Congratulations and thank you to all of our talented musicians 
who provided two fantastic nights of music last week.  

The collaborative Carmina Burana finale was a great 
moment for Ballard music which was positively electric. 
To our supportive families, thank you for sharing 
your students with us. 

We wish you a restful break and we look forward 
to 2016 with great anticipation.  

May Fortuna smile on you in the coming year!

Ballard High School Winter Music Concert, December 2015 - Carmina Burana
Winter Music Concert, December 2015 - Carmina Burana

We are working to bring our Performing Arts Flickr Site up to date and are continuing to post new photos all the time. The easiest way to find event photos is to click on Albums.  I f you have photos you would like to share, particularly high-resolution images from recent concerts we would love to hear from you!  Send to  
and consider yourself a recruit for the parent photography team!

Ballard Performing Arts has been invited to National Festivals!
The Advanced Women's Chorale and Concert Choir are one of just 10 choirs across the country to be invited to Choirs of America's National and perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The Chamber Orchestra is one of ten to be invited to American String Teacher Association's Nationals in Tampa, Florida.

Together this is a combine number of 116 students who will be traveling across the US. They will be competing, learning in workshops, performing and enjoying a lifetime experience. Please support these fundraisers so that all of students may make the trip. 

For more information and to see videos, visit their online sites at:

Give what you can, and spread the news through all your social media. Share the FB posts on Ballard Performing Arts FB page. Send an email to friends.

Their goals are within reach, let's make this happen for all our talented students!

More about these fundraisers:
  • 100% tax deductible
  • Funds donated go to these specific trips
  • 100% (less cc fees) go to Ballard Performing Arts!
  • All donor information and emails are kept by Ballard Performing Arts and are not given or sold to any other sources

The Jazz Retreat is happening the first week back after Winter Break - January 8-10 at Camp Burton on Vashon Island.  Several students still need to pay.  The Jazz Bands will leave school at approximately 3pm on that Friday and return at approximately 3pm on that Sunday.  The cost for the retreat is $225.  Attached here is a tentative itinerary in case parents and students would like to get a sense of what the weekend will look like.
The UW Jazz Festival is quickly approaching - January 30, 2016!  Jazz Band 1 will be participating.  Specific Times TBA but plan on attending the entire day.
Greetings Jazz I and II families!  You should have received an itemized statement and email for any outstanding fees for the year. Please send in your checks payable to BPA or make payments here If you have questions about your balance please contact Mike Hansen (BPA Treasurer). 

Jazz I -  The second Reno payment of $250 is due Jan 8th.

Wind Ensemble Vancouver Trip!  Several students still need to pay the first payment of $200.00. These funds are now past due with our Travel Agency. The 2nd payment of $200.00 is due on  Thursday, Feb 4th . Stay tuned for a trip itinerary & additional info! 
   Fri, Dec 18
vs. Sealth
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
* Tues, Jan 5
vs. Ingraham
Call time 5:15 - Boys Game at 7:30 pm
* All Students are required to be at Pizza and Pep Band Night on Jan 5th.   

The game on Jan 5th includes members of the Middle School Bands that feed into BHS & dinner will be provided. 
Attached here is a letter that was sent out to the Middle School Directors.  Parents please help spread the word to any 8th grade band students that you know that might to join in that night!



This past Tuesday, December 15th 
Vocal Jazz spread holiday cheer
around Ballard, Queen Anne, and Magnolia during their annual Caroling Day.  

Students sang carols from 7 AM to 3 PM and visited nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, and the Ballard Rotary.  

 It was a wonderful day in the community.

Choir NYC Trip -  There are a number of students who have not paid the second $500 installment for the New York trip.  These funds are now past due with our Travel Agency. Please remit payment prior to Winter Break as the third and final $500 payment is due on Monday, January 4, 2016!  Students who wish to apply fundraising dollars to either payment may contact Jen Witeck to confirm the amount of funds available in their student account.  This total will include Chinook Book sales and Coffee, Candy and Direct Appeal funds will be added as quickly as possible.  
Please note that January 4th is also the last day to make any changes to a student's itinerary without financial penalty from the airlines.  If your participation is in question, please talk to Ms. Rowley no later than December 18!

