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Announcing Anthony Conto Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship!

Anthony J. Conto Endowed Scholarship

Bishop McNamara is thrilled to announce the Anthony J. Conto Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship created in honor of Mr. Conto’s 21 years of accomplishments and dedication to our school. 

Mr. Conto was the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Bands & Orchestra at Bishop McNamara from 2001 to 2022. Under his leadership, the department grew to become one of the most robust and well-rounded Fine Arts programs within a college-preparatory environment in the D.C. Metropolitan area. 

During his tenure, the instrumental music program doubled in enrollment and ensemble offerings, including the expansion to a string orchestra program. Mr. Conto founded the BMHS Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement (FADE) Program and established the Tri-M Music Honor Society here at Bishop McNamara. 

He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Music Education and Conducting from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership in Arts and Culture Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania and National Arts Strategies. 

In 2022, Anthony transitioned from BMHS to be the Executive Director of the Maryland Music Educators Association, an organization that he has been a part of for almost 30 years. He is active in the music community of the region and state. He has served as President of both the Washington Archdiocesan Music Teachers Council (WAMTC) and the Maryland Band Directors Association (MBDA), as well as having served as a board member and chairperson for various committees, events, and honor ensembles. He can also be found as a guest conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and from time to time, a freelance trumpet player. 

Our goal is $25,000 to endow this scholarship. Please help us reach this goal by donating to the Anthony J. Conto Fine Arts Endowed Scholarship Donate Here

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