The Spotlight Gala Auction & Dinner was a great success, with $37,000  raised!

"Thank you to everyone who attended and helped with the Spotlight Gala! It was a beautiful and memorable night. I truly feel like it was one of the best events I've worked on and we had such great volunteers!" - Mara

"A huge thank you to the Ballard Performing Arts Volunteers.   What  a wonderful event last Saturday night was, it could
not have happened without all of the dedicated people who stepped forward  to help  Mara pull off yet another successful Gala. I saw many smiling faces enjoying good food, wonderful company and some amazing performances from our talented artists. We are all so blessed to be a part of such a terrific community! "  - Shelly 

Here are some Gala numbers:  90 Student Performers; 20 Student Volunteers; 6 Music & 1 Theatrical performing groups and 27 Pizzas for the students! 

We had 181 Attendees; $2,583 for Dessert Dash & $11,305 for Raise the Paddle.

Receipts will be emailed out this week. Remember to check with your employer to see if your donation could be matched to bring our total income that much higher!

If you couldn't make it to the Spotlight Gala and would like to still contribute a donation please click here.

To view photos from the Spotlight Gala Dinner & Auction night:

Please note: Due to some confusion, those who parked in the bank parking lot while at the GALA may have received parking tickets. The bank is working on waiving these.  Please  don't pay them.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Winter Music Concerts are on December 9th & 1 0th at the 
Earl  Kelly Performing Arts Center at Ballard High School.  
Both performances start  at 7:00 pm and each will 
conclude with  a performance of Carmina Burana.

Winter Concert I  - Band and Orchestra on Wednesday, December 9th
Jazz Band 1 and 2, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra.

Winter  Concert II -  Choir on Thursday, December 10th
Treble Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Chamber Choir, Advanced Women's Chorale, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz.

Students performing as part of the Carmina Burana: Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Adv Women's Chorale, select Percussionists & select Wind Players will need to be at BOTH concert nights.

Please note: There will be the following after school rehearsals in order to prepare for the Carmina Burana:  Mon, Nov 30th from 2:30 - 4:00 - Full Orchestra (No Choir), Fri, Dec 4th from 2:30 - 4:00 - Full Orchestra & Choir and  Tues, Dec 8th from 2:30 - 4:00 - Full Orchestra & Choir.

Reserved Seating -- With all the rushing happening during the holiday season, these will be two events that you can slow down and relax and enjoy. With reserved seating you can get that special seat right in the middle where you can see all the action. There is no rushing to the theater, take your time, your seats will be waiting for you when you show up. Tickets will go on sale on Nov 30, 2015 at 

Bake Sale  -- O ur Winter Concerts are always so entertaining and collaborative among the different Performing Art groups; I for one am looking forward to seeing what the Directors have in store for us this year. As they are getting ready, it is never to early for us to gear up as well. These two concerts are usually standing room only so we will be in need of many baked goods. As you are starting your holiday baking, make an extra batch of cookies, cupcakes, muffins or tarts for the bake sales. As always you can send your baked goods with your child the day of either concert or you can bring with you when you come. Please note if your baked goods contain nuts as we have some with allergies. I will be sending out a reminder to my Ballard Bakers as we get a little closer to the date, but I wanted to open the invitation to all our families as I am sure there is a special holiday treat that you would love to share. Thanks in advance to all those who are gearing up to bake for us.   - Shelly Hurley, Volunteer Coordinator at 

Auditions for the Musical,  CHILDREN OF EDEN, are the week of December 1. 

PLOT SUMMARY:  Based on the story of Genesis, the age-old conflict of parents and children takes the stage in this epic, heartfelt. 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."

Dec 1 - Singing Auditions, Dec 2 - Dance,   Dec 3 - Callbacks,   Dec 4 - Cast List Posted

Cast: 5 Males, 4 Females, & FEATURED ensemble of at least 10.  Expanded casting possible determined on number and talent level of those auditioning! Audition Contract here

Pick up an Audition Packet from Mr Riley in the Black Box or in Room SW 121 
Singing auditions will require a prepared 16 bars of a STEPHEN SCHWARTZ song.
Wear comfortable clothing on December 2 for the Dance Auditions. 

TRIP PAYMENTS:  The second payment for the Los Angeles trip of $400.00 and the Tampa Bay trip payment of $400.00 are due by December 5th . F amilies can make payments online here or at with a small processing fee or cash or checks made out to Ballard Performing Arts may be dropped off in the black mailbox in the Instrumental music room.

To Listen to MP3 recordings of the Fall Orchestra Concert

"Please respect the copyright on this music, do not share it with students who are not in our music program or upload it to anywhere else on the web. The copyright act allows "1 archive or study recording" per musician." 

ACTION REQUIRED FOR AWC AND CONCERT CHOIR MEMBERS: The second NYC trip payment of $500 is due by Friday, Dec 4th.  Payments may be made via cash, check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts, or click here to pay online with a small processing fee.  

Any student who applied for a partial scholarship should have already received notice as to what funds were granted to him/her.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rowley or Jen Witeck.

