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Choir Program

Bishop McNamara High School Choir

Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Choir ProgramThe Choir Program at BMHS offers a comprehensive music education in various styles of vocal singing. Students receive training in vocal production techniques, music theory, music history, and sight reading.

The BMHS choir students balance demanding performance and rehearsal schedules all while maintain a high level of academic excellence.


Upcoming Fine Arts Events

  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert - May 2
  • Choir Concert - May 3
  • Dance Showcase - May 8
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert - May 10
  • Theatre Showcase - May 31

We'd love to see you in the audience for our Spring Music Concerts. Tickets are NOW available online!

To purchase tickets, please visit:



Choir Courses

Concert Choir
Madrigal Choir, CP & Honors
Chamber Choir, CP & Honors
Show Choir
Vocal Jazz Ensemble

For Full Course Offerings & Descriptions:

Course Bulletin



Music Is Science
It is exact and specific. It demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, tendencies, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with precise control of time.
Music Is Mathematical
It is rhythmically based on the subdivision of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper, and often in multiple combinations simultaneously.
Music Is A Foreign Language
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not in English, but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language. It speaks to the soul.
Music Is History
It usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, and often even the country and/or racial feelings. It keeps a peoples' culture alive. It reflects the styles of each historical period, even as do the visual arts.
Music Develops Insight and Demands Research
Patterns are analyzed, similarities and differences identified, and style and period characteristics observed.
Music Is Technical
It moves into new technologies as easily as we move into a new house—adapting to new electronic possibilities.
Music Is Physical Education
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, feet, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears, the symbols the eye sees and the mind interprets.
Music Is All of These Things—but most of all, Music Is Art
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques, and use them to create emotion, build character, develop concentration, establish self-esteem. These are things science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion—call it what you will.
Not because we expect you to major in music...
Not because we expect you to play or sing music all your life...
Not only so you can relax and just have fun...
BUT you will be human you will recognize beauty you will be sensitive you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world you will have something to retain for enrichment you will have more love, more compassion, more short, more LIFE!
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live? Music gives lifelong benefits.
 — Written by Kathryn B. Hull, a retired music educator 
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Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934


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