The Arts

The Fine Arts program at Bishop Dunne provides students with a spectrum of opportunities for pursuing their artistic and performing talents. It is our desire to open students' eyes to the possibilities, while acknowledging their talents and celebrating their gifts.

We provide a place of support and encouragement for both beginners and those seeking specialization as they pursue a degree or career in the fine arts.

Explore the Arts at Bishop Dunne


The objective of the Bishop Dunne Band program is to develop the performance, rehearsal, and personal practice habits of each student in order to give them skills they can enjoy for their entire lives. This is accomplished through the exploration of music literature from all genres and cultures.

Under the direction of Mr. Daniel Harrelson, band students can explore their musical talents in the Bishop Dunne Marching Band, Drumline, Wind Ensemble, or the award-winning Jazz Band.


The Strings program at Bishop Dunne invites students of all levels to participate. Beginner courses introduce students to one of the four orchestral string instruments (violin, viola, cello, or string bass). Students will learn how to read music, basic musicianship concepts, and how to play their string instrument.

Advanced courses are available to students who have at least a year of playing experience on violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Advanced strings explore advanced string playing techniques as well as more difficult string music. Students in this course will play in the Symphony Orchestra.


Entering its third year, the theater program at Bishop Dunne is designed to offer a multi-level opportunity to study theater arts for beginner and experienced actors.

The theater department is led by Mr. Nicholas Brandt, who is committed to offering a unique experience to students. Participation in Theater Arts not only provides enjoyment to all students who enroll, but also gives serious students the opportunity to hone their skills in preparation for future theater studies.

Below is a list of shows performed by the Bishop Dunne Theater Arts program:

The Bishop Dunne Revue: Fall 2014 and 2015
Is He Dead? Spring 2015
Senior Showcase: Spring 2015
The Court Jester: Spring 2016

Sounds of Bishop Dunne

Under the direction of Mr. Walter Johnson, The Sounds of Bishop Dunne Choir presents the Gospel of Christ through inspirational singing and serves the school and community with compassion and Christian Service.

The choir performs weekly at school Masses, in addition to several concerts throughout the year.

Accompanied by the talented Bishop Dunne Wind Ensemble, the choir has also been the highlight of the school's annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner for the past several years.

The choir is open to all sixth through twelfth graders and meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Visual Arts

Students at Bishop Dunne have the opportunity to study the visual arts at all levels. Our talented and skilled visual arts faculty educate students in the subjects of: drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and art history.

For advanced art students, Bishop Dunne offers a yearlong AP class in studio art.

Art students also submit work to Bishop Dunne’s visual and literary arts magazine, Rugged.

Literary-Art Magazine: Rugged

Rugged is a collection of artwork and writings created by students of Bishop Dunne Catholic School.

Students from grades nine through twelve are encouraged to submit their art and literature pieces either via email or hard copy to Ms. Melanie Gibson. Teachers in the English and visual art departments also submit students’ pieces they deem commendable. The Rugged literary-art magazine is published at the end of every fall and spring semester.

Rugged | Fall 2014
Rugged | Spring 2015
Rugged | Fall 2016