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September 23, 2017
William Davern
Director of Fine Arts

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Welcome to West Genesee Fine Arts 

Welcome to the Fine Arts portion of the West Genesee Schools website. West Genesee enjoys one of the most accomplished Fine Arts programs in the state. Music, art, dance, and theater are all elements of our curricular and co-curricular program.

Please refer to the District web calendar on the right sidebar to see what lies ahead for the 2016-17 school year.

 Fine arts news headlines...

Best Music Communities30 Year Dance Celebration Concert Tuesday

June 6th is the date that we celebrate 30 years of Dance at West Genesee High School! Concert starts at 7:30PM in the High School Auditorium. 16 Acts will be performed and dance awards will be presented prior to the conclusion of the concert. Free and open to the public! Come celebrate with us!

West Genesee is One of the Best Music Communities for Music Education, Again!      

Posted on April 7, 2017

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has announced the results of its eighteenth annual "Best Communities for Music Education" survey, which acknowledges schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support of music education in schools. This is the ninth consecutive and overall thirteenth time West Genesee has been recognized for this honor. MORE 

West Genesee Jazz Welcomes Michael Davis to 49th Annual Swing-In

Posted on April 5, 2017

Swing-In 2017 will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 in the West Genesee High School Auditorium. 

Swing-In is an annual tradition of the West Genesee High School Fine Arts Department since 1968. 

In the field of music education, Davis has served as a guest artist and clinician around the world, while also authoring a number of highly esteemed instructional books and arrangements for musicians of all ages and abilities. A multiple recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, he maintains his own jazz groups and projects through Hip-Bone Music.

Tickets are available at the door and are $5 Adults, $2 senior/student, or $10 for a family 4 pack.  Plenty of free parking is available in the front and rear of the building.  more

Julia Musengo and Kevin BuffWest Genesee Musicians Invited to Eastern Regional Concert 

Posted on April 3, 2017

Two West Genesee High School musicians have been invited to participate in the 2017 Biennial Eastern Division Conference. The Eastern Division Conference is held every two years and is hosted by a local state Music Education Association. Congratulations to Julia Musengo and Kevin Buff for this honor. MORE

Fine Arts Director Receives Outstanding Educator Award

Posted on March 17, 2017

Congratulations to our Director of Fine Arts, Bill Davern, selected for the School Administrators Association of New York Outstanding Educator Award! more


Director's Message

strings summer campThe curricular Fine Arts programs encompass performing arts including strings, band, and choral music beginning in elementary school.   Our dance program originates at the high school level. Visual art is offered beginning in Kindergarten and expands into multiple disciplines throughout Middle and High School. Our fine arts teachers are fully certified, professional educators and are specialists in their chosen artistic area. The success and accolades we have garnered over the past 60+ years are a direct result of the commitment from students, teachers, and family members, all working in congress toward the highest levels of excellence.  

The co-curricular program at West Genesee is vast and offers students many opportunities to perform and display outside of the school day and school community. These opportunities are listed in our Middle School and High School handbooks. We also offer summer instruction on band and orchestral instruments, vocal lessons, two summer Theatre Camps, a Band/Jazz Camp and two String Camps.   

WG was recognized in 2017 as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in America."   It was our 12th time since 2005 garnering this distinction, and our 9th year in a row. West Genesee High School was also a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2015. We hope to see you at one of the many concerts or displays that are free to the public. The Fine Arts does indeed "Celebrate Learning!"  

Artistically Yours,

William Davern - Director of Fine Arts

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