May 11 

The Importance of Being Earnest
Nick Requarth as Algernon and Meg Shepard as Lady Bracknell
Opening Night is Tonight!  

"Come enjoy Oscar Wilde's best comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, on May 11-13 and 18-20 with curtain at 7:30 PM. This Victorian era plot set in England is cleverly written and promises plenty of laughs. 

Two young gentlemen have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing (Diego Roberts Buceta) has invented a brother, Ernest, who he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the ravishing Gwendolen (Hanna Uselding). Algernon Montcrieff (Nick Requarth) decides to take the name 'Ernest' when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful ward, Cecily (Sophia Rice), at the country manor. Things start to go awry when they end up together in the country, and their deceptions are discovered - threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits."

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Show Dates:  May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.  Curtain at 7:30 PM
Students $10 and Adults $15

Tickets are also available  at the door

Choir News
Treble Choir at the UW Festival of Choral Excellence  - Today!
Arrive at Meany Hall at 8:00 AM 

We are one of nine choirs statewide performing for this UW festival and clinic. Please arrive at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on the campus of UW by 8:00 AM. It is easiest to use the main UW entrance off at NE 45th St.  If heading East on 45th, turn right onto Memorial Way Northeast. Pass by the booth staffed by an attendant and go straight ahead to the circle drive with the large flagpole.  You can drop off here, and walk down the stairs to Meany Hall. Wear your formal concert attire.  Bring your garment bag with a change of clothes in it. We perform at 9:00 AM.  Parents are welcome to watch. Bring money for lunch on the Ave or bring a sack lunch. We will return to BHS as a group by Metro bus, arriving by the end of the school day.

Treble Choir at the Women's University Club 
Friday, May 19th - Call time is 6:00 PM
Treble Choir is performing by invitation for the "Music Counts" fundraiser for music education.
at the Women's University Club on Friday, May 19th.  Students must wear their formal concert attire. Parents are welcome to attend the performance, although parking is not available onsite. Please arrange for a ride home at 7:00 PM. 

Choir in the Washington State Capitol rotunda!

Congratulations to Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale on a wonderful tour!  We had an inspiring clinic with Dr. Ethan Sperry, put on an incredible concert at The Old Church, and closed out the trip with a moving performance at the Capitol rotunda.  Thank you to our wonderful parent chaperones, to the many friends and family who joined us at performances throughout the weekend, to Choral Rep Page Harader for her trip planning, and to our fantastic students who performed with passion, class, and artistry throughout the weekend.

Band News
Marching Band in the Syttende Mai Parade 2016
Syttende Mai Parade - May 17th
3 Chaperones and Water Needed

The Annual Syttende Mai Parade is next wee and we still need 3 more chaperones at 4:30 PM to walk the parade route with the Band and six 24 bottle cases of water. Chaperones should wear black pants and Band T-shirts (you can borrow one if needed). Contact  Ingrid Riley  to volunteer or donate water for this event.

Parade Rehearsal Schedule: 
Friday, May 12   3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 16  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsals:
May 31 - 3:30-4:30pm
June 5- 3:30-4:30pm
June 6 - 3:30-4:30pm
Wind Ensemble and Jazz Audition Dates for 2017-18:
Specific Audition Requirements will be talked about in class but the dates are:
June 12-14 - Jazz Auditions before school (current BHS students)
June 12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions during 1 st Period (current Symphonic Band students)

Orchestra News 
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Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival

Headed to Folklife this Memorial Day weekend?  Make sure you're at the Center Theater at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 27th to hear our Fiddlers play!

Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal Schedule  
Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, selected members of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Percussion to be performing on the concerto pieces:
Thursday, May 18 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 23 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Thursday, May 25 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 30 - 3:30-5:30 PM, Stage
Concert Thursday, June 1st, 7:30 PM
Call time for all wind, brass and percussion performing on the concerto pieces will be 7:45 PM (concerto pieces will be after intermission). 

Jazz News
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Jazz Alley - Tuesday, May 30th
Jazz Band 1 and 2 and Vocal Jazz will perform at Jazz Alley on Tuesday, May 30th.  Doors Open at 6pm. Show starts at 7pm.  Get your tickets and reserve your table before they sell out!    Tickets are available now. Please note musicians and singers do not need to purchase admission tickets.
Invite your friends and family to this fun evening of music in one of the most famous jazz venues in all of Seattle!

