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.
Music Camps: Save the Date
Each fall, Directors and students look forward to the Music Camps that bond groups and share knowledge and instruction. We are currently planning to have those camps in some capacity in September (see the schedule below, and save the dates).
While it is unlikely that we will be able to travel to our camps and stay overnight as we have done in the past, we are instead planning to hold them at school during the day on those same weekends. The directors will teach and share their knowledge and make music just as before. All of the learning, bonding, and fun that happens will still happen in new ways. We are working out the details and will be communicating updates and changes through our usual communication channels.
Please save the following dates for these events:
Band Camp: September 11–13th
Orchestra Camps: September 18–20th
Choir Camp: September 25–27th
You will likely be receiving paperwork in order for your student to attend the Music camps in the fall. As we are still working out details about location and fees, we can only provide you with the dates.
When we do send you the full packet of paperwork, there are likely several forms that will need to be completed and returned right away. It is preferred that you pay online, but you still need to return the physical forms.
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.
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: (these fees are still being determined)
Band Camp: TBD
Choir Camp: TBD
Orchestra Camp (Chamber & Symphonic): TBD
The Music faculty, together with the Ballard High School Performing Arts Booster Club (BPABC), is 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 scholarship assistance, please fill out the Scholarship Form. Please contact your group rep if you need assistance (See rep emails at end of this letter). 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 2020-2021 school year will look like yet, the below information provides a look at what typically happens:
BAND Fall Events - The year starts off right away with several marching band dates, including a parade the third weekend of September in Leavenworth and marching band games. Dates TBD. BHS Marching Band includes ALL band students. Visit the separate Marching Band FAQ page for more information.
Program Costs – This spreadsheet will give you an idea of the spreadsheet for you to see for the estimated cost of each group. For a typical year. Camp fees are due July 1, with all other fees are due Sept 15th. Pay online. The boosters offer several student fundraisers throughout the year to help with costs. No fees or events have been finalized at this time.
Stay Connected: Web Site, Enews, Social Media, REMIND
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.
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.
Can you take photos at our concerts? Do you really click with social media and want to breathe some life into those channels? 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
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).
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
Theatre - Bonnie Moses - BPABtheatrerep@gmail.com
Reach out to the Ballard Performing Arts Board Co Presidents
Rachel Hart Rios firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannette Chen email@example.com
Shelley Rousseau firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact the directors
Michael James, Ballard High School Director of Bands: email@example.com
Courtney Rowley, Ballard High School Director of Choirs: firstname.lastname@example.org