Spring Concert Series - Thursdays 7:30 - May 25th through June 8th
Spring Concert Series - Thursdays 7:30 - May 25th through June 8th
Fiddle Showcase Friday, June 16th at 7:00
Fiddle Showcase Friday, June 16th at 7:00
May 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 - 7:30 PM
May 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20 - 7:30 PM
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 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!


Spring Choir Concert Tonight
7:30 PM in the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center

Click Poster to buy Reserved Seats

Call Times For All Concerts - Note Choir Update
Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir: 6:15 PM and Treble Choir: 6:45 PM
Orchestra: 6:30 PM and winds/brass/percussion for full orchestra concertos: 7:45 PM
Band: TBA

Choir Concert Reserved Seating Available Until 3 PM Today
Another wonderful year of music from your amazing students. Once again, we will have Reserved Concert Seating available. This is your chance to get one of the best seats in the house without having to rush and you can also raise funds for the BHS Performing Arts at the same time. Reserve your seat now at Showtix4u, choose the "Buy Tickets" option and select your concert performance.

Orchestra and Band Reserved Seating 
Will be available at Showtix4u until 3 PM the day of the concert.

Uniform Check In After the Concert - Bring Street Clothes
Treble Choir and all Seniors in Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir must bring street clothes to the concert and turn in their concert attire afterward. Graduating Senior Men - you are welcome to donate your tux shirts and cuff links to BPA for next year's choir students.  
Vocal Jazz - keep your Jazz concert attire until after Jazz Alley and Solo night.

Uniform Check in After Graduation - June 19th at Memorial Stadium
Students (not Seniors) in the following groups will keep their uniforms to perform at graduation:
  • Advanced Chorale
  • Concert Choir
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Select Percussionists
Volunteers Needed For All 3 Concerts!
Our Sign-Up Genius has open slots. We still need help:
  • Usher people to reserved seats  - 2 people for each concert
  • Check in uniforms after the concert -  2 people for Choir and 1 for Orchestra
  • Bake treats -  for Orchestra and Band

Don't Forget Ballard Market Receipts
Drop them off at the Bake Sale Table. BPA receives 1% of the total receipts.

Pick Up Coffee Orders at Concerts 
Caffé Appassionato coffee orders will be ready for pick up at your concert, May 25, June 1, and June 8. For other arrangements, contact Rebecca Staffel. Thanks for supporting your students and Ballard Performing Arts Programs!

5th Avenue Theatre Awards
Congratulations Les Misérables Cast and Crew

Congratulations Les Misérables cast, crew and pit on an unforgettably epic production! 5th Avenue Awards has given Honorable Mention to Diego Roberts Buceta for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role. Special Honors: Student Achievement goes to Alex Howell on Properties. The show also received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Lighting Design: Sam Scheiber and Gabe Airth

Clockwise from left: Diego Roberts-Buceta, Alex Howell, Gabe Airth and Sam Scheiber

Orchestra News 
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Don't Miss Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife! 
Head to 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 25 - 3:30-5:00 PM, Band Room
Tuesday, May 30 - 3:30-5:30 PM, Stage

Chamber Orchestra Auditions
Auditions for current students will take place during 2nd period on Monday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13. Materials are posted on the Orchestra schoology page.

Orchestra Trip to NYC
March 2018
Lincoln Center, NYC

Chamber Orchestra will be traveling to New York City next March to compete in the National Orchestra Cup, March 1 - 4. The Orchestra will perform twenty minutes of music in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the performance venue of the New York Philharmonic, and compete alongside nine other Orchestras from around the country. 

Chamber auditions for current Symphonic Orchestra members are occurring June 12th and 13th during class.  Audition materials are up on the class Schoology page. Contact Ms. Newell for questions. 

The trip, including a four night stay in a Manhattan hotel, airfare, festival fees, large instrument rental, transportation, several meals, a Broadway Show, an evening with the New York Phil, and a dinner cruise, is estimated at $1,600 per student. The Ballard Performing Arts Boosters have a mission to help support our students in their performance opportunities that include travel, and we will have scholarship money available for students, as well as our annual student fundraisers including coffee, chocolate, and Chinook Books.

Fiddle Showcase
Friday, June 16th at the Ballard Homestead

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If you enjoy an evening of fiddle music topped off with some audience square dancing, look no further than the Ballard Homestead on Friday, June 16th at 7:00 PM. The Ballard High Fiddlers will take the stage with their bluegrass and folk tunes to keep your toes tapping. 
In addition to the Fiddle group, some members of the Symphonic Orchestra will be playing arrangements of music by Deakin Hicks, an accordion and clarinet duo who play original instrumental tunes inspired by music of the Basque region in Spain. Special guests The Eclectic Strings from Holy Names Academy will round out the program.

