March 29th, 2018

That's a Wrap!
The annual March magic that is the musical is over for the year. The singing and dancing with strong backing from the pit orchestra came together and the Damn Yankees  show was a joy to watch.  Congratulations to everyone in the production: Courtney Rowley (vocals), Eia Waltzer (choreography) and Brittany Newell (musical direction). Shawn Riley: your cohesive vision was at work on costumes and set, bringing the period to life for us. The humor and charm of these characters was an antidote for the everyday humdrum of life. You made the 1950's fun. Bravo to our musicians, actors, and crew for all the hard work, hustle, and for giving us such a memorable experience!!!
Continue the excitement and share with family and friends to enjoy! 
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Meeting & Fundraisers
Booster Meeting: All are welcome to the monthly Booster meeting on  Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm  in the library (Just before the band and choir meetings at  7:30 pm ).  Please join us to see what we do, what's coming up, and to be in on planning for next year. Booster involvement is a great way to meet other parents in the performing arts programs. If you have questions, contact Ann Selberg, BPA President. We could use your help.

Tuesday, April 3rd Restaurant Fundraiser:
Ballard Performing Arts parent and restaurant owner, Setsuko Agata, will be hosting a fundraiser at her restaurant on 
Tuesday, April 3rd. Pick-up something before the BPA meeting.

She will donate 20% for customers who identify themselves as supporter of Ballard Performing Arts.  This includes dine-in and and take-out orders 
(excluding online, Uber Eats, Amazon Prime or other delivery services)
View the website

Modern Japanese Cuisine

Lunch: 11:30 am -2:30 pm
Dinner:  4:30 am - 9 pm

Snap Fundraiser now until April 10th:  Jazz I needs your help! They will be traveling to New York in early May to represent Ballard High School at Essentially Ellington ! They were one of 15 groups selected from many hundreds of entries to participate in this prestigious event!

We are doing several fundraisers to help provide scholarships for the group. The first is a  SNAP fundraiser. Please consider making a donation to help them get to New York! OR if you wish to donate directly please contact Mr.James.


Mandatory Los Angeles Choir Trip Meeting7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 3rd  in the PAC. This is a required meeting for students and families attending the trip. The travel agent will be there to pass our itineraries and give important information. This will come at the end of our Booster Meeting. 

Northwest Regional Choir Concert: Ballard choirs host regional middle-school and elementary bands for a combined concert every year. April 4th, we need adult helpers to sell concessions and donate baked goods. Please sign up HERE.
Concerto Auditions - Wednesday, April 4th Sign up on the bulletin board outside the music office starting  Monday, March 26th  for an audition time after school on  Wednesday April 4th . Prepare one movement of a standard concerto, memorization and accompaniment accepted but not required. Students will be judged on correct notes, rhythms, intonation, articulation, tone and musicality. Winners will perform their concerto with full orchestra on  Thursday, May 24th  at the Spring Orchestra Concert at  7:30 pm.  

Chamber Audition Materials are posted on Schoology - Auditions for Symphonic Orchestra members will be on  June 4th and 5th during 2nd period. The auditions will consist of three parts, as indicated below:
  1. Play one major and one minor scale of your choice. Two or three octaves according to ability.
  2. Perform an excerpt from a solo composition, no longer than two minutes in length. Memorizing not required. Choose an excerpt that best shows your technical and musical abilities. 
  3. Sight-reading appropriate for your level will be required, and provided for you when you arrive for your audition. 

Whistler Paperwork Due and Mandatory Meeting Notice: Permission slips and student identification* are due on Monday, April 2nd! These items may be turned in to the secure black mailbox in the band room.
*Mandatory meeting for parents and students following the BPA General Meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd in the library. We will discuss the itinerary, introduce the chaperones and answer questions.
Reminder: Chaperones and students age 18 or older will need a passport, or passport card, to enter Canada via bus. Students ages 17 or under need an original or certified copy of their birth certificate and photo ID, or a passport/passport card if available. All passports must be valid for at least six months after our travel date.

Important Essentially Ellington Update for Jazz Families: Planning for Essentially Ellington is well underway! Click here  for the initial travel itinerary and payment information. More detailed information will follow closer to the departure date.

Please note the $500 deposit for both students and chaperones is due on Friday, March 30th. Families may pay via check made out to BPA, or online  here for a small service fee.

Hot Java Cool Jazz This Friday:  Good luck to Jazz 1 as they perform at the Paramount Theater as part of the Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz concert! We know you will represent Ballard well at this sold out event!

WMEA Wind Ensemble DVD/CD Order Update:  The Wind Ensemble's WMEA Yakima Conference Performance DVD/CDs are still being processed by Soundwaves Recording in Ohio.  It is a bit later  than originally expected as they are waiting for a licensing release  from one of the publishers.  The orders should be  delivered to Ballard High School the beginning of April. If you have q uestions contact   Diane Taylor .

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