Ballard Performing Arts News

November 8, 2022

Upcoming Events

Nov 8 | Booster Meeting, 6 pm (Zoom link on BPA calendar)

Nov 10 | Wind Ensemble x Navy Band Concert, 7:30 pm

Nov 16 | Musical audition workshop, PAC, during lunch

Nov 16Better Together Wrap Party, Bickerson's Brewery 5:30-8:30

Nov 29 | Musical Auditions-singing

Nov 30 | Musical Auditions-dancing

Dec 1 | Musical Auditions-callbacks 

See our BPA Calendar for more details.

Contact the Directors

Band: Jay Gillespie

Choir: Courtney Rowley

Orchestra: Daniel Valdez

Theatre Shawn Riley

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Featured News

Better Together Direct Giving Campaign Is underway! Only one more week, don't delay!

Thanks to all those who have donated during our fall play/concert series. It’s been an amazing few weeks with some stellar performances. We have already had outstanding coaches and clinicians visit our classrooms and our directors will continue to bring them in throughout the year. Of course, all of this costs money that comes directly from the Booster Club, not the school or the district. We need everyone’s help to make not only the specialists in our classrooms possible, but also so every student that wants to go to Disneyland or New York is able to go.  


Corporate matching is a great way to double or even triple your donations. Most companies have a program where you can donate through their portal or submit the donation receipt and they will match the funds and send them directly to the Booster Club. Make sure you check with your company before you donate to see if they have such a program.  


It’s easy to donate!  

For all details, visit:

Join us at the Better Together Fall Direct Giving Campaign Wrap Party

Nov. 16, 5:30-8:30 pm

Bickerson’s Brewery

Come listen to student performers, win great prizes, and get to know other parents in a casual setting. Admission is free, but we’ll have raffles and opportunities to donate to the program. Want to include dinner with the show? Order a delicious Banh Mi sandwich and a bag of chips here! We already have some great groups signed up to perform. Brass band, Vocal Jazz, Orchestra performers, theatre performers, and more are busy practicing and polishing their pieces for the wrap party. It’s going to be a fun night.  


Only a few spots left to sign up to play that night! Students, look for the QR code at school to sign up to perform that night or click the link to go directly to our sign up genius.


We really need volunteers to make this evening a success. Please sign up here or contact Kris Bulson at New volunteers welcome!  Can’t be there the whole time? No worries! There are plenty of jobs and times to choose from. 

Wind Ensemble and Navy Band Northwest Perform November 10

BHS Wind Ensemble is thrilled to be sharing the stage with Navy Band Northwest on November 10, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts center. Students will have the opportunity to work with these talented musicians during the day and to share the concert stage that evening. All band students will be asked to attend, whether on stage or not. The caliber of musicianship that the Navy Band has to offer is exceptional and we encourage every family to attend. 

The Wind Ensemble will perform alone first, and then share the stage with the Navy Band Northwest for Holst’s 2nd Suite in F Concert, to be finished off with a performance by The Navy Band Northwest.

Please feel free to share with neighbours, family, and community. We look forward to building a relationship with the Navy Band and one of the best ways to do it is to have a great crowd to greet them.  

Read more about the band:

Concert Bake Sale - Can You Help Out?

Let’s raise money for all of our fabulous Ballard Performing Arts programs by selling sweet treats! Please sign up here to help out. (11/10 - Wind Ensemble/Navy Band Northwest Concert). Thank you!

Trip Payment Schedules

Band and Orchestra trip to Disney (April 5-8) needs to be paid in full by January 3, 2023.

We've set up three payments of $415.00

  • The first payment was due on November 1st. Please pay ASAP if you haven't!
  • The second is due on December 1st.
  • The final payment is due on January 3rd.


Payments can be made by check or credit card. Check payments can be sent in with your student and dropped in the band room secure mailbox or mailed to the BPA PO Box:

PO Box 17774

Seattle WA  98127


Card payments can be made on our website:


Choir trip to NY (April 12-16): Choir families, trip registration and deposits were due last week! Please register and pay ASAP if you haven't!