Ticket Information for Carnegie Hall -  Audience seating for Friends and Family will be in the Parquet, First Tier and Second Tier in Stern Auditorium.  Tickets for the concert in Carnegie Hall will be $90.00 each + a $6.00 per ticket service fee.  Individual and small group ticket sales go through the Carnegie Hall Box Office either online here or in person or via credit card/phone at Carnegie Charge (212-247-7800, Mon-Sun, 8 AM-8 PM EST).
If attendees can order as a group of 10 or more, they may do so through the Carnegie Hall Groups Department at   for $87.00 per ticket (and no service fee).
Tickets will go on sale to the public 60 days prior to the date of the concert. 

Chamber Orchestra Side-by-Side Concert with Philharmonia Northwest
performing  Dvořák: Nocturne in B Major, op. 40 on Sunday, January 24th, 2:30 pm at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Tickets and more information   here.
Rehearsals for Chamber Orchestra members:
Tuesday 1/12: 7:00-7:30 at North Seattle College
Tuesday 1/19: 7:00-7:30 at North Seattle College
Saturday 1/23: 11:00-11:30 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
NW Region Strings Concert - Tuesday, February 2nd  Orchestra parents - we need 3-4 volunteers to help hand out programs and welcome our elementary and middle school string players between 5:15-5:45. We are also looking for a volunteer to take photos for the event. Please email Brittany at  if you can help! 
Thursday, February 25th EBMEA Orchestra Festival Orchestra parents - we need three parent chaperones to join us for this all day Orchestra festival. Please email  if you can help out!
Orchestra parents - please check that you have made your second payments for both the Tampa and LA Orchestra trips that were due Nov. 15th.


As in previous years, we are offering local businesses a chance to support our Performing Arts department by purchasing an advertisement or sponsorship in the annual musical program. This year's production is CHILDREN OF EDEN.  Programs will be distributed at all performances, which are generally full houses. For additional
information on purchasing an advertisement  click here .

Save  the Date!
The Opening Night Gala will be on Thursday, March 3rd. The BHS Foundation will be hosting a Gala Event & Dinner before that nights performance.  More details to follow!
Solo/Ensemble Festival and Competition:   If your student is interested in participating in the Elliott Bay Region Solo and Ensemble festival, please talk to your teacher this week to let them know. Students should be thinking of what they would like to perform and if they would like to do a Solo or play as part of an Ensemble.  Click here for additional information about the festival. The Paperwork for the festival is attached here for Solo ($18) and here for Ensemble ($28). Please make checks payable to Ballard Performing Arts. The paperwork is due January 8th AT THE VERY LATEST!  The festival is February 6, 2016 this year and will be held at SPU.

Instrument Repair!
Winter 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.

Parents ...Are you looking for a holiday gift that will reap benefits for years to come?  Give your student the gift of Private Lessons!  Private Lessons are a fantastic way for your son/daughter to improve their skills. One-on-one instruction will accelerate their growth. T op performing arts programs have many students who study privately and Seattle has an abundance of great teachers in the area. Be sure to find one that your student likes. If you need a recommendation, ask one of our Performing Arts teachers and they will point you in the right direction to get started!

The Goodwill truck will be at the Ballard HS parking lot on January 9, 2016 from 10am to 2pm.
Please set aside your items for donations until then.  
Ballard Performing Arts will receive a donation of at least $500 from Goodwill.   They will accept small furniture (no large furniture please), electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items, etc. 

Fri, 12/18
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Tue, 1/5
Pizza & Pep Band Middle School Night - Call Time 5:15. Invite 8th grade students to play with the BHS Band and eat pizza too!  Additional details here.
Fri, 1/8
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Fri, 1/8-1/10
Jazz 1 & 2 Retreat at Camp Burton
Sat, 1/9
Goodwill Truck at BHS for BPA Fundraising. Help fill the truck!
Tue, 1/12
BPA General Meeting at 7:00 in the BHS Library. Topic: Upcoming Trips
Fri, 1/15
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Fri, 1/22
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Sun, 1/24
Philharmonia Northwest Side-By-Side at St Stephen's Episcopal at 2:30pm
Sat, 1/30
UW Jazz Festival with Jazz 1
Tue, 2/2
NW Region String Concert with All Strings. Rehearsal at 5:00. Event starts at 7
Wed, 2/3
Concert Choir performs for the School Board
Sat, 2/6
Solo and Ensemble Festival -  All interested students talk to your teachers. Festival details attached here and paperwork for Solo & Ensembles here.
Thu, 2/11
8th Grade Choices/Prospective Student Open House. Call Time is 6:00 for the Marching Band, Vocal Jazz & Chamber Orchestra
Thu, 2/11
Choir Performs at Norwegian Commercial Club at 7:00

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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