The Band Concert will feature the Percussion Ensemble's performance of their piece from the State competition in April, Jazz Band 1 which placed 4th at the Reno Jazz Festival and the Wind Ensemble who had an inspiring trip to Vancouver and who has been accepted to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2017!

Thurs, June 2
Chamber Orchestra will feature Emmett Armstrong on the Eccles Sonata for Double Bass, seniors Lorenzo Coughlan, Max Hellen-Cerni and Gates Onstad on Vivaldi's Concerto Grosso in D minor, and Caleb Bantum's original score "Chrysopoeia." The evening will culminate with excerpts from Stravinsky's "Firebird."  

Come honor the Seniors of the Class of 2016!

Another wonderful year of music from your amazing students. Once again we will have Reserved Concert Seating available. This is your chance to get one of the best seats in the house without having to rush and you can also r aise funds for the BHS Performing Arts at the same time. Reserve your seat now at

Is anyone interested in video recording the Band and/or Orchestra Concerts this week for the Performing Arts Year End Archive?   If so, please contact Diane Taylor at  or 206-972-3348.     Thank you!

ATTENTION BAND & ORCHESTRA PARENTS   Baked goods donations are still needed for both of these concerts. Baked items or donations from your favorite bakery are very much appreciated.  Please send with students or drop off at the Concert at 6pm. 

UNIFORM turn in after the Concert   All seniors and students not performing at graduation must turn in the concert clothes after the upcoming concerts.  Remember to have your student bring a change of clothes to the concert!  Uniform check in is outside the stage door in the gym hallway at the end of the evening.  Please be sure to have all pieces of your uniform, including the hanger .

Remember to pick up your COFFEE ORDERS at the Spring Concerts!
The spring Caffe Appassionato sale was a great success and congratulations to top salesperson Gabby Lindell! Please pick up your coffee orders at the spring concerts. Contact Rebecca Staffel at  if you have questions.

Special COFFEE Note! Our wonderful coffee supplier, Caffe Appassionato accidentally duplicated part of our recent order.  They donated the 30 bags of ground Tempest coffee to our fundraising program.  If you missed out on ordering from a student here's your chance to pick up a bag or two ($12 each).  Coffee will be available at both the Band and Orchestra concerts or you can contact Jill Hansen.


Rehearsal for Full Orchestra & students performing the Stravinsky is on 
Wed, June 1st (2 Hr Early Dismissal). The rehearsal time is 12:30 - 1:30

Join the ever popular Ballard Fiddlers on Thursday, June 9th at the Ballard Homestead for the 3rd Annual Fiddle Showcase!
Featuring  The Ballard Fiddlers AND Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons AND The Rain City Ramblers.
All ages welcome! All dances taught!
Doors open at 6:00 pm 
Show from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Square Dancing begins at 7:30 pm

Tickets available HERE or can be purchased at the door.

Spring Band Concert Rehearsal
 - Tuesday, May 31st Band & Percussion Practice from 2:30 - 4:00

Students performing Stravinsky (Orchestra Concert) also have this  rehearsal date
 - Wed, June 1st (2 Hr Early Dismissal). The rehearsal time is  12:30 - 1:30

   A Message From Your Band Rep!  
"Hear Ye Hear Ye! Band Rep seeks band parents for next year." 
Come join the fun of helping the award winning Ballard High School Band. I need 30 parents on a standby volunteer list to be ready for important jobs. From time to time our usual volunteers need extra hands; your hands would be fantastic! There's long term commitment and most jobs require only a short amount of time. Please contact Ingrid Riley, , with your name, email, phone number, and student name. I would be ecstatic to work with you!

Band Camp 2016 - I am looking for moms and especially dads to chaperone band camp Sept. 9-11, 2016. Chaperoning is a great way to get immersed into the band program. Please contact Ingrid Riley, , to sign up. 

Fees! If you have not paid fees for band this year now is the time. Outstanding fee lists will be posted in the music room. Please check and make sure you are all paid up. Contact Ingrid Riley, , if you have questions or concerns. 

REMINDER! The  Wind Ensemble  was accepted into the  "New York International Music Festival from April 8-12, 2017.  Deposit of $500 is due Friday, June 10th.   We estimate this tour will cost around $2000.  Pay Online HERE  or click  HERE  for a Trip Information/Deposit Form. Contact  Ingrid Riley or Mr James with any questions.


Congratulations to the Ballard Choirs on a 
marvelous  concert last Thursday night! 
I t was a wonderful celebration of a great year.  Thank-you to all who attended, and thanks to our families for your support throughout the year.  Videos can be seen on the  BPA YouTube Channel  soon and edited mp3's will follow shortly! Check out some group photos from that night too on the Ballad Performing Arts Flickr Album !

ATTENTION CHOIR FAMILIES: There are 35 students who have not paid the $130 Annual Fee in full for the 2015- 2016 school year.  Please watch your inbox for an email from Choir Rep Jen Witeck or ask your student if there is a balance due as Ms. Rowley spoke with each student personally.  While most details are in the email, your help in sending in payment no later than June 1, 2016 is most appreciated. Thank you!

