Damn Yankees
Damn Yankees
Friday, March 30, 2018 7:00 PM - Paramount Theater
Friday, March 30, 2018 7:00 PM - Paramount Theater
"Les Misérables",  2017
"Les Misérables", 2017
Winter Concert - Te Deum, Joseph Haydn
Winter Concert - Te Deum, Joseph Haydn
"The Importance of Being Earnest" 2017
"The Importance of Being Earnest" 2017
Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, 2017
Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, 2017
Mozart's Requiem - 2016
Mary Zimmerman
Mary Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses", 2017
Choirs at Carnegie Hall - 2016
Choirs at Carnegie Hall - 2016
Autumn Leaf Festival, 2016
Autumn Leaf Festival, 2016
National Orchestra Festival, Tampa 2016
National Orchestra Festival, Tampa 2016
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!


Damn Yankees Performances

March 15th-17th and 22nd -24th 7:30 pm BHS

This is a sporty musical comedy and a true American classic.  The bases are loaded with an all BPA cast and orchestra. Tickets have sold out for many of the nights in past years. Buy yours TODAY.

Tickets available HERE.  

The Ballard High School Playmakers are hard at work preparing 

for their biggest production of the year: the annual musical! 

This year's performance, Damn Yankees, runs weekends, March 15-24. 

This show is a classic, featuring the hit songs “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”

 Reserved seating tickets are on sale now, but going fast!

Here's a sneak peek at a rehearsal. These kids have energy!



Damn Yankees Gala

March 17th5:00 pm BHS

Enjoy the pre-dinner mixer with the cast, a catered sit down meal, and reserved seats to that night’s performance.  It will be a home run of a night at our baseball stadium themed event!

Details and tickets HERE.

Have a Night on the Town

While Supporting the Ballard Performing Arts!

Highliner Public House Fundraiser: February 27th 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Mention Ballard High School Performing Arts and 20% of the proceeds are donated by Highliner to the program! Dine-in only.

Fishermen's Terminal ~ 3909 18th Ave West

Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces 15 Finalists Bands to Compete in 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival

NEW YORK, NY – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly announces the 15 finalist bands that will compete in the 23rd Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival – one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world – at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, on May 10 – 12, 2018. The following finalists are among 109 high school jazz bands across North America that entered the competition. Each school submitted recordings of three tunes performed from charts from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington library. Over 4,600 high school bands are members of Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2017-18 Essentially Ellington program and benefited from free charts and resources.

The 2018 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Finalists:

 Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA)  Newton South High School (Newton, MA)
 Ballard High School (Seattle, WA)  Osceola County School for the Arts (Kissimmee, FL)
 Beloit Memorial High School (Beloit, WI)  Roosevelt High School (Seattle, WA)
 Carroll Senior High School (Southlake, TX)  Sun Prairie High School (Sun Prairie, WI)
 Champaign Central High School (Champaign, IL)  Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble (Raleigh, NC)
 Dillard Center for the Arts (Fort Lauderdale, FL)  Tucson Jazz Institute (Tucson, AZ)
 Mountlake Terrace High School (Mountlake Terrace, WA)  William H. Hall High School (West Hartford, CT)
 Newark Academy (Livingston, NJ)  

Jazz at Lincoln Center congratulates high school bands returning to the decades-long competition including Agoura High School, Ballard High School, Beloit Memorial High School, Carroll Senior High School, Champaign Central High School, Dillard Center for the Arts, Mountlake Terrace High School, Newark Academy, Osceola County School for the Arts, Roosevelt High School, Sun Prairie High School, Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, Tucson Jazz Institute, William H. Hall High School as well as first-time contenders Newton South High School.

All Essentially Ellington member bands were invited to submit a recording, and 15 finalists were selected through a rigorous screening process. Each finalist band receives an in-school workshop led by a professional musician before coming to New York to put up their “Dukes” and perform before Wynton Marsalis and a panel of esteemed judges.

On May 10, the finalist bands will arrive in New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals and performances at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On May 12, the Competition & Festival will conclude with a concert and awards ceremony featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Festival events, including the final concert featuring the three top-placing bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, will be webcast live on jazz.org/live.

The Competition & Festival is the culmination of the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Program which also includes non-competitive regional festivals around the country, teaching resources, a summer Band Director Academy, and more. The year-long Essentially Ellington program will have distributed more than 36,800 newly transcribed scores by the end of this school year.

For more information including background, history, photos, and audio recordings of the Essentially Ellington repertoire, and more,visit: jazz.org/ee


Ballard High School Choir Director Courtney Rowley Honored with Top Regional Music Educator Award

The Washington Music Educators Association will honor Ballard High Choir Director Courtney Rowley with the Elliott Bay Music Educator Association (EBMEA) Outstanding Educator award on February 17 at the state conference. This award reflects Ms. Rowley’s outstanding choral program, her passion for choral education and students, and her leadership in music education in the community. As president of the EBMEA for the past three years, Ms. Rowley helped to build the Puget Sound region’s involvement in the program, including organizing Solo and Ensemble and the annual Northwest Region Choir Showcase for Northwest-area schools that features combined performances by local elementary, middle and high school choirs. Groups in her choir program have performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and her Concert Choir was selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Northwest Conference in Seattle in 2014.

