Ballard High School Wind Ensemble, April 11th, Carnegie Hall, New York International Music Festival
Ballard High School Wind Ensemble, April 11th, Carnegie Hall, New York International Music Festival
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!


Congratulations Class of 2017
We Wish You the Best!

To the Ballard Performing Arts Members of the Class of 2017:  Those last notes sung by Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir and played by The Wind Ensemble were beautiful and bittersweet. During your years as members of Ballard Performing Arts, you performed on stages and in venues locally and throughout the nation serving as wonderful ambassadors of Ballard High School. Whether you played, sang, acted, and/or provided technical support, your Ballard High School Family thanks you for your commitment to the performing arts and wishes you well on your next journey. Congratulations and keep in touch!

Memorial Stadium: June 19th - Ballard High School Class of 2017

Thank You Ballard Performing Arts Volunteers!
A Virtual Bouquet for All BPA Volunteers!

Thank you to all BPA families who volunteered their time, chaperoned and/or drove students, recorded concerts or shows, put up and took down posters, ushered, took photos, sold tickets flowers or kudos, handed out programs, donated baked goods, auction items or money, attended meetings, proofread newsletters, served spaghetti, held board positions and last but not least, cleaned up after every event! Thanks to your support, our four fabulous directors: Michael James, Courtney Rowley, Shawn Riley and Brittany Newell, 16 performing groups and 450+ students had an unforgettable year.

A Special Thank You to Mara Lim, Outgoing BPA President

We, the BPA Board, thank you for your unwavering commitment to Ballard Performing Arts. We appreciate your time, your talent and your ability to wrangle a large group of busy parents into an effective organization capable of growing and transitioning from year to year without skipping a beat!  We wish you a well-earned, relaxing summer vacation.

2017 Fall Band, Choir and Orchestra Camp!

All forms and payments are due no later than July 1st.  

Go into summer break with a clean conscience and get your Music Camp Forms and Payments taken care of today!

Camp fee payment may be made by:

or by check made out to BPA and returned to school before June 26 or mailed to:
BPA, PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA  98127

Chaperones Needed

Spend a Weekend at Music Camp!

Help us get ahead of the game by signing up to chaperone at your student's music camp this fall! Take it from your newsletter editor, this is an easy and fun gig!  Chaperones attend for no cost and are needed for all camps.  You will be surrounded by beautiful music, beautiful scenery and meet loads of other parents. Your only real job is to is to be present and make sure students are in their cabins by curfew at night. Camp begins on Friday afternoon after school. Please contact your rep to let them know you plan to chaperone at camp this fall:

Band Camp: September 8,9,10 - Contact Jen Witeck
Choir Camp: September 15,16,17 - Contact Page Harader
Orchestra Camp: September 29,30 & Oct 1 - Contact Sylvia Schweinberger

Important Dates and Valuable Information 

For Band Freshmen (and Transfers)

Band Camp:September 8-10, $165

Home Football Games (mandatory):

September 30 vs. West Seattle, 5:00pm

October 13 vs. Cleveland, 5:00pm

October 21, Homecoming Game vs.  Liberty, 5:00pm (halftime show performance)

October 27, Opponent TBD, Time TBA

UW Husky Band Day

Saturday, September 16th,1:00 - 9:00pm (Game time is at 6:30pm and we will leave after halftime.)

Homecoming Marching Band Practices:

October 18, 5:00-7:00pm

October 20, in-school field trip

Marching Band Uniform Fittings and Concert Skirt/Blouse Fittings

August 31 After Link Crew Orientation, 12:00-3:00pm

September 1, 9:00am  -1:00pm

Uniforms will be fitted August 31 and September 1 by parent volunteers. Freshmen will be fitted 12:00 - 3:00pm. This is mandatory for all students. If you cannot come on August 31, please come on September 1st between 9:00am - Noon.

Tuxedo Fittings

September 11, 3:30 - 5:30pm
September 12, 3:30 - 5:30pm

First Performing Arts Booster Meeting

September 12, 7:00pm, Library

First Concert of the Year

November 8 – Band Concert, PAC

Performing Arts Spotlight Gala (This is a major fundraiser for the program.  Jazz Bands perform.)

November 18 – Swedish Cultural Center.  (Look for ticket information in the fall for this fun event!)

Marching Band Students are required to purchase ASB Cards at the beginning of the school year.  They can be purchased with the school’s fiscal secretary and cost $35 each.

