Fine Arts

This is an especially exciting time to get involved in the music and art programs at Canisius High School.

A brand new fine arts facility will open during the 2017-2018 school year. The building at 1140 Delaware Avenue will boast separate, acoustically engineered rehearsal spaces for large instrumental ensembles, small ensembles, and choir. The second floor of the building will house the visual arts, including flexible layout and gallery space as well as a dedicated ceramics studio.

Student musicians, including a growing string orchestra, advanced and beginning choruses, large concert band, and several guitar ensembles perform throughout Western New York all year. In the spring of 2018, instrumentalists will travel to New York City to perform and attend concerts and musicals.

Instrumentalists and choral students are provided with Smart Music, an iPad application that assists in the teaching of music.

Each fall a major theatrical work is presented, as is a musical comedy in the spring. Students work on all aspects of the productions, including working behind-the-scenes.

For visual artists, opportunities likewise abound. student artists participate in numerous field trips to museums, galleries, and architectural sites.

Digital media students create short films, news broadcasts, and digital artwork using a special lab outfitted with the latest software and green screen technology.

Digital Media Arts



Graphic Design

Photoshop I


Blue Chorus

Concert Band

Introduction to Music

Gold Chorus

Guitar Ensemble

Hand Bell Ensemble I & II

History of American Popular Music

Music Theory Independent Study

String Ensemble

Visual Arts


Drawing & Painting

Independent Study

Introduction to Art


Studio Art