Auditions for the Spring Production!
The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.
The link to submit your audition, an electronic copy of the script and monologue choices will be emailed to you after you have filled out the Microsoft forms audition form. A permission form will also be sent to your parent/guardian. Your audition submission will NOT be accepted until I receive notification from a parent allowing for you to continue with the process.
Link to the audition form will only be live through February 19th. No auditions submissions after that date will be considered.
Due to the unique nature of the school year, this play will be rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams! Ms. Rowley will once again musically direct the show with Eia Waltzer as choreographer. Our trusty Gustavo will be working with me on all the video recording elements. You will need to work through a couple of Teams rehearsals on your character with me, provide a costume (with criteria provided by me) and then work with the filming schedule with Gustavo and me to record your part.
The production will be streamed through showtix4u.com – the same website our patrons usually use to purchase tickets online! We will update our site as soon as tickets are available.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at email@example.com
STUDENTS! Solo and Ensemble Competition - Register by Feb 26th
Students must register by Friday Feb 26th! Recording/ Video Due by March 27th. Contact your teacher to get registered today!
Students! Challenge yourself by working on a solo or ensemble performance to submit for adjudication. Entries will be adjudicated March 28-April 4th. Students will receive written feedback from the adjudicators. Solos are $20 and Ensembles are $30. Payment is due by March 27th. Solos will still be competitive, even if there is not a State contest. Entries will be ranked, and therefore, these entries must be recorded live using the Opus software.
If you want to participate, your teacher will register you through the Opus Event manager at www.opusevent.com
62nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner Virtual "Variety Show"
We hope you enjoyed the 62nd Annual Spaghetti Dinner ("Pandemic Episode"). If your mouth was watering for a cannoli after the "Zoom to Zoom Chef episode" why not give the recipe a try? You can still join the fun and donate by purchasing the Video Link!
Follow this link to the Spaghetti Dinner page for more details.
Wintergrass Festival goes digital with BHS Orchestra
Ballard High School Orchestras will be collaborating with other orchestras around the region (Cleveland, Rainier Beach etc.) to perform as a full orchestra to produce a piece to be heard in the Pocketgrass virtual music festival that is associated with the Wintergrass festival, an event that is normally held in person each February in Bellevue).
Pocketgrass is a 45-minute variety show scaled to fit things we love about the Wintergrass Festival onto a small screen. Each monthly episode will feature music, magic, a story, a lightning workshop and fun for everyone in the family. A theme built around a recipe and a story will be the core of every single episode – all designed to transport us on a sensory journey around the world and back home again. Stream episodes via the Wintergrass YouTube Channel (Click to subscribe).
The date of the Pocketgrass episode featuring the BHS orchestra is TBD.
2020-2021 Fees Due
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.
Jazz Band Information
Mr. Parrish, BHS Jazz teacher and Mr. Gillespie, Interim Band Director, have been working with both bands on learning the Upbeat music software. This software, purchased this Fall by the BPAB Boosters will help engage students in remote practice and playing.
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 are sent to all Jazz students at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.