Fine Arts Chairperson
BA in Education / Theatre
Masters in Education
Band Classes: Both the advanced band (Crusader Band) and the beginning band (Cadet Band) are academic classes with specific goals and expectations. Curriculum taught in the classes includes instrument technique, music reading skills, music theory and performance. In addition to the required curriculum, character and teamwork as well as responsibility and work ethics are important elements of the classes. The SHDHS Band Program presents a concert each quarter. Students are also prepared and encourage to participate in the KMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest in April. More information is under “COURSES.”
The SHDHS Pep Band performs at school events St. Henry’s as well as at our feeder schools.
In addition to regular classes, additional help is available during flex time and after school.
Mr. Joseph Payne: DIRECTOR of Cadet Band and Crusader Band. Mr. Payne’s career began in 1976 as band director, chorus director, and music teacher in the St. Bernard -Elmwood Place School District. Mr. Payne also taught band in the Kings Local School District where student enrollment in the band program grew from 35 students to about 300. Mr. Payne spent over two decades as a school administrator. He retired as a high school principal from Danville City Schools. Mr. Payne is an active music arranger and private music teacher. He has been performing professionally for over 50 years. He currently leads a little big band called the Vintage People Show Band.
Mr. Charlie Hill has been a band and music director since 1958 at several high schools in Greater Cincinnati, including Lloyd Memorial, Newport High, Western Hills High, and St. Henry. He has also been the Choir Director and Pianist at his Methodist Church for 20 years, and a professional musician for 40 years, performing in dance bands, Broadway musicals, jazz ensembles, and a wide variety of theatre productions and popular entertainment venues.
Our School Chorus and Chamber Choir programs feature both girls and boys, and both perform at many events in Northern Kentucky throughout the year.
Led by Ms. Eileen Bird, the choir consists of a group of dedicated, talented, and passionate students who have auditioned, been accepted, and live their day to day lives viewing music as not only a personal enjoyment and skill but also a ministry employed to serve the community. While most classes are work oriented, Chamber Choir is performance/service oriented. The choir sings together for concerts, weddings, funerals, memorials, all school masses and anywhere else needed.
The Chamber Choir has gone out of the country to sing together in places such as Venice, Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Ireland. In order to obtain the funds needed to make pilgrimages to these places, the Chamber Choir produces a CD and goes from church to church to perform, allowing people throughout the diocese an opportunity to support their endeavors. By combining the opportunity for spiritual, musical and personal growth, the Chamber Choir at St. Henry is an experience unlike any other.
From Ancient Egyptian pyramids tothe yellow brick road in Muchkin-land and so many places in between, SHDHS Theater pushes the imagination of Crusaders who have the courage to take that step on the SHDHS stage. Speakeasies, Austrian mountains, and the Haitian islands and just a small sample of the amazing places SHDHS Theater takes our students and the audiences every year. Each and every year these things appear on the SHDHS stage, under both the direction and dedication of Mrs. Emily Himonidis. Mrs. Himonidis teaches the Drama Classes at St. Henry as well as directs the Fall Play and Spring Musical. She graduated from Thomas More College and has been acting and directing for the past 20+ years. In 2009, she was awarded the Theater Educator of the Year in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area by the Cincinnati Enquirer Acclaim Awards.
The philosophy of the drama department is to allow students the opportunity to create new characters and to express those characters onstage in a compelling manner that shares a story and a message with their audience. All students may participate in many fashions and functions to bring the play to life on stage as one community.
Mrs. Himonidis favorite part of the day is when teaching her Drama classes. Drama 1 class focus on a main overview of the many facets drama offers and is considered a Fine Art credit. The advanced Drama classes (Drama 2 and Drama 3) offer students the opportunity to further explore acting, directing, and aspects of technical theater. It also allows students to explore the avenue of playwriting. (For further information, please see the Class Descriptions under “Courses.”)
SHDHS offers the opportunity for all students in all grade levels to audition and perform in the Fall Play, which is a non-musical production. The auditions are announced and help in September and the show is performed the weekend before Thanksgiving. The Fall Play helps students explore character development and learning the importance of blocking.
SHDHS offers the opportunity for all students in all grade levels to audition and perform in the Spring Musical. The auditions are announced and help in December and the show is performed a weekend in March. The musical helps students explore their ability to sing, dance, and perform while creating relationships with all others onstage.
Ms. Baker helps her students not only learn valuable artistic skills, but also to create meaningful pieces and understand the importance of art in everyday life. Ms. Baker is most well known for her charcoal drawings and portraiture. A 2005 graduate of St. Henry, she took Visual Art classes all four years she was enrolled at SHDHS. Ms. Baker decided to pursue an Art-Education Degree because of the positive experience she had in her art classes as a Crusader.
Mr. Fleury shares his passion for creating with his students. He is most well known for his acrylic and chalk pastel portraiture. Mr. Fleury feels he has been called to help students become excited about learning through the Visual Arts. As he engages them in the learning process, he strives to help them excel in all that they do.