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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 Concert has been rescheduled from February 13 to Wednesday, March 18, 7pm - Little Theatre.


Coming Up:

The HSE Art Show returns to HSE HS this year. Come see amazing pieces from students throughout the district, as well as a special display of faculty works. Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2-5pm.

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


HSE Bands will be hosting a very large Winter Guard contest here at HSE HS on Saturday, February 22nd. This is one of the largest fundraising opportunities for the entire band program, with the potential to raise nearly $10,000. As there will be over 60 groups competing, many volunteers are needed for this all day event to run smoothly. Tasks are simple and shifts are short! 

Please click the Sign-up Genius links below. Do you have a student that needs volunteer hours for their club or honor society? We're looking for their help too! Grab a friend and a cup of coffee, and spend a few hours supporting your HSE Bands.

Adults: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0449abad23a4f58-volunteers



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:


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.