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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. 

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Creativity and self-expression are essential components of a Bishop McNamara Fine Arts education. Our Fine Arts programs are uniquely placed in both the academic and co-curricular lives of the school. We offer courses and performance opportunities in Band, Broadcast Journalism/Film Production, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Students perform in the Jazz Band Concert
 Theatre Little Women
Traditional African Dance
Classical Dance
African Drumming
Thursday Show Mustang News In a Minute 10/28/21
Visual Arts - student art
Fine Arts Theatre Fall Musical 2021
Student creates art from shadows in the Moreau Chapel

The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to awaken and challenge every student's desire to create. Our Fine Arts department is guided by practicing artists who all share a love, passion, and vocation to teach.

Our Programs

Band & Orchestra

Jazz Band
Our Band and Orchestra program has a reputation for excellence throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. The study of instrumental music is an important component of providing students with a comprehensive music education.

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Broadcast Journalism & Film Production

Broadcast Studio

This program is the study and practice of broadcast journalism and film production. Our program emphasizes news-gathering, writing,  on-camera speaking, video recording, editing, and mass media. Students learn television production, digital video, studio and field production, lighting, and sound.

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Our Choir Program at BMHS offers comprehensive music education in various styles of vocal singing. Students receive training in vocal production techniques, music theory, music history, and sight reading. They learn to balance performance and rehearsal schedules, all while maintaining a high level of academic excellence.

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Classical Dance

Classical Dance
Our Classical Dance Program offers excellent training & comprehensive dance education in the classical styles of dance. Students are given the opportunity to engross themselves in the education of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical & contemporary technique, Improvisation, & composition in four levels of training.


 Theatre Little Women
Our Theatre Program supports and stimulates creative expression and development while cultivating discipline, confidence, and critical thinking skills. In addition to dramatic acting and musical theatre, students learn production and theatre tech in sets, lights, sound, and costumes from beginning to advanced levels.   

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Traditional African Dance & Music

Traditional African Music and Dance is an essential element of Africa's cultural heritage because it is the living expression of its philosophy, and the living memory of its evolution and cultural wealth over the centuries.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts - student art
The Bishop McNamara Visual Arts Program provides opportunities for our students to develop their understanding and appreciation of the visual by exposing students to sculpture and ceramics, computer graphics, painting, photography, graphic arts, mechanical drawing, art history and internet web page design.

Each school year, The Fine Arts Department highlights productions and concerts enabling students to demonstrate their creative accomplishments. All members of our community are invited to these outstanding student performances.

Productions & Concerts

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Fine Arts Faculty

Mr. Victor Bah

Faculty, Fine Arts, Director of Sankofa and Traditional African Music & Dance

Mr. N. Louis Holder

Teacher, WMAC Moderator

Ms. Cindy King

Fine Arts Faculty, Director of Classical Dance, NHSDA Moderator

Mrs. Mary Mitchell-Donahue

Faculty, Fine Arts, Theatre Director, Moderator-International Thespian Society

Mrs. Dana Shieh

Fine Arts Faculty, Director of Fine Arts, F.A.D.E. Advisor

Mrs. Francine Amos Hardy

Fine Arts Faculty, Director of Bands/Instrumental Music, Moderator Tri-M Honor Society

Ms. Tiara Butler

Faculty, Visual Arts

Ms. Leigh Elliott

Faculty, Fine Arts, String Orchestra

Ms. Zuri Foreman

Class of 2009
Faculty, Fine Arts, Classical Dance Assistant

Mrs. Mian Hairston

Faculty, Fine Arts, Traditional African Music & Dance Assistant

Mr. Michael McCorkle

Fine Arts Faculty, Broadcast Journalism

Ms. Janay Middelton

Faculty, Digital Art, Yearbook, Sophomore Class Cabinet Moderator

Mr. Phillip San Gabriel

Class of 2004
Adjunct Band Director, Conductor of Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band

Ms. Rhoda Sutton

Teacher, Director of Choral Music

Mr. Dominic Traino

Teacher, Theatre Technician, Tech Crew Moderator

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