  • $450 — Deposit due at booking.
  • $449.75 — 1st payment due November 28th.
  • $449.75 — 2nd payment due December 28th.
  • $449.75 — 3rd payment due January 28th.
  • $449.75 — Final payment due February 28th.

Pay by bank transfer or credit card via the Harmony Tours payment portal here: Or if you would prefer to pay with a check, fill out the Non Credit-Card Registration form (attached to Ms. Rowley’s email) and email it to They will send details about how to mail the check!


PLEASE NOTE: For any of these trips, you can apply funds from student fundraising (this year or previous years) to pay for the trips. Contact treasurer Jill Hansen at for details.

Black Dress Shoes for Concerts!

All musicians must wear black dress shoes for concerts. The directors noticed a lot of students showing up in sneakers during the fall concerts. Before the winter concerts in December, please get a pair of black dress shoes to wear with concert attire.

Program Updates


Wind Ensemble and Navy Band NW - Nov 10

November 10th, the Wind Ensemble will be performing with the Navy Band Northwest. Members of the Wind Ensemble will have an after school rehearsal, followed by a meal to share with the band. ALL students are expected to attend this performance of classic wind band music. We encourage all families to join us as well.


Wind Ensemble students will be staying after school Thursday to rehearse and have master classes with members of the Navy Band Northwest. Following rehearsal, Wind Ensemble students and Navy Band musicians will enjoy a communal supper while students learn more about the musicians. Students will need to bring full dress uniform Thursday morning

Auburn Veteran's Day Parade a Success!

Our trip to the Auburn Veteran's Day Parade was a great success. Although brisk, we managed to avoid the rain and everyone was dry. Students had a great march and showed off their fancy new corners while showcasing some new pep tunes. Competition results will arrive sometime this week, but we are all so proud of these kids for a great performance.


Attention Concert Choir Members and Families

Concert Choir's trip to WWU for the Fall Choral Invitational is coming up on Tuesday, November 15. Permission slips have gone home and are now past due, so please get them in as soon as possible. We are also still looking for three chaperones to attend with the choir. Please contact Jaimee at if you're able to help! Students/chaperones will need to arrive at school by 6:00 am for a 6:30 bus departure and they will return near the end of the school day.

NYC Trip

If your child is a member of the Concert Choir or Advanced Chorale and is attending the trip to New York, please make sure you have signed up with Harmony Tours and paid the initial deposit on their site. The link was sent to you in an email from Ms. Rowley on October 23 and November 1, and is also available here:


Upcoming Gigs for Small Ensembles

November 16, 5:30-8:30, Bickerson's Brewery - Vocal Jazz, Tenor Bass Ensemble, Chamber Choir

December 3, evening TBD, Vocal Jazz carolling gig 

December 11, 2:00-4:00 pm, Seattle Seachordsmen Concert, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Tenor Bass Ensemble and Chamber Choir 

December 13, during school day, Vocal Jazz carolling day

December 17, 7:30 pm, Vocal Jazz caroling gig

Winter Music Concerts

We're excited to once again perform a large choral orchestral work during the winter concert series! This year, Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir will combine with full orchestra to present selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria! The piece will be performed at the choir, band, and orchestra concerts. This means students in Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir will need to be at ALL THREE winter music concerts, December 7th (Choir Concert) , 8th (Band Concert) and 9th (Orchestra Concert). Please make sure these dates are on your calendar!


Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra students put on some amazing performances for Mr. Valdez’s inaugural concert at Ballard High! Watch the concert replay here:


Musical Audition Schedule

Get ready to audition for the musical, The Secret Garden! An audition workshop will be held on Nov. 16 during lunch (12:10-12:50), no experience needed. All interested students should attend. We will discuss the audition process, song selection, and the dance call. Have questions? See Mr. Riley in the Black Box (NE 224) during lunch. Auditions will be held on Nov. 29 (singing), Nov. 30 (dancing), and Dec. 1 (callbacks).The cast list will be posted on Friday, Dec. 2. Keep an eye out for more information about this enchanting, Tony Award-winning musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel.

