58th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Feb 4th, 5:30-8:30
58th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Feb 4th, 5:30-8:30
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
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!


58th Annual  
Spaghetti Dinner 
Welcome to the 60s!


The 58th annual Ballard Performing Arts Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, February 4th from 5:30 to 8:30PM. It's a casual and friendly dinner and show - every choral and instrumental group at Ballard will perform a piece from the 60s. There will also be a sneak peek of the upcoming musical, Les Misérables! Please join us in the Commons for a memorable evening in support of Ballard Performing Arts. Take a chance on the raffles, meet other Ballard families, and, if the spirit moves you, bring out your grooviest attire! 


"Help!  I need somebody..."

Please volunteer for a shift during the Spaghetti dinner. The performance schedule is listed on the Sign Up Genius to avoid any conflicts. Students will receive service hours for volunteering. 

Sign Up Here


Tickets are available here!

$15/adult, $10/student and Free/5yrs and under. Please note - all Ballard Performing Arts students must buy a ticket in order to eat dinner. 

Solo and Ensemble Competition Details
Recital for Students Performing Vocal Solos - February 1 

Students who are performing a vocal solo in the Solo and Ensemble competition will have a recital at BHS on Wednesday, February 1st. Students may sign up for either the 6:30 or the 7:30 PM recital in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center. Be advised that this is the day between semesters and there is no school that day. 

All Participating Students Must Pay the Competition Fee
Students participating in the Solo and Ensemble Competition must pay the $18 (single time slot) or $36 (double time slot) fee. Please make checks payable to Ballard Performing Arts. If you are unsure whether or not you have paid, please contact Jill Hansen.

All Solo and Ensemble Competition Time Slots Announced
Please check with your teachers to find out your exact performance time slot on February 4th.

Les Misérables Opening Weekend Gala

Saturday, March 18th at 5:00 PM


Please join us for theLes Misérables Opening Weekend Gala! Your Gala ticket includes a reception tomeet the cast, dinner and a prime seat for the 7:30 PM performance. Galatickets must be purchased HERE and not on theshowtix site. Want to help? Contact Bonnie Moses.


Advance Tickets On Sale Now

Performances areThursday - Saturday, March 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, March26 at 2:00 PM. If you plan to attend the Saturday, March 18th performance butnot the Gala, you must purchase your ticket on the showtix4u website. Don'tdelay, the show is sure to sell out!


Buy your tickets today at showtix4u.

Les Misérables Participant Check List
  • Program Ad - All cast members and all Thespians (even if not in the show) must sell at least one program ad. Paperwork was handed out at rehearsal and is also available here.
  • Info Sheet and Bio Form - All cast members must return the parent information/volunteer sheet and their bio forms.
  • T-shirts - Les Misérables T-shirts are available for $10 - checks payable to BPA.
  • Work Call - every Saturday from 10:00 - 4:00 PM - Students only!

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.

Band News
Carnegie Hall Tickets Are Now Available

"Start spreading the news..." Concert tickets are now on sale for the Wind Ensemble's International Music Festival (IMF) performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Please be aware there are two different IMF concerts that day:

1:00 PM  Afternoon Concert. The Wind Ensemble will only perform during this concert.
8:00 PM  Evening Showcase and Awards Ceremony. The Wind Ensemble will be in attendance but will NOT be performing during this event.

Tickets for each concert are sold separately ($20 or $30 plus service fee) and may be purchased directly from the Carnegie Hall website . The concerts are expected to sell out so purchase your tickets today!

All students should have paid for the entirety of their New York trip ($1800). If you haven't already done so, place your check in the black box in the music room or pay online here. Please see updated NYC itinerary here.

Ellington Recording and Rehearsal Dates for Jazz Band 1 
Tuesday, January 24 - Ellington Recording  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 25 - Ellington Recording  6:00 - 9:00 PM

Drivers Needed - Jazz Band 1:  UW Jazz Festival, Saturday, January 28th All Day 

We still need 5 parent drivers for this event.  All volunteer paperwork must be completed and processed before the trip.  Anyone with paperwork on file will need to fill out the driving form for this trip.  Please contact Ingrid Riley if you can drive for this event.

Pep Band and Pizza Night Recap

Ballard Pizza and Pep Night was a success, with 20 potential future Beaver Pups in attendance from Whitman, McClure, Hamilton and Blaine Middle Schools.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the fabulous Pep Band (or the basketball teams)  – you have one more chance to see them on Saturday January the 28th.  (Full schedule)  In the meanwhile, check out the surprisingly agile Sousaphones!



Attention Orchestra Families
Bakers, Chaperones and Volunteers Needed!

February and March are busy months for Orchestra. Please review the many opportunities below then contact Orchestra Rep Sylvia Schweinberger or Director Brittany Newell and let them know when you can help. Thank you in advance!