Freshmen Orientation Hand-Outs

Welcome Letter

Important Dates

4-Year Music Plan

Band News
Mark Your Calendars for 2017 - 2018

The Ballard Bands have some exciting activities planned for the 2017-2018 school year.  Parents and guardians, please mark your calendars now. The appropriate paperwork and payment information was sent home with your musician last week and is also available online - see links below:

Band Camp at Camp Seymour 
This is a REQUIRED activity for all members of the Ballard Marching Band. Held the first weekend after school resumes, Sept 8-10, the $165 payment and paperwork are due July 1, 2017!  See Payment Details in the Fall Camps Section above.  If you need partial financial assistance, please complete the scholarship form and return it by June 30, 2017.
If you would like to chaperone at no cost, please contact Band Rep Jen Witeck. With over 160 students in the marching band on this overnight excursion, we need 8 female and 8 male volunteers.

Con Brio Music Festival - Whistler B.C. - Paperwork Due Now
The Wind Ensemble will travel to beautiful British Columbia to participate in the Con Brio Music Festival April 19-22, 2018!  While the final cost is still to be determined, we anticipate a cost of approximately $500 per student.  The package includes round-trip bus transportation, three nights lodging, hot breakfasts, group dinners, a student welcome reception, a ride on a cable car, scavenger hunt, and of course, the music festival workshops and performances.  

Registration and Fees Due July 1, 2017!

With over 4,000 musicians in attendance, the registration form and initial deposit of $150 are due on July 1, 2017 in order to secure our lodging preference and restaurant reservations.  Payments may be paid via cash, check or online via credit card for a small additional processing fee. Again, please complete a scholarship form if you are in need of partial financial assistance. Registration and/or check should be mailed to BPA, PO Box 17774, Seattle, WA  98127
Parents and guardians, if you would like to chaperone, the anticipated cost is $425 with an initial $150 deposit due on July 1, 2017.  We need 4 female and 4 male chaperones. Please contact Band Rep Jen Witeck if you would like to volunteer or have any questions about the trip.  

Husky Band Day
Let's Go Band!  We are excited to once again participate in the Husky Band Day on September 16th.  Stay tuned for more details on this event as the date approaches!  We also need 10-12 chaperones to volunteer. Please contact Band Rep Jen Witeck. Thank you!

WMEA Conference "Concert Hour" Performance
The Wind Ensemble's invitation to perform at the WMEA Conference in Yakima on February 16, 2018 is truly an honor.  Selected based upon a submission of their April 2017 Carnegie Hall concert, The Wind Ensemble will entertain music directors and educators from around the state during the coveted "Concert Hour" time slot.  More details will to follow in the fall, including information on an overnight stay the evening prior to the performance.

Chamber Orchestra to NYC  - Deposit Due!

Deposits Were Due July 1st!

New and returning Chamber Orchestra members - Congratulations and keep reading!

Chamber Orchestra is going to New York City next March 1-4, to compete in the National Orchestra Cup! They will perform in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the performance venue of the New York Philharmonic on Saturday, March 3rd. 

In order to reserve competitive airfare, and our spot in the competition, we are asking for a deposit of $500, due by July 1st 2017. Make your online payment here . 

The trip, is estimated to cost approximately $1,800 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 continue to offer student fundraisers beginning in the fall. 

Attention Parents and Guardians: if you are interested in chaperoning the NYC trip, we will be looking for up to four parents to join us in New York City.  Please contact Orchestra Parent Representative, Sylvia Schweinberger, if you are interested. 

Golden Acorn PTSA Awards
Awards presented at the June 8th PTSA Meeting

Congratulations to our very own Jill Hansen, Mike Hansen and Diane Taylor, the 2017 PTSA Golden Acorn Volunteer Award Winners.  

Jill and Mike Hansen have been Ballard Performing Arts Boosters since 2004, Mr. James' first year at BHS! Back then, Mr. James taught both band and orchestra. When their son graduated, they stayed on. In 2013, their daughter entered BHS and will graduate on Monday. They have supported BPA continuously for 13 years including handling uniforms, collecting forms for field trips, serving as Treasurer for the Boosters, running bake sales, and set-up and take-down for events at the school and off-site. They have chaperoned everything from Band Camp to field trips to Spree. The Hansen's commitment to Ballard High has been extraordinary and it is impossible to convey just how much their support has meant to Ballard High.

