About BSA

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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"I was an inner-city kid, and the school exposed me for the first time to a number of cultures. That helped to break down biases. From 8 to 4, it was our own little utopia."
Antonio Hart
Class of 1986, Grammy-nominated Jazz Saxophonist

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