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Fine Arts: Art and Music

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White flower sketch

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.

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Students playing instruments at a concert

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 26, 2017

OMS band performs peer's original composition

Did you know that BH-BL has its very own composer? His name is Owen Bechtel and he is a student at O'Rourke Middle School. Yes, you read that correctly--he's only in 7th grade and he wrote his own piece entitled "Storm on the River" that his peers performed and he conducted at their spring concert this past week. If you missed it take a couple minutes to watch this video. You'll be impressed--we know we are. Way to go Owen!

April 28, 2017

BH-BL music groups "strike gold" at NYSSMA Festival

Congratulations to BH-BL High School music groups for outstanding performances at NYSSMA Major Organizations Festival: Concert Choir with Ann Derrick as the conductor earned Level 6 Gold;  Concert Band with Benjamin O’Shea as the conductor earned Level 6 Gold w/Distinction; and String Orchestra with Karen Russell athe conductor earned Level 4 Gold. It's a great day to be a Spartan!

April 28, 2017

BH-BL student artwork on display at Congressional Art Competition, May 2-5

Congratulations to BH-BL High School student artists Caroline Cook, Benjamin Grignon and Natalia Kulisz whose artwork has been selected to compete in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. [READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS]

April 26, 2017

Suburban Council Music Festival, April 29

BH-BL students to perform

Good luck to BH-BL middle and high school students who will perform at the Scholastic Suburban Council Music Festival at Schenectady High School on Saturday, April 29. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Congratulations to the following BH-BL musicians who ... [READ MORE]

April 26, 2017

BH-BL Summer Music Program registration deadline, June 9

The BH-BL Fine Arts Department will offer summer music instruction from July 10 through  August 4, 2017. This program is recommended for students of all ages and abilities who enjoy playing and have a desire to improve their musical skills. The music instruction provided during...[READ MORE]

April 26, 2017

BH-BL named among "Best Communities for Music Education" fifth year in a row

For the fifth year in a row, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is one of 527 school districts across the nation that is being recognized by The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for their outstanding ...[READ MORE]

April 26, 2017

BH-BL students artwork showcased in BOCES art show

Congratulations to the art students selected for The Arts and Enrichment Service of the Capital Region BOCES 2017 Student Art Show. [READ MORE]

April 7, 2017

BH-BL HS students earn awards at Media Festival Competition

Congratulations to Mayanna Hurst who won third place for a Digital Design Award; Noah Mesh who received the Outstanding Editing Award as well as Honorable Mention in Computer Animation; and to Bryan Schulte for earning an Honorable Mention in Stop Action Animation at the recent Annual Capital District Media Competition. [FULL STORY & PHOTOS]

March 23, 2017

Wolf sketch

BH-BL students' artwork in Media Festival Competition

Congratulations to the following students whose artwork has been entered into the annual Media Festival Competition at Niskayuna High School in April: Noah Mesh (two entries), Brody Trask, Aidan McKenna, Bryan Schulte, Lael Breshears, Annabella Zocco, Mayanna Hayhurst, and Logan Osterlitz. [PHOTOS]

March 20, 2017

HS students' artwork accepted into Art in 3D Show

Congratulations to BH-BL HS student artists whose artwork was selected for the 2017 Art in...[MORE & PHOTOS]

March 9, 2017

BH-BL High School student artists accepted into Regional Art Exhibition

Congratulations to the following BH-BL student artists whose work has been accepted into the High School Regional Art Exhibition at... [MORE]

February 10, 2017

Tri-Music Honor Society students give back to community

Under the leadership of the Tri-Music Honor Society's Vice President Emilie Bennett, several O'Rourke Tri-Music students came together to make Valentine's Day cards and trays of lasagna for The Guardian House which provides shelter and amenities to homeless female veterans.

MS students making lasagna

January 27, 2017

Student artwork to appear in "Represented" Art Show, Feb. 1-28

Congratulations to BH-BL student artists whose artwork will be displayed in the "Represented" Art Show at The Charlton School from Feb 1 through 28. We hope you'll stop by to see Grace Apffel's "Kickstart" charcoal drawing; Meghan Haffey's "Pantheon" ​gouache and ink drawing; Mayanna Hayhurst's​ "Rabbit Hole"​ Photoshop painting; Emily Lavoy's photograph; and Juliet Hull's "Unsettling Disarray"​ Mixed Media Emotional Expression​. [PHOTO GALLERY]

January 10, 2017

Students artwork selected for All-Stars Art Exhibition, Jan. 14 - Feb. 25

Congratulations to BH-BL High School students whose artwork has been chosen for the Saratoga All-Stars Art Exhibition. The show runs from Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. We hope you'll join us to celebrate with our talented student artists. [VIEW ARTWORK]

October 17, 2016

MS & HS students inducted into Music Honor Society

Congratulations to the following O'Rourke Middle School and BH-BL High School musicians who were recently inducted into BH-BL's new Tri-M Music Honor Society...[READ MORE]

October 17, 2016

BH-BL student musicians accepted to Area All-State Music Festival

Concert, Nov. 19

Congratulations to BH-BL high school musicians who have been accepted into the Zone 7 Area All-State Music Festival, and will be performing at ...[READ MORE]

September 26, 2016

BH-BL students accepted into prestigious music programs

The BH-BL Fine Arts Department is glowing with pride these days with so many students earning music accomplishments. Here are a few ...[READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS]

September 12, 2016

Macke Artwork

Budding artist earns mention at fair

Congratulations to Pashley student Estella Macke who was awarded an Honorable Mention (and $10) for her artwork at the Saratoga County Fair. Nice work, Estella!

September 12, 2016

Six BH-BL musicians accepted into NYSSMA All-State

Congratulations to the following BH-BL student musicians for being accepted into NYSSMA Conference-All State...[READ MORE & VIEW PHOTO]

September 12, 2016Mia Belanger

7th graders accepted into youth symphony

Congratulations to Mia Belanger, a 7th-grade student at OMS, who was recently accepted into the prestigious Saratoga Youth Symphony. Way to go Mia!