An expression of gratitude...
As Thanksgiving approaches one can't help but be thankful for the opportunities that our Ballard Performing Arts provides our children.  There are many outlets for personal growth for our youth in these programs, and we are very grateful.
There is a large group of volunteers that help sustain our great programs, and we owe you our thanks. The list is long, and includes those that helped us at events such as the Spotlight Gala, prepared treats for our bake sales, chaperoned on trips and at camp, and donated to our organization, allowing us to continue as an "all-inclusive" organization, where every youth can be involved and engaged.
It is also with great appreciation that we acknowledge our four outstanding Directors for their hard work and dedication to our youth and to our programs. We are so very fortunate to have them all here at Ballard High School not only instructing our youth, but enabling in them a sense of discipline in their practices, self-confidence in their performances, and personal joy in the incredible outcome of their music and drama experiences.
Lastly we thank all the members of our great Booster Board.  These dedicated individuals are tireless when it comes to serving Ballard High School and our performing arts programs. This group has, and will continue to, achieve great success in supporting our great Directors, our activities, our performances, and most importantly, our youth.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Mara Lim and John Loacker
Co-Presidents, Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club

Winter Concert I  - Band and Orchestra on Wed, Dec 9th
Jazz Band 1 & 2, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra.

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

Student groups performing the Carmina Burana each night: Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Adv Women's Chorale, select Percussionists & select Wind Players. These students will need to be at BOTH concert nights.

After school rehearsals for the Carmina Burana performance
Monday, November 30th 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Full Orchestra (No Choir)
Friday, December  4th
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Full Orchestra & Choir
Tuesday, December 8th 
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Full Orchestra & Choir

Reserve Your Concert Seat in the Performing Arts Center and support BPA!  
Preferred premium seating is available now to reserve for both Winter Concerts
for a  donation of either $25.00, $50.00 or $100.00.  All proceeds go to support
the  Ballard Performing Arts. Reserved seating is limited so don't wait until the last moment! Reserve your t ickets now at

Auditions for the Musical,  CHILDREN OF EDEN 

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 and Dancing Auditions -  Students will sing starting at 2:30 pm during their individual times.  Singing auditions will require a prepared 16 bars of a Stephen Schwartz song.  At 4:30 pm the dance auditions will start, concluding a little after 6:00 pm.  Please wear comfortable clothing and warm up on stage prior to 4:30 pm.

Dec 2 - Callback list is posted
Dec 3 - Callbacks at 2:30 pm
Dec 4 - Cast List posted outside the Black Box.

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

LA & Tampa Bay Trip Payments:  The 2nd payment for the LA trip of $400.00 & the Tampa Bay trip payment of $400.00 are due Dec 5th . F amilies can make payments online here or at (fee included) or cash or checks made out to Ballard Performing Arts may be dropped off in the black mailbox in the Band room.

To listen to MP3 recording from the Ballard 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." 

Advanced Women's Chorale & Concert Choir Members: The second NYC trip payment of $500 is due Friday, Dec 4th.  Payments may be made via cash or check and made payable to Ballard Performing Arts, or click here to pay online (fee included).  

Congratulations to Vocal Jazz on a wonderful performance at the Bremerton Vocal Jazz festival this past Saturday.   They were one of 7 schools in Western Washington invited to attend, and had the chance to work with legendary vocal jazz pioneer Dave Barduhn. 

In addition, Aisha Carpenter and Camaira Metz had the chance to participate in a solo workshop with the amazing jazz singer and educator Greta Matassa. 

These recordings can be heard or downloaded here:

Ballard High School Track Numbers: 
CD2U0600.WAV -  Aisha Carpenter - solo
CD2U2300.WAV, CD2U2400.WAV & CD2U2500 - Vocal Jazz
CD2U3000.WAV - Camaira Metz - solo

