Welcome Ballard Performing Art Incoming Students

And New Families!


Hello and Welcome to Ballard Performing Arts! 

Director Welcome Letter


We are so excited to meet (and see) your student musicians and start the school year--which so far is scheduled to be in person!. We don’t have all the information about the 2021-2022 school year plans, please be assured that the Directors and the Ballard Performing Arts Booster Board are working to keep you updated for the fall. In the meantime, stay tuned to this page.


But first, a little about the Ballard Performing Arts at Ballard High School. 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.

Audition Information

Auditions for the upcoming school year have ended. Please reach out to the individual directors if you are a new or transferring student and would like to audition for a higher lever group than you are currently in. 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. 

Here are links to an overview of each program (please note, these documents need to be updated for this year). This FAQ page includes detailed information about each program, fees, uniforms, trips and contact information. 


Band Program Overview

Choir Program Overview

Orchestra  Program Overview

(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

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 = $200 

Jazz II = $100

Percussion = $50

Fiddle = $200

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 Fees

Typically, over weekends during the first month of the school year, all students from each musical group attend a weekend camp. The weekend trips are designed to create bonds, learn skills before the start of fall activities. Band Camp typically happens during the first or second weekend back to school. It includes all the Ballard Performing Arts students and is a 2 1/2 day weekend trip designed to create bonds, learn skills before the start of early fall activities at BHS and have some fun. Typically there are some fees associated with the camp (in the past, they have ranged from $180 to $190 per student).


Families will usually hear about Band Camp during the summer months, with fees due before classes begin in September. Camps this year may only be day camps. More information will be available soon, and added to this page as it becomes available.


Tentative camp dates to save are listed below. Locations to follow.

Band camp: September 10-12

Band Camp Itinerary

Orchestra camp: September 17-19

Choir camp: September 24-26

Choir Camp Intinerary

Camp Fees 2021-2022:

Band Camp: $45

Orchestra Camp: $65

Choir Camp: $65


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 Scholarship Form. 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.

Social Media

Here are the Ballard Performing Arts social media channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ballardperformingarts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BHSMusicDrama
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ballardperformingarts/



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.  2021-2022 Remind codes are now live!

Student Directory

Help Ballard Performing Arts communicate directly 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 to email students and families about:

    • performances

    • practice schedules

    • special events

    • trip details

    • meeting dates

    • weekly newsletters

    • fundraisers

    • general information throughout the year. ​


Volunteer Opportunities 

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.

Contact Us

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 - Carol Cheyne - BPABbandrep@gmail.com

Jazz Band Rep - Mishelle Jin - BPABjazzrep@gmail.com

Choir - Lori & Stuart Onstad -  BPABchoirrep@gmail.com

Orchestra - Page Abrahamson - BPABorchestrarep@gmail.com

Theatre - Bonnie Moses - BPABtheatrerep@gmail.com

Reach out to the Ballard Performing Arts Leadership Team:

Rachel Hart Rios, co-president  ballardperformingarts@gmail.com

Jeannette Chen, co-president bpabpresident@gmail.com

Jill Hansen, treasurer bpabtreasurer@gmail.com

Elizabeth Clyma, secretary, bpabsecretary@gmail.com

Amanda Workman, webmaster, bpabwebsite@gmail.com

Contact the directors

Courtney Rowley, Ballard High School Director of Choirs: chrowley@seattleschools.org

Elizabeth Fortune, Ballard High School Director of Orchestras: eafortune@seattleschools.org
Shawn M. Riley, Ballard High School Theatre Director: smriley@seattleschools.org

Jay Gillespie, Ballard High School Band Director: jrgillespie@seattleschools.org  

Full Board Member Roster