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Jun 19, 2018
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Fine Arts: Art and Music

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In December of 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This federal eduation law states that art and music are an integral part of a well-rounded education.

BH-BL Art Program

The BH-BL K-12 Art program strives to foster creativity in every student and promote a life-long appreciation for the visual arts. Our program encourages individual thought, decision making, creative problem solving, innovation, personal expression, and collaboration. Students create, present, and respond to works of art and learn how artistic ideas and artworks connect with society, culture, and history. BH-BL art students have numerous opportunities to showcase their work in exhibitions throughout the district, community, and the capital district.

Click here to read more about the BH-BL Art Program

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BH-BL Music Program

The BH-BL K-12 Music program provides every student with opportunities to explore, create, and perform music through classroom experiences, curricular and extra-curricular performing ensembles, and group lesson instruction. Students have many opportunities to showcase their musical talent in concerts, festivals, and other performances throughout the community, capital district, New York State, and beyond. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is proud to have been nationally recognized by the NAMM Foundation for a number of years as one of the Best Communities for Music Education.

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Fine Arts News 
May 18, 2018

Fine Arts Showcase & Induction Ceremony, May 21

Join us on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., at BH-Bl High School for the district's annual Fine Arts Honors Showcase, featuring performances by the Orchestra, Concert Band and Concert Choir, a presentation of artwork by honored seniors, and a short awards ceremony honoring graduating seniors. New this year is the induction of six alumni into the BH-BL Performing and Visual Arts Hall of Fame. Congratulations to musicians Colonel (Ret.) Thomas H. Palmatier (’72) and Stephen Kostyniak (’91), artists Paul Harding (’94) and Andy Curlowe (Wojcik) (’02), and thespians Lawrence Merritt (Maranville) (’55) and Susan Boyajian (’81).

May 3, 2018

Student musicians earn top awards at Toronto Music Festival

Congratulations to all of the BH-BL High School music ensembles for their performances at the Toronto Festival of Music--ratings of "Excellent" achieved by all six groups! [READ ABOUT THE AWARDS]

May 1, 2018

Student artwork entered in Congressional Art Competition

Congratulations to high school student artists Rebecca Kelley, Marielle Scott and Jake Tashman for having their artwork selected to be entered into the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, which is...[VIEW ARTWORK & LEARN MORE]

April 24, 2018

Students' artwork showcased at Media Arts Festival

Congratulations to BH-BL student artists who have their artwork on display at the Media Arts Festival at Bethlehem High School through April 30: Brendan Fogg, Eli James Grippin, Grace Kerber, Michael Kisel, Alisa Mazon, Sarah Milewski, Marielle Scott, and Jake Tashman-Tomeck. [VIEW ARTWORK]

April 20, 2018

BH-BL named "Best Communities for Music Education" school

Congratulations to the entire Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District and community for being named among the nation's Best Communities for Music Education for the 6th year in a row! BH-BL is ...[READ MORE]

March 29, 2018

Students' art work on display at Capital Region BOCES Art Show

Congratulations to the BH-BL student artists whose artwork will be on display at the 30th Annual Capital Region BOCES Art Show April 17 through May 18 [VIEW ARTWORK]

March 29, 2018

2017-18 Regional Reflections Award Winners

Congratulations to BH-BL HS student artists Aamon Smith, Veronica Fulgieri, Morgan Woodbeck, Chloe Jacobs and Sidney Krawiecki for winning the National PTA Reflections Awards. Their work will be judged at the New York State level after winning a spot in the Regional level. Good luck, Spartans. [VIEW ARTWORK]

March 19, 2018

Student Work Accepted into Regional Art Exhibit


Congratulations to BH-BL High School student artists Nathan Slisher and Morgan Woodbeck for their having their artwork accepted into the 2018 High School Regional Art Exhibit. [VIEW ARTWORK]

March 5, 2018

BH-BL student artists show off their work at the "Transitions 2D Art Gallery" reception.

Check out their work here.

February 8, 2018

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Sirianni accepted into NYS Honors Band

Congratulations to BH-BL trombonist, Cedric Sirianni, who was selected for the 2018 New York State Band Directors Association Honor Band. The Band was chosen from 450 candidates statewide, representing 80 schools. Cedric will be performing with the Honor Band on Sunday, March 4 as part of the NYSBDA Symposium. Way to go, Cedric!

February 5, 2018

Student artwork to appear in 3D Exhibit, Feb. 5-28

Congratulations to BH-BL High School student artists Grace Apffel, Abby Brino, Josephine Holt, Faith Jandreau, Park Scott, Willow Scott, and Logan Williams, whose artwork has been selected for display at the Art in 3 Dimensions Exhibit at Mohonasen High School from Feb. 5 through 28. There is also a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. [VIEW ARTWORK]

January 19, 2018

Student artwork displayed at All-Stars Exhibit through Feb. 10

Congratulations to BH-BL student artists whose work was selected for display in the All-Stars Exhibit at Saratoga Arts...[READ MORE & VIEW ARTWORK]

January 19, 2018

BH-BL HS student musicians perform at esteemed festivals

Upcoming concerts: Jan. 20 & 27

BH-BL music students are very busy this month being honored with acceptance into three music festivals! Congratulations to ...[READ MORE]

Novemer 13, 2017

Student musicians to perform in Music Festival, Nov. 18

Congratulations to BH-BL High School musicians...[READ MORE]

November 13, 2017

BH-BL HS PTA Reflections Award Winners Announced

This year's contest theme was "Within Reach" and the winners who advance to the regional level and the honorable mentions are...[READ MORE]

October 13, 2017

Student musicians to perform at band festival, Oct. 21

Congratulations to O'Rourke Middle School Musicians ...[READ MORE]

September 13, 2017

BH-BL HS students accepted into NYSSMA

Congratulations to BH-BL High School students Mark Piotrowski who was accepted into NYSSMA Conference All-State Orchestra on bassoon, and Jessica Landry who was named Conference All-State Alternate on flute. Way to go!