Music Director and Accompanist

Dr. Henry - AFC 2010

Dr. Henry – AFC 2010


The Peoria Area Civic Chorale is excited to welcome back Dr. Joseph D. Henry as Artistic Director and Conductor for their 32nd season!

Following a three-year hiatus, Dr. Joseph D. Henry will return to the Peoria Area Civic Chorale as Artistic Director and Conductor, a position he originally held from 1994-2011. In addition to his position with the Peoria Area Civic Chorale, Dr. Henry continues to serve Eureka College as a Professor of Music and Associate Provost. He has degrees in music education/choral conducting from the University of Southern Maine, University of Maine, and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri -Kansas City where he studied conducting with Gerard Chamberland, Dennis K. Cox, Larry Rachleff, Gary Hill, and Eph Ehly. He taught public school music for ten years in Maine and served as the President of Maine Music Educators Association from 1982-1984.

Dr. Henry previously served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Peoria Area Chorale from 1994-2011 during which time he was also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s Hall of Fame. In 2008, Dr. Henry was the recipient of the Helen Cleaver Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eureka College. 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). In addition, Dr. Henry’s choral ensembles have presented concert tours in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Switzerland.



John Clark - AccompanistJohn Clark is an active keyboard musician in the Peoria area.  He is currently employed in the music department at Richwoods Community High School and as organist and assistant music director at Holy Family Church.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Judson College, where he majored in communications with an emphasis on public relations and radio.  While at Judson, John also pursued the study of piano and organ and later was a graduate student in sacred music at Illinois Wesleyan University.  In addition, he teaches private piano lessons and frequently performs as music director and pianist with local community theaters and the Peoria Area Civic Chorale.