GiveBIG Seattle

Thank You Donors!

Thank you to all who donated to Ballard Performing Arts during yesterday's GiveBIG event. As of 11 PM last night we had 23 donors who donated a total of $1600.00 during the 24-hour giving period.  

2017 - 2018 Concert Wear Tux Coordinator Position
Tuxedos (The Dress position has been filled!)
We are looking for 1 person to maintain the tuxes for all 3 music groups, organize fittings in the fall and return in the spring. Lots of prep work in July - Aug when clothes come back from the dry cleaners to get ready for the August fittings. Tuxes are bagged for returning students, graduated student clothes are put back in stock by size and pant length. Uniforms are ordered after the fittings in August (September for the tuxes) The Choir, Band and Orchestra Reps will help support you along with student volunteers during fittings.  Time Commitment:  30-40 hours in August and September and 20 hours in June, with some mid-year maintenance.  Please contact current Concert Wear Coordinator with questions:  Jill Hansen  

2017 - 2018 Dessert Dash Lead 
Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 27
Organizes collection of desserts for golf dinner event. The Volunteer Coordinator will create a Sign-Up Genius for you. Organizes dessert transport to  Newcastle Golf Course  on Sunday, August 27th including setup of table
and signage. Time commitment is 4 hours for emails and 8 hours the day of the event.  This is a "One and Done!" volunteer opportunity! 
Please contact current Dessert Dash leads with questions:  Joan and Dave Rice  

Eight 2017 - 2018 BPA Board Positions Filled - Seven to Go!
Thank you to those who have already responded to the April 21st BPA Jobs Newsletter:
Treasurer - Karen Williams
Marching Band Uniform Coordinator  - Allison Gabbert
Concert Attire Dress Coordinator - Nancy Murphy 
Co-Secretary - Barb  Bodovinitz and Sean Harvey
Calendar Owner - Debbie Anderson
ASB Account Manager - Lisa Barnes
VP Volunteer Coordinator - Joni Hughes
Publicity - Rachel Hart Rios and Jacki Q uattrucci
The following positions are still open:  VP Communications, Graphic Designer, Spotlight Gala Co-chair, Dessert Dash Lead (August Golf Tournament), Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs and Concert Wear Tux Coordinator.  For detailed information about these positions, please see the BPA Jobs Newsletter

Community News
Registration for Many Camps Has Begun - Don't Delay!

A Note from our Directors:
Summertime is an important time for students to continue working on their musical or theatrical skills, to meet and work with students from other schools, and to gain experience for college applications. Click here for a list of 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 listed websites for more information and please let us know if there is an opportunity that you would like to add to this list.
Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse any of the programs listed in Summer Music Camps.

Upcoming Events
Printable BPA Event Calendar available here.

Thu 5/11
UW Festival of Choral Excellence - Treble Choir  8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thu 5/11
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Fri 5/12
Syttende Mai Parade Rehearsal  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Fri 5/12
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -   Tickets Available Here
Sat 5/13
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Tue 5/16
Syttende Mai Parade Rehearsal  3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
Wed 5/17
Syttende Mai Parade - downtown Ballard - Marching Band  Call time is 4:45 PM
Thu 5/18
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the BTuand room
Thu 5/18
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Fri 5/19 Treble Choir at the Women's University Club - Call time 6:00 PM
Fri 5/19
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -  Tickets Available Here
Sat 5/20
The Importance of Being Earnest   7:30 PM -   Tickets Available Here
Tue 5/23
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:00 PM in the Band room
Thu 5/25 Spring Choir Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center 7:30 PM 
Sat 5/27 Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival - meet at Center Theater at 10:15 AM
Tue 5/30
Full Orchestra Spring Concert Rehearsal  3:30 - 5:30 PM on the Stage
Tue 5/30 Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz at Jazz Alley - Tickets Available Here
Wed 5/31 Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal - 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Band room
Thu 6/1
Spring Orchestra Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center   7:30 PM 
Sat 6/3 Paxti's Fundraiser and Clean Up Day at BHS - Details TBA
Mon 6/5 Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the Black Box Theatre  7:15 PM
Thu 6/8 Spring Band Concert in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center  7:30 PM