Dessert Donations Needed!

We need 35 dessert for The BHS Alumni Foundation Golf Classic, Dinner and Auction on Aug 18 & 19th. The Foundation is donating proceeds from the Dessert Dash to BPA. 

More details and sign up HERE

Incoming BPA Students and Parents

Sign up for the BPA enews HERE
Here is a brief overview of BPA, important upcoming dates, and how to sign up for our enews.


for camp packets, see below or go to Boosters tab- Forms and Payments

Mandatory Marching Band and Concert Attire Fittings
All Music Students

All marching band students and girls in choir, orchestra and band will be fitted for uniforms and concert attire on Thursday August 30th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on the PAC Stage.

Returning students should come in starting at 8:30 am to noon and freshmen students should come right after orientation- from noon until 4:00 pm.  Click here for additional details.

If you are unable to make it on Thursday, there will be an additional session on Friday, August 31st from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm. Note that available sizes may be limited on the second day.  If you cannot make either of these dates, please contact your family rep to make arrangements.

Tuxedo fittings for men will take place on September 11th and 12th.


Band Camp:           September 7th-9th Camp Seymour  download packet

Choir Camp:          September 14th-16th Camp Burton   download packet

Orchestra Camp:  September 28th-30th Camp Burton   download packet

All camp paperwork and payments are due by July 1st.  

Please complete and return by the last day or school or mail in. Payments may be made via check made payable to BPA, or on the new BPA payment site with no processing fees. Financial assistance may be available by completing the SCHOLARSHIP FORM. 



Due to the auditions for the fall play being during the first week of school we want to get the information into the students’ hands. Please prepare one of the selected monologues from the play (included in attachments below), fill out the conflict calendar and the audition form. Bring them with you to the auditions on Thursday, September 6 in the PAC. Auditions will start at 3:45 with a group meeting and then director Chelsea DuVall will explain the process for the afternoon.


Big Love is a play by American playwright Charles L. Mee. Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliants, it is about fifty brides who flee to a manor in Italy to avoid marrying their fifty cousins. The play takes the plot of the original Greek play into modern times, including such details as having the grooms ambush the brides by helicopter. While the brides and grooms wait for their wedding day, the characters raise issues of gender politics, love, and domestic violence. This play has been produced many times and is very popular.

Audition Information  Calendar Contract Monologue Auditioner Information


Registration and Deposit Due July 1st:

Congratulations to our new Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble members as well as selected Percussionists...You're going to Disneyland!  As our itinerary will be finalized with the travel agent this summer, we need to know who will participate in this magical adventure. Please complete the registration form and make your deposit via check made payable to BPA or online here no later than July 1st. Trip costs are expected to be less than $1100. Financial assistance may be available by completing the scholarship form.

Thank You!  

Ballard Performing Art's 1st Ever Mattress Fundraiser
Was a Success! 
In Total We Earned $7,655!


Concert Band

All Freshmen are automatically placed into this class.  There is no audition necessary to enroll in the Concert Band.  

Band Auditions - Band Auditions have concluded. Thank you to everyone who auditioned for next year's bands. 

Jazz Bands – Jazz Band Auditions will take place on August 21-23 from 11am-3pm.  If you plan to audition, go to Sign-Up Genius at to find available times.

Auditions will consist of four parts:

1)    Play at least a two-octave chromatic scale (up and down) at a steady and quick pace.

2)    Perform 1-minute of anything you would like to playthat demonstrates your jazz style and technique

3)    A prepared excerpt, where you play the head of a tune and then improvise over the changes. Choose one of the tunes from links below or pick your own.

4)  Sight-reading

Links to audition pieces B-flat    Bass Clef  E-flat  Treble Clef

Percussion/Drumline auditions have concluded.

If you have any questions at all,please do not hesitate to email Mr. James at


All-Northwest Honor Group Auditions Materials: 

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Northwest Division, has released the audition materials for the HS Honor Groups.  If selected, musicians will rehearse and perform in conjunction with the annual conference held in Portland, OR over President's Day Weekend 2019

Art Zone 
Ms. Rowley

Ballard High Director of Choirs, Courtney Rowley, was recently featured on Nancy Guppy's program "Art Zone". The video is, available to VIEW HERE . Clips of Courtney working with her choirs are interspersed with interview segments and performance videos. It's thrilling to have her hard work and love of music recognized. Last fall she was awarded the Elliott Bay Music Educator Association (EBMEA) Outstanding Educator award for her commitment to her students and her colleagues in music education. Ballard High is fortunate to have her on staff and her recognition this year is well-deserved.                                    

