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Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department at Bishop McNamara offers one of the most extensive arts educations in the Washington, DC area. Our large musical ensembles, intimate dance classes, theatrical productions, and art studio offer comfortable, rewarding, fun, yet challenging environments for all participating students. We encourage the growth and success of the students. One credit of Fine Arts is required for graduation. Performance based courses may require additional fees and/or fundraising.

The Fine Arts Programs include Dance, Music (Band & Orchestra and Choir), Theater and Visual Arts, with a FADE Program and Guest Artist Series.

Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement

The F.A.D.E. Program will serve to refine students’ talents and skill, cultivate a community of respect, appreciation and understanding of the arts, and acknowledge students’ dedication to the Fine Arts throughout their high school career.  Students who graduate with the Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement receive a notation on their transcripts and a special honor certificate at graduation. Students may apply at the beginning of their Sophomore year.  See your Fine Arts teacher for the application form and requirements specific to your major arts focus.

Placement Auditions

Spring 2013 Fine Arts Placement Information for the 2013-2014 School Year will be updated on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013. Some arts have an April 12th online registration deadline, so don't forget the check back soon.

Thank you for your interest in the Arts here at BMHS!

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Rating if "Excellent" with a "Superior" in Sight-Reading

Wind Ensemble
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On November 19, 2013, approximately 20 members of the United States Air Force Band visited Bishop McNamara to hold a side-by-side rehearsal with the Bishop McNamara Wind Ensemble.  The hour and a half rehearsal began with an introduction by the Air Force musicians, followed by a short performance by Air Force Clarinet Quartet.  The next part of the rehearsal was terrific. The 20 visiting Air Force musicians spread themselves out and sat side-by-side the BMHS students and had a very productive rehearsal.

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For the 2013-2014 school year, Bishop McNamara High School has named Counselor, Jennifer Auchmoody, and Visual Arts teacher, Kate Heneghan, as its Archdiocese of Washington High School Principals Association (HPSA) New and Veteran Teachers of the Year. Jennifer and Kate were both nominated and selected by their peers and will be honored with other schools’ HPSA winners at a ceremony on Oct. 25.

Fine Arts Placement & Registration Information

Spring 2013 Fine Arts Placement Information for the 2013-2014 school year has been updated. Go to Placement & Registration.