Diane Taylor was the BPA Newsletter Editor last year. This year, she proofread the BPA Newsletter nearly every week and kept the BPA Calendar up to date. And these was just her hobbies! She spent countless hours every day in the office acting as volunteer webmaster for the school website. No event, no detail was too small for her eagle eye. She ensured that everyone in the BHS Family had access to accurate information quickly and easily. The Class of 2017 is especially appreciative of her detailed Senior Page!  Diane's skill did not go unnoticed by SPS and she is finally going to get paid to help the district reach Ballard High School website standards. Thank you Diane for your dedication to BPA and BHS!

Dinner of Champions
August 27th at the Newscastle Golf Club

BPA is providing desserts for the Dessert Dash at the Dinner of Champions on August 27th.
We're planning now for the 6th Annual Dinner of Champions on Sunday, August 27 followed by the 17th Annual Ballard Foundation Golf Classic on Monday, Aug 28. Both events are presented by The Ballard High School Foundation. The money raised at these events over the past 16 years has already provided over $1,000,000 to our Ballard High School Sports and Performing Arts Programs.
Ballard Performing Arts is participating by donating 40 desserts for the Dessert Dash portion of the Dinner of Champions, August 27 at 4:00 pm at The Golf Club at Newcastle.This is an easy way for BPA to participate in this exciting "fun" raiser. Drop off your dessert or arrange pick up in NW Seattle and it will be delivered to Newcastle for you!  Please consider helping support this fundraiser. Mark your calendars and sign up today!

The Inside Story     

Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, April 2017

Michael James, Director of Bands, talks about his musicians' amazing Carnegie Hall experience in a conversation with Gary Haarsager, BHS Wind Ensemble parent

In 2016, the Ballard Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the New York International Music Festival at Carnegie Hall. "What were your thoughts then on the music your musicians might play?"

To find out the answer to this question and to read this interview in its' entirety visit the here o rthe BHS Website to read and also view the Pre-Carnegie Hall performance!

Drama News!

2017 - 2018 Theatrical Season! 

All BPA Board Positions Filled!

Thank you to the awesome crew who signed on for next year including our two newest members: Eric Souza and Leanne Kerrigan. The 2017 - 2018 BPA Board looks foward to meeting all BPA families in September at the first BPA Meeting of the year - Tuesday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM in the BHS Library.

VP Communications: Eric Souza
Spotlight Gala Co-Chair: Leanne Kerrigan

Band News
Spring Concert Recap
From Mingus and Sousa to Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, last week's band concert was spectacular! Congratulations to all of our wonderful performing groups. Thank you Mr. James, Mr. Weed and Mr. Carter. There were touching tributes to Mr. James from his seniors and he recognized each with a rose. The Spring Concert series makes us realize how much these groups have grown and shared over the years. Great memories on all sides. Farewell to our seniors who will go out and make music in the world. The following students earned awards this year:

          BHS Band - John Philip Sousa Band Award
                   McKenzie Riley
          BHS Band - Award of Excellence
                   Julian Forester and Forrest Hsu
          BHS Band - Drum Major Award
                   Elora Morrison and Henry Burreson
          BHS Band - Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
                   Amy Gore
          BHS Band - Patrick Doyle Dedication Award
                   Helen Dahl and Bobby Govetas
          BHS Band - Outstanding Freshman Award
                   Jude Hodgson and Owen Ebersbach
          BHS Band - Most Improved Student Award
                   Briana Smith

Congratulations and our eternal gratitude to Golden Note winners announced at the band concert: Jill and Mike Hansen and Ingrid Riley.Thank you for countless years (not hours - YEARS!) of going above and beyond in support of Ballard's entire Performing Arts Program!  All four Directors and all BPA Board Members know that BPA would not be the vibrant, collaborative program it is without Jill, Mike and Ingrid. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Spring Concert Photos and Videos
View our photos on flickr

Click on the photo above to view the Band Concert video on Vimeo

Thank You to:  Kerry Webster with Sound by Chinook Wind Recording,  James Taylor with Video Production and Max Beaulieu on camera.View Concert on Vimeo.

Spring Concert Recordings

Spring Band Concert recordings are online and available now . The link is to a folder called "Ballard Spring 2017." Inside that folder are two others, "Choir .WAV" and "Choir MP3s" The .WAV files are for people who want to burn their own CDs. The MP3 files are for iPods, iPhones and similar devices. The MP3 files will appear in alphabetical order, but when they are downloaded to iTunes they should sort themselves into concert order in an album called "Ballard Spring Concert 2017". The files will not play on Google Drive - they will only play when downloaded to a device or a computer with a media player. As always, please do not to share or trade the files.

