Cheer for the good guys, boo the villains, and enjoy the comic work of our amazing cast and crew. This play is a farce with social conscience.  It will take you away to rural Georgia where Betty Meeks hosts a lodge full of interesting guests, particularly one foreigner named Charlie Baker. When everyone assumes he doesn't speak English, an intriguing plot unfolds.

Overhead in the lobby last weekend:
"I didn't know what to expect; it was better than I ever imagined! Awesome!"  

Special ticket offer for tonight's show:   Thursday, October 20th only, tickets bought at the door will be at 2-for-1 pricing! Bring a friend and enjoy the evening.

Fall Choir Concert Musical Notes
Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30 PM 

Director Courtney Rowley's choral program leads off the season with their fall repertoire featuring a number of new works by up-and-coming American composers including Jake Runestad, Daniel Elder, Andrea Ramsey and Stacey Gibbs.  In addition to these new works, you'll recognize classics like jazz standard Perdido, the spiritual Steal Away, folk song The Water is Wide, and soul standard The Dock of the Bay.

Reserved Seating for all Fall Music Concerts

Reserved seating is now available for all upcoming Fall Concerts.  Make a donation and reserve a seat for the upcoming choir, band and orchestra concerts at Showtix4u.

Important Concert Reminders for all Music Students

Concert Clothes are ready to go home TODAY!   There are racks in the uniform room hallway with tuxes, dresses and skirts and tops.  Stop by after school and find the bag with your name on it and take it home.  Remember it stays home until the end of the school year.

Tux shirts, gently used, in sizes: S - M - L  are available for purchase for $15.00. This fee includes the cuff link and stud set.  Stop by the uniform room before 1st period to try one on to make sure we have your size.  Please bring cash or checks payable to BPA.

Fall Concert Bake Sales
Calling all bakers and cupcake makers

We're looking for donations of baked goods for all three Fall Music concerts beginning with Choir on Wednesday Oct 26.  Don't like to bake? Consider stopping by your favorite bakery and picking up a dozen cookies or cupcakes.  Donations can be sent in with your student the morning of the concert (we have a place to store items) or before the concert at the bake sale table (starting at 6:30) in the PAC lobby.  If you are available to sell baked goods before or after any of the three concerts, contact volunteer coordinator Tyson Brown.
Don't forget to bring in those Ballard Market Receipts - BPA receives 1% of all purchases! 

Marching Band at Football Game Friday Night
Parent volunteers needed!

Friday night October 21st is the BHS vs. Nathan Hale football game at Memorial Stadium. Call time is 3:30 PM at BHS. The football game starts at 5:00 PM.   We need several chaperones to ride the buses to the game. You must have current volunteer paperwork on file to be able to chaperone.  We need donations of 3 to 4 cases of water. The uniform team also needs assistance checking uniforms out and back in after the game. Please contact Ingrid Riley if you are available to help or donate water. 

Photo Reminder:  T his 2016-17 Marching Band Photo will be available to view at the Band concert on Nov 3rd.   8 X10 photos will be available for purchase.  Photos are $10, cash or check payable to: Rowland Studios

Fall Band Concert - Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 PM

Orchestra News
PLU Recap and Upcoming Concerts

Congratulations to Chamber Orchestra on an inspired and musical performance of the Elgar Serenade for Strings this past Friday at the Pacific Lutheran University's Invitational Festival.  Conductor Huw Edwards of the Olympia Symphony gave students insightful feedback and we enjoyed observing the other ensembles.

Chamber Orchestra with Philharmonia NW Concert Rehearsal Schedule:
Tue  Oct. 25   North Seattle College  7:15-8:15 PM
Tue  Nov. 08   BHS PAC   7:15-8:15 PM
Tue  Nov. 15   BHS PAC - 7:15-8:15 PM
Sat   Nov. 19   St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - time tba, mid-morning
Performance: Sun Nov. 20 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at 2:30 PM, call time at 2:00 PM

Fall Orchestra Concert - Wednesday, November 2rd at 7:30 PM

Chinook Book Sale Ends Tomorrow  
All money and unsold books due

The Chinook Book sale ends tomorrow, Friday, October 21 st . All money and unsold books are due in the Chinook room. Money may also be turned into the black mailbox in the music room. Please contact Ingrid Riley if you have any questions or concerns.

The Spotlight Gala
Planning Meeting Oct 25 at 7:00 PM

To ensure the success of the Spotlight Gala we need your help!  There will be a strategic planning session at the home of Gala Co-Chair Jen Witeck on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00 PM  Amongst the items on the agenda? Wine Tasting!   Please RSVP to Jen Witeck by October 24 and she will respond with the address.

Have you purchased your tickets yet? 