Help Fund Our Programs

The district only pays for the BPA teachers’ salaries; everything else we have to raise or donate.

Help Us Reach our $35,000 Goal!

Our direct giving campaign is underway. Only one more week, so don’t delay! 

We have many easy ways to give–and don’t forget to ask your employer if they offer matching donations! 

Details here:

Candy Sales Update - Only a few boxes left!

Only a few boxes of candy are left for students to sell to earn money toward their trip fees. Students, go to the uniform room before school to snag one of the last boxes before they’re gone! Please bring the completed candy form with you.

Save the Date: Better Together Direct Giving Campaign Wrap Party

Nov. 16, 5:30-8:30 pm

Bickerson’s Brewery

There will be student performances, and this is a great chance to get to know other parents in the program in a casual setting.

Admission is free, but we’ll have raffles and opportunities to donate to the program. Students should look for a signup link to reserve a slot for a performance soon.


Interested in helping? Sign up here.

Coffee Sales are on!   

Order your favorite coffees from Caffe Appassionato between November 2-16 and support Ballard Performing Arts. For each bag sold, the BPA student you name will earn $6 toward program fees, camps, and trips. Proceeds with no student named will go into the BPA general fund. Funds raised can even be transferred to a younger sibling when a student graduates. Sales without a student name will go to the music ASB account to help with music program support. 

There are four delicious blends to choose from (in both drip ground and whole bean):

Arietta Blend - A medium roast with a mellow and smooth flavor. Notes of cardamom, tart, caramel, and undertones of milk chocolate, strawberry, and jasmine.

Tempest Blend - As a bold and strong French roast, it accentuates a dark and full body with a smoky finish. Notes of caramel, toffee, orange, and undertones of raspberry, hazelnut, and cinnamon.

Espresso Blend - A bright and smooth Italian roast. Perfect for silky smooth espresso or robust drip.


Decaffeinated - A French roast that is smooth with a caramel finish. Notes of blackberry, almond, and toffee, and undertones of vanilla, cinnamon, and tangerine.

Coffee Sales will be online on SchoolPay starting November 2nd, and the order deadline will be November 16th. Students will pick up the coffee sold under their name in the lobby at their performing arts winter concerts December 7-9. Please make arrangements to deliver to any others who bought coffee in support of your student. 


  • Use this link on SchoolPay to order your favorite coffee from November 2-16:
  • Share this link with friends, family, and neighbors, and include your own special touch to generate sales.
  • An email template is available to assist with sales. This email will be sent to all students.
  • Anyone can be a "guest" for this purchase and no SchoolPay account is required to order. 
  • There is a space on the form to add your student's name (for credit). If that space is left blank, the credit will go to the general BPA program. 

If you need to make special arrangements for pickup or for any other questions, contact Karen Morse at Thank you! 

Help Wanted

We Need Help Baking or Providing Treats for Concert Bake Sales

Please sign up here to help out or donate something for the 11/10 Band with Navy Band Concert. 

Volunteer at our Nov. 16th Better Together Fall Direct Giving Campaign Wrap Party!

We need lots of volunteers to make this a fun and successful event! Sign up here!

Social Media Help Wanted

With all of our programs, there are a lot of opportunities to post about our performances, upcoming events, and fundraising. If you have a knack for writing and an eye for what the cool kids are doing on the socials, please reach out to Jeannette Chen at


Feb 11th Spaghetti Dinner Fundraising Event Chairperson Needed

If you're interested in helping organize this really fun event, please email Kelsey at We have lots of helpers ready to volunteer, we just need a point person!

Featured Video

Band and Orchestra Concert Videos are Live

Relive the incredible performances and share with friends and family on social media or over email. They were amazing!

Fall Choir Concert

Check out past performances anytime on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

Passive Giving

Give While You Do Your Everyday Shopping!

Did you know that every time you shop at Amazon or Fred Meyer you can be giving back to Ballard Performing Arts without spending any extra money? Check out the details here:

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