FADE Program

The F.A.D.E. program is unique to Bishop McNamara High School Community. This program serve to refine students' talent 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 have the opportunity to apply for this program at the start of their sophomore year.

Fine Arts course work taken during a student's freshman year, prior to the FADE application year, can count towards the requirements.

Students who graduate with the Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement receive a notation on their transcripts and a special honor certificate at the senior convocation and honors cords at graduation.

The FADE Program requires specific fine arts coursework as well as attendance and participation with school and community performances and art exhibits. The students also attend the BMHS Guest Artist Series or Colloquia. During their senior year they will share their individual talents with each other and the younger members of the FADE Program at the FADE Senior Showcase.

Over their three years enrolled in the program, the students take time to meet artists of all backgrounds, experience performances and exhibits of all genres, and learn from their teachers at BMHS and one another, therefore broadening their fine arts experience.

Click here for more specific information about the BMHS Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program.

Upcoming Fine Arts Events 2015-16

Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting on Sept. 15
  • 5K for the Arts on Oct. 17
  • Fall Musical: R&H Cinderella Nov. 13-22
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival Dec. 5
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival Dec. 11-12
  • FADE Senior Showcase Feb. 18
  • P.G. County Music Festival Mar. 10-12
  • Spring Play Mar. 18-20
  • Dance Showcase Apr. 7
  • Dance Festival Apr. 8-9
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert Apr. 13
  • Sankofa Apr. 28-30, May 1
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert May 5
  • Choir Concert May 6
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert May 13
Fine Arts News
BMHS Senior is top selection of more than 40 outstanding applicants nationally. Congratulations, Josephine.
Mr. Anthony Conto, along with other UMD alumni, throws a surprise Gala for retiring Director of Bands, Dr. L. Richmond Sparks. Mr. Conto was the guest conductor for the alumni event.
Professional dancer provides Master Classical Ballet class for BMHS Dance students in Advanced Lyrical and Jazz class.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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