The Evening of Combined Jazz at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley 

on May 29th was a treat to behold! 

The Vocal Jazz Group kicked off the evening with their sultry tones, singing to a very full house, under the direction of Courtney Rowley.  Their pieces included Nature Boy (Nat King Cole) Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole & Irving Mills), For Once in My Life (Stevie Wonder) and Same ‘Ol Story (Bernard Ighner).  Their final piece, Makes Me Feel This Way, was written by Josh Nelson for singer Sara Gazarek, a Seattle native and Roosevelt graduate, who now lives in LA as a professional jazz singer and a member of the USC faculty.

Then Jazz 2 took the stage and really shined with Purple Gazelle & Black and Tan Fantasy (Duke Ellington) under the direction of Mike Gebhart.  They featured several talented soloists and played with great energy.

Jazz 1 concluded the evening with several new songs including All Heart (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn) Freckleface (Sammy Nestico,) So Easy (Tadd Dameron), Portrait of Louie Armstrong (Duke Ellington) and In a Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington, but arranged by our own Aiden Ward-Richter).  They finished the set with a renegade encore of Night in Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) that elicited the patented “frown smile” from Michael James as well as cheering from the audience.

Many thanks to Jazz Alley for hosting the event in their wonderfully intimate venue, as well as the many patrons that made the event a success.


Congratulations to Jazz 1 on their inspired and energetic performance at the prestigious Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City on May 12th.   From the surprise violin intro on "Night in Tunisia," to the emotional "Prelude to a Kiss," and the swinging sounds of the "Harlem Congo," our musicians represented Ballard well on the national stage. 

Recognition for their performances included:

Outstanding Trumpet Section - Joe Fotheringham, Lucas Beidler, Owen Ebersbach, & Evan Fekete 
Outstanding Trombone Section - Alli Beaulieu, Jane Christopherson, Parker Crotty
Outstanding Alto Sax Solo - Katie Webster  
Outstanding Violin Solo - Evan Snoey

Honorable Mention Trumpet Solo - Joe Fotheringham 

Check out the performance here and pictures here

The final standings for the Essentially Ellington competition were just announced and BHS Jazz place 6th overall. Mr. James was thrilled with this result as there was a higher level of competition from all 15 schools than in 2012, when the band placed 7th. In recognition of this honor, Jazz 1 will meet with Mayor Durkan at City Hall on June 21st at 1:00 pm. It was a special year for Jazz and Ballard Performing Arts as a whole.

Our Town Comes to the Neighborhood

 May 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19   7:30 p.m. curtain

The Ballard High School Playmakers close out a banner year with their spring performance, bringing Our Town to our neighborhood! Our Town is a metatheatrical three-act play. Written in 1938 by American playwright Thornton Wilder, it tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners, through the everyday lives of its citizens. The play is performed without a set and with minimal use of props. The main character is the stage manager of the theatre, who directly addresses and fields questions from the audience, brings in guest lecturers, and even fills in some of the roles. Our Town was a success on Broadway and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

     Thecast for this spring’s play includes 24 Ballard High Playmakers, many of whom have had roles in other BHS theatre productions. Guest Theatre Director Alexis Garramone, Ballard Theatre Director Shawn M. Riley’s student intern from SPU, is at the helm guiding this group of talented artists through what is sure to be a fantastic production!

     Our Town closes out the year for the Ballard Playmakers, who performed Metamorphoses in the fall and presented their winter musical Damn Yankees in March,delighting local fans.

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Performance Details

The performances will be May 10, 11, 12 and 17,18, 19, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117.


Reserved seating tickets for Our Town are available for purchase at SHOWTIX4U.COM.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

2018 Music Camps + Workshops

Register Early

Please check into camps you may be interested in as soon as possible, many have discounts/deadlines before June. You can find a great list we compiled HERE.

And Now a Moment For Our Sponsors...


Highliner Pub, Modern Japanese Cuisine, Jimmy Johns, MOD Pizza, and Five Guys

 for supporting Ballard Performing Arts!  



We want to THANK these local businesses as well as those who came out to support our EAT OUT fundraisers!

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!!

For more behind the scenes pictures, click HERE!

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!

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.

  • 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

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Symphonic Orchestra
  • String Quartet

  • 2017-18 Season
  • Fall Play - Metamorphoses
  • Musical - Damn Yankees
  • Spring Play - Our Town

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