The 57th Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a huge success!  
A total of  14 BHS Musical Groups performed over the course of the evening. A complete video recording can be found on the Ballard Vimeo site to s hare with friends and family who couldn't make it to the event.  There are also photos on the Ballard Flickr site .

A special thank you to Brad Wressell and Peg Redford for again leading up the kitchen & cooking up the sauce.  Thank you as well to the volunteers, students, countless parents & community, and to the awesome Directors for a night to remember. We couldn't
do it without you!


Group Picture Order Forms will be available at the next BPA General Meeting or email Jill Hansen for more information about the Individual Group Class Photo orders.

BPA Booster Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:45 pm with a Reno Trip Meeting at 7:00 pm in the BHS Staff Lounge.

Next Performing Arts General Meeting date and time TBD.


Ballard Performing Arts  received a donation of $600 from the Goodwill Truck fundraiser last weekend.  Thank you to everyone who made this event a success!

This Wednesday, April 6th, the Ballard Choirs will host the 5th Annual Northwest Region Choral Showcase at 7:00 PM in the BHS Gymnasium. 

Attention!  Parents we need  help with the following:
  • Bake Sale items
  • Handing out Programs
  • Directing Guests to the gym

Please contact Ms. Rowley if you are available to help out.

The Symphonic & Chamber Orchestra Tour to 
Los Angeles is Friday, April 8th - 11th   
  • All Orchestra students and chaperones will meet at 5:00 am on Friday, April 8th at SeaTac (just inside the airport by the Alaska Airlines check in). 
  • Students should wear Orchestra T-shirts and black pants/skirt and black shoes.  We will have a quick transfer from LAX to our first performance downtown, for which we'll need to be wearing nice black pants, black shoes, and Orchestra T's. 
  • New! Please note that students will need to pack a folding stand and clips for our downtown performance.

Choral Festival at BHS!   Wednesday, April 6th, the Ballard Choirs will host the 5th Annual Northwest Region Choral Showcase at 7:00 PM in the BHS Gym.
T his wonderful neighborhood event brings together over 600 students from the choirs at Coe, John Hay, Lawton and West Woodland Elementary Schools, and Hamilton, McClure and Whitman 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. 

Call time for Ballard Choirs is 6:00 PM wearing their choir t-shirts and black pants.

Check out some amazing Concert Choir and Advanced Women's Chorale Carnegie Hall Trip photos 
thanks to Pete Roman. 

The Wind Ensemble and Percussionist Trip to 
Vancouver B.C. is Friday, April 8th - 11th 
  • IMPORTANT!  Students must be in the Ballard Band room wearing their Black Band T-shirts at 7:00 AM on Friday, April 8th. The buses will leave BHS promptly at 7:30 AM on Friday.  
  • Vancouver B.C. Permission slips and ID (Passports or Birth Certificates) are now PAST DUE. Please download a permission form here and have your student return the Past Due items to Mr James ASAP.
  • New!  Please have your students pack a folding stand for their outdoor performance if possible.

Jazz 1 Trip to Reno is on April 28th through May 1st.  There will be a Trip meeting and Itinerary on Tuesday, April 19th in the BHS Staff Lounge at 7:00 pm.

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

It 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 come for the show. Tickets are $25. Make your  reservations now at jazz in advance of the show or call 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.

The Student Directed One-Acts have been selected and cast! 

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.  Intermission will split the evening into two parts with the latter half leading with Alex Howell's treatment of THE SCRIBE'S PARADOX/THE MECHANICAL RABBIT with a cast of nine led by Helen Maclay .  To close out the evening, Aisha Carpenter puts Christopher Durang's absurdist comedy, DIVERSIONS, on stage with ten students portraying some of the wackiest characters to grace the BHS stage. 

The event opens on May 12 and will run through May 21. All performances will be at 7:30 pm and tickets can be purchased online at  WWW.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!

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

The Assistance League of Seattle Scholarship due by April 15th, and can earn students up to $1,000 towards summer music opportunities.  Download a flyer here for more information. 

Spring Break is a good time to get your students instruments cleaned and tuned. We highly recommend Marie at  Seattle Sound Repair located at 4112 Stone Way N in the Wallingford area.  Phone: 206-659-9023 or Email:

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

Tue, 4/5
Wed, 4/6
NW Region Choral Showcase. Choirs w/Elementary & Middle Schools. 7pm BHS
Fri, 4/8-4/10
Wind Ensemble Trip to Vancouver B.C.   UPDATED Itinerary/Packing List
Fri, 4/8-4/11
Orchestra Tour to Los Angeles, CA     Itinerary and Packing List
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 General Meeting on 4/5 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
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation at Memorial Stadium. Call time TBD

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