Chris Ford

Director, Baltimore School for the Arts
Baltimore, Maryland

Chris Ford was named Director of the Baltimore School for the Arts by the School’s Board of Overseers and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners in April 2011. Dr. Ford has been at BSA since 1981, beginning as a saxophone instructor, then instrumental music coordinator and later rising to Music Department Head in 1990.

In addition, he serves the TWIGS after-school and weekend program, developing arts talent in younger students from Baltimore City. Dr. Ford’s credentials are wide-ranging and impressive: Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas; Master of Music from Bowling Green State University; Premier Prix, Medaille d’Or from the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux; Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to France; and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. Dr. Ford said of his new position, “The school is a dream job. This is what the arts are all about.”

Ford succeeds Leslie Shepard who served as head of BSA since 2000, leading the school through a dynamic period of growth and accomplishment, including a $30 million expansion and renovation; increased outreach to the community with arts training, activities programs; and the naming of the school as one of the top five public arts high schools in the country by the Doris Duke and Surdna Foundations.