Welcome Ballard Performing Art Incoming Students And Families!
We are so excited to meet your new students, see returning students, 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 Directors and the Ballard Performing Arts (BPA) Booster Board 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 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 department. There are more than 15 groups total under the Ballard Performing Arts umbrella.
This year, students and families that are involved in the Ballard Performing Arts program can expect a new level of togetherness, even when we are away from each other. This year’s overarching theme is “UNITY and COMMUNITY. “
What does this mean? It means that in addition to making a renewed individual commitment to our own chosen performing arts medium, we are going to spend time getting to know folks across performing groups or troupes. It means we are going to collaborate in unconventional ways in the making of performance art – with creativity as the main vehicle. It means we are going to, as a program, dig deep into the difficult work of decolonization and the building of a culturally responsive, welcoming environment for our community to thrive within.
It means that all performing arts teachers will be spending time with all performing arts students. We will endeavor to bring our strengths together as “accountability partners” to deliver an even more effective and powerful curriculum that serves all of our students. This year calls for a different approach – the “old way” isn’t really doable right now. We are so excited for our students to hop on board with us and get ready for a cool new journey.
There will be opportunities for the “whole band/ orchestra/ choir” to participate in creating “virtual” music for video production
There will be opportunities for students to collaborate musically in small groups with their music ensemble
There will be opportunities for students to collaborate musically and theatrically in small (and large) groups across the performing arts department
This semester we will be working toward a virtual “Collage Concert” in December. It will be a collaboration between all Performing Arts students and ensembles featuring a variety of musical and theatrical performances, including large virtual ensembles, small ensembles, student composition, and individual monologues.
Extra-Curricular ensembles including Fiddlers, Men’s Ensemble (vocal), and Women’s Chamber Ensemble (vocal) may be added as the year progresses.
Below is a snapshot of upcoming dates, communication channels, and volunteer opportunities. The BPA Families Page on our web site will also have updated information as it comes out.
Jazz Band Update
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.
Performing Arts Camp New Camp Date
Combined Performing Arts Camp
September 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each fall, Directors and students look forward to our annual camps that bond groups and share knowledge and instruction in an overnight weekend event. 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 Theatre students on September 26th from 10 am to 4 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, SAVE THE DATE!
Need to Pick up an Instrument?
Do you need an instrument for the school year? Please email directors, and include your first and last name, grade, and the class that you are enrolled in. Email your teacher to make arrangements:
Band: Walter White (interim band teacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
Orhestra: Elizabeth Fortune, email@example.com
Program Fees and Information
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
How to Pay Fees
You can pay fees by going to the Payment and Ticket Sale Tab at ballardperformingarts.org and find your group. (Create an account to keep track of payments.)
All fees are due September 15
(Note: in a typical year, fees are due July 1 prior to the beginning of school year).
Scholarships Are Available
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.
The boosters also offer several student fundraisers throughout the year to help with costs of trips, etc.
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 Ballard Performing Arts 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. You can also stay up to date with any events that have been scheduled by subscribing to our calendar: https://www.ballardperformingarts.org/calendar
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.
Follow our 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. Sign up for 2020-2021 REMIND Codes
Are you a tech whiz and can edit zoom performances? 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? When field trips are back in action--can you 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).
Courtney Rowley, Director of Choirs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Fortune, Director of Orchestras: email@example.com
Walter White, Interim Band Teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn Riley, Director of Theatre: email@example.com
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 Rep Lori & Stuart Onstad: BPABchoirrep@gmail.com
Orchestra Rep Page Abrahamson: BPABorchestrarep@gmail.com
Theatre Rep Bonnie Moses: BPABtheatrerep@gmail.com
Other questions, reach out to the Ballard Performing Arts Board Co Presidents
We are excited to have you as a member of Ballard Performing Arts! We take great pride in our community, and look forward to welcoming you as a part of it. This year you will be challenged and inspired as we create memorable musical experiences, pursue artistic endeavors, and form lasting bonds and friendships.
We look forward to a great year of inspiration and reinvention!