WIAA-WMEA State Solo & Ensemble Results!  

Congratulations to Vocal Jazz, Percussion Ensemble, and soloists Aisha Carpenter, Satchel Dunnell, Ezra Finch, Diego Roberts Buceta, Meg Shepherd, and Aidan Ward-Richter on an outstanding showing this past weekend at the WIAA-WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Competition

All Ballard students received across the board scores of Superior or Excellent. In addition, Aisha Carpenter won 2nd place in the Alto Vocal category, and a duet by Diego Roberts Buceta and Aisha Carpenter won 2nd place in the Small Mixed Vocal category!

Jazz I Top Five Reno Jazz Festival

Congratulations to Jazz I for their success at the 2016 Reno Jazz Festival.

The Reno Jazz Festival is one of the world's largest and longest-running celebrations of jazz welcoming thousands of up-and-coming jazz players from schools, colleges, and universities around the western states.
Adjudicators scored the Ballard Jazz Band performance with Superior marks for a competitive 4th place win.
Jazz players recognized for outstanding musicianship in the Ballard Jazz Band in the band category are  -  Amy Gore, Tenor Sax, Alex Thiersch, Tenor Sax, Mason Lim, Flugelhorn, and Denali Cornwell, Drums.
Jazz players recognized for outstanding musicianship in the in the Ballard Jazz Band in the combo category are  - Combo I: Katie Webster, Alto Sax and Kaye Gill, Bass, and Combo II: Mason Lim, Trumpet and Denali Cornwell, Drums.
Special thanks to Mr. James, Patti Kashiwa for tremendous preplanning support, Jill Hansen for her paperwork expertise, and chaperones Mara Lim, Marie Gill (for her onsite coordination talents), Debra Loacker, John Burreson, and Celine Tangalin.

GiveBIG * Performing Arts * GiveBIG * Performing Arts

TODAY  you have a unique opportunity to donate HERE to the  Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  and have your 
gift stretched by the  
Seattle Foundation  as part of  GiveBIG, a ONE DAY online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to N on-Profit  organizations. Share with out of town  friends and family too!
THANK YOU For GivingBIG to Ballard Performing Arts!

Student-Directed ONE ACTS
May 12, 13, 14 & 19, 20, 21
  • 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. 
  • Alex Howell's treatment of SCRIBE'S PARADOX or THE MECHANICAL RABBIT is next with a cast of nine led by Helen Maclay. 
  • Aisha Carpenter will close and puts Christopher Durang's absurdist comedy, DIVERSIONS, on stage with ten students portraying some of the wackiest characters to grace the BHS stage. 
Curtain at 7:30PM. Tickets at SHOWTIX4U.COM   Let's finish an incredibly strong season with good attendance at these plays and support these young new Directors and their casts!

Ballard Jazz Bands & Vocal Jazz return to the stage at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. Tickets HERE!

Ballard Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz to perform at the  prestigious Dimitriou's Jazz Alley !  Come and be a s upportive crowd to cheer them on!

The d oors will open at 6:00; show starts at 7:30PM. 
Come  for dinner or just for the show.  Tickets are $25. 

We hope you invite your friends and family (all ages welcome) to this fun evening! R eservations at jazz alley.com or call 206-441-9729.  

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  to  save them a spot for dinner at your table.


The Ballard Marching Band will be performing in the Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 pm this year.  It is required for all students.  Permissions Slips were sent home last week and are due this Friday, May 6th.

Below are the Marching Band practice days & times.
  • TOMORROW! Wed, May 4th from  2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Friday, May 13th from 2:30 - 3:15 pm
  • Monday, May 16th from 2:30 - 3:15 pm 

The Call time for Tuesday, May 17th is 4:00 pm in the Band Room.  The parade starts at 6:00pm.  The BHS Marching Band is always one of the first entries in the parade since we are the home town band.  

The band should be through the parade route by approximately 6:45pm and then the students are to return immediately to school afterward to turn in their Marching Band Uniforms.   If they would like to go back to watch the rest of the parade, they may do so after they have turned their uniforms in. In previous years, some students have arranged to have rides pick them up at the end of the parade route so that they can get back to school faster. 

Parent Volunteer Needs for Tuesday, May 17th:
 - We still need 3 adults at the starting point and walk the parade route with the band
 - We need bottled water donations (6 -24 packs) dropped off at the Band Room.
Please email Jill Hansen if you can help out.

View a MAP of the Parade Route here.   Come cheer on our Award-Winning Marching Band as they march through the streets of downtown Ballard!

Spring Band Concert: Wednesday, June 1st at the BHS Performance Center.  We will need donations for the Bake Sale and several parents to help out with Concert Uniform Check In for the end of the school year.  Contact Jill Hansen if you can help.

* New! Spring Concert Rehearsal Dates:
Tuesday, May 24th Band & Percussion Practice 2:30 - 4:00
Tuesday  May 31st Band & Percussion Practice 2:30 - 4:00

Looking Ahead to 2017...   The Wind Ensemble has been accepted into the "New York International Music Festival" on April 8-12, 2017. Ballard is one of six high school groups selected from around the world.  These groups will be joined by two showcase university groups. They are looking forward to participation in the festival and to the culminating performance at Carnegie Hall. More  details to follow.   

There is a Deposit of $500 that is due Friday,June 10th for Wind Ensemble students to attend the Trip to  Carnegie Hall in NYC.

We want every Wind Ensemble student to be able to participate in this amazing experience so families are encouraged to start planning now for the April 2017 event. While the actual itinerary is still to be determined, we estimate this tour will cost close to $2000. We will work hard to minimize costs but we  encouraged all students to participate in the many Performing Arts fundraisers as a portion of the proceeds will be placed in their student accounts.  Coffee sales are happening now through May 9th. If you have any questions at all about this trip please contact Ingrid Riley or Mr James.

