The BPA General Meeting on Jan 26th has been CANCELLED!
The next BPA General Meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb 9th at 7:00 pm 
in the BHS Library and will include Trip Break Out Meetings for 
the upcoming  Choir NYC Trip  and the Orchestra Tampa, FL Trip

Congratulations  to the  Concert  Choir  for a wonderful performance of the National Anthem at the  State of the State address  in Olympia last week. 
       To view a Video Clip        To view Photos    

Concert Choir will perform for the School Board on Wednesday, February 3rd.  They will leave after school by bus and return around 5:30 PM.  Students should wear their Choir tuxes and dresses.  We need 6 chaperones for this trip please email Jen Witeck
Advanced Women's Chorale will perform for the Norwegian Commercial Club on Thursday, February 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.  We also need chaperones for this trip please email Jen Witeck if you can help out.    
Vocal Jazz  will perform for the 8th Grade Open House for Prospective Students on Thursday, February 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.

The  Opening Night Gala & Dinner for  the  
Musical Children of Eden is  on Thursday, March 3, 2016

The BHS Foundation will be hosting a Gala Event before the performance of Children of Eden to benefit  Ballard Performing Arts

Evening Schedule:  5:00 p.m. ­ Meet and greet reception with the cast.  5:45 p.m. Buffet dinner  followed by the  Children of Eden Musical.
Tickets $50, Patron Tickets $75.  Tables for 8 $400,  Patron Tables for 8 $600

All tickets include dinner and reserved seating for Opening Night with  Special Guest Reuven Carlyle:  State Senator and Ballard High School parent. 

Presented by BHS Foundation in partnership with BHS Performing Arts.  For additional info, contact Dick Lee at  or call 206-391-5555. 

Order your tickets online now by clicking here

Can't attend but would like to support Performing Arts at Ballard HS?  Donate here

Children of Eden: Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt production. From musical theatre genius Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, & Godspell) comes a joyous and 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."
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Musical Rehearsals have begun!   See a complete rehearsal schedule here.

This past weekend's Jazz Retreat was a great success! The students made a ton of progress and came away from the weekend sounding very good! We are now preparing the music for the Ellington recording as well as the UW Jazz Festival.

Important dates and times:  Ellington Recording: Tuesday, January 19, 6-8pm; Thursday, January 21, 6-9pm; Friday, January 22, 3-5pm

The UW Jazz Festival - All Day on Saturday, January 30th. Download a UW Festival Information Flyer here and view the UW Jazz Festival Schedule here. We have a real shot at being one of the finalist bands that may get asked to play on the evening concert so students should plan on staying late at the festival.

Jazz I -  The second Reno deposit of $250 was due on Jan 8th.  Please submit your payments either online at the BPA website or in the black box in the band room. There are several students who still owe for the first and second deposits.  The third deposit is due Feb 8th.  We must have all payments in by February so we can purchase the airline tickets and pay for the rooms.  

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. If you have any questions contact the BPA treasurer, Mike Hansen at  or the Parent Jazz rep., Patti Kashiwa at

Wind Ensemble Families We still need chaperones and a final count of students for the Vancouver Trip on April 8th - 10th. Chaperone cost will be $250 to $300. Please contact IngridThe  2nd payment of  $200 is due Feb 4th. 

Fri, Jan 22nd
vs West Seattle 
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
Black Band T-Shirts are required

The Marching Band  will be performing for the 8th Grade Open House for Prospective Students on Thursday, February 11th .  Call time is 6:00 PM and should be finished at 7:00 PM. Students should wear their Band t-shirts and jeans.

The Elliott Bay Region Concert Band Festival  will be held during the school day on March 9th at Roosevelt High School .  Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and most percussionists will be attending.  This is an adjudicated performance and we will need approximately 10 chaperones please email   if you can help.

Past Due Fees & Trip Payments!  Students were given a letter last week with any outstanding money due. Please ask if they received a letter. Please remit payments ASAP. Especially if students have not bought their ASB card & have not paid for Camps. 

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 are available   here.
Rehearsals for Chamber Orchestra members:
TODAY!  Tuesday 1/19: 7:00-7:30 at North Seattle College
New Time! Saturday 1/23: 11:45-12:15 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
NW Region Strings Concert - Tuesday, February 2nd will now be held at Whitman Middle School (instead of BHS)   Parents - we need 3-4 volunteers to help hand out programs and welcome our elementary and middle school string players between 
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm. We are also looking for a volunteer to take photos for the event. Please email Ms. Newell at if you can help out.  

BPA General Meeting on Tuesday, February 9th at 7:00 pm . 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, and they will be finished at 8:30. 

Thursday, February 25th EBMEA Orchestra Festival Orchestra parents - we still need 3 parent chaperones to join us for this all day Orchestra festival. It is a wonderful event. Please email Ms Newell at  if you can help.

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 2:30
Tue, 1/26
CANCELLED! BPA General Meeting
Sat, 1/30
UW Jazz Festival with Jazz 1
Tue, 2/2
NW Region String Concert at Whitman. 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. Festival details  here 
Tue, 2/9
BPA General Meeting at 7pm. NYC & Tampa Breakout 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, 2/25-26
PLU Choral Invitational During School
Thu, 3/3
Opening Night Gala: Children of Eden   Click here to purchase tickets.
Thu, 3/3-3/5
Musical Children of Eden 7:30 in the PAC

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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