The Center for Artful Expression opened in 2004 and is now the home of the school’s instrumental music, vocal music and visual art programs. Bishop Ludden students learn to appreciate the arts and to use them as vehicles of self-expression. Students experiment with color, form, content, rhythm, and movement.
In 7th grade, students choose between band, chorus or general music. In 8th grade, students take art (and may continue band or chorus). The variety of art and music offerings in 7th and 8th grade expose students to visual and performing arts in their middle school years, so that they may focus on their interests in high school.
Gallery displays, theatrical productions, recitals, and ensemble performances encourage students to share their talents with the Bishop Ludden community. Independent study provides extraordinary opportunities for students to hone their skills and pursue individual interests.
We’ve got talent! Concert Choir Takes Top Honors!
In May of 2018, Ludden’s Concert Choir for won first place in the High School Mixed Choir category at the Darien Lake Music Festival and also won the Judges’ Trophy: Given for Best Overall Performance of all the groups that competed at Site #6 that day (there were three sites, and each site had a Judges’ Trophy Winner)! The trophy and certificate are in the display case in the hall of Ludden’s main entrance.
Bishop Ludden Concert Choir won first place in the category of High School Mixed Chorus at the Darien Lake Music Fest ’16! There were three choruses competing in that category.
Congratulations to Nico Santone who also won for best overall soloist for the high school division!
In 2015, Bishop Ludden’s Concert Choir was awarded 2nd Place out of six high school choirs that competed at the Darien Lake Music Festival.
Bishop Ludden received eight nominations at the Syracuse High School Theatre Awards in May 2015, sponsored by the Landmark Theatre and Syracuse.com.
Congratulations to the following nominees from Bishop Ludden:
- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Ashley Gusman
- Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Chris Toia and Jesse Williams
- Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Breona Courcy
- Outstanding Performance by a Student Orchestra: Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School
- Outstanding Production Number: Put On A Happy Face
- Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical: “Bye Bye Birdie”
- Outstanding Achievement by a Director: Tom Pietropaolo
Modern Music Masters, Tri-M, Music Honor Society was developed to motivate students, recognize their efforts, and honor their accomplishments. It is the purpose of the individual chapters to provide the opportunity to strengthen school music programs, help students reach their full musical potential, encourage instrumental and vocal students to work together toward common goals, and to focus attention on school music programs throughout communities.
Students are selected based on five points of distinction: scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership, and service, as well as musicianship.