FADE Program

The F.A.D.E. program is unique to Bishop McNamara High School Community. This program serves 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
  • FADE Colloquium #1 on Sept. 28th
  • FADE Colloquium #2 on Oct. 15th
  • 5K for the Arts on Oct. 17
  • Fall Musical: R&H Cinderella Nov. 13-22
  • FADE Colloquium #3 on Dec. 1st
  • 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
Ailey II Company Dancer provides advice and technique to BMHS dance students.
Please join us for the Fine Arts FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series for the 2015-2016 school year.
Saturday, October 17 the BMHS Fine Arts Department will have its 2nd Annual 5K for the Arts at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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