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The BMHS Music dept offers a wide diversity of courses including, orchestra/band, chorus, recording studio, AP Music theory, and a full track of guitar classes.   Orchestra/band and chorus work throughout the year to produce 2-3 major concerts (including the spring musical) as well as all music for monthly masses.    Recording Studio focusses on creating individual and collaborative audio projects for a year-end EP and teaches skills for live audio.   AP Theory is a language of music class designed for upper-level serious minded music students. The Guitar program includes, Guitar I, II, Honors Guitar Solo, and Honors Guitar Ensemble and has been recognized by the Guitar Foundation of America (America’s leading guitar organization) as one of six high school programs in the country to be college-prep certified.   The GFA Certification Program is for for-credit, pre-college guitar programs in public and private schools in the United States and represent GFA's standard of excellence in guitar education.
 

Founded in 1973, the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) is America's leading guitar organization. The GFA provides its members the combined advantages of a guitar society, a library, a publisher, a continuing educational resource, and an arts council. Today the GFA is the largest multinational guitar organization; providing serious guitarists worldwide a full range of educational, literary and performance resources and opportunities. The Guitar Foundation of America is an educational and literary organization and is devoted to furthering the knowledge of and interest in the guitar and its music.

The GFA Certification Program is for for-credit, pre-college guitar programs in public and private schools in the United States and represent GFA's standard of excellence in guitar education. 

 

Bishop McGuinness is currently one of only 6 schools in the country to receive this prestigious certification.  Congratulations, Villains!

GFA CERTIFIED SCHOOL
 
DIRECTOR: Alan Hirsh
Well known as composer/arranger/guitarist/and music educator, Alan Hirsh currently resides in North Carolina where he serves as Music Director and Fine Arts Department Chair at Bishop McGuinness High School as well as adjunct guitar instructor at Wake Forest University.  Alan is also the founder and director of the Piedmont Guitar Orchestra and actively directs festival guitar orchestras around the country, including the Appalachian Guitarfest Orchestra, the Greensboro Guitarganza Orchestra, the Long Island Guitar Festival Orchestra, and the Shearer Summer Institute Guitar Orchestra in Zion National Park.  Alan serves as Vice president of the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society and Vice President of Education in the Aaron Shearer Foundation. He remains active as a composer, having written and arranged extensively for orchestra, band, chorus, guitar and guitar ensemble.   Alan’s many published works include Mel Bay publications of Twenty Etudes in fixed Positions  and New Music for Classic Guitar, Trio Concertino, Holiday, Folk, Sacred, and Renaissance Collections for guitar ensemble.
BMHS Guitar Ensemble and Chorus at the 2016 Piedmont Classic Guitar Society Concert at Wake Forest University.
 
 
 

Listen to the BMHS Guitar Ensemble's original recordings.