PORTLAND — Randolph native Dr. Joseph D. Henry will conduct the Maine Music Educators Association All-State Festival Chorus at the University of Southern Maine on May 18.

Henry, a member of the faculty at Eureka College in Eureka, Ill., since 1991, currently serves there as an associate provost, professor of music, and the director of choral activities. He has degrees in music education and choral conducting from the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine, and the University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music in Kansas City.

Henry is a 1972 graduate of Gardiner Area High School and former director of choral activities at both Windham and Gorham high schools, where he began his teaching career. He served as president of Maine Music Educators Association from 1982 to 1984.

In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and was inducted into the Symphony Orchestra’s Hall of Fame. In 2008, Henry was the recipient of Eureka College’s Helen Cleaver Award for Excellence in teaching. Under his direction, his choirs have sung for the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association and the National-General Assembly of Christian Churches. His choral ensembles have toured and presented concert performances in Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and Italy.

Henry currently lives in Eureka with his wife Kimberly and two daughters, who are both music performance majors at Eureka College.


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