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Guest Artist Series

The Fine Arts Department is proud to present this series of guest artists. Each year we invite Graphic Designers, Dancers, Singers, Actors, and/or other Artists to come and perform for our community. This series also serves as our Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program Colloquia. This series is also open to members of our community. Each evening will consist of a performance, presentation and/or discussion, followed by a question and answer period for our community.

This year's artists series and schedules will be updated throughout the year. Full details and artist bios will be provided for each artist. We hope you can take advantage of these great opportunities.

2017-2018 FADE Colloquia

Please join us for our Guest Artist Series. Mark your calendars! Open to the community unless otherwise stated.

FADE Colloquium #1 - Nakia Verner, Singer, Actor & Vocal Coach
FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring Nakia Verner, Singer, Actor & Vocal Coach on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm, in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Ms. Nakia Verner Guest performer for BMHS Fine Arts

South Carolina native Nakia Verner is praised for her sumptuous sound and spontaneous passion in recital performances and operatic portrayals which have delighted listeners from San Francisco to Rome. Here notable roles include Madama Butterfly , the First Lady in Die Zaüberflote, , Magda in La Rondine; and the title role of Suor Angelica. Verner has also sung the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte and the title role in Ariadne Auf Naxos.

Nakia has degrees from Winthrop University, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and the Peabody Conservatory. Nakia graduated from The Catholic University of America with a D.M.A. in October 2014.

Nakia has performed both the soprano and alto solo in the Verdi Requiem , Brahms Requiem, and the alto soloist Bach Magnificat. She performed the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role in La Voix Humaine , Dottie in Finian’s Rainbow, and Mother in Hansel and Gretel. She is the winner of the George Woodhead prize for Voice, 1st place winner of both 2010 Washington Summer Opera Theatre Scholarship Competition and the 2012 CUA Concerto Competition . Ms. Verner made her debut with Maryland Lyric Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana in July 2014. In March 2016 and June 2017, Ms. Verner performed the Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with the Maryland Lyric Opera and the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Nakia played the role of Mother in Maryland Lyric Opera’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2016. Ms. Verner made her debut in the title role in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in Berlin, Germany in August of 2017.

Nakia is on the faculty at the Levine School of Music and Prince Georges Community College.

For more info: Nakia Verner, Soprano website

FADE Colloquium #2 - Liz Lescault, Potter

FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring Liz Lescault, Freelance Graphic Designer and Web Designer on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Andy Mona Student Center.

Liz Lescault, Freelance Graphic Designer and Web Designer

Liz Lescault, an accomplished ceramic artist, is known both for her biomorphic sculpture and her vessel forms.

Liz lived in Botswana and Lesotho where she studied traditional African ceramic techniques. A selection of her work is part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Botswana.  Over her forty-year career as an artist she received numerous awards and grants including the Maryland State Individual Artist Award and has staged four major solo-exhibitions.

 Among the unique bodies of work, she developed over the years is a line of miniature pottery, high-fire functional pottery, pit-fired and terra sigillata vessels, decorative vessel forms and biomorphic sculpture.

Liz currently has a studio at Otis Street Art Project, Studio and Art Incubator, in Mt. Rainier, MD and is represented by Higher Art Gallery, in Traverse City, MI and McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD

FADE Colloquium #3 - Rikki Howie Lacewell, Dancer/Choreographer

FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring Rikki Howie Lacewell, Dancer, Actor & Choreographer on Monday, December 11th at 7:00pm in the Andy Mona Student Center.

Rikki Howie Lacewell is Guest Artist at Bishop McNamara High School

Rikki Howie Lacewell is an area performer/director/choreographer with over 80 shows under her belt . Regional theater credits are Toby's: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dreamgirls, Ragtime and Sophisticated Ladies. She has also performed at Lazy Susan Dinner Theater, Landless Theater and Several Fringe Performances. Most of her work has been around the DMV area with Community Theater.

A WATCH nominated actress, choreographer and Director, some highlighted choreographical credits are: Chorus Line, Sister Act,Legally Blonde, Seussical, Kiss Me Kate, Aint Misbehavin', Spamalot, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago and The Wiz. Currently making a Reprise of her role as Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act with St Marks Players opening October 13th. She is also choreographing Into the Woods and Wizard of Oz opening later this year. 2018 is shaping up with choreographing Big Fish at Silhouette Stages followed by Forbidden Planet and In the Heights. 

FADE Colloquium #4 - United States Marine Band

FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring the United States Marine Band on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm, in the Fine Arts Theatre. 

United States Marine Band
Photo By: MSgt Kristin duBois

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.

FADE Colloquium #5 - FADE Senior Showcase

Join the Senior FADE students as they share their talents with the McNamara Community. This will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre. 

Artwork by David Cobb, class of 2017

FADE Colloquium #6 - Allison Bradbury, Musical Theatre Performer

FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series featuring Allison Bradbury, Musical Theatre Actress & Singer, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Fine Arts Theatre.

Allison Bradbury, Musical Theatre Actress & Singer,

Allison Bradbury is a Musical Theatre actress local to Baltimore, Maryland, with a BFA in acting from Towson University. Her past credits working with Iron Crow Theatre include The Wild Party (Queenie), The Cradle Will Rock (Mrs. Mister), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet). Other credits include Memphis (Featured Teen Girl) with ArtsCentric and Legally Blonde (Vivienne) with Silhouette Stages. 

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