VIP Tickets are still available!   VIP tickets provide you with the added benefits of reserved premium seating, front of the line access to the buffet as well as a swag bag, including one free beverage of your choice. Visit the Spotlight Gala website and purchase your tickets today!

Spotlight Gala Challenge to every Ballard Performing Arts family

As the largest fundraiser of the year, we challenge each and every Performing Arts family to procure one item for this important event.  Not sure what to donate?

~How about your favorite bottle of wine for the Instant Wine Cellar?  
~Have a cabin or and extra timeshare week?  We would love to include it in our live auction!  
~Love to cook?  Group dinners are always fun and encourage community.
~How about a themed basket or gift certificates to your favorite restaurant?
~Don't forget Desserts for the Dessert Dash! Sign up here to donate a dessert.

Visit the Spotlight Gala website for the Online Procurement Form. The students and directors of BPA thank you for your support!

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

BPA Spirit Merchandise is available online through December 12 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.   Sign up here to sell merchandise during the last weekend of  The Foreigner   Oct 20 - 22.

Photographers/Videographers Wanted
Can you help film the upcoming concerts?

Do you have a digital camera or a video camera?  Please consider photographing or filming one of the upcoming Fall Music Concerts.  We are looking for 1 - 2 people to photograph or film each of the three Fall Concerts.  We'll even help you upload to one of our many BPA Social Media platforms.   Click here to sign up. Performances start next week!

Wind Ensemble Trip to NYC      
Itinerary available for those joining the Band
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. The choir did this last year in New York and it worked well for all involved. 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. NYC itinerary here .
All parents and family that will be traveling with the band please be aware that your student will need to remain with the band the whole scheduled time in New York. Students will not be allowed to be with their family during scheduled band activities. This means the whole trip. Thanks for your understanding.  Reminder that the 2nd payment of $500 is due now.  Please pay here or by check made payable to BPA.

Brown Bear Car Wash Ticket Fundraiser 

We will be selling Brown Bear Car Wash tickets at all of the Fall Concerts.  We need wind ensemble booster parents to help with these sales. Contact Carolyn Dunn to help sell tickets. Funds raised at the fall concerts will go towards reducing the overall cost of the trip and not to individual student accounts.

Students, if you have checked out car wash tickets, ALL money needs to be turned in by Friday, December 2nd in order for funds to be credited to your student account.  Additional tickets are still available to check out.  Please do so as soon as possible.

- Checks made payable to Ballard Performing Arts
- Ticket price $7 with $5.50 going towards your student account

If you are able to help with car wash ticket sales at any of the fall concerts, or need additional carwash tickets, please contact Carolyn Dunn

Calling All Choir Chaperones
Drivers needed for Bellingham and Bremerton

We are in need of 2-3 Concert Choir parents to attend the Western Washington University Choral Invitational on Tuesday, November 15th.  We are asking that these parents help to transport students in their car, as we will not all fit in one bus.  We will meet at school at 6:30 AM and return around 3:30 PM. 

We are also in need of 5-6 Vocal Jazz parents to drive and chaperone for the Bremerton Vocal Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 19 th .  The approximate times are 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

Easy Money for BPA
Passive Fundraising Opportunities

Now that BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is an official 501c3 organization, we are eligible for many new and easy fundraising opportunities. Check out all 6 Easy Ways to Support BHS Performing Arts Booster Club at No Cost to You listed here.

Save your Ballard Market Receipts and bring them to the Fall Concert Bake Sale Table
Sign up for Fred Meyer Community Rewards -  Code # 82494  
Sign up for Bartells B-caring card
Sign up for Amazon Smile

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Schedule Available  here.

Fall Play: The Foreigner at 7:30 PM in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets at ShowTix4uNote - special 2 for 1 at the door pricing for the 10/20 show.
Fri 10/21
Marching Band playing in the stands at BHS vs. Nathan Hale Football game.  Call time for Band 3:30 PM at BHS.  Game time 5:00 PM.
Fri 10/21
Chinook Book Sales End.  All monies and unused books must be turned in by Friday 10/21 in the music room or Chinook Room. Questions?  Contact Ingrid Riley.
Wed 10/26 Men's Ensemble Rehearsal 1:15 - 1:40 PM in Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.
Wed 10/26
Fall Concert Concert at 7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Reserved Seating available with donation at ShowTix4u.
Wed 11/2
Fall Orchestra Concert at 7:30 in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.  Reserved Seating available with donation at ShowTix4u.
Thu 11/3
Fall Band Concert at 7:30 in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center.  Reserved Seating available with donation at ShowTix4u.
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.  6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Leif Erikson Lodge
Sun 11/20
Chamber Orchestra with NW Philarmonia.  2:30 - 4:30 PM at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church