May 4  

PTSA BASH Fund A Need Total

BPA supporters reached the BHS Foundation match amount of $3,000 for the BASH Fund a Need Item prior to the actual event. That night, generous donors contributed $25,565 more for a grand total of $31,565!  Thank you to  all those who gave so generously to fund BPA.  Special thanks to the PTSA and Ballard Foundation for selecting BPA as the Fund A Need this year.

What does $31,565 buy?
  • Additional LED lighting -- $5,000
  • Cello bows -- $2,000
  • Acoustical shell -- $3,000
  • Bass Trombone -- $2,000
  • Concert Bass Drum w/Stand -- $1,500
  • Uniforms -- $3,000
  • Sheet music -- $1,000
  • More Microphones -- $1,000
  • Hard shell bass case -- $1,000
  • Guitar Amp -- $1,000
  • New Shelving and hanging bars in the men's and ladies' dressing areas -- $250
  • Strings, rosin, mutes, shoulder rests -- $250
  • Bassoon -- $8,000
  • And last but not least, $2565 toward a $9000 Tuba!
Thank you Jazz Combo and the Cast of Les Miz for your BASH performances
Jazz Combo at the PTSA BASH
BPA General Meeting - Tuesday, May 9th  
7:30 PM in the BHS Library

Please join us for the last BPA General Meeting of the year. Yes, there will be treats!  We will be celebrating the incredible year in BPA and those responsible for making it happen. We'll review the rest of the year's big events: The Spring Play, Syttende Mai Parade, Spring Concerts, Jazz Alley, Fiddle Showcase and Graduation. We'll also discuss our burgeoning program and what must be accomplished before we welcome the class of 2021 next September!  Please join us for an evening of recognition, collaboration and celebration!

Inside The Old Church - Portland, OR
Choir News 
Choir at the Old Church in Portland

During the Choir weekend tour to Portland, Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir will sing at
The Old Church Concert Hall on Saturday May 6th at 3:30 PM.   The acoustics at  The Old Church  are amazing! This will be the perfect venue to pull out two new pieces. Concert Choir will sing Balleilakka, arr. Ethan Sperry, and Advanced Chorale will perform The Eerie Canal, arr. Clifton Noble Jr.  

This event is already posted on the Ballard Performing Arts Facebook Page - just click this Facebook link and share the Choir post on your timeline. Thank you in advance for inviting your Portland Family and Friends to hear our choirs raise the roof in the Old Church!

Choir Tour Details
Students must wear their Choir t-shirts. Please review Packing List and Portland Tour Itinerary. Copies are being sent home with students tomorrow.  Students will board buses at 12:30 PM on Friday, May 5th and return at about 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 7th. 

Treble Choir News
UW Festival of Choral Excellence - Thursday, May 11th  8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Permission slips were due Tuesday.  Treble Choir is meeting at UW Meany Hall at 8:00 AM.  Students are responsible for getting themselves to UW and some are working out carpools in class. Students must wear concert attire, bring lunch and a change of clothing.  The choir will return to Ballard by Metro bus, around 2:30 PM.  

Women's University Club - Friday, May 19th - Call time is 6:00 PM
Treble Choir will perform at the Women's University Club on Friday, May 19th.  Call time is 6:00 PM for the 6:45 PM performance.  The performance should be over about 7:00 PM.  Parents are welcome to stay and watch the performance.

The Importance of Being Earnest
Opening Night is Next Thursday, May 11th!

"Come enjoy Oscar Wilde's best comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, on May 11-13 and 18-20 with curtain at 7:30 PM. This Victorian era plot set in England is cleverly written and promises plenty of laughs. 

Two young gentlemen have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing (Diego Roberts Buceta) has invented a brother, Ernest, who he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolen (Hanna Uselding). Algy Montcrieff (Nick Requarth) decides to take the name 'Ernest' when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Sophia Rice), at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country, and their deceptions are discovered - threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits."

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Show Dates:  May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.  Curtain at 7:30 PM
Students $10 and Adults $15

Solo and Ensemble 2017 Results
Congratulations Musicians and Singers!

Last weekend was a wonderful weekend of music for our Ballard students.  All five of our ensembles - Percussion Ensemble, Men's Quartet, Women's Chamber Choir, Men's Ensemble, and Chamber Singers - received straight Superior (I) ratings from all of the judges during the ensemble competition day!  On the solo competition, our ten soloists all received ratings of Superior or Excellent, and three of our students placed:

Olivia Sutherland - Alto (vocal) - 2nd Place
Diego Roberts Buceta - Baritone (vocal) - 3rd Place
Emmett Armstrong - String Bass - 3rd Place

In addition, Ballard was one of the top few schools in terms of highest number of student participants who made in to State.  Please join us in congratulating these students!  We are very proud of them.
Top: Men's Quartet and Women's Chamber and Bottom: Vocal Jazz and Men's Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

GiveBIG Seattle
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Wednesday, May 10th

GiveBIG Seattle is a one-day online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle.  If you weren't able to attend the PTSA BASH please consider making a donation - Let's purchase the rest of that tuba! Only $6435 to go! Simply click the logo and donate!

Band News
Marching Band in the Syttende Mai Parade 2016
Syttende Mai Parade - May 17th
Chaperones and Water Needed

Permission Slips are due tomorrow!

