March 16, 17 and 18 and March 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM
March 16, 17 and 18 and March 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 PM Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM
58th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Feb 4th, 5:30-8:30
58th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Feb 4th, 5:30-8:30
2016 Winter Concert, Mozart
2016 Winter Concert, Mozart's Requiem, Combined Choir, Band & Orchestra
Cast of RENT - Dec 1st & 3rd - 7:30 PM
Cast of RENT - Dec 1st & 3rd - 7:30 PM
Winter Concerts
Winter Concerts
RENT in Concert - Dec. 1st & 3rd, 7:30 PM, Performing Arts Center
RENT in Concert - Dec. 1st & 3rd, 7:30 PM, Performing Arts Center
Fall Play - The Foreigner
Fall Play - The Foreigner
2016 Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Parade Winners
2016 Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Parade Winners
May 16, 2016  Jazz Alley  Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz
May 16, 2016 Jazz Alley Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz
2016 Fiddle Showcase - June 9th
2016 Fiddle Showcase - June 9th
2016 BHS Choirs NYC Trip - Carnegie Hall & Choirs of America Nationals
2016 BHS Choirs NYC Trip - Carnegie Hall & Choirs of America Nationals
2016 Chamber Orchestra in Tampa, FL. at National Orchestra Festival
2016 Chamber Orchestra in Tampa, FL. at National Orchestra Festival
2016 Wind Ensemble at NW Regional Bands Festival
2016 Wind Ensemble at NW Regional Bands Festival
2016 BHS Choirs NYC Trip - Queen
2016 BHS Choirs NYC Trip - Queen's College
2016 Chamber Orchestra in Tampa, FL
2016 Chamber Orchestra in Tampa, FL
2016 BHS Concert Choir and Advanced Women
2016 BHS Concert Choir and Advanced Women's Chorale NYC Trip
2016 BHS Concert Choir at Olympia
2016 BHS Concert Choir at Olympia
Welcome to the Ballard High School Performing Arts!

The Ballard High School Music & Drama Department is lauded throughout the Northwest and beyond for its high level of musical and performance excellence. Ballard provides one of the most complete high school music programs in Seattle - offering instruction in voice, wind and string instruments spanning jazz to classical. The Drama Program consistently presents best-in-class plays and musicals, and participated in the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival!


Band News
NW Region Band Concert 
Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 PM Help Needed!

Ballard will be hosting students from several elementary schools and bands from Salmon Bay, Blaine, Whitman, McClure, and Hamilton middle schools. Last year over 300 students joined the Ballard Wind Ensemble in a performance. It will be a packed event requiring all hands on deck. Please lend a hand by baking treats, donating healthy food or working a bake sale shift. Call time 6:30 PM - Wear Band T-shirts


Carnegie Hall Rehearsal Schedule
All students heading to NYC in April must attend the following Combined Wind Ensemble and Percussion Rehearsals. Please add these dates to your calendar:
  • Tuesday         February 28, 3:30 - 4:45pm
  • Thursday        March 9, 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Tuesday         March 21, 3:30 - 5:30pm 
  • Monday          March 27, 3:30 - 4:30pm 
  • Thursday       March 29, 7:00 - 8:30pm  - Performance for Family and Friends then Parent Meeting
  • Wednesday    April 5, 3:30 - 5:00pm
  • Friday            April 7 - We Leave for New York!
Instrument Tune Up during Mid-Winter Break
Mid-Winter Break is a great time to get your student's instruments cleaned & tuned and for students going to NYC to prepare their instrument for the Carnegie Hall performance. We highly recommend Marie at Seattle Sound Repair  4112 Stone Way N., Seattle WA 98103. Questions? call Seattle Sound Repair. Free estimates provided 206-659-9023.

Orchestra News
EBMEA Orchestra Festival - Thursday, March 2 - Chaperones Still Needed!

2 More Drivers and 2 More Chaperones Needed: to drive or ride the bus to Garfield HS, attend the festival, eat lunch, etc. for the day. Depart BHS at 8:00 AM and return at 3:15 PM. *EBMEA - Elliott Bay Music Educator's Association.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Orchestra Tour to Portland - March 10 - 12 - Final Payment due Tuesday, 2/28
Thank you to those who volunteered to chaperone! Contact Sylvia or Brittany with any questions or concerns. The final payment 2 is due Tuesday, February 28th - $200. Pay online here or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.  Weekend Tour and Festival Itinerary here

NW Orchestra Festival Recap
Last night, Ballard High School hosted the Northwest Region Strings Concert with 275 talented musicians from our local elementary and middle schools. The evening was capped with an all-school performance of Ode to Joy that commanded a well-deserved standing ovation from our very full house!  A BIG thank you to all of the student musicians and parent volunteers that helped make the evening such a great success!  

