Ballard Performing Arts News

February 13, 2024

Upcoming Events

Feb 13 | BPAB Board Meeting, 6pm (Zoom link on calendar)

Feb 14 | Small groups at Ballard Elks Club, 6pm

Feb 29 | PLU Choral Festival

Feb 29 | Dine Out at MOD Pizza Ballard

Mar 1 | CWU Windfest 

Mar 9 | CWU Orchestra Festival

Mar 14-16 | Musical | The Addams Family

Mar 16 | Goodwill Fill-a-Truck 9-noon

Mar 19 | BPAB Board Meeting (location TBD)

Mar 22-24 | Musical | The Addams Family

See our BPA Calendar for more dates.

Contact the Directors

Band: Jay Gillespie

Choir: Courtney Rowley

Orchestra: Daniel Valdez

Theatre Miller Shor/Ind

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Featured News

Congrats to Solo and Ensemble Participants

Ballard High was well represented at the Elliot Bay Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition held this past Saturday, February 10. Many of our musicians will go on to represent our region at the State competition at Central Washington University on April 26 and 27.


  • Vocal Jazz – Mixed Vocal Ensemble Large
  • Chamber Choir – Soprano/Mezzo/Alto Vocal Ensemble Large
  • Tenor Bass Ensemble – Tenor/Baritone/Bass Vocal Ensemble Large
  • Amelia and Wren – Soprano/Mezzo/Alto Vocal Ensemble Small
  • Corinne Iacobucci – Soprano Voice
  • Katherine Wenrick – Soprano Voice
  • Amelia Wignall – Mezzo Soprano Voice
  • Sophie Nash – Alto Voice
  • Elijah Graham – Baritone Voice
  • Ezra Hage – Bass Voice
  • Heath Connors – Snare Drum


2nd Place (1st Alternate):

  • Ballard Violin Club – String Ensemble Large
  • Kaela Lin – Soprano Voice
  • Rose Champion – Soprano Voice
  • Bria Meurn – Mezzo Soprano Voice
  • Madeleine Koenig – Alto Voice
  • Heath Connors – Mallet Percussion


3rd Place (2nd Alternate):

  • Built Ford Tough – Woodwind Ensemble Large
  • Molly Doehring – French Horn
  • Dalton Lemmel - Cello
  • Sophie and Charlie – Soprano/Mezzo/Alto Vocal Ensemble Small
  • Anna Hoffman – Soprano Voice
  • Miriam Mathan – Alto Voice

Congratulations to all Ballard musicians!

 Spaghetti Dinner Results

Thanks to all of you for your support of this year’s 65th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, the longest running tradition at Ballard High School!

Most of the numbers are in, and thanks to you, we can confidently say we reached our goal of raising $11,500! We sold 525 dinner tickets, “killed it” at the concession stand, and had a very successful raffle!

The success of this event highlights the strength of our entire BPA community. Please click here to read our heartfelt thank you to the individuals who went above and beyond.

Students, if you earned service hours, fill out this form and put it in the mailbox in the band room for Jill to sign. As long as your first and last name are on the form, she will get it back to you.

Ballard High School Playmakers Present the Spring Musical, The Addams Family!

The Ballard High School Playmakers are pleased to present The Addams Family musical, March 14, 15, 16, and March 22, 23 at 7:30 and March 24th at 2:00, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The Addams Family musical is based on the quirky characters created by Charles Addams in his darkly humorous cartoons published in the New Yorker from 1937 to his death in 1988. These kooky characters, with their gleeful obsession with the macabre, represent the offbeat, weird and loving sides of us all. In this story, wild child Wednesday, the now 18-year-old daughter, falls in love with a normal boy, Lucas, and invites him and his painfully prosaic family to dinner at her house. Chaos ensues, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. The musical is campy and funny, and is ultimately an affirming  story about family, acceptance and joy.

The Ballard High School’s production of The Addams Family is directed by Miller Shor with musical direction by the BHS choir director, Courtney Rowley, and choreography by Megan Moore. Daniel Valdez, BHS orchestra director, will conduct the pit orchestra.

Why wait? Buy Your Tickets Now!

Buy Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students & staff.

Spring Cleaning over Mid-Winter Break? Save Stuff for Goodwill Event!

