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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 - Associate 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 - Directors 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

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 see the WEBSITES links below.

Performing Arts Department Mission Statement
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PERFORMING ARTS ADVOCACY:  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.




ISSMA Organization Contest - Preview Concert - Wednesday, March 27th - 6:30pm Leonard Auditorium

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FEATURING:  Concert Orchestra & Philharmonic Orchestra; Concert Band, Symphonic Band, & Wind Symphony

Below you will find the concert schedule for the ISSMA Preview Concert, Wednesday, March 27th
(Please note that the Southeastern Symphony & Wind Ensemble will perform at a later date.) 

This event will be run in the format of a contest/festival structure with guest adjudicators. To minimize disruptions, please understand that admission to the auditorium will not be permitted once a performance has begun. Patrons are encouraged to be seated at least 5 minutes prior to an ensemble performance time.

All students will wear formal concert black attire. Students are encouraged to stay and listen to other ensembles but are not required to do so.

We look forward to seeing you, and wish you a pleasant Spring Break in the week following.
HSEHS Band and Orchestra ISSMA Organizational Preview 2019
Ensemble Warm Up Transit to Stage Perform
Concert Band Blue & White 6:00pm 6:25pm 6:30pm
Concert Orchestra 6:10pm 6:35pm 6:40pm
Symphonic Band 6:35pm 6:55pm 7:00pm
Philharmonic Orchestra 6:50pm 7:15pm 7:20pm
Wind Symphony 7:15pm 7:35pm 7:40pm

 Winter Ensemble Community Night (Indoor Percussion & Winter Guard, HSE and FHS) - Thursday, March 28th, 7:30pm - HSE Varsity Gym
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ISSMA Organizational Contest (Bands & Orchestras from Indianapolis and surrounding area high schools) - Friday, April 12th, 4-10pm & Saturday, April 13th, 8am-6pm - Leonard
Auditorium Sign-up Genius Volunteer Link above. Event Schedule currently available at www.ISSMA.net http://www.issma.net/downloads/2019hsweek2.pdf

ISSMA State Qualifications Preview Concert (Southeastern Symphony & Wind Ensemble) - Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm - Leonard Auditorium

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (Spring Thespian Show) - May 2, 3, & 4, 7pm - Little Theatre

Percussion Ensemble - Tuesday, May 7th, 7pm - Little Theatre

Spring Choir Show - Thursday & Friday, May 9th & 10th, 7pm - Leonard Auditorium
Admission charges apply. Tickets available online one week prior.

Spring Band Concert - Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm - Leonard Auditorium
Admission:  $5 Adult, $3 Student/Senior, Ages 5 & under FREE, HSE Faculty/Staff plus Guest FREE w/ ID

Spring Orchestra Concert & Senior Recognition - Wednesday, May 15th, 7pm - Leonard Auditorium
Admission:  $5 Adult, $3 Student/Senior, Ages 5 & under FREE, HSE Faculty/Staff plus Guest FREE w/ ID

 Complete Hamilton Southeastern High School Performing Arts Department 2018-2019 Calendar of Events (pdf)
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EVENTS UPDATES - Please note...
  • The Winter Ensemble Community Night (March 1) has been rescheduled for March 28th.

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We are excited to announce that we are going on a combined Band & Orchestra Trip to California over Spring Break 2020!!!!! ALL STUDENTS in the band program will be invited on this trip! We have worked the schedule around important competition dates so that winds, percussion, and color guard will all be able to participate!!! Details, a tentative itinerary, projected costs, as well as other pertinent information were disseminated at our TRIP KICK-OFF MEETING (THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH  2019; 6:30PM - HSE HS Band Room).

Below you will find the sign-up instructions for our Spring Break 2020 band and orchestra trip to California.  The presentation from the February 28th presentation was recorded, accessible via the Dropbox link. The Powerpoint our travel designer is referring to is also attached. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me 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.
California 2020 Presentation - Dropbox video link.

 DEPARTMENT PORTRAITS: If you are interested in ordering prints from the January 15th Lifetouch portait day, you will need your Athlete Passcode, along with your Record # and Security Code. This information is found on the printed proof sheet that was distributed to students recently. Enter this information at http://www.lifetouchsports.com/

If you do not have a proof sheet, simply contact the Lifetouch National Call Center 800-736-4753 (press 2 for Sports)


Each performing arts program also maintains separate websites, listed below. Click to visit:

 HSE HS Bands*

 HSE HS Orchestras

HSE HS Vocal Music*

HSE HS Drama*

HSE Performing Venues:

DR. CHARLES D. LEONARD AUDITORIUM (pictured above):  Built in 1999, the Leonard Auditorium seats 990, and is handicap accessible. 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 will be just ahead on 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. 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.

Find us on Facebook @HSEPerformingArts     Follow us on Twitter @HSEPerfArts   #WePlayTheStage #FindYourPride

Department Secretary:  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

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.