December 8

Late Breaking News!
Winter Concert Weather Updates 
In the event that weather cancels the Choir Concert scheduled for tonight, a BPA Newsletter will be sent out by 5 PM today. The contingency plan for Choir is to reschedule for Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 PM. The contingency plan for Friday's Orchestra Concert has yet to be determined. Stay up to date by checking your email, the BPA websiteBHS website, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter.

Concert Attire Required for Class Picture on Monday, December 12th
Rowland Studios will be taking class photos of all music classes on Monday.  Students should leave their concert attire on the clothing racks after the concerts on Thursday and Friday nights. Parents, please encourage your students to drop off concert attire on Friday morning if they are not participating in the Orchestra Concert Friday night or one of the Choir weekend events.

Winter Music Concerts at 7:30 PM

Choir - Dec 8  |  Orchestra - Dec 9    
Call time is 6:45 PM for Choir and Orchestra students and 8:15 PM for students performing ONLY in the Mozart Requiem.  

Orchestra Concert Reserved Seating Still Available
The Winter Concerts are often standing room only due to the large number of students participating in the finale. Making a donation of $25, $75 or $100 is a great way to support BPA and ensure that you and your loved ones can slip into your seats at the last minute. All proceeds support BPA. The box office closes at 10 PM the night before each concert so don't delay For best views and extra legroom, choose seats in center section, rows L, M, N.  Get your tickets today at showtix4u

Volunteers Needed for Winter Concerts
Can you bake, donate water or lend a hand?

We are still looking for a few more people to help out before and after the Choir Concert tonight and the Orchestra Concert tomorrow: staffing the Bake Sale table, selling BPA merchandise, collecting donations and ushering people to their reserved seats. 
Bakers:  Donations can be sent in with your student the morning of the concert (we have a place to store items) or brought to the bake sale table before the concert  (starting at 6:30) in the PAC lobby.

Ballard Market Receipts: Don't forget to bring in your Ballard Market Receipts and drop them off at the Bake Sale table - BPA receives 1% of all purchases! 

Coffee Pick Up: Pick up your Cafe Appassionatto Coffee Fundraiser orders at the concerts.

Wanted: Photographers/Videographers
Do you have a video camera? Can you take a few photos or a video during the concerts?  
Sign up here to document the Orchestra Winter Concert.

Band News and Fundraiser Reminder

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Help us reach the goal for the Wind Ensemble to NYC online fundraiser. 
The end of the campaign is Sunday, December 11th, less than a week left, but there is still time to spread the news through social media about this fantastic opportunity. Click the screenshot above then click on one of the Share icons, Facebook or email to easily share the site with friends and family. All donations will be tax-deductible and all proceeds will directly benefit the students and families who are participating.

Mill Creek Jazz Festival Recap
Congratulations to Jazz Band 1 and Jazz Band 2 for Outstanding performances this past Saturday at the Mill Creek Jazz Festival.  Both bands sounded great!  Thank you to all drivers who transported students and their instruments to the festival.

Pep Band at the Basketball Games
Thanks to the Band students for their flexibility with the change of date and time of last week's Basketball games. The band will play next at the BHS vs. Garfield varsity games on Friday, December 16. The complete Pep Band at Basketball Game Schedule is available here.

Choir News
Men's Ensemble and Women's Chamber Choir 
with SeaChordsmen - Tickets available at the door

Good News!  The concert is not sold out after all! Tickets will be available at the door.  Men's Ensemble and Women's Chamber Choir will join The Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus in their holiday concert, " Caroling, Caroling !". The concert will be held at 2:00 PM at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Attention participating students: Call time is 12:45 PM.

Hear Vocal Jazz quartets at the Sorrento Hotel!
On December 10, 14, 16, 17, and 19 - 23, quartets of Ballard Vocal Jazz students will be caroling at the Sorrento Hotel from 5:30 - 7:30 PM each evening.  Enjoy a beverage in the Fireside Lounge, and come support our choir students! Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., Capitol Hill.
Vocal Jazz Annual Caroling Day
On Tuesday, December 13 th , Vocal Jazz will be spreading holiday cheer at local elementary schools, middle schools, retirement homes, and to the Ballard Rotary!  The schedule of events is available here. We are still in need of one more parent driver for this event. Parents who plan to drive will need to fill out volunteer forms here. Please contact Page Harader if you can help out.

RENT in Concert
A Fantastic Show!

"RENT in Concert" was the first event of its kind at Ballard High School. Director Shawn Riley and the Thespian Troupe did an amazing job with this production. We are grateful to the actors and alumni who joined the cause and generously donated their time, alongside students, Director Riley, and student teacher Taylor Iverson. 

The audacity of taking on such an ambitious score from a rock opera paid off in stellar vocal/acting performances from our skilled leads, backed up by an ensemble that carried the smaller parts individually, in trios and quartets, and rounded out the large numbers en masse. What a memorable evening with an audience participation "Seasons of Love" at the start of the second act! 

Thank you to everyone who came and supported RENT at Ballard high school this past weekend. We had two shows and brought in thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS.  Thanks to the many volunteers who make this event a success!

Give the Gift of BPA Merchandise
Order here and pick up at the Winter Concerts.

BPA Spirit Merchandise is available online through December 12 and at the Winter Music Concerts.  Please visit the BPA store to view sale items and make purchases or donations. All proceeds support BPA! Purchased items can be picked up at school during the performances. Contact Patti Kashiwa with any questions or to arrange a pick up. 

World's Finest Candy Bar Fundraiser
All money was due on November 28th.

30 students still need to turn in outstanding money to the Band Room mailbox. Contact Jill Hansen with questions.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Thu 12/8
Choir Winter Concert. 7:30 PM at BHS. 
Fri 12/9
Orchestra Winter Concert.  7:30 PM at BHS. Reserved seating available at showtix4u.
Sat 12/10 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Sun 12/11
"Caroling, Caroling!" Concert 2:00 PM at Phinney Ridge Lutheran church. Tickets at door.
Mon 12/12
Class Picture Day all Music Classes.  Students must wear concert attire
Tue 12/13
Les Misérables  rehearsals begin 3:30 PM
Tue 12/13
Vocal Jazz Caroling Tour - all day. Schedule available here.
Wed 12/14 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Fri 12/16
Pep Band at BHS vs. Garfield Basketball Game.  Call time is 6:30 PM
Fri 12/16 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Sat 12/17 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
12/19 - 23 Vocal Jazz quartets at Sorrento Hotel  5:30 - 7:30 PM
Tue 1/10
BPA Booster General Meeting 7:30 PM in the BHS Library