To listen to MP3 recordings of the songs from 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
The total payment of $225.00 per student is  due Monday, Nov 30th.  Payments may be made by cash or check payable to Ballard Performing Arts put in the black mailbox in the Band room or paid online here (fee included). 1  Chaperone is still needed. Please contact Patti Kashiwa if you would like to chaperone (no charge this trip). 
Jazz Band 1Reno Jazz Festival on April 28th - May 1st 2016
The total cost per person is $750.00.  Payments may be made by cash, check or paid online here  (fee included).  3 payments of $250 due 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. 1  Chaperone is still needed, please contact Patti Kashiwa  if you are able to help out.
The Wind Ensemble - Vancouver, Canada Trip on April 8th - 10th. The total cost is  $400.00. The first payment of $200.00 is due Friday, December 4th and the balance will be due on February 4th.  Checks can be dropped on in the Blackbox in the Band room. Your student will need a passport or birth certificate and ID for this trip.  If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to chaperone on this trip please contact Ingrid Riley at    We need 4 women and 3 men. The cost for chaperones is $300.00.
Ballard Basketball Band Schedule
Fri, Dec 11
vs. Franklin
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
Fri, Dec 18
vs. Sealth
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
* Tues, Jan 5
vs. Ingraham
Call time 5:15 - Game at 7:30 pm
Fri, Jan 8
vs. Roosevelt
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
Fri, Jan 15
Eastside Catholic
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
Fri, Jan 22
vs. West Seattle 
Call time 6:00 - Girls Game 6:30/Boys 8:00pm
* Required
Basketball Band Requirements
There are 6 nights when the band will be playing at BHS Home Basketball games. 
Each student needs to sign up for a total of 4 of these nights, with one  of the nights being the required Pizza and Pep Band night.

* All Students are required to be at Pizza and Pep Band Night on Jan 5th.  This game performance includes members of the Middle School Bands that feed into BHS and dinner will be provided. Call time is 5:15pm & rehearsal will begin at 5:30pm.
Students must attend 3 of the 5 other nights. You may choose the dates that  work best for your schedule. Take note that the Friday night dates include a  girls and boys game and will be long evenings. Please plan accordingly. If you  would like to play at more than 4 of the basketball nights, you can earn  community service hours for the extra games that you attend.    Come to all of them if you would like!
Black Band t-shirts are the required uniform for all basketball games.  You will not be allowed to play with the band if you are not wearing  your  band shirt and you will not receive credit towards your  grade for  showing up without your shirt. 

To listen to MP3 recordings of the BHS Fall Band Concert Performance

"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

Ends Today! 
All orders need  to be 
turned into the black mailbox in the band room.   Orders available for pick up during the 
Winter Concerts on 12/9 & 12/10

Students must turn in all of the money they have collected (NO COINS PLS) on  Monday, Nov 30th

A BIG Th ank you to
everyone who entered the Gift Basket drawing this past weekend at the Red Square Yoga Studio Arts + Crafts Open House. $1000.00 was donated to the Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club! The two winners of the Gift Baskets were Joann Petroff and Sarah Magno.

Thank you as well to  Performing Arts parent Melissa Middlebrook and the other participating artists at the 
Open House who donated high quality, locally handcrafted items for the Gift Basket Donations to BPA!

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. Tickets will also be available at the Winter Concerts on Dec 9th & 10th.   Come hear Ballard students perform and for every ticket we sell the SeaChordmen will donate $3.00 back to BPABC!  Questions contact: Jill Hansen

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

Mon, 11/30
Rehearsal for Carmina Burana - Full Orchestra (no choir)
Tue, 12/1-12/4
Musical Auditions for Children of Eden - Dec 1 Sing & 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
Fri, 12/11
Music Ensembles Picture Day during the school day
Fri, 12/11
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Sun, 12/13
SeaChordsmen Chorus and BHS Men's Ensemble & Women's Chamber Choir 2:00pm
Tue, 12/15
Vocal Jazz Caroling Day
Tue, 12/15
BPA General Meeting at 7:00 in the BHS Library
Fri, 12/18
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Tue, 1/5
Pizza & Pep Band Night - Call Time 5:15 
Fri, 1/8
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
Fri, 1/8-1/10
Jazz 1 & 2 Retreat at Camp Burton
Sat, 1/9
Goodwill Truck at BHS for BPA Fundraising
Tue, 1/12
BPA General Meeting at 7:00 in the BHS Library
Fri, 1/15
Band at the Basketball Game - Call Time 6:00
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 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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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.  When asking for donations, include our EID #. Contact: Mike Hansen