If you are chaperoning the NYC trip, please be on the lookout for the packet of volunteer paperwork.  It was sent home with your student last week and is due as 
soon as possible.

Vocal Jazz will be performing at the Olympic College Jazz Classic Festival this Saturday the 21st in Bremerton.

To view a YouTube video from the Vocal Jazz performance last year.


To Listen to MP3 recordings of the Fall Choir Concert

"Please respect the copyright on this music, do not share it with students who are not in our music program or upload it to anywhere else on the web.  The copyright act allows "1 archive or study recording" per musician." 


Jazz Band 1 & 2 - Camp Burton Jazz Band Retreat on January 8th - 10th 2016

Total payment of $225.00 per student is  due by Nov 30th.  Payments may be made by cash or check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts and dropped off in the black mailbox in the Band room or paid online here which includes a processing fee.

4 Chaperones are needed. Please contact Patti Kashiwa if you would like to chaperone or if you have any questions. There is no charge for chaperones on this trip. 

Jazz Band 1Reno Jazz Festival on April 28th - May 1st 2016

Total cost per person: $750.00.  Payments may be made by cash, check or paid online here with a processing fee included.

3 payments of $250 due by Dec 8th , Jan 8th , Feb 8th.  T his cost includes a round 
trip ticket on Alaska Airlines, a 3 night stay at Circus Circus, $50 towards meals, $30 towards concert ticket and  Transportation to and from the hotel. A more detailed itinerary will be available once our plans are finalized. 

6 Chaperones are needed.  Please contact Patti Kashiwa if you would like to chaperone or if you have any questions. 

Pep Band - The Basketball Schedule will be posted soon!


To Listen to MP3 recordings of the Fall Band Concert

"Please respect the copyright on this music, do not share it with students who are not in our music program or upload it to anywhere else on the web.  The copyright act allows "1 archive or study recording" per musician." 

Student Fundraisers

Last week! 
The FALL COFFEE SALE  ends on  Nov 24th.  Order forms 
are available in the classrooms or  click here . Coffee sells for $12.00 per bag with $5.00 per bag sold credited to the students account.  Students need to  fill out the form and collect payment.  All orders need  to be turned into the mailbox in the band room  by Tues, Nov 24th.  Orders will be available for pick up during the 
Winter Concerts on 12/9 and 12/10

The FALL CANDY SALE continues to  run through 
November 30th. Students must turn in all of the money on Mon, Nov 30th.  (NO COINS PLEASE!). 

Chinook Book Update!

We have finished up the 2015 Chinook Book Fundraiser and it was a complete success. Student sellers earned $4,463.50 for their student accounts. What a fantastic accomplishment! 

The top seller was Lili Stevens. She earned over $300 for her student account. There were numerous students who earned over $100. Congratulations to all sellers.  - Ingrid Riley

The  Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus Presents: Joyous Songs of the Holidays on Sun, Dec 13th at 2:00 pm at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

The Seattle SeaChordsmen Chorus
Seattle Shores Sweet Adelines
Ballard High School Men's Ensemble
Song of Seattle Sweet Adelines
Path With Art Singers
Ballard High School Women's Chamber Choir
SeaChordsmen Barbershop Quartets

General Admission: $20, Senior: $15 and 18 & Under: Free   
Send in ticket orders with cash or checks made out to Seattle SeaChordsmen and drop them off in the black box in the Band Room.   Come hear Ballard students perform and for every ticket we sell the SeaChordmen will donate $3.00 back to BPABC! For any questions contact: Jill Hansen

Proceeds to Support: Path With Art, Mary's Place & Phinney Ridge Food Bank

Sat, 11/21
Olympic College Jazz Classic with Vocal Jazz in Bremerton
Mon, 11/30
Rehearsal for Carmina Burana - Full Orchestra (no choir)
Tue, 12/1-12/4
Musical Auditions for Children of Eden - Dec 1-Singing and Dec 2-Dance 
Fri, 12/4
Rehearsal for Carmina Burana - Full Orchestra and Choir
Tue, 12/8
Rehearsal for Carmina Burana - Full Orchestra and Choir
Wed, 12/9
Winter Music Concert I - Band & Orchestra at 7:00 in the PAC
Tue, 12/10
Winter Music Concert II - Choir at 7:00 in the PAC
Sun, 12/13
SeaChordsmen Chorus and BHS Men's Ensemble & Women's Chamber Choir 2:00pm
Tue, 12/15
Vocal Jazz Caroling Day - More details to follow
Tue, 12/15
BPA General Meeting at 7:00 in the BHS Library
Fri, 1/8-1/10
Jazz 1 & 2 Retreat at Camp Burton
Tue, 1/12
BPA General Meeting at 7:00 in the BHS Library
Sun, 1/24
Philharmonia Northwest Side-By-Side at St Stephen's Episcopal Church 2:30pm
Sat, 1/30
UW Jazz Festival with Jazz 1
Tue, 2/2
NW Region String Concert with All Strings
Wed, 2/3
Concert Choir performs for the School Board
Sat, 2/6
Solo and Ensemble Festival - All interested students


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