The  Performing Arts Booster Board Meeting starts at 5:45 pm  TODAY in the 
BHS Staff Lounge on the 2nd Floor just by past the Counseling Offices.
  • Interested to learn more about how you can help the Performing Arts Boosters? Drop by the meeting TODAY and find out how you can help!
  • Group Picture Proofs will be available to view and order at the meeting or you can email Jill Hansen for more information.
  • Reno Trip Meeting for Jazz 1 Families starts at 7:00 pm following the Board Mtg.


Over Spring Break weekend, the Wind Ensemble attended band clinics at Western Washington University  and the University of British Columbia. Western's Department of Music was the first stop for a clinic with Dr. Christopher Bianca, Director of Bands, shared with the Auburn High School Band.   The next stop in the weekend tour took the group to the University of British Columbia School of Music for an inspiring clinic with Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of Bands, in the magnificent Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Saturday evening, the group attended a performance of Beethoven's majestic Ninth Symphony with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC's University Singers & Choral Union at the Orpheum Theatre.  On the last day in BC, the Wind Ensemble staged a street performance on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to an enthusiastic and welcoming Vancouver city crowd!

To View Band Trip Photos     To View Performance Videos

Symphonic & Chamber Orchestras had a wonderful tour to Los Angeles over the break. A big thank you to our chaperones for making the trip possible. Highlights include performing and recording at Disney for a Soundtrack Session with Musical Director Tom Griffin, performing at the Colburn School for Dr. Nate Zeisler, visiting the Broad, the Grammy Museum, the Griffith Observatory, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Boulevard, attending an evening show of "Stage Kiss" by Sarah Ruhl at the Geffen Playhouse Theater, attending Pacific Symphony's performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" and Ives' Symphony No. 2, and getting a peek inside Jascha Heifetz's original violin studio at the Colburn School. It was a busy, but unforgettable weekend!

5th Annual Northwest Region Choral Showcase
Kwangena Thina Bo - "We come in, the spirit is moved."  There was definitely something very moving and powerful when hundreds of students came together to sing this African folk song as the finale of the annual Chorale Showcase on April 6th.  It was fun to see the progression of talent and excitement on the students' faces as local elementary and middle school choirs joined the Ballard High School choirs to promote music in the schools. Thank you to all of the students, parents, teachers & volunteers that worked together to make this standing room only event a wonderful success.

Mark Your Calendars:

The Spring Choir Concert is May 26th at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center.

New! Vocal Jazz Solo Night on June 8th at 7PM in the BHS Black Box.

Student Directed One-Acts
 May, 12,13,14 and May 19, 20, 21
  • Izabel Mar will open the evening with her cutting of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged), featuring Diego Roberts Buceta, Zoe Adamson, and Cora Tipping. 
  • Camaira Metz follows with her production of David Ives' short comedy SURE THING starring Scotty McKinney and Sophia Rice. 


  • Alex Howell's treatment of THE SCRIBE'S PARADOX/THE MECHANICAL RABBIT with a cast of nine led by Helen Maclay. 
  • Aisha Carpenter will close and puts Christopher Durang's absurdist comedy, DIVERSIONS, on stage with ten students portraying some of the wackiest characters to grace the BHS stage. 
Performances will be at 7:30 pm in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Purchase tickets online at showtix4u.com   Let's finish an incredibly strong season with good attendance at these plays. Let's support these young new directors and their casts!

Queen Anne & Magnolia News article on the Orchestra Trip to Tampa.

The Spring Orchestra Concert is Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Earl Kelly Performing Center at Ballard High School. 

Jazz 1 Trip to Reno is on April 28th through May 1st.  There is a Reno Trip meeting TONIGHT Tuesday, April 19th in the BHS Staff Lounge at 7:00 p.m.

Ballard Marching Band will be performing in the Syttende Mai Parade in Downtown Ballard on Tuesday, May 17th 2016.   Call Time is 4:00 pm and the Parade starts at 6. View a MAP here and hope to see you there!

The Spring Band Concert is June 1st at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center.

Mark your calendars for Monday, May 16th! Both Ballard Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz return to the stage at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley.  Get your tickets HERE!  

I t is exciting to perform at this prestigious venue and the students always appreciate having a full and supportive crowd to cheer them on!  

Doors open at 6:00 pm; with the show at 7:30 p.m. 

Come  for dinner or just for the show. 

Tickets are $25. Make your 
reservations now at jazz alley.com in advance of the show or call 206-441-9729.  

Whether or not you have a student in one of the J azz  groups, we hope you will invite your friends and family (all ages welcome) to this fun evening!