Tis the season for spring cleaning and de-cluttering! Bag up your unwanted items and save them for our next Goodwill Fill-A-Truck Event on Sat March 16 from 9am-noon! Also, volunteers needed…sign up here!

No Newsletter over Mid-Winter Break

Our newsletter team is taking a much-deserved week off over the break. You will not receive a newsletter on Feb 20, but never fear, we will resume our normal schedule on Feb 27.

Program Updates


Upcoming Dates

Mark your calendars for these band events:

Feb 14 - Small group orchestra and band (not percussion) performances at Ballard Elks Lodge, call time 5:30pm. See schedule details below.

March 1 - Wind Ensemble to CWU Windfest.

Small Group Performances at Ballard Elks Club 

On Feb 14, the band and orchestra students will perform the small group pieces they have been working on (all but percussion) at the Ballard Elks Club (Ballard Elks Lodge Social Quarters - 6411 Seaview Ave NW). Performances will start at 6pm and call time is 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and watch! Spaghetti and dessert will be available for purchase, plus many kinds of drinks. Please feel free to park in the large parking lot. Adults and/or students need to check in with Sara Stevens - it's a private club and adults need to be signed in by a member. View the schedule here.

Band Trip to Portland

The final cost for the band trip to Portland is $440 per student (and chaperone). Final payment of $340 (in addition to the $100 deposit) is due by Friday, Feb. 23rd, and can be paid on our website. The cost includes a hotel room for two nights, a chartered bus to Portland, and one dinner. Also, please encourage your student to sign up for a room with two other students on the signup sheet in the band room. 

Jazz Band Trip to Reno | Payment Due Thursday!

The remaining payment ($257) is due by Feb 15 and can be paid on our website or with cash/check (made out to BPA). Drop in the secure box in the band room or send to Ballard Performing Arts, PO Box 17774 Seattle WA 98127.

*Email if you'd like to apply your student's fundraising credits toward the upcoming trip payments. 


Congratulations to everyone who participated in Solo and Ensemble on February 10 at Chief Sealth High School. The following students will represent BHS at the State competition in April at Central Washington University:

  • Soloists - Corrine Iacobucci, Katherine Wenrick, Amelia Wignall, Sophie Nash, Eli Graham, Ezra Hage.
  • Small vocal groups - Amelia Wignall and Wren Wooten.
  • Large vocal groups - Tenor Bass Ensemble, Chamber Singers (members of Vocal Jazz) and Chamber Choir.

The following were named as alternates, who may go to State if a section winner is unable to attend:

  • Soloists - Kaela Lin, Rose Champion, Anna Hoffman, Bria Meurn, Madeleine Koenig, Miriam Mathan.
  • Small vocal groups - Sophie Nash and Charlie van Kley.

See the following upcoming dates. We are still short of chaperones for the Concert Choir trip in February and the Concert Choir/Advanced Chorale trip to Portland in May. You will need to be approved as an SPS volunteer.

Upcoming Dates

Thurs February 29 - Concert Choir will be attending a Choir Festival at Pacific Lutheran University, during the school day, leaving at 6am, back at school by about 3pm. Four chaperones needed! Please contact Sally if you are able to chaperone.

Thurs May 23 - Sat May 25 - Save the date! Advanced Chorale and Concert Choir trip to Portland, OR. Information about deposits and other details will be coming soon. We need nine chaperones. Please contact Sally if you're able to chaperone. 


Congratulations to all students who participated in the Solo and Ensemble competition on February 10th at Chief Sealth High School!

Ballard Violin Club (Wilco Balstadt, Kieran Horowitz, Ethan Li, Meilee Riddle, and Stella Warren) were named First Alternates in the Large Strings group category, and Dalton Lemmel was named 2nd alternate for Cello. They may go to State if the section winner is unable to attend.

Small Group Performances at Ballard Elks Club

On Feb 14, the band and orchestra students will perform the small group pieces they have been working on (all but percussion) at the Ballard Elks Club (Ballard Elks Lodge Social Quarters - 6411 Seaview Ave NW). Performances will start at 6pm and call time is 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and watch! Spaghetti and dessert will be available for purchase, plus many kinds of drinks. Please feel free to park in the large parking lot. Adults and/or students need to check in with Sara Stevens - it's a private club and adults need to be signed in by a member. View the schedule here.

Upcoming Dates

Feb 14 - Small group orchestra and band (not percussion) performances at Ballard Elks Lodge, call time 5:30pm.