NW Region Strings Concert - Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 PM at BHS
6 - 10 Parent Volunteers and Baked Goods Galore for the Bake Sale
5:00 - 6:00 PM - serve pizza before the concert and set up chairs and stands
6:45 - 8:15 PM - work the bake sale table before, during and after the concert 
8:00 - 8:30 PM  - tear down chairs and stands. BHS students will also be helping.
Call time for BHS Students is 5:20 PM 
Participating Schools:  BHS, McClure MS, Whitman MS, Hamilton MS, Broadview Thompson, Adams, Bagley, BF Day, Blaine, Coe, Greenwood, John Hay, Loyal Heights, North Beach, Viewlands, Whittier, West Woodland. 
Dress:  Students will wear their BHS Orchestra t-shirt and jeans. 
Purpose: To show the community the progression of the SPS instrumental music program from elementary level through high school.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

EBMEA* Orchestra Festival - Thursday, March 2 during the school day
5 - 6 Parent Chaperones Needed: to 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 & Gresham Orchestra Festival - March 10 - 12
2 Females and 1 Male Chaperone Needed:  Ride the bus with us down to Portland, and take part in our weekend tour. Cost for chaperones is $200.  Depart BHS Friday March 10 at 6:30 AM, return to BHS Sunday March 12 by 6:00 PM.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.

Portland Tour Payment Schedule and Itinerary.
Payment 1 due Tuesday, January 24th - $200 
Payment 2 due Tuesday, February 26th - $200 
Pay online here  or by check made payable to Ballard Performing Arts.

Chamber Orchestra at SPS Board Meeting  - Wednesday, April 19 at 3:00 PM
4 - 5 Parent Drivers Needed: to transport students to and from the John Stanford Center in SODO for this televised performance. Return to BHS by 6:00 PM.  Contact Sylvia or Brittany to help with this event.


The Seattle Seachordsmen
Winter Holiday Concert Donation

The final numbers are in from the Seachordsmen's Holiday concert. With the participation of the Ballard High School Women's Chamber Choir and the Men's Ensemble, the Seachordsmen were able to raise money enough to donate the following amounts to area charities:

Phinney Ridge Food Bank/outreach: $1,500
Path With Art: $1,000
Queen Anne Helpline: $500

The two choirs also earned $200 for Ballard Performing Arts.

The SeaChordsmen would like to send out a huge Thank You! To the choirs for their participation and invite all interested men 16+ (students and parents welcome!) to our guest night on January 17, 2017 at Queen Anne Baptist Church 2011 1st Ave N Seattle 98109.  Questions?  
Contact:  David Rice, VP Music,  Seattle SeaChordsmen  206-724-4585

Turn In Your Candy Money!
Is your name on this list?

Please turn in the money you owe for the candy you checked out immediately.  Be sure your name is on the envelope when you drop it in the band room mailbox! Questions?  Please contact Jill Hansen.

Pick Up Your Concert Attire!
If your name is on this list pick up your clothes!

Concert Clothes that did not make it home after the Winter Concerts are being held in storage. There is a $5.00 storage and retrieval fee. If your name is on the list, your concert attire is still here at Ballard!

Community News 
Solo and Ensemble Masterclasses and Individual Lessons

Solo & Ensemble preparation masterclasses:  get ready, feel steady!  Group sessions with individual focus on Sunday 1/22 and Sunday 1/29 in Wallingford. More information here.

New Year's voice lesson special:  If in-class voice lessons don't work for you, consider taking lessons outside of school. Dr. Stacey Mastrian is based in Wallingford and is offering a New Year's lesson special of $50 for an initial voice lesson for new students (a $25 discount!) through February 15, 2017. Contact Dr. Stacey Mastrian at DrMastrian@gmail.com and view her websites at Stacey MastrianMastrian Studio

Bach in the Subways Fundraiser Concert - January 21 at 7:00 PM
Please join Bach in the Subways founder and cellist Dale Henderson, and Seattle musicians  Lori Williams (soprano), Maureen Stone (oboist), Lucy Wenger (pianist) and Karin McCullough (pianist), for a fundraiser concert celebrating the father of classical music, JS BACH. These musicians are donating their performance skills for a concert to celebrate Bach's legacy and raise needed funds. The global festival of volunteer performers is made possible through the Bach in the Subways website which requires maintenance and upgrades.  Please join us for a wonderful evening of Bach's music with your contribution supporting the on-going performance of Bach's music in public spaces. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.  $20 General Admission and $5 children and students. Concert will be held at the Haller Lake United Methodist Church located at 13055 First Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Disclaimer:  BPA does not screen or endorse persons or programs listed under Community News.




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

Tue 1/24 Jazz I Ellington Rehearsal 6:00 - 9:00 PMWed 1/25 Jazz I Ellington Recording 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Sat 1/28 UW Jazz Festival - Jazz I  all day

Wed 2/1 Vocal Recital for Solo and Ensemble Participants 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM at BHS

Sat 2/4 Spaghetti Dinner in BHS Commons  5:30 - 8:30 PM

Sat 2/4 WMEA Solo and Ensemble - Seattle Pacific University - all day

Wed 2/15 NW Region Strings Concert 7:00 PM at BHS - Call time for BHS students is 5:20 PM

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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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  • Wind Ensemble

  • Concert Choir
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  • Treble Choir
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  • Advanced Chorale
  • Women's Chamber Choir

  • 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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