Make sure May 17th is on your calendars to watch Ballard's award-winning Marching Band in our hometown parade!  We still need 4 more chaperones at about 4:30 PM to walk the parade route with the Band and six 24 bottle cases of water. Chaperones should wear black pants and Band T-shirts (you can borrow one if needed). Contact  Ingrid Riley  to volunteer or donate water for this event.

Parade Rehearsal Schedule: 
Monday, May 8  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday, May 12  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 16  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsals:
May 31 - 3:30-4:30pm
June 5- 3:30-4:30pm
June 6 - 3:30-4:30pm
Wind Ensemble and Jazz Audition Dates for 2017-18:
Specific Audition Requirements will be talked about in class but the dates are:
June 12-14 - Jazz Auditions before school (current BHS students)
June 12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions during 1 st Period (current Symphonic Band students)

Orchestra News 
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Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival

Headed to Folklife this Memorial Day weekend?  Make sure you're at the Center Theater at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 27th to hear our Fiddlers play!

Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal Schedule  

Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, selected members of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Percussion to be performing on the concerto pieces:
Thursday, May 18 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 23 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Thursday, May 25 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 30 - 3:30-5:30 PM, Stage
Concert Thursday, June 1st, 7:30 PM
Call time for all wind, brass and percussion performing on the concerto pieces will be 7:45 PM (concerto pieces will be after intermission). 

Jazz News
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Jazz Alley - Tuesday, May 30th
Jazz Band 1 and 2 and Vocal Jazz will perform at Jazz Alley on Tuesday, May 30th.  Doors Open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.  Get your tickets and reserve your table before they sell out!    Tickets are available now. Please note musicians and singers do not need to purchase admission tickets.
Invite your friends and family to this fun evening of music in one of the most famous jazz venues in all of Seattle!

Jazz Bands at the Royal Room  
Jazz 1 at the Royal Room

Congratulations to all of the Jazz students for an exciting and outstanding performance at the Royal Room this past Sunday!  We completely packed out the facility and it was wonderful to have a supportive parent crowd there to support the musicians.  Make sure to catch their next gig at Jazz Alley on May 30 th !  Buy your tickets now!

Duck Island Jazz Festival 
Vocal Jazz at the Duck Island Jazz Festival

The Duck Island Jazz Festival was a huge success!  Ballard, Blanchet, and Jackson High Schools all came together for an informal evening of jazz. Students worked with clinicians Kelly and Amanda Kunz, enjoyed a pizza dinner social, and then put on a concert for parents. The evening concluded with a phenomenal guest performance by professional vocal jazz group, Last Call! 

2017 - 2018 Concert Wear Co-Coordinator Positions
Tuxedos and Dresses

We are looking for 2 people to maintain concert attire for all 3 music groups, organize fittings in the fall and return in the spring. Lots of prep work in July - Aug when clothes come back from the dry cleaners to get ready for the August fittings. Tuxes are bagged for returning students, graduated student clothes are put back in stock by size and pant length. Uniforms are ordered after the fittings in August (September for the tuxes) The Choir, Band and Orchestra Reps will help support you along with student volunteers during fittings. Time Commitment: 30-40 hours in August and September and 20 hours in June, with some mid-year maintenance.

Please contact current Concert Wear Coordinator with questions:   Jill Hansen 

Five 2017 - 2018 BPA Board Positions Filled - Ten to Go!
Thank you to those who have already responded to the April 21st BPA Jobs Newsletter:
Treasurer - Karen Williams
Marching Band Uniform Coordinator  - Allison Gabbert, 
Secretary - Barb Bodovonitz 
Calendar Owner - Debbie Anderson
ASB Account Manager - Lisa Barnes
The following positions are still open:  VP Communications, VP Volunteer Coordinator, Publicity, Graphic Designer, Spotlight Gala Co-chair, Dessert Dash Lead (August Golf Tournament), Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs and Concert Wear Co-Coordinators.  For detailed information about these positions, please see the BPA Jobs Newsletter

Coffee Orders Due Now
Turn in all money and forms. 

Completed CaffĂ© Appassionato coffee orders are due now. Please turn in your order forms and payments to the black mailbox in the music room. No late orders will be accepted due to ordering and delivery deadlines. Coffee orders will be distributed during the spring concerts.  Questions?
Contact  Rebecca Staffel .  

Community News
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.

Fri 5/5-7
Choir Tour to Portland - Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir only.
Mon 5/8
Syttende Mai Parade Rehearsal  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Tue 5/9 BPA Board Meeting 5:50 PM and BPA General Meeting 7:30 PM in the BHS Library
Wed 5/10 GiveBIG Seattle - midnight to midnight
Thu 5/11
UW Festival of Choral Excellence - Treble Choir  8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thu 5/11
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Fri 5/12
Syttende Mai Parade Rehearsal  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri 5/12
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -   Tickets Available Here
Sat 5/13
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Tue 5/16
Syttende Mai Parade Rehearsal  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Wed 5/17
Syttende Mai Parade - downtown Ballard - Marching Band  Call time is 4:45 PM
Thu 5/18
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the BTuand room
Thu 5/18
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Fri 5/19 Treble Choir at the Women's University Club - Call time 6:00 PM
Fri 5/19
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Sat 5/20
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -   Tickets Available Here
Tue 5/23
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25 Spring Choir Concert  7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center
Sat 5/27 Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival - meet at Center Theater at 10:15 AM
Tue 5/30
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:30 PM on the Stage
Tue 5/30 Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz at Jazz Alley - Tickets Available Here
Wed 5/31 Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal - 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Band room