Orchestra News 
Spring Concert Recap

Congratulations to Orchestra Director, Brittany Newell and Fiddle Ensemble Director, Shelley Weiss and all performing groups for a wonderful and inspiring concert last Thursday evening. The Concertos were beautiful and our soloists amazing!  We are proud of all our Seniors and wish them well on their next journey. The following Seniors received awards at last Thursday's concert:
Most Improved Awards: Kaye Gill and Jacob Berghof
Dedication Award: Alexandria Scott
National Orchestra Award: Emmett Armstrong
Conductor's Award: Ella James
Outstanding Freshman Award: Anika Thomas

Congratulations to our four wonderful soloists on outstanding concerto performances!  
Alexandria Scott - Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 mvt. 1, 
Emmett Armstrong - Dittersdorf Bass Concerto mvt. 1, 
Max Truluck - Mendelssohn Violin Concerto mvt. 3, 
Anika Thomas - Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, mvt. 1.

Spring Concert Photos and Video: 
View our photos on flickr  

View Concert video on Vimeo

Video by James Taylor Sound by Chinook Wind Recording.

Spring Concert Recordings

Spring Choir Concert recordings are online and available now. The link is to a folder called "Ballard Spring 2017." Inside that folder are two others, "Choir .WAV" and "Choir MP3s" The .WAV files are for people who want to burn their own CDs. The MP3 files are for iPods, iPhones and similar devices. The MP3 files will appear in alphabetical order, but when they are downloaded to iTunes they should sort themselves into concert order in an album called "Ballard Spring Concert 2017". The files will not play on Google Drive - they will only play when downloaded to a device or a computer with a media player. As always, please do not to share or trade the files.

Jazz News
Vocal Jazz Solo Night

Top L to R: Rachel Halmrast, Sophia Rice, Madi Lieberman-Koenig
Bottom L to R: Alex Putman, James Kerrigan, Kai Vickers 

Shout out to Ev Stern Trio for backing Vocal Jazz singers on Monday night for Jazz Solo Night. Congratulations to Ms. Rowley and all singers and combo members for a fantastic year! Thank you to all who attended the Solo Night concert and supported Vocal Jazz all year 

                                                          View our photos on flickr

New Vocal Jazz Student Auditions  - June 15

Vocal Jazz Auditions will be held Thursday, June 15th from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.  Students interested in auditioning should pick up an audition sheet and sign-up in the Black Box. Paperwork can also be found here: Vocal Jazz Information Sheet and Vocal Jazz Audition Contract.  

Choir AuditionsMusical Notes
2017 - 2018

Choir placement auditions for most choirs have taken place. If you know of any students who are not currently enrolled in choir but would like to be next year, please have them email Ms. Rowley  to set up an audition time!  Audition information can be found here.  
Auditions for Women's Chamber Choir and Men's Ensemble will take place in the fall. See Vocal Jazz Information in the Jazz News Section.

Les Misérables Video
Back by Popular Demand...
Click on logo above or title below to view the video

Video by James Taylor

Performed at the Earl Kelly Performing Arts Center, Ballard High School | March 25, 2017 | Private Link | 

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  

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

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:

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

7/1 - Orchestra NYC deposit due.

7/1 - WE Whistler deposit due

7/1 - ALL MUSIC CAMP forms and payments due  

8/27 - Dinner of Champions

8/28 - Golf Classic

8/31 - Marching Band and Concert skirt/blouse fittings, 12 - 3pm

9/1 - Marching Band and Concert skirt/blouse fittings, 9am - 1pm

9/8-10 - Band Camp

9/11-12 - Tux fittings 3:30-5:30pm

9/12 - BPA Meeting 7pm, Library

9/15-17 - Choir Camp

9/16 - Husky Band Day 1-9pm

9/29-10/1 - Orchestra Camp

9/30 - BHS vs. WSHS, 5pm, Memorial Stadium

10/13 - BHS vs. CHS, 5pm, Memorial Stadium

10/21 - BHS Homecoming and Halftime Show, 5pm Memorial Stadium

10/27 - Playoffs - TBD

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  • Fall Play - The Foreigner
  • Musical - Les Misérables
  • Spring Play - The Importance of Being Earnest

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
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