Congratulations to all Ballard Music Students 

who participated in Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest this past Saturday.  

With 70 entries, Ballard had by far the most participation of any school in the region!  All students performed well, with most earning a Superior or Excellent rating.  In addition, 6 ensembles and 6 soloists won their categories and will advance to the State Competition this April at CWU!  Winners include:


 Women’s Chamber Choir       Claire Burreson – Soprano
 Men’s Ensemble       Ezra Finch – Soprano
 Chamber Singers       James Kerrigan – Tenor
 Mixed Vocal Quartet       Roscoe McDonald – Bass
 The Treble Singers Duet       Jude Hodgson – Mallets
 Percussion Quartet       Matt Watanabe – Tuba

 Congratulations Ballard Music!

Ballard High School Wind Ensemble First Seattle Band Selected to Perform at State Music Conference

Wind Ensemble Earns Minute-Long Standing Ovation 

at WMEA Conference

Congratulations to Mr. Jameand the Wind Ensemble for their extraordinary Concert Hour performance at the WMEA Conference in Yakima. They gave a powerful, moving performance to a ballroom full of music professionals, friends and family who in return, honored them with a well-deserved standing ovation! It was a fitting end to months of intense preparation.

A special thank you to chaperones Barb Bodovinitz, Martin Cron, Jeff Kunz, Mara Lim, Connie and Tom Olson, Karen Williams and Jen Witeck who accompanied our children on the trip,as well as to Diane and James Taylor who captured this special moment in pictures and added them to the BPA Flickr site here

Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra Lincoln Center Preview Performance Feb 26

Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra one of ten schools invited to perform at the Orchestra Cup National Championship in NYC

Families are invited to a free preview performance on February 26 of the symphony that the Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra will perform at the Orchestra Cup in NYC.

The Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra has been invited to perform at the Orchestra Cup National Championship at Lincoln Center on March 3. They are one of only ten schools in the country to be selected, and this is the first time that any BHS orchestra has been invited to the event. The performances are adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation. The winner of the competition will be awarded the prestigious Orchestra Cup.

The preview concert will feature the entire Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, op. 110a, from his 8th string quartet. The performance will also include two major solos, from violinist Ethan Doshi and cellist Ellery Haak.

Performance Details

The performance will be on Monday, February 26, at the Black Box Theater at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Mr. Eric Muhs will also host a live broadcast of the performance on community radio station KBFG 107.3 FM. Admission to the preview concert is free.

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Congratulations to Jazz Band I which has been invited to perform at the 48th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, from March 9th through March 11th, 2018. They are the only band outside of California to be included!

Hot Java Cool Jazz
March 30th 7:00pm at the Paramount Theatre:

Ballard High School Jazz I has been selected to perform for Starbucks Hot Java Cool Jazz!
Only 5 jazz bands are selected for this event at The Paramount Theatre.  A full 100% of the price is donated back to BPA. For tickets pre-order order online, or purchase at the Market Street Starbucks location.

AP Music Theory

New Music Course Offering for the 2018-19 school year:   AP Music Theory (1.0 Fine Arts Credit, open to students in grades 11 and 12). This course is intended for advanced music students, including piano and guitar players, who have an interest in learning more about music notation, harmony, tonality, scoring and composition. Students considering a music major or minor in college are encouraged to take this course and students will have the opportunity to receive credit through successful achievement on the AP exam. See Ms. Newell in the music office before school, or email her with questions: bcnewell@seattleschools.org

Winter Concert 
Downloadable Recordings
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.

Marching Band

BHS Marching Band & Dance Team Homecoming Halftime Show | Oct 21, 2017
BHS Marching Band & Dance Team
Homecoming Halftime Show | Oct 21, 2017
Special thanks to James Taylor, Max Beaulieu, Marley Rankin
and Diane Taylor for putting together this fabulous video.

Check out what the Marching Band has been up to!  (click pictures to play)

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Spirit Merchandise

Show your support for the Ballard Performing Arts when you are out and about with nifty spirit gear.  Clothing, tumblers, socks (that even meet Marching Band standards) and more!  For a full offering go to Spirit Merchandise.  *New winter gear is available, including sweatshirts, long sleeves, and women's v-necks!  Have them customized for your favorite Ballard Performing Arts Group.  Order Forms are due by November 20.*


October 12, 13,14,19 & 20 

Curtain at 7:30pm

General:$15 Students/seniors: $10
Tickets: SHOWTIX4U.com

Mary Zimmerman's play Metamorphoses is based on Ovid's fifteen-volume work of transformation myths. Positioned in and around a large pool on the stage, the characters enact the adaptations of Ovid's tales, juxtaposing the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image. The tone of the drama echoes the themes of change and contrast, from the humor of Phaeton's therapy session to the tragedy of Midas and his daughter. 

Ballard High School is fortunate to have Cal Arts graduate (and former Riley student) Chelsea Duvall as a guest director for this evening of theatre.

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Congratulations to Jazz Band I which has been invited to perform at the 48th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, from March 9th through March 11th, 2018. They are the only band outside of California to be included!

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Congratulations to Jazz Band I which has been invited to perform at the 48th Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey, California, from March 9th through March 11th, 2018. They are the only band outside of California to be included!

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EBMEA Orchestra Festival
EBMEA Orchestra Festival
EBMEA Orchestra Festival
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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