Help Send the Wind Ensemble to New York.
The Ballard High School Wind Ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall April 2017.
This familiar quip may be nearly as old as the famous concert venue itself:
"How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” [Pause] “Practice, practice, practice.”
That’s the mantra of Ballard High School’s Wind Ensemble as they prepare for the
11th Annual New York International Music Festival at Carnegie
Hall in April 2017.
But these 70 talented musicians could also use something else as well: money.
You can help them by making a donation here at the Wind Ensemble | NYC Fundraiser web page anytime from November 3rd to December 11th 2016.
Winter Music Concerts at 7:30 PM
Band - Wednesday, December 7th
Choir - Thursday, December 8th
Orchestra - Friday, December 9th
Featuring selections from Mozart's Requiem at each concert.
Final Rehearsals and Concert Schedule in Detail
Final Mozart Requiem Rehearsal - Today, Dec 6 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Final Capriccio Rehearsal - Friday, Dec 9 3:30 - 5:30 on stage
Call time: 6:45 each night (students should confirm with each director).
Call time for students performing only in Mozart Requiem: 8:15 PM
Dec 7 7:30 PM - Jazz I and II, Percussion, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, and Selections from Mozart's Requiem.
Dec 8 7:30 PM - Treble Choir, Men's Ensemble, Women's Chamber Choir, Advanced Chorale, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Selections from Mozart's Requiem.
Dec 9 7:30 PM - Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Fiddle Ensemble, and Selections from Mozart's Requiem.
Help Needed at All Three Winter Concerts
Sign Up here
Our Sign-Up Genius is nearly empty! Consider volunteering at one of the concerts your student is NOT in so that all parents can see their students perform. We need help selling baked goods and BPA merchandise, ushers for those who purchased reserved seats, parents to collect donations, bottled water donations and of course treats to fill the bake sale table. These are the largest concerts of the year and we need your help!
Winter Concert Reserved Seating
Available for all Concerts at showtix4u
The three Winter Concerts are often standing room only due to the large number of students participating in the finale. Making a donation of $25, $75 or $100 is a great way to support BPA and ensure that you and your loved ones can slip into your seats at the last minute. All proceeds support BPA. The box office closes at 10 PM the night before each concert so don't delay. For best views and extra legroom, choose seats in center section, rows L, M, N. Get your tickets today at showtix4u.
BPA Merchandise for Sale
Steel tumbler mugs, t-shirts, fleece vests, socks, pens, and cinch sacks - the full inventory will be available for purchase at all Winter Concerts. Your holiday shopping could be complete in 1 visit. Credit cards, checks & cash accepted. Visit BPA merchandise online store.
More Concert Happenings
Pick up your coffee orders from the Cafe Appassionato fundraiser.
Bring Ballard Market receipts to the bake sale table - 1% is given back BPA.
Bake sale with goodies, coffee, tea and water available for purchase.
RENT - in concert!
"Rent in Concert" was the first event of its kind at Ballard High and Director Shawn Riley and the Thespian Troupe did an amazing job with this production. We are grateful to the actors and alumni who joined the cause and generously donated their time,alongside students, Director Riley, and student teacher Taylor Iverson.
The audacity of taking on such an ambitious score from a rock opera paid off in stellar vocal/acting performances from our skilled leads, backed up by an ensemble that carried the smaller parts individually and in trios and quartets, and rounded out the large numbers en masse. What a memorable evening with an audience participation "Seasons of Love" at the start of the second act!
Thank you to everyone who came and supported RENT at Ballard high school this weekend. We had two shows and brought in thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS. Thanks to the many volunteers for making this a success! (Picture courtesy of Tim Mar Photography)
Ballard Band at the Ballard Home Basketball Games
For an updated list of home games, click here.
Black Band t-shirts are the required uniform for all basketball games. Students will not be allowed to play with the band if they are not wearing your band shirt and you will not receive credit towards their grade for showing up without the band t-shirt. Students not wearing Band t-shirts, should not bother showing up! Students are to be in the Band Room ready to play 30 minutes prior to game time.
Orchestra Spring Trip Change
Northwest Orchestra Festival March 10-12
The Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, OR from March 10-12 will replace the Icicle Creek Spring Trip which was scheduled for March 31- April 2. Please remove March 31-April 2 from your calendars, and add March 10-12. All Symphonic and Chamber Orchestra students will be competing in the NW Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 11. We will be traveling to Portland, OR on Friday morning, March 10, staying two nights and returning to Seattle on Sunday, March 12. The weekend will include two performances, a clinic, and priceless memories. Details TBA soon.
Spotlight Gala A Success!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to our guests, sponsors, donors, student and adult volunteers and of course, our Directors and Small Ensembles, for making the 2016 Spotlight Gala a success. With everyone's help, we raised money for all four programs to pay for vital program necessities not funded by the school, such as uniforms, clinicians, and scholarships. See photos of the evening here.
If you were not able to attend this sold out event, you may still support our fundraising efforts.
Thank You Mara and Jen!
Spotlight Gala Co-Chairs
A heartfelt thank you to Mara Lim and Jen Witeck for their tireless work in organizing the Spotlight Gala. On behalf of the Directors, students and families involved with Ballard Performing Arts, the rest of the BPA Board presents you with this virtual bouquet! Don't forget to thank Mara and Jen in person if you see them at RENT or the Winter Concerts.
Bremerton Jazz Festival Recap
Congratulations to Vocal Jazz for a beautiful performance last Saturday at the Bremerton Jazz Festival. Our students' tone quality and musicianship helped their performance rise to the top! Clinician Dave Barduhn also praised their musical discipline and focus. In addition to Vocal Jazz's performance, Meg Shepherd, Diego Roberts Buceta, and Zipporah Johnson all participated in a solo clinic with phenomenal local jazz singer Greta Matassa. It was a fun and educational day!
Men's Ensemble and Women's Chamber Choir
with SeaChordsmen Sunday, December 11th
Men's Ensemble and Women's Chamber Choir will join The Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus in their holiday concert, "Caroling, Caroling!". The concert will be held at 2:00 PM at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Details and tickets can be found here. Come out and support our Ballard musicians at this incredibly fun annual event! Attention participating students: Call time is noon.
Fall Concert Recordings Available
Enjoy the music at home
Information on Class and Annual Fees HERE
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.
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.