At 8:00 PM, there will be some called dances and audience and musicians can participate because all dances will be taught. This is an evening that is fun for all ages and the Homestead is the perfect backdrop for some down-home fun. Bring a friend and wear comfortable shoes for this evening of music and dance. Advance tickets are available now!

Jazz Alley - Tuesday, May 30th
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Jazz 1 and 2 and Vocal Jazz

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!
Vocal Jazz Solo Night
Monday, June 5th at 7:15 in the Black Box

All Vocal Jazz members will present a jazz standard, backed up by the incomparable Ev Stern Jazz Trio.  Come support Vocal Jazz and enjoy a fun evening of song!  Donations will be accepted at the door to help offset the cost of our professional musicians.  We hope to see you there!

Band News
Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsals:

May 31 - 3:30 - 4:30pm
June 5- 3:30 - 4:30pm
June 6 - 3:30 - 4:30pm
Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble Auditions
June 12-14 - Jazz Auditions before school (current BHS students)
June 12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions during 1st Period (current Symphonic Band students)

Please review Ballard Band Audition Information prior to June 12th.
Audition materials below:

Family Summer Opportunity for Choir 

The Seachordsmen (proud sponsor of Ballad Performing Arts) invite all men in the choir(s) & their fathers or guardians to the Seattle SeaChordsmen's guest night rehearsal on Tuesday, July 18th.  
Full details at www.seachordsmen.org.  

This is a great way to keep singing over the summer and come back to school better prepared to sing in harmony.

2017 - 2018 VP Communications
Time Commitment - 8 hours/month from home or BHS

Acts as a coordinator for the Communications Committee. Receives and disseminates information for internal and external use. Help develop strategy and schedule. Stores information on the Google drive. Stays in close communication with the Newsletter Editor and Calendar Owner. After Graphic Design artists generates poster, orders printing of posters and passes them to the Poster Distribution Lead. The following positions are part of Communications Committee: Publicity Lead, Website Chair, Poster Distribution Lead, Calendar Owner, Graphic Design (currently open) and Newsletter Editor. Job can be done at home with exception of BPA Board Meetings. 
Please contact current VP Communications with questions:  Ann Selberg

2017 - 2018 Concert Wear Tux Coordinator Position
Tuxedo (Marching Band and Concert Dress Positions 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 

Ten 2017 - 2018 BPA Board Positions Filled - Five to Go!
Thank you Erik Murphy for volunteering to be in charge of BPA forms in 2017-2018

The following positions (in addition to the two above) are still open:  
  • Graphic Designer 
  • Spotlight Gala Co-chair
  • Spaghetti Dinner Co-Chairs 
  • For detailed information about these positions, please see the BPA Jobs Newsletter
Summer Music Camps
There is still time to register for Summer Music Camps

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.


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:

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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

5/25 - Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal 3:30 - 5PM, Band Room

5/25 - Spring Choir Concert Earl Kelly PAC, 7:30 PM

5/27 - Fiddle Ensemble at NW Folklife Festival - meet at Center Theater at 10:15 AM

5/30 - Spring Orchestra Concert Rehearsal 3:30 - 5PM, Stage

5/30 - Jazz Bands and Vocal Jazz at Jazz Alley 

5/31 - Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal - 3:30 - 4:30 PM in the Band room

6/1 - Spring Orchestra Concert 6:45 call time

6/3 - Paxti's Pizza Fundraiser and Clean Up Day at BHS

6/5 - Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal  3:30 - 4:30 PM

6/5 - Vocal Jazz Solo Night in the Black Box Theatre  7:15 PM

6/6 - Spring Band Concert Band/Percussion Rehearsal  3:30 - 4:30 PM

6/8 - Spring Band Concert in the Earl Kelly PAC, 7:30 PM

6/12 - 5th Avenue Theater Awards 7:00 PM (Nominations announced 5/23)

6/12-14 - Jazz Auditions before school (current students only)

6/12-16 - Wind Ensemble Auditions - 1st period (Symphonic Band Members)

6/16 - Fiddle Showcase at Ballard Homestead 7:00 PM

6/19 - Graduation at Memorial Stadium - Wind Ensemble, CC Adv Choir, Percussion - TBA

6/20 - Incoming Freshman Orientation

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Ballard Performing Arts

PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA 98127

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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  • Jazz Band I and II
  • Marching/Pep Band
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble

  • Concert Choir
  • Men's Ensemble
  • Treble Choir
  • Vocal Jazz
  • 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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