Les Misérables 
Thrilling, Spectacular and Unforgettable!

The tale of Jean Valjean in his search for redemption, Javert's relentless pursuit of him in the name of justice, and the broken dreams of Fantine are set against the stirrings of revolution in 1823. Epic is a word that applies to everything about this show. Come join us and get swept up in this production that will leave you singing. 

Performances are Thursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, and 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend the Saturday, March 18th performance but not the Dinner Gala, you must purchase your ticket on the showtix4u website. Don't delay, the show is sure to sell out!

This Week's Peek Behind The Scenes:

Les Misérables Dinner Gala
Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM

Purchase your tickets now for an unforgettable night of dinner and theatre on Saturday, March 18th. You will enjoy a relaxing meal and mocktail in the BHS Commons with fellow theatre fans then stroll on over to the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center to your prime reserved seat at Les Misérables.

Thernadiers strike a deal with Valjean for Cosette

Choir News
PLU Choral Invitational - Friday, March 3rd 

Concert choir and Advanced Chorale will both be attending the PLU Choral Invitational. It will take place during the entire school day. Permission slips were due last week. Call Time is 6:20 AM. Please wear Choir T-shirts and black pants. Bring a sack lunch or money to purchase food. We will return to BHS at 5:00 PM.
DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Saturday, March 4th - Vocal Jazz
We will need 3 to 4 drivers and chaperones to accompany Vocal Jazz to the Edmonds Center for the Arts for this all day festival. Please contact Page Harader if you are able to chaperone and she will provide volunteer forms and details. For more information see the website: DeMiero Jazz Fest.

Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir Tour to Portland, May 5 - 7 
Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale are headed to Portland! This educational performance tour will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th. The Portland tour price will be $350. A full itinerary will be released shortly. Students who have participated in fundraising activities should check with Jill Hansen or Dan Requarth to see if they have money in their ASB account to contribute to this trip. It is our hope that all students in Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale can attend. Please contact Ms. Rowley if you have any questions are concerns. 

First Portland Tour Payment Due after Winter Break
Payment 1 of $200 is due on Wednesday, March 1. Pay online or by check made payable to BPA.

Solo and Ensemble Congratulations!

And They're Headed to State...    
Congratulations to Ballard Music for their dominating performance this past weekend at Regional Solo and Ensemble. Ballard had 62 entries, all of whom received a rating of either Superior or Excellent. In addition, numerous entries won their categories and are going to the State Competition at CWU in Ellensburg April 28-29. Parents of soloists should make your hotel reservations ASAP for Friday night, April 28th in preparation for an early call time. Ensemble participants will carpool to Ellensburg and back on Friday, April 28th.

Regional Winners:
Men's Quartet
Men's Quartet
Men's Ensemble
Chamber Singers (Vocal Jazz)
Women's Chamber 
Percussion Ensemble
Trevor Rivers - Timpani
Hannah Loucks - Snare Drum
Claire Burreson - Soprano
Meg Shepherd - Mezzo
Olivia Sutherland - Alto 
Alex Putnam - Tenor
Diego Roberts Buceta - Baritone 
Jonny Maier - Bass 
Emmett Armstrong - String Bass

First Alternates:
Women's Chamber Choir
Chamber Orchestra
Trombone Quartet
Aidan Ward-Richter - Snare Drum
Leander Vandefen - Clarinet
Amy Gore - Alto Saxophone
Madi Lieberman-Koenig - Soprano
Zipporah Johnson - Mezzo
Nick Requarth - Bass

Second Alternates:
Melina Monlux - Soprano
Sophie Otness - Mezzo
Paige Campbell - Alto
Roscoe McDonald - Bass
Congratulations to all entries for your hard work, dedication and for representing Ballard so well

All NW - All State Music Honor Ensemble Tickets
Performances on Sunday, February 19th

Congratulations to the five BPA students who were selected to participate in the prestigious NAfME All-Northwest High School Honor Ensembles. The Choirs will perform at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 19 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom in the Bellevue Sheraton Hotel. The Symphony Orchestra will perform at 5:30 PM on Sunday, February 19 at Benaroya Hall. 

One ticket allows admission to both concerts. Tickets cost $20 each and are free for ages 14 and under. Click here for tickets and information. Tickets are also available at the door for $25.
  • Diego Roberts Buceta: Bass - All-NW Mixed Choir
  • Olivia Sutherland - Alto: All-NW Treble Choir 
  • Alex Putnam - Tenor: All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Zipporah Johnson: Alto - All-State Symphonic Choir 
  • Emmett Armstrong: String Bass - All-State Symphony Orchestra
Groovin' To That 60s Beat At The Spaghetti Dinner
625 Guests, A Mountain of Pasta, A Long Line of Exceedingly Patient People!

