Dr. Joseph Henry

Dr. Joseph Henry

Associate Provost, Professor of Music

Office: The Chapel
Phone: (309) 467-6397
Email: jdhenry@eureka.edu


DMA Conducting, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City, 1991
MM, Conducting, University of Maine, 1985
BS, Music Education, University of Southern Maine, 1976

Teaching Interests

Courses taught at Eureka College include: College Chorale, Chamber Singers, Beginning and Advanced Conducting, Music History, Music Cultures, Secondary Music Methods, Introduction to Music Education, First-Year Seminar, Piano and Voice Studio. Currently serves as a Co-Coordinator of the First-Year Experience Program.

Professional Activity

Artistic Director and Conductor of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale (1994-2011); Conductor of Maine All-State Chorus (May 2013). Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peoria Symphony Symphony Orchestra (2006), Peoria Symphony Hall of Fame Induction (2006), Eureka College Helen Cleaver Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008). Choral ensemble performances presented in Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Hungary, and Czech Republic. Has presented performances and workshops at ACDA and NAfME conventions and served as the President of the Maine Music Educators Association from 1982-1984.


Dr. Joseph D. Henry, professor of music at Eureka College and music director of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, is a native of Randolph, Maine. He studied music at the University of Southern Maine (BS) with Gerard Chamberland and Tom Bucci and choral music with Dennis K. Cox at the University of Maine (MM). He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri in Kansas City where he studied conducting with Gary Hill and Eph Ehly.

In 1991 Joe and his wife Kim moved to Central Illinois to begin his work at Eureka College where he serves as the Director of Choral Activities and teaches choral conducting, music history and courses within the music education curriculum. Prior to his studies in Kansas City and his arrival at Eureka College, Joe taught public school music for ten years in Maine within the school districts of Windham and Gorham. During this time he also served as the President of Maine Music Educators Association (1982-1984).

While at Eureka College his College choirs have released three CDs: ‘Neath The Elms, Volume I (1997), ‘Neath The Elms, Volume II (2006), and ‘Neath the Elms, Volume III (2011) in conjunction with five European concert tours including performances in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Ireland. In 2008 he received Helen Cleaver Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eureka College. Dr. Henry is the artistic director and conductor of the College’s annual Renaissance Christmas Dinner hosted by the College Chamber Singers and is both the current and founding director of the College’s annual Summer Choral Camp for high school singers, now in its seventeenth year.

Since 1994, excluding a three-year hiatus to serve as Eureka College’s Associate Provost from 2001-2014, Dr. Henry has served as the artistic director and conductor of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. During his tenure as music director, PACC has performed several major choral-orchestral masterworks with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Heartland Festival Orchestra including Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (1995 and 2003), Haydn’s Creation (2001), Orff’s Carmina Burana (2006 and 2016), Mozart’s Requiem (1999), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (1997 and 2009), and the Faure Requiem (2011) Under Dr. Henry leadership the PACC has also collaborated with the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra (2006 & 2016), the Peoria Ballet, the Tazewell County Dance Company, and the Heritage Chorale of Peoria. In 2006 Dr. Henry was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Hall of Fame.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale has released six CDs including An American Family Christmas Volume I, II and III (1995, 1998, 2004), If You Believe In Music (2000), Favorite Choral Moments ( Swing Into Spring (2006), and a commemorative, 25th anniversary recording featuring Sing We Now of Christmas and The Sounds of Glory (2007).

Dr. Henry continues to serve as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician at various choral festivals, clinics, and music conventions throughout the United States. His choirs have sung for festivals sponsored by the Music Educators National Conference, the America Choral Director’s Association and the National-General Assembly of Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ).
Joe currently lives in Eureka with his wife Kimberly. While not conducting or teaching, he enjoys serving as the song-leader at Eureka Bible church, visiting family in Maine during the summers, reading, bicycling, and occasionally watching games involving his favorite professional athletic teams including the Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics.