Chamber Orchestra delivered 
a wonderful performance last Sunday at the Side-by-Side Concert with the Philharmonia Northwest. Here  is a
of  the dress rehearsal.

All-State Honor Ensembles!   Aisha Carpenter (Alto), Satchell Dunnell (Tenor), and Diego Roberts Buceta (Baritone) were all accepted into the All-State Symphonic 
Choir and Emmett Armstrong (Bass) was accepted into the All-State Symphony Orchestra The Washington Music Educators Association selected outstanding music students from across the state by audition for the All-State Honor Ensembles event in Yakima on February 10-14. These 4 students will join other musicians to rehearse & perform in concert under the direction of world-renowned conductors! 

Live Broadcast from the SPS Board Meeting!  - Tuesday, February 3rd the Concert Choir  will perform for the SPS School Board.  The bus leaves after school and returns at 5:30 PM.  Students should wear their Choir tuxes and dresses.   Performances begin at 4:30 PM and will last for approximately 15 minutes in the auditorium at the John Stanford Center.  
As Board meetings are broadcast and recorded, students will be able to view their performance on the   internet live stream link here, and friends and family who cannot attend the meeting may watch the live broadcast on SPS-TV on Comcast Channel 26.  
University  of Washington Jazz Festival 2016!   

Congratulations to  Jazz I for their performance at  the UW Jazz Festival! BHS was  one of 2 Big Bands chosen to play at the evening performance last Saturday night  at Meany Hall.  

This event is to be the first of an annual festival at the U of W.  Over 25 middle and High School Jazz combos and Big Bands performed throughout the day. Each group was given a critique & feedback by some of the top Jazz Teachers in the northwest. The students participated in Master Classes, by instrument, instructed by notable regional Jazz professionals.  At the evening Concert, besides the Student Groups that performed that night were the U of W Jazz Ensemble, the U of W Big Band group and the highly acclaimed Cong Vu Trio.

The evening concluded with the presentation of 4 outstanding Soloists awards. Ballard's own amazing Aisha Carpenter received one for her vocals on "St Louis Blues". What a way to wrap up an exceptional day of Jazz!

NW Region Strings Concert -  TODAY Tues, February 2nd at Whitman Middle School!
Orchestra Parents - BHS students Call Time is 5:15 pm at Whitman for pizza dinner and rehearsal. Students should wear this years Orchestra T-shirts and jeans.  Parents this is a wonderful event we hope you can make it!

BPA General Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm . Class photos will be on display to purchase and there will be information for families on the upcoming Tampa Florida Trip.   Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.
The Chamber Orchestra  will perform for the 8th Grade Open House for Prospective Students on  Thurs, Feb 11th .  Call time is 6:45 PM & they will be finished at 8:30 PM. 

Thursday, February 25th EBMEA Orchestra FestivalOrchestra parents - we still need parent chaperones to join us for this all day Orchestra festival. It is an amazing event. Please email Ms Newell at  if you can help.

Advanced Women's Chorale will perform for the Norwegian Commercial Club on Thurs, Feb 11th at the Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard.  Call time is 6:30 PM, and they will finish at 7:15 PM.  Students should wear their Choir dresses and arrange for their own transportation to and from the event.
Vocal Jazz  will perform for the 8th Grade Open House for Prospective Students on Thurs, Feb 11th .  Call time is 6:45 PM, and they will be finished at 8:30 PM. Students should wear their Choir t-shirts and jeans.
BPA General Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 PM.  We have invited our travel agent to be in attendance to discuss the final itinerary for NYC & identification requirements.  Additionally, we will be introducing the chaperones and exchanging contact information.  Both students and parents are encouraged to attend.

Fun times! Spotlight Gala Auction 
Karaoke Party with 
Ms. Rowley and   Mr. Riley !  

Reno Jazz I Trip The final Reno deposit of $250 is due before Feb 8th please submit payments online at the BPA website or the black box. Several students still owe first & second deposits. All payments must be made now so we can pay the Travel Agent. 

Jazz I and II -  Itemized statements have been sent home with your student.  Please check with them & send in your outstanding payments as soon as possible. Questions contact the BPA treasurer, Mike Hansen at the Parent Jazz rep Patti Kashiwa 

Wind Ensemble Families We still need chaperones for the Vancouver Trip on April 8th - 10th.  Please contact IngridThe  2nd payment of  $200 is due by Feb 4th

The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  is  March 9th at Roosevelt High School .  Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and most percussionists will be attending during the school day.  This is an adjudicated performance and we still need 5 chaperones please email   if you can help.  It is a wonderful event to attend.

8th Grade Open House for Prospective Students on Thursday, February 11th  

The Marching Band will be performing in uniform for this event. Call time is 6:00 PM and students should be finished at 7:15 PM.  Parent Volunteers are still needed  to help check in uniforms after the performance in the gym at 7:00 PM Please contact Jill Hansen  as soon as possible you can help out that night.   Thank You!

 Opening Night Gala & Dinner -  March 3, 2016 

Gala Schedule: 
5:00 pm - Meet the Cast
5:45 pm - Buffet Dinner followed by the Opening Night Show! 
Tickets $50, Patron $75.  Tables for 8 $400 & Patron for 8 $600

Gala tickets available here & include Dinner & Reserved Seating - Special Guest Reuven Carlyle: State Senator & Ballard parent. 

Presented by the BHS Foundation in partnership with BHS Performing Arts
For additional information, contact Dick Lee or call 206-391-5555. 
Can't attend but  would like to support Performing Arts at Ballard?   Donate here

Tickets are available NOW for the Musical - Children of Eden! 

Children of Eden will be playing March 3, 4, 5, 10,11 & 12 at 7:30 pm in the BHS Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at  
Prices: $15 for Adults $10 for Staff, Senior Citizens, Students 18  and under

Children of Eden Synopsis:  Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents & children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt production. From musical theatre genius Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, & Godspell) comes a joyous & inspirational musical about parents, children and faith...not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Children of Eden is a show about parenthood and the impossible idea that every child will eventually leave home and become a parent in their own time, a cycle that never ends: As Adam, Eve, Noah, and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children, the show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go."

K UDOS are BACK!  
Kudos are a great way to acknowledge the hard work and job well done by each cast, crew, and Pit Orchestra is by giving them  KUDOS each night of the show.   Kudos are flowers and candies with a blank note tag for you to write your special message and they will be available in the lobby for $2.00 each. All proceeds will go towards fundraising (and save you a trip to buy flowers) for the Drama and Music Departments. 

It's not too late! Ballard Drama is offering local businesses and parents a chance to support the Performing Arts by purchasing a student Shout Out or an advertisement or sponsorship in the annual Musical Program. P rograms will be distributed  at all performances. Click here for additional  info on purchasing an advertisement .

"Buy" A Theatre Seat Campaign  "Buy" a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque  with  your name on the arm. U se this opportunity to remember a loved one,  print a favorite verse or name of a performer or simply mark your thoughtfulness.  These funds will contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. Choose your seat TODAY!  Click here to download an order form.

Magnolia Chorale is offering two scholarships ($250) for students who would like to sing with us in our spring session. "Radio Hour" will feature pop songs from every decade from the 20s to the present. Participants will enjoy 2 free voice lessons from Evan Norberg, our assistant director.   Select here for additional information. 
Service Learning Opportunity! The Magnolia Chorale needs students to help with the door at their Concert on April 30 and May 1 for service hours credit. Contact Jean-Marie Kent at for additional information.

Tue, 2/2
NW Region String Concert at Whitman. Call Time 5:15. Event starts at 7:00
Wed, 2/3
Concert Choir performs for the School Board. Live stream link here
Sat, 2/6
Solo and Ensemble Festival -  All interested students. Festival details  here 
Tue, 2/9
BPA General Meeting at 7pm.  Class Photos on display to place orders and Breakout NYC & Tampa Trip Meetings
Thu, 2/11
8th Grade Open House/Prospective Student Night.  Call Time is 6:00 for the Marching Band and 6:45 for Vocal Jazz & Chamber Orchestra
Thu, 2/11
Advanced Women's Chorale Performs at Norwegian Commercial Club at 7:00
Wed, 2/24
Regional Band Concert Hosted by BHS at 7:00
Thu, 2/25
EBMEA Orchestra Festival During School
Thu, 3/3
Opening Night Gala: Children of Eden   Click here for Gala tickets
Thu, 3/3-3/5
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC. Click here for Show tickets

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

Beaver Beat - This Newsletter is published by the BHS PTSA four times a year and emailed out if you are subscribed to the BHS News. It has great updates on the accomplishments and happenings at the school including BPA! It is also available to view on the  PTSA Website AND also on the Ballard 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 Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News or subscribe by sending an email to

This BPA Newsletter  - 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 links to Concert performances. Also Archived Issues of the BPA Newsletter can be viewed on the  BPA Website  under Boosters and Newsletters.


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