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Emily Himonidis
Fine Arts Chairperson
BA in Education / Theatre
Masters in Education

Phone: 859.525.0255
Email: ehimonidis@shdhs.org

Fine Arts

St. Henry District High School Fine Arts Department

Mission:  To provide an exceptional learning experience that engages, empowers, and encourages students to reach their highest potential in the area of fine arts and to instill in our students a life-long passion for the performing and visual arts that result in personal and professional artistic pursuits beyond high school.

Visual Art Courses: St. Henry District High School takes immense pride in the Visual Art Department hoping to foster a creative, comfortable, and beneficial experience for each individual student. Our goal is to not only help students grow through their visual communication and use of media, but also as responsible and educated young adults entering a creative and competitive art scene.

 

Visual Art Courses Offered:

  • Art I
  • Art II
  • Art III
  • Art IV (Senior Portfolio)
  • Art IV (AP Studio Art)
  • AP Art History
  • Digital Art and Design 

 

Choir Courses: The choirs consist of dedicated, talented, and passionate students  and allows them to explore thier love for music and song.  Students who participate in the choirs focus on creating music for ministry, performance, and for competition.  Our goal is that every student who has a passion and desire to share their musical talent has a means to participate, learn lifelong music skills, and be prepared for any choir beyond high school.

Choir Courses Offered:

  • Women’s Chorus
  • Concert Chorus

 

Band Courses: 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.

Band Courses Offered:

  • Beginning Band
  • Advanced Band

 

Drama Courses: The philosophy of the drama department is to allow students the opportunity to create new characters and to express those characters in class or onstage in a compelling manner that shares a story and a message with their audience. For Drama 1 class,  the focus is on a main overview of the many facets drama offers.  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.

 

Drama Courses Offered:

  • Drama I
  • Drama II (Advanced Acting)
  • Drama III (Advanced Directing / Technical Production)

 

October 2018

November 2018

  • November 13 at 10 am – Drama Classes Field Trip to Thomas More College to see A MidSummer Night’s Dream
  • November 13 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm – Art Club Fundraiser at Mall Road Chipotle
  • November 16, 17 at 7:30 pm and November 18 at 2:00 pm – Fall Play: SHDHS in a Nutshell
  • November 25 at 12:30 pm – Drama Classes Field Trip to Playhouse in the Park for a Backstage Tour

December 2018

  • December 6 at 7:00 pm – Choral Christmas Concert at Blessed Sacrament Church
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  • December 8 at 1:00 pm – Crafts and Cocoa
  • December 16 at 2:00 pm – Band: Winter Thanks Concert at St. Henry District High School
  • December 18 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm – Fine Arts Fundraiser at the Mall Road Chipotle

January 2019

  • January 16 at 5:30 pm – Drama 2, Drama 3, Chamber Choir classes field trip to Aronoff Center to see Fiddler on the Roof
  • January 23 at 1:00 pm – Drama Classes to see Playhouse in Park production of Cyrano de Bergerac
  • January 30 at 10:00 am – Drama 2 and Drama 3 classes to Playhouse in the Park to see In the Heights

February 2019

  • February TBA – Art Club Field Trip to Queen City Pottery
  • February 28 at 7:00 pm – Choral Winter Concert at Mother of God Church

March 2019

  • March 2 at 1:00 pm – Band Solo and Ensemble Performance at St. Henry District High School
  • March TBA – Art Club Trip to Cleveland
  • March TBA – Spring Musical

April 2019

May 2019

  • May TBA – Senior Art Show at St. Henry District High School
  • May 12 at 2:00 pm – Band End of Year Concert at St. Henry District High School
  • May 16 at 7:00 pm – Choral Spring Concert
  • May TBA – Art Club excursion to Greece

From Ancient Egyptian pyramids to the 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 are 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 held 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.

St. Henry District High School takes immense pride in the Visual Art Department hoping to foster a creative, comfortable, and beneficial experience for each individual student. Our goal is to not only help students grow through their visual communication and use of media, but also as responsible and educated young adults entering a creative and competitive art scene. Classes offered include Art I, Art II, Digital Art and Design, Art III, Art IV-Senior Portfolio, Art IV-AP Studio Art, and AP Art History.

The Visual Arts Department also offers opportunities outside the classroom through Art Club. Art Club meets every first Tuesday of the month and does a wide variety of activities including service, trips, and projects. Art Club has visited places such as The Carnegie Gallery in Covington, the CAC in Cincinnati, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, and St. Louis. Projects have ranged from glass blowing to ceramics and murals. Service projects include participation with the Flying Pig Marathon, Kate Geiger Memorial Breast Cancer Walk, and the Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center.

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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

2017-2018: Deck the Halls (FA) / Godspell (SP)

2016-2017: Cats! (FA) / Grease (SP)

2015-2016: The Bullying Collection (FA) / Cyrano de Burgershack (SP)

2014-2015: Prom! Papers! and Prayers! (FA) / Once on this Island (SP)

2013-2014: Reflections of Christmas (FA) / 42nd Street (SP)

2012-2013: An Entire Evening of Bad Dates (FA) / Bye Bye Birdie (SP)

2011-2012: Directing 101 (FA) / Another Night on Broadway (SP)

2010-2011: 15 Ways for Your Dog to Eat Your Homework (FA) / Jesus Christ Superstar (SP)

2009-2010: A Day in the Life (FA) / Smile (SP)

2008-2009: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (FA) / Aida (SP)

2007-2008: Uh Oh!  Here Comes Christmas (FA) / Thoroughly Modern Millie (SP)

2006-2007: Another Night of One Acts (FA) / Once on This Island (SP)

2005-2006: A Night of One Acts (FA) / Honk (SP)

2004-2005: A Night of Children’s Theater (FA) / The Wizard of Oz (SP)

2003-2004: Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (FA) / Godspell (SP)

2002-2003: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever  (FA) / The Sound of Music (SP)

2001-2002: A Night on Broadway

2000-2001: The Good Doctor