About BSA


The BSA faculty is led by an administrative team including Director Chris Ford, Academic Dean Tom Askey, and Assistant Principal for Student Support Mary Evans, as well as department heads in each of the four arts disciplines.

The academic faculty is a select group of 18 certified teachers, a guidance counselor, a librarian, and a special education coordinator. All are certified teachers skilled at communicating and sharing the joy of learning.The academic program at BSA is a college preparatory program that includes honors and advanced placement level courses. An arts technologist staffs BSA's Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology, which is open from 4:15 to 7 pm Monday-Thursday, and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.

BSA places an equal emphasis on academics and arts training, and students are required to meet standards in both to remain in school. The arts faculty is composed of distinguished professional actors, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who teach at the school on a part-time basis and maintain careers in the arts, providing a critical link between the BSA students and the professional arts world. There are six full-time and 68 part-time arts faculty members supervised by the four arts department heads.

Director - Chris Ford

Dr. Ford was named director of the Baltimore School for the Arts in April 2011. He has been at BSA since 1981, beginning as a saxophone instructor, then instrumental music coordinator, and later rising to music department head in 1992. 

Dr. Ford completed degrees with Dr. Michael Nascimben (B.M.-University of Texas,Austin), Dr. John Sampen (M.M.- Bowling Green State University), and Mr. Reginald Jackson (D.M.A.- University of Maryland,College Park). He completed further studies with Mr. Jean-Marie Londeix at the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship. Upon his return to the United States, he won the East-West Artists Award and presented a solo recital in Carnegie Recital Hall. He has performed as a saxophone soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, the Delaware Festival Orchestra, and the American Chamber Orchestra. 

Dr. Ford has taught on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory, St. Mary's College, Towson University, Goucher College, the Levine School, and Loyola College (Baltimore).

Please join Dr. Ford on his blog, On the arts and education, to learn more about his strategic thinking about Baltimore School for the Arts.

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"TWIGS was a chance for me to be with other kids I was not in school with, to be with different teachers who were serious about art."
Dorian Dean
Visual Art Student

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