Treble Choir will be traveling around Seattle on Friday, June 3rd for their annual spring tour.  We are still looking for a number of parents to chaperone and drive this day.  Please let Ms. Rowley know if you are available at

Vocal Jazz Solo Night is on Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 PM in the  Black Box Theatre.  The evening will feature performances of jazz standards sung by all 
Vocal Jazz members, in collaboration with the incomparable Ev Stern Jazz Trio (a professional Seattle-based jazz combo).  Please join us for an evening of great music!

Choir Placement Auditions
Placement Auditions for current choir students will be held in class during the week of June 6th.  Auditions for students NEW to choir will be Wednesday, June 8th, after school.  New students can sign up for an audition time in the Black Box Theatre (NE 224).  Click HERE for audition information.


The Foreigner,  Les Misérables and  T he Importance of Being Earnest.

Watch for Audition & Show Dates to be announced soon!

"Buy" A Ballard Theatre Seat!

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. 

These funds contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. Select  HERE for an order form.

Incoming Freshmen Music Meeting  Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 PM
There will be a brief, informational meeting i n the Performing Arts Center  for all incoming freshmen that will be involved in the music program. We realize it is a busy time of year, but if you are able to attend, please come! It is a time to meet the teachers, learn a bit about the program, hear from current students, and meet other 8th graders. We will also be talking about next year's calendar of events.

Graduation Performance on Monday, June 20th for the following groups:   
Concert Choir, Adv Women's Chorale, Symphonic  Band,Wind Ensemble,  and selected Percussionists

Students will need to provide their own transportation to & from  Memorial Stadium  and  should arrive no later than 6:30pm at the Stadium and be in full Concert Attire.  Students can bring a black jacket to wear while they are not performing. The ceremony begins at 8pm and is estimated to be done around 9:30pm.  After graduation, all students will turn in their Concert Attire at the Stadium so they need to bring an extra change of clothes and shoes.


Come make Saturday June 11th a day of supporting Ballard Performing Arts. It is the annual Clean Up Day and many hands make light work. Parents and Students (Service Hours) come anytime from 9:00 - 1:00 and help the Directors get their programs in place for the summer hiatus.  Come for a short time or stay for as long as you can and then head over to Patxi's Pizza to keep the giving happening with the Pizza Fundraiser. Sign up HERE  for a time slot for Clean Up Day.

Our  Corporate  Sponsor  Patxi's Pizza has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from Dine In, Order Out or Delivery to BPA on Saturday, June 11th from 11am to closing!  

Help out at Ballard Performing Arts Clean Up Day and treat yourself to some delicious food at Patxi's!   Invite your friends and family too and meet up at Patxi's!

Note from the Directors regarding  Summer Music Camps and Workshops
Summertime is an important time for students to continue working on their musical or theatrical skills, meeting and working with students from other schools, and gaining college resume builders for college applications.  Click HERE for the Summer Music Camps and Workshops  list with some of the many opportunities available in our region.  We hope that Ballard Performing Arts students will participate in some of these camps and workshops.  Go directly to their sites for more information and please let us know if there is an opportunity that you would like to add to this list.

The award winning  All-City Band  is seeking members for the 2016 summer marching band. As a part of this group students will improve their musicianship, learn new music and make new friends. There is no audition regardless of experience, students will be taught everything they need to know by the instructional staff of college volunteers. Students in the  g raduating classes of 2016-2020 are eligible to participate. Register at  The first rehearsal is June 28th at Memorial Stadium .

JAZZED New York City singing sensations Kate Davis and Martina DaDilva are coming to Seattle...Vocal Jazz Intensive with the Ladybugs on August 15 - 19 from 10am - 3pm daily. While it is a camp for singing it would also be a lot of fun and musically instructive for students who are mainly instrumentalists but willing to give vocals a try. Additional information is available HERE and also view this  attached flyer 

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

Tue, 5/31
Band & Percussion Practice 2:30 - 4:00
Wed, 6/1
Full Orchestra Rehearsal and students performing Stravinsky 12:30 - 1:30
(2 Hour Early Dismissal)
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
Fri, 6/3
Treble Choir Annual Seattle Spring Tour
Mon, 6/6
Choir Placement Auditions for Current Choir Students.  Audition Info
Wed, 6/8
Choir Placement Auditions for Students New to Choir.   Audition Info
Wed, 6/8
Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the BHS Black Box at 7:00
Thu, 6/9
Fiddle Showcase & Square Dance at the  Ballard Homestead at 6:30
Sat, 6/11
Clean Up Day from 9:00 - 1:00.  Sign Up HERE
Sat, 6/11
Patxi's Pizza BPA Fundraising Opportunity! Hope to see everyone there!
Tue, 6/14
Performing Arts Board & General Meeting at 6:30. Location TBA
Wed, 6/15
Incoming Freshman Music Meeting at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation. Must be at Memorial Stadium at 6:30
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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?


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