Combined Performing Arts Camp
September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As we follow county and district health guidelines with regard to social distancing and remote learning, we are excited to announce one combined camp to be held remotely for Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Theater students on September 26th from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This online camp will allow for collaboration amongst all performing arts students while also carving out time for the individual disciplines within the program. Stay tuned for further information but for now,
New Interim Band Teacher
As a school and an organization, we are committed to finding a passionate and dynamic music educator to lead the Ballard Bands. In the interim, we have found an experienced music sub to help lead the program. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Walter White as our substitute. Walter has been a music sub in the district since 2003, and has subbed for many secondary band programs in Seattle. He will be working in conjunction with our other BPA Directors and Coaches to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for the start of the school year.
Walter White has been a musician since age 7, when he began piano lessons. Oboe took over in elementary school with piano being jettisoned ("Biggest mistake of my life," he has been heard to mutter) and tenor sax was added in 7th grade to get into jazz band. High school at Interlochen Arts Academy, college at Beloit, whence bass guitar was added to the repertoire and oboe halted for a few decades. Exited with a BA in English Lit/Secondary teaching certificate in 1973. He has been teaching privately since the late 70s and performed in numerous groups, playing West African high life, rock, R 'n' B, English folk rock, blues, jazz, unnameable mixtures of indefinable rhythmic things with melodies on occasion. He began using his teaching certificate in 2003, working as a substitute for SPS mainly for music classes ("Because that is what I do best", he mutters) and here we are today. He may be reached at: email@example.com
2020-2021 Fees Due September 15
Program Fees 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 such as additional technology support to enable 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.
No Camp Fees this year
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
All fees are due September 15
Jazz Band Updates
It is yet to be determined whether rehearsals will be before or after school, teachers will discuss what works best with students the first weeks of school. Instruction for Jazz will likely be two days a week, synchronous, with additional, optional student-led rehearsals in small combos/groups at other times. More will be worked out and communicated with students and families in the coming weeks.
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.
Save the date to donate your unwanted items to Goodwill and raise money for Ballard Performing Arts in the North Lot of Ballard High School. Please set aside your items for donations until then.
They will accept (no furniture please), electronics, used cell phones, clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items, etc.
Saturday, January 30 - 9:00 to Noon
New BPA Family?
Start at the New Family page under BPA Families to learn about programs, fees, camp, how to volunteer and stay informed.