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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!

Related News

Fine Arts Students Receive Awards for Excellence at Kennedy Center

Several Bishop McNamara High School students were selected in recognition of artistic excellence by The National Society of Arts and Letters Excellence in the Arts Program: Z'ane Davis-Smith '15, Ceandria Mars '15, Kevin Glotfelty '15, and Rochell Ann Yacat '15.  They were honored and received their awards and certificates on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Our congratulations to them all!

2014 National Society of Arts and Letters, Washington DC Chapter Award for Excellence in the Arts

Three Musical Alums Perform in Notable Venues

Congratulations to recent alumni for their notable accomplishments in the arts, which includes a performance at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Mellon, and Berklee.
Tyrone Allen Performs at Kennedy Center

Fine Arts Invited to National Society of Arts & Letters Excellence in Arts

Bishop McNamara High School was invited to participate in The National Society of Arts and Letters Excellence in the Arts Program.

The Fine Arts Faculty agreed upon the following student awards:

Award for Excellence:  Z'ane Davis-Smith  

Certificate of Merit recipients: Ceandria Mars '15, Kevin Glotfelty '15, and Rochell Ann Yacat '15.  

Congratulations to all students!

BMHS African Music and Dance Program - A Step Above!

The Bishop McNamara High School African Music and Dance Program has dynamic and innovative classes designed to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of African music and dance in America. Led by Mr. Victor Bah, students learn the intricacies of the arts, live drumming, and African contemporary movement. This video showcases this one of a kind high school program.

BMHS Students Honored as Maryland All State

Congratulations to our Mustang Musicians! BMHS is proud to congratulate the student musicians who have been honored by the Maryland Music Educators Association.
Maryland Junior All State Choir
Emma Raphael - Soprano
Celena Gallardo  - Alto
Jahlani Jackson - Tenor
Maryland Senior All State Jazz Band
Myles Hill - Bass Trombone

Fine Arts Placement & Registration Information

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