Welcome to Hamilton's Music Program!

Welcome to Hamilton's Music Program & FOMAHI (Friends of Music at Hamilton International)

Welcome Hamilton music students and families! We're delighted that you're participating in our school's award-winning music program. As you embark on your musical journey, we ask that you take the time to read through the webpages with information for students. You'll find important information from your instructors about the classroom, your instrument(s), and performances. We look forward to a great year of music! 

Lincoln High School Performing Arts Auditions for 2021-22 School Year 

Visit Lincoln High School's Performing Arts at Lincoln (PAL) website for important information about auditions for the 2021-22 school year. Auditions will be held for band, orchestra, jazz band and choir.


Read about Lincoln High School's Band Ensembles and Audition Requirements (PDF).

Ballard High School Performing Arts New Family Virtual Open House

Incoming band, orchestra, choir and theater families are invited to Ballard High School Performing Arts' New Family Virtual Open House, Monday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.


Meet the program directors:


Courtney Rowley, Choir Director

Elizabeth Fortune, Orchestra Director

Jay Gillespie, Interim Band Director

Shawn Riley, Theatre Director


Learn about the programs:  Bands, jazz bands, orchestras, fiddlers, choirs, vocal jazz, percussion groups, theatre and more


Meet other parents in the BPA Boosters group: Find out how you can get involved and support this amazing program


Please RSVP so you can ask any questions you have in advance and so that we can add you to our mailing list for future new family events:


RSVP Form for BPA Open House

Virtual Music-a-thon Concert: A stellar evening of music! 

Music-a-thon, FOMAHI's annual fundraiser, was a fantastic, FIVE-HOUR evening of music on February 10th showcasing the work of Hamilton's Choir, Orchestra, and Band programs! Hundreds of Hamilton students, families and staff attended the online event. This year, we have increased individual and small group coaching during COVID-19 online learning, and FOMAHI has set a goal of raising $40,000 through this event to support coaching and more for the music program.


We continue to fundraise to reach our goal. Please contribute if you are able to do so at this time. 



Visit our Music-a-thon page to learn more and to donate. Questions? Email fomahihelp@gmail.com

Submit Music Student Photos to Hamilton's Yearbook!

The yearbook team is soliciting photos of music students practicing and performing (and just being themselves at home). To submit your pictures, please visit http://hjeshare.com/eShare/index.html and enter the code HIMS. Please use the green button that says “Click Here to Upload General Photos” and ignore the greyed-out button and text about Student Portraits.

If you are unable to submit your photos via the process above, you can alternatively send your photos to thehamiltonian@seattleschools.org. If you choose to do so, please be sure to also identify all students in the photos you are submitting.

Register for FOMAHI & Update Your Account Each School Year

Families of new and returning HIMS students taking a music class or enrolled in an afterschool music club must create a FOMAHI account and update their student's profile (grade level, music class) each fall. This ensures music families will receive important information and updates specific to their student's music program. FOMAHI is unable to send communications to families who are not registered. During the 2020-21 school year, the $25 registration enrichment fee is waived.


No other middle school offers music enrichment like HIMS! More than 60% of Hamilton students participate in music…but, the district pays for less than 30% of the expenses that power this award-winning program.


That’s where we come in. We’re the Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI), a 100% volunteer organization that fundraises for and supports the music program. Our volunteers book hundreds of hours annually counting instruments, prepping concerts, selling baked goods, and ensuring the students and directors have what they need to thrive.

  • Licensing sheet music for every student
  • Music coaches
  • Instrument repair (including tune-ups for 4 pianos) and purchase, sound system maintenance
  • Subsidizing out-of-state trips to major competitions
  • Ensemble Instruction
  • Providing financial support and scholarships for our students in need
  • Music teacher grants and professional development

We welcome donations throughout the year to support the program. While you’re on the website, please consider adding a tax-deductible donation

Become a FOMAHI Volunteer

Music parents and guardians, please consider joining the FOMAHI Board or volunteering in a way that matches your interests and availability. Being a FOMAHI volunteer is a rewarding experience. We support the amazing work of HIMS music educators and their students through trip planning, concert operations, fundraising, and much more. It is actually a lot of fun and doesn't take much time.


During 2020-21 remote learning, monthly board meetings are held online via Zoom. See the FOMAHI calendar for upcoming board meeting dates and times. Board meetings are open to all Hamilton families.


Interested in volunteering? We would love to tell you more. Please contact Christina Holden at tomchristinaholden@comcast.net or fomahihelp@gmail.com.


Yours in music,




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