Welcome Ballard Performing Art Incoming Students

And New Families!


Hello and Welcome New Families to Ballard Performing Arts! 


We are so excited to meet your student musicians and start the school year. While we realize we don’t have all the information about what this particular school year will look like, please be assured that the BPA and Directors are working to keep up with the changes for school, activities, and SPS plans for the fall. While we are making modifications to our fall schedule we are continuing to make plans for all the groups.


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.

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. This FAQ page includes detailed information about each program, fees, uniforms, trips and contact information. 


Band Program Overview           Orchestra  Program Overview           Choir Program Overview


Schedule of the fees for each program 

(You can pay fees by going up to the Payment and Ticket Sale Tab. Create an account to keep track of payments)

Annual Fees (for band, orchestra or choir): $155.00
Additional Class Fees:

Jazz I = $100 

Jazz II = No Fee

Percussion = $50

Fiddle = $200

Additional Camp Fees: 

Band Camp typically happens during the first 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 trip. A family will usually hear about Band Camp during the summer months, with fees due before classes begin in September. More information will be added as it becomes available, and as Covid mandates allow.


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. 


Information on Typical Programs, Events and Fees

Though we don’t know what the 2021-2022 school year will look like yet, the below information provides a look at what typically happens:


BAND Fall Events - The year typically starts off right away with several marching band dates, including a parade the third weekend of September in Leavenworth and marching band games. BHS Marching Band includes ALL band students. Visit the separate Marching Band FAQ page for more information.


Stay Connected: Web Site, Enews, Social Media, REMIND


Ballard Performing Arts Website


We are working hard to keep this website up-to-date with new information about all the BPAB programs. For more detailed information, download the “Closer Look” documents linked above on this page.  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 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.  2020-2021 REMIND Codes


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


Available positions for 2021-2022 school year:


Take notes at meetings, send agendas, follow up on action items, work with the leadership team, coordinate documentation. 


Newsletter editor 

Work with the comms team to compile and send Ballard Performing Arts weekly newsletter (this year is biweekly, but we will return to weekly when school resumes) in Constant Contact. 


Calendar coordinator

Work with directors to make sure our BPA calendar on ballardperformingarts.org stays up to date, create events on social media. Contact Rachel Hart Rios at ballardperformingarts@gmail.com.


Photo montage and video montage producers

We’re looking for a parent or two to collect photos and videos of seniors and create photo and video montages of this year’s seniors. 


Spaghetti Dinner leads for 2021

Coordinate and organize the most fun event of the year that involves all the performing arts groups. Work with a team who procures the food, sells tickets, organizes volunteers, etc. 

To volunteer with Seattle Public Schools, you MUST complete the SPS online process. PLEASE start this process ASAP. We need parents/guardians cleared to help with camps in September. Paperwork needs to be filled out and submitted, along with ID and other requirements. It can take up to two weeks for paperwork to be approved. Begin the process at Seattle Public Schools Volunteer Application and Forms to get started or check your status (if you have volunteered before).

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


Other questions 

Reach out to the Ballard Performing Arts Leadership Team:
Board Co Presidents:

Rachel Hart Rios  ballardperformingarts@gmail.com

Jeannette Chen bpabpresident@gmail.com

Shelley Rousseau bpabfundraising@gmail.com

Jill Hansen, treasurer bpabtreasurer@gmail.com

Carol Cheyene, band rep, bpabbandrep@gmail.com

Connie Olson, secretary, bpabsecretary@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 Interim Band Director: jrgillespie@seattleschools.org  


Quick Links

Sign Up for Weekly Enews - THE source for all BPA happenings

Sign up for Remind texts - 2020-2021 Codes
Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Us


Visit our Remote Learning Page

Donate to Ballard Performing Arts

Ballard High School

1418 NW 65th St. 

Seattle, WA  98117

Ballard Performing Arts Booster Club  

PO Box 17774,

Seattle, WA  98127

501(c)(3) organization  45-4436465

BHS Website

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