March 30

Choir News
NW Region Choral Showcase Hosted by BHS - Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM
Bake Sale Volunteers Needed 

T his wonderful neighborhood event brings together over 600 students from the choirs at our NW Region elementary and middle schools as well as our own Ballard choirs. It offers parents a chance to see the musical pathways available to their students as they progress through school, and is a fun community event for all the students involved. We will need 2 people to staff the bake sale table and lots of bakers for this hungry crowd of kids. Sign Up Here to Help Out!

Choir Tour to Portland-  Payment  2 is due April 4th
Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale are headed to Portland! This educational performance tour will take place Friday, May 5th - Sunday, May 7th. We will leave after lunch on Friday. Students will only miss 5th and 6th periods and it will NOT interfere with Friday's AP tests. On our way down, we will participate in a choir exchange concert with the acclaimed Rogers High School Concert Choir in Puyallup. On Saturday, we'll have an in-depth clinic with Dr. Ethan Sperry, Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University. Dr. Sperry is truly one of the best in the field today and we are incredibly lucky to get to work with him! Also, that weekend, we'll perform at the beautiful Grotto, both outside in the Cliffside amphitheater and in the acoustically vivid chapel.  While in Portland, we'll stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel downtown, close to Powell's Books, Voodoo Donuts, downtown shopping and the riverfront. The hotel includes a full breakfast buffet each morning. Also included is a group dinner at Old Town Pizza and Saturday night and bowling at AMF Lanes. In addition, we'll have time to explore the Pearl District, Mississippi Street, and NE Alberta Street neighborhoods. A full itinerary will be released shortly.
We are also in need of chaperones to attend (at a reduced price). It would be great to meet some of the newer parents and have you participate!

Payment 2 of $150 is due April 4th Pay  online or by check made payable to BPA.  Students who have participated in fundraising activities, please see Student Account Balance Spreadsheet for individual student funds to be deducted from the payment. It is our hope that all students in Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale can attend.  Questions? Email Ms. Rowley.

EBMEA Choir Festival - Recap

Congratulations to Concert Choir, Advanced Chorale, and Treble Choir for their fabulous performances at the Elliott Bay Choir Festival, held at Garfield High School on Wednesday. The Ballard Choirs were praised for the musicality, vocal tone quality, challenging literature, and overall sound and appearance. All choirs received scores or Superior or Excellent across the board. Students had the opportunity to have clinics with Dr. Geoffrey Boers from UW, Sara Boos from the Northwest Girlchoir, and local conductor Dori Baunsgard. A huge thanks as well to our parent chaperones!

Band News
Wind Ensemble Pre-Carnegie Hall Concert Last Night

The Wind Ensemble put on a terrific concert last night! If you were unable to attend and don't plan to fly to NYC to hear them on April 11th, click on the BPA Instagram link and enjoy the music.

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EBMEA Band Festival - Recap
Congratulations to the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for outstanding performances at the Elliott Bay Band Festival at Ingraham HS this past Tuesday.  Both groups received a wonderful onstage clinic from Dr. Brad McDavid of UW and written comments from Dr. Ed Powell of PLU.  The Ballard Bands also received many great compliments from those in the audience, especially parents from other schools, who were blown away by our performances.  Great work, Band students!  Thank you to those who drove and chaperoned this event! 

Spring Concerto Auditions - Monday, April 3rd at 4:00 PM
Calling all instrumentalists who would like to audition to perform one movement of a standard concerto work for the Spring Orchestra Concert on Thursday, June 1st 7:30 PM.  Auditions will take place on Monday, April 3rd beginning at 4 PM.  A sign up sheet will be posted in the Music Room this week to sign up for a ten-minute time slot. Accompanists are welcome to play for auditions.

Carnegie Hall Rehearsal Schedule 
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All students heading to NYC in April must attend the following Combined Wind Ensemble and Percussion Rehearsals. Please add these dates to your calendar:

Wed   April 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Fri      April 7, Depart for NYC

NYC families, please review and download the Final Itinerary and Packing List.

Orchestra News Musical Notes
Spring Concerto Auditions - Monday, April 3rd at 4:00 PM

Calling all instrumentalists who would like to audition to perform one movement of a standard concerto work for the Spring Orchestra Concert, Thursday, June 1st 7:30 PM.  Auditions will take place on Monday, April 3rd beginning at 4 PM.  A sign up sheet will be posted in the Music Room this week to sign up for a ten-minute time slot.  Accompanists are welcome to play for auditions. 

Chamber Orchestra at SPS Board Meeting - April 19th at 3:00 PM
We still  need 1 more driving chaperone. We will be leaving BHS at 3:00 PM and will return at about 5:00 PM - depending on traffic. Please contact Sylvia Schweinberger to let her know you can drive.

The Importance of Being Ernest
Auditions - Tuesday, April 4th 

Auditions for the spring play will be held Tuesday, April 4th at 3:30 PM on the stage. Audition packets are available in the black box.
Play Synopsis:  The Importance of Being Earnest   is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies. It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre,  characters to be found on the modern stage.

Les Misérables - The Final Bow!
Congratulations Cast, Crew and Orchestra 

And the awards for Outstanding Director go to:
Shawn Riley - Producing Director
Courtney Rowley - Vocal Director
Michael James - Instrumental Director 
and the Outstanding Choreography - Eia Waltzer

Thank you to all who volunteered, donated treats, bought a seat, a rose or chocolate bar, and attended the shows. The cast, crew and orchestra left audiences wishing for "one day more....."

The Final Curtain Call
A Standing Ovation for the Cast, Crew and Orchestra of Les Misérables

Summer Music Camps and Workshops
Registration for Many Camps Has Begun - Don't Delay!

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.

Mon 4/3 Spring Orchestra Concert Auditions - 4 PM
Wed 4/5 Carnegie Hall Practice - 3:30 - 5:00 PM - Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Wed 4/5
NW Region Choral Showcase Hosted by BHS - 7:00 PM 
4/7 - 4/12
Wind Ensemble Trip to NYC and Carnegie Hall - Red Eye Flight
Tue 4/18
BPA Booster Board Meeting - 5:50 PM in the BHS Library
Wed 4/19
Chamber Orchestra at SPS Board Meeting - depart BHS 3:00 PM
EBMEA State Solo & Ensemble Competition - Ellensburg, WA
Sun 4/30 Jazz Band 1 & 2 Performing at the Royal Room - 5 - 7 PM.  Call time 4:30 PM