Greater Tuna cast Announced
Congratulations to the recently announced cast of Greater Tuna (in no particular order):
Hadley Mollman, Elijah Graham, Bridget Donnelly, Maisy Clunies Ross, Matthew Wilbur, Milo Palmer, Lydia Hayes, Nathalie Stanley, Will Shepard, Lydia Van Kley, Maggie Stowell, Ella Papineau, Izzy Rampersad, Vee Ashmun, Maylie Gardner, and Elsa Wirth.
The Theatre Department will stage the comedic play Greater Tuna, set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, the "third-smallest" town in the state. The play is both an affectionate comment on small-town, southern life, and attitudes and a withering satire.
This play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams. Students will work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on their character with Mr. Riley, provide a costume, and then work with the filming schedule and our tech expert, Gustavo, in October to record their part.
To keep track of production updates, go to the Theater Program page.
Performing Arts Fundraiser
In lieu of the Spotlight Auction, The Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club will be running a direct giving campaign this fall to support the needs of BPA programs.
The School District only funds Director salaries, and the annual class fees we collect are applicable to specific program expenses. This year, these fees will be used for sheet music and software to support online learning & virtual performances.
The BPA Boosters Club raises additional money for everything else, from coaching, instruction and support for extracurricular groups, to administrative costs and much more.
While much remains uncertain about this year, the Boosters are committed to supporting current and future needs so that we can make the best of remote programming and set the stage for a strong and vibrant return. We will be in touch with details next month. Thank you in advance for your support of BPA!
Virtual College Summit + Audition Workshop
Seattle Jazz Ed is hosting a virtual college summit and audition workshop November 1, 2020. Open to grades 9-12, all instruments, including voice
Visit Seattle Jazz Ed for additional details.
2020-2021 Fees Due Now
Program Fees usually help to pay for buses, trips, uniforms and other supplies that support the students and the program. This year, due to virtual instruction, we will have fewer trips but different needs, like additional technology support to help our students play together and provide optimal instruction and performances. While your program fees will be used a bit differently, we ensure you that they will be put to great use in ensuring a high quality artistic experience for all students.
Annual Fees for band, orchestra, or choir: $155
Jazz I = $100
Jazz II = No Fee
To Pay Fees -
Online: Go to the "Payment and Ticket Sale" Tab and find your group. Create an account to keep track of payments.
By check/mail: Mail a check, with the name of your student and their group in the memo line to:
PO Box 17774 Seattle WA 98127
We are lucky to once again offer you private voice lessons with one of our excellent voice faculty instructors. Lessons are a chance to work on personal skill development, learn solo repertoire, gain confidence in your singing voice, work on music reading and music theory, and get help preparing for solo auditions, Solos and Ensembles, and other opportunities.
The Fiddlers will meet from 6:30-8:00 PM every Tuesday with a new instructor, Matt Hopper. All students playing bowed or strummed string instruments are welcome as are drums and keyboards. Find information about the virtual meeting in the Oct. 6th Newsletter.
New Long-Term Band Sub
Please welcome Jay Gillespie, the new long-term sub for Ballard High School who will start later this week or next. The directors are very excited about Jay who is highly recommended from the University of Washington. Jay graduated in June and even student-taught during this spring adding online teaching experience. Jay is very excited to join the team, provide some leadership, and get started. Learn more about Mr. Gillespie by visiting the Band Program page.
Jazz Band Updates
UPDATE: Mr. Parrish, BHS Jazz teacher and Mr. Gillespie, Interim Band Director, are ready with materials to get students for both Jazz 1 & 2 classes started, Oct 5.
Jazz 1 & 2 Schedule beginning October 5, 2020:
Jazz 1 is Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 7:30 am
Jazz 2 is Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 am.
Team meeting links have been sent to all Jazz students at email@example.com.
Email any questions to interim band director Jay Gillespie at
Some background: Mr. Gillespie is the interim band director at BHS for the year. He is working closely with Trevor Parrish to make the best out if this weird situation we all find ourselves in. He has studied Jazz and Improvisational studies at the University of Michigan and played professionally with the Navy Band for years. Mr. Parrish will continue as a BHS Jazz teacher with a fabulous professional resume and a wealth of knowledge to provide consistency and lots of enthusiasm for a strong start.
Help Ballard Performing Arts communicate with students, parents, and guardians by filling out the confidential Student Directory form for each student in Ballard Performing Arts. Throughout the year, we use this contact information for:
general information throughout the year.
New BPA Family?
Start at the New Family page under BPA Families to learn about programs, fees, camp, how to volunteer and stay informed.