Ballard Performing Arts receives a portion of the proceeds from the
ticket sales  so don't delay! This event has sold out in the past. 

Performing students will  need a ticket  if you would  like to  save them a spot for dinner at your table.


Once again, we are partnering with CaffĂ© Appassionato, who will generously donate $5 from every $12 (12oz) bag sold to support Performing Arts students and programs. There are four delicious blends to choose from: Organic Espresso, Organic Decaf, Arietta (lightest roast) and Tempest (darkest roast). Flyer here.
Order forms will be coming home soon with your student and are also available here
or on the Performing Arts website. Each student is asked to sell, collect payment, and turn in completed forms to the black locked mailbox in the Music Room. 
There are several big band and orchestra trips coming up next year - this money goes to your student's personal account and can be used to help pay those trip fees. 
Completed orders are due by Monday, May 9, and coffee orders will be distributed during each of the Spring Concerts (Choir May 26, Band June 1, Orchestra June 2).  Any questions? Contact Rebecca Staffel at  rstaffel@gmail.com

" Buy" A Ballard Theatre Seat Campaign is BACK! 

Buy a seat plaque in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place the plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. C hoose your seat TODAY! Click here for an  Order Form .

Mark Your Calendars for GiveBIG - Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Did you know that on Tuesday, May 3rd  you have a unique opportunity to donate to the  Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  and have your gift stretched by the Seattle Foundation  as part of  GiveBIG, a one-day,  online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to  nonprofit organizations.

Marrowstone Music Festival  deadline for strings application has been extended to April 30th 2016!  Visit  marrowstone.org   for the application, information on how to apply, and the requirements for the recorded audition. Talk to Ms. Newell if you need assistance. 

VIVACE!  Experience an incredible week of chamber music and orchestra at Vivace! August 15 - 20, 2016  Classes Include: Chamber Music Rehearsals, Orchestra/Large Ensemble Rehearsals, Choir, Performance Classes and Final Concerts. Held at Seattle Pacific University.  Register now at  vivacechamberplayers.com

Attention Cellists! Summer Music Camp Opportunity hosted by Rowena Hammill on Vachon Island.  For information view the attached flyer.

Disclaimer: We do not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in the Community News

Tues, 4/19
New! BPA Booster Mtg at 5:45 & Reno Trip Mtg at 7 in the BHS Staff Lounge
Thu, 4/28-5/1
Reno Jazz Festival - Jazz 1. Trip meeting at the Booster Meeting on 4/19 at 7!
Fri, 4/29-4/30
WIAA/WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Contest - Selected Musicians
Tue, 5/3
GiveBIG  Donate to BPA Booster Club & Gift Stretched by Seattle Foundation
Spring Play: Student Directed One Acts
Mon, 5/16
Ballard Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz. at  Dimitriou's Jazz Alley  
Tue, 5/17
Marching Band in the  Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard.   Call time 4:00 pm
Thu, 5/19-21
Spring Play: Student Directed One Acts
Thu, 5/26
Spring Choir Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Wed, 6/1
Spring Band Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Thu, 6/2
Spring Orchestra Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Wed, 6/8
New!  Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the BHS Black Box at 7:00
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation at Memorial Stadium. Call time TBD

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BHS News - This informational PTSA weekly BHS News is sent to subscribed families AND is also available to view on the Ballard School Website (including Archived Past Editions!) under the  Resources Section . It includes school updates as well as Sports and Performing Arts News. To subscribe email your students name, grade and email address to:  ballardhighnews@gmail.com

Beaver Beat - This Newsletter is published by the BHS PTSA five times a year and emailed to you if you are subscribed to the BHS News. It includes updates on the accomplishments and happenings at Ballard.  It is also available to view on the  PTSA Website AND also on the Ballard School Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News.

The Talisman - This is the BHS School Newspaper.  This is an open public forum for student expression and is a nationally recognized and award winning publication.  You can view the current edition on the Ballard School Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News or subscribe by sending an email to  ballardtally@gmail.com

BPA Newsletter  - This is a Ballard Performing Arts Newsletter that is sent to subscribed families Weekly with up to the minute Music and Theatre Performance information, including links to photos, and videos of Concert performances. Also Archived Issues of the BPA Newsletter can be viewed on the  BPA Website  under Boosters and Newsletters. Questions? bpabnews@gmail.com


BHS Performing Arts Booster Club is a 501(c)(3). Keep this in mind  as you  donate to the program and especially if  your  company  has a matching program.  For donations, include our EID #.  BPABC Contact: Nanette Magno