The Spring Orchestra Concert is on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Earl Kelly Performing Center at Ballard High School. We will need donations for the last Bake Sale of the year and parents to help out with Concert Uniform Check in. Please contact Jill Hansen if you can help out at this event.

* New ! Spring Concert Rehearsal Dates
Wednesday, May 25th - Full Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30 - 4:00
Wednesday, June 1st  - Full Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30 - 4:00

* New!  Fiddle Group performing at Ballard Homestead on June 9th at 6:30. Fiddle Concert and  Square Dance at 6541 Jones Ave NW.  More details to follow.

The   Spring Choir Concert  is on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. We will need Bake Sale items and parents to help check in Concert uniforms after the performance.   Please contact Jill Hansen if you can help.

* New! Vocal Jazz Solo Night on June 8th at 7PM in the BHS Black Box.


Coffee sales orders are due Monday, May 9.  Get out this weekend and hit up your neighbors and friends.  A last-minute Facebook post can scare up orders, too.  There are four delicious blends to choose from: Organic Espresso, Organic Decaf, Arietta (lightest roast) and Tempest (darkest roast).  CaffĂ© Appassionato will generously donate $5 from every $12 (12oz) bag sold to support Performing Arts students and programs. Flyer attached here.
Order forms are available here. Turn in  completed forms to the black locked mailbox in the Music Room.  There are several big band and orchestra trips coming up next year and this money goes to your student's personal account and can be used to help pay those trip fees.  Completed orders are due Monday, May 9 , and coffee orders will be distributed during each of the Spring Concerts (Choir May 26, Band June 1, Orchestra June 2).    Questions? Contact Rebecca Staffel at  rstaffel@gmail.com

" Buy" A Ballard Theatre Seat Campaign is BACK! 

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 or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds contribute significantly to the Ballard High School Theatre. C hoose your seat TODAY! Click here for an  Order Form .

The 14th annual ACT Young Playwrights Festival of award-winning work gathers talented writers ages 13-18 with a professional team of local directors and actors to bring their new plays to life in staged readings. Out of over 200 plays written last fall, ACT selected 8 winners. This year, two out of 8 winners of the ACT Young Playwrights Festival were BHS students! Claire Boynton and Diego Ortiz Villacorta San Juan . Their plays were performed on stage last month, and an  anthology  containing all the plays was also published!

PRATT FINE ARTS CENTER  is offering Teen Summer Programs. Visit their website at pratt.org to learn more. 

FOUND!   Women sunglasses with a star on the sides were found at the Spaghetti Dinner. Check in at the Directors Office in the Band Room.  

Saturday May 7, Noon to 3 p.m at Northgate Barnes and Noble.  Friends of Whitman Music invites the community to a day of free performances and fundraising.  Up to 20% of proceeds from purchases made in store May 6-12 and online May 6-15 will go to support the music program at Whitman.  Make online purchases at www.bn.com/bookfairs  Use  required coupon code to get credit:  # 11801255 
Flute Boot Camp - August 1 -5 2016 in Kirkland WA.  Sessions for 7th - 9th grade and 10th - 12th grade.

Cornish College of the Arts  -  J uly 5-9 Students 14-22 will rehearse, be coached, and perform chamber music.  Heather Bentely and Rowena Hammill are the other coaches.  Highlights from last year include a Rossini Wind Quartet, Haydn London Trio, Mozart "Kegglestadt" trio, and more. 
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Strings.

VIVACE! August 15-20, at Seattle Pacific University, Students 6-19 will rehearse, be coached, and perform chamber and orchestral music at the Vivace Music Camp.  Highlights from last year include the Tafanel Quintet, Prokofiev Sextet & Stravinsky Octet.  I nfo:  http://www.vivacechamberplayers.com/chambermusic/  ALL instruments (including sax, guitar, all brass, etc.)

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, 5/3
GiveBIG Donate to BPA Booster Club & Gift Stretched by Seattle Foundation
Wed, 5/4
* Marching Band Practice from 2:30 - 3:15
Tue, 5/10
Performing Arts Booster Board (5:45) & General Meeting 7:00 in the Library
Last Chance to Order Class Pictures.  8 x 10 Photos Performing Groups. $10.00 Cash or Checks Made Payable To: Rowland Studios
Spring Play: Student Directed One Acts
Fri, 5/13
* Marching Band Practice from 2:30 - 3:15
Mon, 5/16
* Marching Band Practice from 2:30 - 3:15
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.  Tickets at SHOWTIX4U.COM
Tue, 5/24
Performing Arts Booster Board Meeting 7:00 Staff Lounge
Tue, 5/24
* Band & Percussion Practice 2:30 - 4:00
Wed, 5/25
* Full Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30 - 4:00
Thu, 5/26
Spring Choir Concert at 7:00 in the Performing Arts Center
Tue, 5/31
* Band & Percussion Practice 2:30 - 4:00
Wed, 6/1
* Full Orchestra Rehearsal 2:30 - 4:00
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
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
Wed, 6/15
* Incoming Freshman Music Meeting at 7:00 in the Band Room
Mon, 6/20
BHS Music Performing at Graduation at Memorial Stadium. Call time TBD

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

Beaver Beat - This Newsletter is published by the BHS PTSA five times a year and emailed to you if you are subscribed to the BHS News. It includes updates on the accomplishments and happenings at Ballard.  It is also available to view on the  PTSA Website AND also on the Ballard School 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 School Website under the  Resources Section AND under the Quick Links section on the BHS News or subscribe by sending an email to  ballardtally@gmail.com

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? bpabnews@gmail.com


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