Wind Ensemble Wins Gold!  Con Brio Music Festival, Whistler BC
Wind Ensemble Wins Gold! Con Brio Music Festival, Whistler BC
BHS Playmakers Present "Damn Yankees!" March 15-17 & 22-24
BHS Playmakers Present "Damn Yankees!" March 15-17 & 22-24
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!


BHS Jazz Combo Groups Performing in a Benefit Concert

Wed, April 25th

Join us for an enjoyable evening of Jazz featuring the talented musicians of the BHS Instrumental Jazz groups on Wed, April 25th at  Ballard High School in the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm.  This is a unique experience!  This will be the only performance for several jazz combos comprised of Jazz I and Jazz II students.

Admission is free; however donations are gladly accepted and encouraged.  Donations can be made at the concert or online HERE.

All donations are tax deductible and will go to support the BPA instrumental Jazz program

 and the upcoming Essentially Ellington trip.

Hot Java Cool Jazz

After an insane commute to Downtown Seattle on Friday night, the traffic tensions melted away with the smooth sound of jazz at the Paramount.  Ballard's Jazz 1, as well as Mountlake Terrace, Mount. Si, Garfield and Roosevelt put on a stellar performance!!

Many thanks to Starbucks for hosting this swinging production.  

 And thanks to all of the faithful patrons that filled the theater.

It's A Wrap!

The annual March magic that is the musical is over for the year. The singing and dancing with strong backing from the pit orchestra really came together and the Damn Yankees show was a joy to watch. Congratulations to everyone in the production, to Courtney Rowley (vocals), Eia Waltzer (choreography) and Brittany Newell (musical direction). Shawn Riley, as always, your cohesive vision was at work on costumes and set, bringing the period to life for us. The humor and charm of these characters was an antidote to the events of today. You made the 1950's a lot of fun. Bravo to our musicians, actors, and crew for all the hard work and hustle and for giving us such a memorable experience!!!


Continue the excitement and share with family and friends to enjoy!     

  Vimeo Video Link To DAMN YANKEES Musical Numbers             BPA Flickr Link To Photo Albums

Ballard Chamber Orchestra First Runner-Up

In 2018 Prestigious Lincoln Center Orchestra Cup

Ballard Chamber Orchestra First Runner-Up in 2018 Prestigious Lincoln Center Orchestra Cup Ballard Places in National Orchestra Championship March 5, 2018--Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra was named first runner up in The National Orchestra Cup, held on March 3 in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Additionally, the violas won the award for best string section. The competition included both chamber orchestras and full orchestras from public, art magnet and private schools across the country. The Ballard High School Chamber Orchestra was one of ten high school orchestras in the country to be invited to perform at The Orchestra Cup National Orchestra Championships, a prestigious annual event that recognizes the top school orchestras in the nation. This was the first time that a Ballard High School orchestra had been selected for the event. Ballard High was selected based on their performance at the American Strings Teachers Association (ASTA) festival in Tampa, FL, two years ago. The performances at Lincoln Center are adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.

The students, under the direction of Orchestra director Brittany Newell, performed the entire Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, op. 110a,from his 8th string quartet. The students were the only group to perform without a conductor. This piece, composed in July 1960, is dedicated to"The Memory of the Victims of Fascism and War.” The opening theme is an adaption of the composer's name to German sounds: (D-S-C-H), and arguably his most autobiographical work, as it contains numerous quotes from his other symphonies and concertos. The performance also featured two major solos: Junior Ethan Doshi on violin in the first movement, and Senior Ellery Haak on cello in the third and fourth movements. Congrats to Ballard High School’s Chamber Orchestra and director Brittany Newell!

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

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:


Essentially Ellington Deposit:

Jazz 1 to Essentially Ellington in NYC, May 9-13, 2018

$500 Deposit due March 30, 2018

Amount TBD due May 2, 2018*

Pay online HERE, or pay by check and save the processing fees.

*Final payment amount will be determined after money from all group fundraising activities has been applied to trip cost.

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.  Purchase tickets online or at the Market Street Starbucks location.

Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale

Southern California trip for Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale: 

Concert Choir and Advanced Chorale: April 19-22, 2018. The choirs will participate in the Choir of America Festival for Choirs - West Division in Newport Beach, which includes an onstage performance, adjudication, extended clinic, school exchange, and evening concert. In addition, students will visit Santa Monica and spend two days in Disneyland/California Adventure, with an additional Disney Performing Arts performance in the park.
 The final payment of $425 was due March 1st.  Pay Online

Thank You Highliner!

For your generous support...

A HUGE thanks to the Highliner Public House for hosting a fundraiser on February 27th where 20% of the proceeds from sales were donated back to the BPA.  We greatly appreciate your support.

Thanks also to all of the friends and family of the BPA that took advantage of this great opportunity and dined at the Highliner.

Next Generation Jazz Festival

Congratulations Jazz 1!

Jazz 1 represented Ballard well at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey March 8-13. Not only did the group have an Outstanding performance, but senior alto saxophonist Katie Webster was named one of six outstanding soloists! Bravo! A special thank you to chaperones Sarah and John Webster for accompanying the band on their trip, to the friends and family who made attended their performance, and to Patti Kashiwa for helping with the travel arrangements.

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:

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, 2017Special thanks to James Taylor, Max Beaulieu, Marley Rankinand Diane Taylor for putting together this fabulous video.

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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.  


October 12, 13,14,19 & 20 

Curtain at 7:30pm

General:$15 Students/seniors: $10

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!

Ballard High School Theatre Group Performs Damn Yankees

March 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24   7:30 p.m. curtain

Dinner and a Show March 17

The Ballard High School Theater Group is preparing for their biggest production of the year - the  Winter Musical presentation of Damn Yankees. Eighty Ballard High School performing arts students, under the direction of BHS Theater Director Shawn Riley, are involved in the production, including 40 student actors and a 25-student live pit orchestra. New to this year’s musical will be a walk on role by the winning bidder at the annual Ballard Performing Arts auction!

    Damn Yankees is a musical comedy based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant. Set in the 1950, it presents a modern retelling of the Faust legend. Featuring the hit songs “Heart” and “Whatever Lola Wants”, this musical will surely entertain the whole “damn” family!

Enjoy dinner and a show before the March 17 performance

The Ballard Performing Arts program will also host a fundraising dinner before the March 17 performance at 5 p.m. Guests will enjoy a pre-dinner mixer with the cast featuring  a catered pig roast buffet (vegetarian options also available) and ballpark snacks such as soda and boxes of Cracker Jack; and reserved seats to the performance. Diamond Club Level participants will also receive a Washington Senator's baseball cap. This dinner is a fundraiser for the Ballard Performing Arts program.

Performance Details

The performances will be on March 15, 16, 17 & March 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 PM at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School. The Musical Gala is March 17th at 5 PM.

Tickets for Damn Yankees are available for purchase at SHOWTIX4U.COM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

Tickets for the Pre-show dinner fundraiser on March 17 are available for purchase on the Ballard Performing Arts website. Tickets are $75 for the Baseball Diamond Club, $50 for the All Star level, and $35 for under 18.

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Vocal Jazz Solo night with Ev Stern Trio
Vocal Jazz Solo night with Ev Stern Trio

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