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Performing Arts


Mr. Zak Tschiniak -  Director of Orchestras, Department Chair; ztschiniak@hse.k12.in.us
Mr. Mike Niemiec - Performing Arts Educator, Assistant Orchestra Director, Former Director of Bands; mniemiec@hse.k12.in.us
Mrs. Audrey Torres - Director of Bands; atorres@hse.k12.in.us
Mr. Ed Roush - Director of Bands; eroush@hse.k12.in.us
Mr. Jake Coon - Percussion Director; jcoon@hse.k12.in.us
Mrs. Danielle Mullen - Director of Choral Activities; dmullen@hse.k12.in.us
Mr. Shawn Porter - Director of Choral Activities; sporter@hse.k12.in.us
Ms. Mary Armstrong - Co-Director of Drama/Thespian Sponsor, Auditorium Manager; marmstrong@hse.k12.in.us
Mr. Ethan Mathias - Co-Director of Drama; emathias@hse.k12.in.us

HSE Performing Arts Department Mission Statement

CLICK HERE here for the official Course Guide descriptions of classes available in the Performing Arts Department.
For more detailed information about each program, please visit the independent websites linked below:

   HSE HS Bands  HSE HS Vocal Music  HSE HS Drama


2019-2020 Events Calendars

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Please Note:  Dates, times, and locations are subject to change. 


The Jazz Band will be performing during the annual Spring Band Concert on Tuesday, May 12th; 7pm - Leonard Auditorium

Coming Up:


"Annie" - HSE Drama Spring Musical - March 12-14, 2020, 7pm, Leonard Auditiorium
Tickets available online at HSEDrama.org

The Hamilton Southeastern High School Winter Performing Ensembles
Spinghetti & Diddle Cakes!

Who doesn’t love dinner and a show?! Please come and join us for a fun filled night of food, friends and performances by ALL our Winter Ensembles.

When: Thursday March 26th, 2020
Time: Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM | Performances begin at 7:30 PM
Where:  CafĂ© ABC and Hamilton Southeastern Varsity Gym
Featuring, in order of performance:
  1. Hamilton Southeastern Clinic Guard
  2. Hamilton Southeastern High School A Guard
  3. Hamilton Southeastern High School Open Guard
  4. Hamilton Southeastern Indoor Percussion Ensemble
$10 DINNER TICKETS are PRE-ORDER ONLY! Combination Spaghetti Dinner & Winter Ensembles Show tickets can be purchased from a Winter Guard or Winter Percussion member. If you do not know a member in these ensembles you may pre-order your dinner through Taylor Glover at tglover04@yahoo.com. This $10 ticket will also be good to get you into the show! (Order deadline 3/23)
$5 SHOW ADMISSION ONLY TICKETS will be available AT THE DOOR. Even if you can’t join us for dinner, we’d still love to see you at the performance!
**BONUS** JH TRY-IT SESSION! There will be a try it out session immediately following our performances for all Junior High students that would like to see what color guard or percussion is all about!
All proceeds benefit our winter ensembles. We thank you for your continued support of all Hamilton Southeastern High School Performing Arts Programs year-round!


Click here for regarding Winter Guard Callout for 7th & 8th Grade students at FCJH and HIJH, as well as a Winter Guard Cadet Workshop. It is not too late to join Winter Guard for the 2020 Season!! Please contact Taylor Glover for more information:  TGlover04@yahoo.com



Community Outreach:
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HSE Performing Arts facilites are uniquely suited to a variety of performances and audiences.

DR. CHARLES D. LEONARD AUDITORIUM (pictured above):  Built in 1999, the Leonard Auditorium seats 990, and is handicap accessible. It is host to our seasonal Band, Orchestra, and Choir concerts, the Spring Musical, International Night, Mr. Royal, Junior High Vocal Festival, ISSMA Festivals, as well as varied large audience functions throughout the year.  Ample parking, including curb front handicap parking, is available in the South lot of the high school, accessed via Royalty Drive off of Olio Road. Please enter through Door #18. The Leonard Auditorium lobby is just inside, with entrance to the right.
Who in the world is the Leonard Auditorium named after? Click here to find out.

THE LITTLE THEATRE:  HSE's original theater built in 1967, The Little Theatre was renovated in 2017, seats 403 guests, and is handicap accessible. The more intimate space of The Little Theatre is ideal for the Thespian Plays in the Fall and Spring, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band performances, as well as several small audience functions. Enter the West parking lot on Olio Road, just south of 126th Street. There is plenty of parking for our events, including handicapped parking.You will find the Little Theatre just inside Door #2.


Band & Orchestra Trip to California - Spring Break 2020!!!!!

ALL STUDENTS* in the band AND orchestra programs are invited on this trip!

Below you will find the sign-up instructions for our Spring Break 2020 band and orchestra trip to California. If you have any questions please contact your director by phone or email.  There is no maximum limit to the number of people who can travel on this trip, including students and chaperones!  Stay tuned for upcoming fundraising opportunities.

California 2020 Sign-up Instructions link.
California 2020 Powerpoint link.


*We have worked the schedule around important competition dates so that winds, percussion, and color guard will all be able to participate!!! 

Friday, January 10, 2020 (during class)
To place an order online, visit: https://order.lifetouchsports.com/
Picture Day ID:  HM019452X0



Beyond The Paint: Pau Gasol's Symphony CLICK HERE - Venture to the symphony with the Spurs' center Pau Gasol and learn about his love of classical music.

From Musician to Physician CLICK HERE - Why medical schools are recruiting for musical ability.

High School Students Do Better in Science, Math and English If They Also Take Music Lessons CLICK HERE - Writing about the overlap of science and art.

Musician Plays Her Violin During Brain Surgery -  Dagmar Turner recently played her violin during brain surgery in London.CLICK HERE -  "The violin is my passion," she said in a statement. "I've been playing since I was 10 years old."



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Department Secretay; Dance Instructor:  Melissa Ferise, 317-594-4190 ext.8708, mferise@hse.k12.in.us

HSE High School

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

13910 East 126th Street, Fishers, IN 46037
School hours:  Mon 7:35a - 2:35p (Early Release), Tues-Fri 7:35a - 2:55p
Main Office (317) 594-4190
Fax (317) 594-4199
Attendance (317) 594-4195

HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the Hamilton Southeastern administration office, click here.

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.