Feb 22-25 Wintergrass Festival

The Wintergrass Festival format is changing and only interested students will perform, not the entire orchestra. Contact Mr. Valdez if you're interested in performing at the festival.

March 9 CWU Orchestra Festival

Chamber Orchestra is confirmed; Symphonic Orchestra is waitlisted.

April 2 NW Orchestra Festival

Whitman Middle School

Orchestra Vancouver B.C. Trip

The total trip cost is $650/person. The $150 deposit was due 1/12. The rest of the payments can be paid online at or with cash or check (made out to BPA).

$250 due Feb 16

$250 due Mar 15

Permission slips will be coming closer to the trip. Register online for the trip if you haven’t already: (Trip ID:214462).

Trip details:

  • Dates – 5/24-5/26
  • Activities: Adjudicated Festival Performance and clinic, Dinner and awards banquet, Grouse Mountain tour
  • Included in cost: Charter bus travel, 2 nights hotel stay
  • Not included in cost: Meals outside of banquet dinner (hotel may have breakfast—will confirm).

More details will be coming soon, along with an information night sponsored by the festival on a date TBD. Students planning to attend this trip must have a passport and/or Real ID that will allow them entry to Canada.


The Addams Family Update | Place an ad in the program!

Rehearsals are zooming along! So proud to report that we’ve made it all the way through Act One and we’ll begin running the show in its entirety starting next week. Recently, our fight captain visited and helped us block some action. What’s better than a show with song, dance, and creepy characters? A show with song, dance, creepy characters, and sword fighting! We’re so excited to share our work with you soon. The whole production is seriously looking great.

A few quick reminders:

Students involved in the show are selling ads for the program. We'd love to feature your business in our program and we'll be so grateful for your support. Please ask your student or email for more information.

Tickets are live! Please visit The Addams Family Musical to purchase your tickets today! Adults are $20, Students & Staff are $10, and Seniors are $15. We can't wait to see you there! It's sure to be creepy, kooky, and chock full o' monstrosities... er, talent.

Questions? Email Ms. Miller at

Help Fund Our Programs

The district only pays for teachers’ salaries; everything else we have to raise or donate.

Last Chance to Earn Money for Spring Trips!

It’s Easy to Sell Chocolate near Valentine’s Day and over Mid-Winter Break!

Encourage your student to check out a box of chocolates and sell them to teachers, classmates, family, friends, office colleagues and neighbors before and during mid-winter break.

How does it work?

  1. Students fill out this check out form
  2. Checkout will be at the uniform room door. Jill will be available for checkout most mornings (starting 1/29) before school starts (8:15 to 8:40am). A completed form is required to get a box.
  3. Students sell the candy for $1 bar, and then turn in $60. For each box sold, the student receives $24 credited to that student's account and those funds can be used for spring trip, camp payments (due in July), or program fees in the fall. Unused funds can even be transferred to a younger sibling when a student graduates (or donated to BPA general fund).

*Students are responsible for turning in the full cost of the box of chocolate, $60, whether they sell it all or not. They cannot turn in coins. All money should be bills or checks (payable to BPA).

All money will be due Feb 29.

Dine at MOD Pizza on Thurs Feb 29!

Support BPA by dining out on February 29, at MOD PIZZA, 6010 15th Ave NW. Print out this flyer, head to MOD in person, anytime between 10:30am-10:00pm. Give them the flyer, or just mention you are supporting BPA, and 20% of what you spend will be donated to Ballard Performing Arts. You can also order online and enter the code MODGIVES20 at checkout.

Goodwill Fill-A-Truck on March 16

Spread the Word to your Family, Neighbors and Friends! For every truck we fill we earn $600 for BPA!

Help Wanted

Volunteers Needed on Sat. March 16th 9-noon for Goodwill Fill-a-Truck event!

This is an excellent opportunity for students to get service hours. Encourage your child(ren) to sign up to help out. (Adults are also welcome of course.) Volunteers unload cars, sort the donations, and usually get to eat donuts. ;-)   

Lots of Available Volunteer Positions!

Please check out the list of available volunteer positions. Email with any questions. 

Featured Video

Check out our youtube channel to see videos from the Spaghetti Dinner.

Check out past performances any time on our YouTube and Vimeo channels.

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