The 60's themed evening was a joyous musical blast from the past. Thanks for turning out and helping us stay on track for the year! The theme was such a hit, our directors are contemplating what era we should visit next year. We will double the pasta and be ready for you! Thank you to the following people who helped create a fabulous evening:
  • Co-chairs Julie Whitehorn and Melissa Middlebrook  
  • All volunteers, treat donators and student clean up crews
  • All 14 Performing groups and M.C. Mr. Riley for keeping things rolling
  • Special shout out to Senior Nick Requarth who graciously agreed to dress in drag...again!
  • Our 3 Fabulous Music Directors, Ms. Newell, Ms. Rowley, Mr. James and Student teacher, Aaron Weed, directing in Mr. James absence
  • Jazz II Director Brennan Carter, Fiddle Ensemble Coach Shelley Weiss, and accompanist Serena Chin
  • Every person who attended, waited patiently in line for their pasta, and stayed long into the evening to watch every group.
In Case You Missed The Finale - See Our Carnegie Hall Bound Wind Ensemble 

BPA Spaghetti Dinner | Summer of 69 | Feb 4, 2017
Wind Ensemble Playing "Summer of  '69"

Check out the BPA View my photos on flickrChannel to view more photos from the event.


Winter Music Concerts
Share the Videos and Photos with Friends and Family
All three concerts are now available for viewing on BPA YouTube and Vimeo.  Thank You to James Taylor with assistance from student Max Beaulieu (Band and Choir) and John Shelepet (Orchestra) for the fantastic Winter Concert Videos.  Photos are available on BPA Social Media:

Like us on Facebook  View our photos on flickr  View on Instagram  
Recordings Available
Winter Concert music files are online. Inside each Band, Choir or Orchestra folder are folders with each group's songs and each Mozart's Requiem in both WAV and MP3 formats. Use WAV files to burn CDs, MP3s to download to iPods and similar devices. MP3s will show up in alphabetical order, but they have track numbers embedded in them, and should sort themselves into performance order once they're in iTunes or some similar program.

Please respect the composers' copyright and do not share with anyone outside of your ensemble except for the Requiem. Mozart's copyright has expired.

Fall Concert Recordings Available
Enjoy the music at home
 to open a folder called "Ballard Fall 2016."  Inside are separate folders for band, choir and orchestra, and inside each of those are folders for .WAV files and MP3 files.   Download .WAV files if you want to burn your own CDs. If you have trouble downloading the .WAV files please contact Diane Taylor for assistance. Download MP3 files if you are using a device like an iPad or an iPhone.  The MP3 files will appear in alphabetical order, but the track numbers are embedded, so when they are downloaded into iTunes as an album, they should arrange themselves in the proper order.  

MP3 files are for listening.  WAV files must be downloaded to your computer and are for burning CDs

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

Information on Class and Annual Fees HERE

 View videos from the Choirs of America Festival at Queen's College HERE

Read the Ballard News-Tribune article HERE

Ballard Performing Arts in the News

Click HERE to watch a news segment about BPA groups performing in New York City in back to back years.

BHS 2017 Event Calendar

BPA Calendar At A Glance

Sun 2/19 - All NW - All State Music Honor Ensembles Concerts Tue 2/28 - Wind Ensemble and Combine Percussion Rehearsal, 3:30-4:45 PM

Wed 3/1 - NW Region Band Concert hosted at BHS - 7:00 PM - Band

Thu 3/2 - EBMEA Orchestra Festival at Garfield - 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM - Orchestra

Fri 3/3 - PLU Choral Invitational - Pacific Lutheran University - all day - Advanced & Concert Choir

Sat 3/4 - DeMeiro Jazz Festival - Edmondas Center for the Arts - all day - Vocal Jazz

Thu 3/9 -  Wind Ensemble and Combine Percussion Rehearsal, 3:30-4:45 PM

Fri 3/10-12 - NW Orchestra Festival - Gresham, OR - Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra

Thu 3/16 - Les Misérables - Opening Night!  7:30 PM in the PAC

Fri 3/17 -  Les Misérables - 7:30 PM in the PAC

Sat 3/18 - Les Misérables Dinner Gala - 5:00 PM in Commons

Sat 318 - Les Misérables - 7:30 PM in the PAC

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EBMEA Orchestra Festival
EBMEA Orchestra Festival
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Vocal Jazz Solo night with Ev Stern Trio
Vocal Jazz Solo night with Ev Stern Trio
Vocal Jazz Solo night with Ev Stern Trio

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  • Advanced Chorale
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  • 2016-17 Season
  • Fall Play - The Foreigner
  • Musical - Les Misérables
  • Spring Play - The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • String Quartet

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