November 17

The Spotlight Gala is THIS Saturday!
Leif Erikson Lodge at 5:30 PM

Free parking is available in the Banner Bank parking lot next door to the Leif Erikson Lodge located at 2245 NW 57th St. Seattle WA 98107.

Don't miss the evening entertainment
Students in  Fiddle Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Vocal Jazz, selected Thespians, Jazz I and Jazz II will be performing - See full schedule   here.  

Calling all Volunteers - including students! 
Adults - We need two people to be the Live Auction bid recorders from 7:45pm to 9:00pm. Enjoy the Silent Auctions, dinner and friends, then volunteer for under 1.5 hours. Sign up here.
StudentsThe Student Volunteer Sign up is available here. Service hours given for volunteer hours worked.

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.

Final rehearsal:
Sat   Nov 19 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church 11:40 - 12:30 PM

If you missed the Fall Orchestra Concert click here to see the video.

Choir News
WWU Invitational

Concert Choir was one of eight choirs in the state to be invited to the WWU Choral Festival this past Tuesday. After an outstanding performance by the choir, clinician Dr. Sharon Paul praised their musicality and wide range of pieces performed. It was a treat to watch our student teacher Taylor Iverson return to her alma mater as a conductor and share the stage with her father, Mikkel Iverson, choral director of Union HS in Vancouver, WA.

The  Bremerton Jazz Festival is this Saturday, November 19 th .  
All Vocal Jazz students and parent drivers should meet in the BHS parking lot at 6:45 AM.   We'll return to BHS around 4:15 PM.

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

The Ballard High School Thespian Troupe is proud to present two benefit concert performances (singing of the score rather than a fully staged play) of the musical Rent on the 20th anniversary of the show and with the first performance on December 1st, World AIDS Day. It will run for two nights only, Thursday, December 1st and Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 PM. Fifty percent of the proceeds will go toward the conversion of Ballard's stage lighting from incandescent to LED and fifty percent will be donated to Lifelong, a Seattle HIV/AIDS organization.  

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.

Volunteers Needed for RENT concert
Calling all bakers and water donators

We are looking for volunteers to bake, donate water, staff the bake sale table and sell BPA merchandise during the two concerts. 

Band News
Mill Creek Jazz Festival - Drivers needed December 3rd

The Mill Creek Jazz Festival is coming up quickly.  Both Jazz Band I and Jazz Band II will be attending this festival and we will need parent drivers to transport students to and from the event.  We will meet at BHS at 11am to head to the festival at Jackson High School. We should return to BHS around 4:30pm.  If you can help drive, please contact Ingrid Riley.

Wind Ensemble NYC Trip 
The next Wind Ensemble payment for New York is due by December 1 st .  This payment of $500 should bring everyone's contribution to $1500 so far.  The final payment will be due in early January and will be determined by the overall cost of the trip as well as any fundraising efforts that students are currently taking part in.  Questions? Please contact Mr. James.

Purchasing an ASB card ($35 sticker) is a REQUIREMENT FOR ALL BAND STUDENTS. Approximately 1/4 of students still have not done so.  Please take care of this in the ASB fiscal office by November 30th. If you need financial assistance with the purchase please see your counselor.  There are funds available to help out.

Fall Concert Recordings Available
Enjoy the music at home
 to open a folder called "Ballard Fall 2016."  Inside are separate folders for band, choir and orchestra, and inside each of those are folders for .WAV files and MP3 files.   Download .WAV files if you want to burn your own CDs. If you have trouble downloading the .WAV files please contact Diane Taylor for assistance. Download MP3 files if you are using a device like an iPad or an iPhone.  The MP3 files will appear in alphabetical order, but the track numbers are embedded, so when they are downloaded into iTunes as an album, they should arrange themselves in the proper order.  

Please respect the copyright on this music, do not share it with students who are not in our music program or upload it anywhere else on the web.  The copyright act allows "One archive or study recording" per musician.

Winter Music Concert Details

Mozart's Requiem Groups and Rehearsal Dates:

Students in the following groups will perform selections from Mozart's Requiem all three nights as the finale of each concert:
Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir,  Advanced Chorale,  selected Wind Ensemble  and Percussion members.  Rehearsals are: 
Friday, Dec 2  3:30 - 5:30 PM and  Tuesday,  Dec 6  3:30 - 5:30 PM

World's Finest Candy Bar
Student Fundraiser 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.

BPA Spirit Wear Still 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. 

Caffé Appassionato Coffee Sales 
Student Fundraising Opportunity

We are in Week 2 of our coffee sale. Use this weekend well! Caffé Appassionato offers four delicious blends to choose from: Organic Espresso, Organic Decaf, Arietta (lightest roast) and Tempest (darkest roast). Donations from each $12 bag sold go to support performing arts students and programs. 
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 Monday, November 21, and coffee orders will be distributed during each of the winter concerts. No late orders will be accepted due to ordering and delivery deadlines. Questions? Contact Rebecca Staffel .

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 . As an aside we exist to support school music programs , not to compete. As such as we always defer to students' school music commitments.

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).

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

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Sat 11/19 Vocal Jazz to Bremerton Jazz Festival.  6:45 AM - 4:15 PM
Sat 11/19 Spotlight Gala and Auction.  5:30 PM - 11:00 PM at the Leif Erikson Lodge. 
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 in locked black box in the music room. Qs? 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 at Jackson High School -  Jazz I and II,  Depart BHS at 11 AM 
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