March 23

Wind Ensemble is headed to Carnegie Hall!
Dress Rehearsal March 29th at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Pack the PAC on March 29th from 7:00 to 7:30 pm and send them off to NYC in style

Most of us can't get to Carnegie Hall on April 11, 2017 to hear the Wind Ensemble perform, but we can create a standing room crowd at their dress rehearsal!  This 30 minute concert is free to all.

Wind Ensemble will give us a sneak preview of their Carnegie material:   Overture to 'Candide' by Leonard Bernstein and 'Give Us This Day' by David Maslanka. (Wind Ensemble Families must stay after the performance for the NYC trip meeting.)

This group of 70 musicians was accepted into the "New York International Music Festival" through a competitive audition process and is one of eight ensembles from around the world chosen to perform at this particular festival. They will be able to listen to and interact with students from all over the world throughout the festival. Other ensembles selected to perform include the Brisbane Regional Youth Orchestra from Australia, the Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra from Wales, the Los Angeles Children's Orchestra and the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and Choirs. 
Wind Ensemble departs on April 7th and returns on the 12th. 

The Final NYC itinerary includes festival participation and performance, giving a concert in Central Park, taking in a Broadway show and visiting a variety of sights in the city. It's been a long time in planning, and it's finally here!  Carnegie Hall Tickets Here.

Les Misérables - The Final Four
To the Cast, Crew and Orchestra - Bravo! Bravo!

Les Misérables had a fantastic opening weekend! Thank you to all who attended, laughed, cried and cheered for the cast, crew and orchestra! Thanks to rave reviews and our long history of 5th Avenue Award Nominations and Wins, the final four shows of Les Misérables have 
SOLD OUT.  Please check out the BPA Facebook page to see photos of our amazing orchestra and crew. They are the unseen heroes of this remarkable show!  

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The Final Peek:
At the End of the Day - Act I

Drama Volunteers - Check the Spreadsheet!
Don't forget your Usher/Kudo Table or Bake Sale Shift and/or Baking Date

Parents of Cast and Crew have all volunteered to help with Les Misérables. Please review the Les Miz Volunteer List to find your assignment. Thank you in advance for your time, your treats, and for helping Les Misérables have a successful run.

Flower and Candy Kudos
Available at every performance 

Celebrate a job well done by sending a "Kudos Rose" or "Kudos Chocolate Bar" and a note backstage to your favorite cast, crew or pit orchestra member. Kudos will be available for purchase near the bake sale table at every show for $2 each. All proceeds benefit Ballard Performing Arts.

Take A Seat!
Buy a Seat Plaque 

"Buy" a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. These funds will benefit Ballard High School Performing Arts Center. 400 seats are available. 

Gala Recap
Thank you for attending and supporting Ballard Performing Arts!

Theatre patrons mingled with the cast over mocktails and appetizers. then dined on chicken cordon bleu and profiteroles while enjoying a video produced by alumnus Gustavo Gutierrez about the Ballard Performing Arts program. The gala dinner was a fun precursor to the show.
Thank you Mr. Riley, Bonnie Moses and all of the student and adult volunteers whose efforts make this a fun and successful event! 

Band News
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Carnegie Hall Rehearsal Schedule

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

Mon     March 27, 3:30 - 4:30pm 
Wed     March 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm  Performance then Parent Meeting
Wed     April 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Fri        April 7 - "Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today" - Depart for NYC

Brown Bear Car Wash Tickets
We still have Brown Bear car wash tickets that need to be sold before the trip to NYC!  $7.00 per ticket. Contact Jill Hansen or purchase the night of the meeting or at the Kudos Table during Les Misérables.

EBMEA Band Festival - Tuesday, March 28th at Ingraham High
Thank you to the volunteers who stepped up so quickly upon receiving the Band email this weekend. Band parents feel free to stop by Ingraham High to watch the performance:  Symphony should be around 11:00 AM and Wind Ensemble around 12:00 PM.  

Spring Concerto Auditions
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.

Choir News
EBMEA Choir Festival at Garfield High - Wednesday, March 29th 
Freshmen Parents Now's the Time to Get Involved!

All three large choirs: Treble, Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir will head to Garfield High on Wednesday, March 29th for an all day choir festival. Please contact Page Harader  if you would like to chaperone. Freshmen parents, please join the fun and get involved.  

NW Region Choral Showcase Hosted by BHS - Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00 PM 
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
Payment 2 of $150 is due April 4th.  Pay  online or by check made payable to BPA. Please send a note along with the payment indicating the amount (see  Student Account Balance Spreadsheet for individual students funds) to be deducted from the payment. Questions? Email Ms. Rowley.

Orchestra News
Spring Concerto Auditions

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 have one volunteer for this trip but need 3 more driving chaperones. 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.

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.

Thu 3/23
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - SOLD OUT
Fri 3/24
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - SOLD OUT
Sat 3/25
Les Misérables  - 7:30 PM in the PAC - SOLD OUT
Sun 3/26
Les Misérables  - 2:00 PM in the PAC - SOLD OUT
Mon 3/27
Carnegie Hall Practice - 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Wind Ensemble and Percussion
Tue 3/28 EBMEA Band Festival at Ingraham High - all day - Wind, Symphonic and Percussion
Wed 3/29 EBMEA Choir Festival at Garfield High - all day - Treble, Advanced and Concert Choirs
Wed 3/29
Carnegie Hall Dress Rehearsal followed by Parent Meeting 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the PAC
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