Welcome Ballard Performing Families!
Hello and Welcome to Ballard Performing Arts!
Our programs at Ballard High School are unique within the Seattle Public Schools. All four of our directors work as a team and our boosters support all the bands, all the choirs, all the orchestras and the theatre dept. There are more than 15 groups total under the BPA umbrella.
This page is a snapshot of upcoming dates, communication channels, and volunteer opportunities. We will continue to update information on this website as we have it.
The information on the audition page explains the audition process for band, orchestra and choir.
Program Fees and Information
Program Fees help to pay for buses, trips, uniforms and other supplies that support the students and the program.
(You can pay fees by going up to the Payments and Tickets Tab. Create an account to keep track of payments)
Annual Fees for the school year (for band, orchestra or choir): $155.00 (for every student participating)
This is paid by all students in band, orchestra or choir, and only one time, if your student is in multiple groups. Starting in late July or August, you can pay fees by going up to the Payments & Tickets Page. Create an account to keep track of payments.
Additional Class Fees
Jazz I = $150
Jazz II = $150
Percussion = $50
Fiddle = $150
ASB Cards for Band
A $35 fee for an Associated Student Body (ASB) card is required by the school of all marching band students, primarily for entry to the football games. Fee must be paid by October 1. Once all marching band students have purchased their ASB card, the Music Department receives a significant allotment of money to help with our expenses. These cards can be purchased in the Activity Center next to the Commons.
Camp Dates & Fees
Tentative camp dates to save are listed below. Locations to follow.
Band camp: September 9-11th
Orchestra camp: September 16-18th
Choir camp: September 23-25th
Band Camp: $210
Orchestra Camp: $180
Choir Camp: $180
Scholarships are Available
The Music directors, together with the Ballard High School Performing Arts Booster Club (BPABC), are committed to providing a high quality experience for all students who wish to participate in Performing Arts activities regardless of financial circumstances. If you are in need of partial or full assistance with payment fees, we ask that you pay what you can using the Donate button on the Program Fees page for more complete information.. Then, please fill out the online Google Scholarship Form. (downloadable & print copy HERE). This confidential form goes only to the directors and the BPA Administrative Assistant. You will be contacted once you fill out a Scholarship form. Any student that wants to be in the music program will have assistance if needed.
Stay Connected: Web Site, Enews, Social Media, REMIND
Ballard Performing Arts Website
We are working hard to keep this website up-to-date with updated new information about all the BPAB programs. This is where you can find out about auditions, contact the board and directors, make payments and donations, buy tickets for performances, FAQs about uniforms and events, music camp and field trip paperwork, links to weekly newsletters and more.
If you follow only one communication source, the weekly newsletter is the one, delivered every Tuesday during the school year. Specific and timely information is provided there and updated on the website. Sign up for the newsletter by using this form.
You can find the latest copy of the newsletter on our website, under the Communications Tab at the top, under Current Newsletter and archives of past newsletters.
Here are the Ballard Performing Arts social media channels:
We use an app called REMIND to keep families and students notified by text of all sorts of information. This easy and convenient app includes event reminders, uniform reminders, notifications about news, locations, arrival/departures. Each fall REMIND codes are updated and distributed to all students and families. We will also list them on the website. (2022-2023 Remind codes will be available 1st week of school.)
Help Ballard Performing Arts communicate directly with students, parents, and guardians by filling out the confidential Student Directory form (NEW FORM COMING SOON) for each student in Ballard Performing Arts. Throughout the year, we use this contact information to email students and families about:
general information throughout the year.
Can you take photos at our concerts? Take notes at our meetings? Work on our newsletter? Would you like to videotape shows? Chaperone students on trips or to football games?
There are many moving parts to the BPA program to keep students, events, and fundraising on track and we would love help from parents and guardians to keep the wheels moving. We often send out opportunities by newsletter and use Sign Up Genius to recruit volunteers for our annual Dessert Dash, uniform fittings, bake sales, organizing one-off fundraisers. What is your superpower? Our team can use your talent! Contact: BallardPerformingArts@gmail.com
Visit the Volunteer Opportunity page for a full list.
BPAB has a terrific group of volunteer parents who work closely with the directors to communicate with families in each performing arts group. If you have questions about your student’s specific band, orchestra, choir or theatre group, please feel free to reach out to any of reps listed below:
Band Rep - BPABbandrep@gmail.com
Jazz Band Rep - BPABjazzrep@gmail.com
Orchestra - BPABorchestrarep@gmail.com
Choir - BPABchoirrep@gmail.com
Theatre - BPABtheatrerep@gmail.com
Reach out to the Ballard Performing Arts Leadership Team:
General Info firstname.lastname@example.org
President - email@example.com
Jill Hansen, treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the directors
Daniel Valdez, Ballard High School Director of Orchestras: email@example.com
Shawn M. Riley, Ballard High School Director of Theatre: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jay Gillespie, Ballard High School Director of Bands: email@example.com
Courtney Rowley, Ballard High School Director of Choirs: firstname.lastname@example.org