The St. Edward High School Performing Arts Programs provide students with opportunities to explore and refine talents in music and theater arts, develop character and acquire leadership skills. Students improve in areas of self-awareness, creativity, confidence and artistic sensitivity while learning to master the skills necessary to present outstanding collaborative performances in a supportive environment.
The music program includes Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Jazz Combo, Orchestra and Men's Chorus.
The Edwardian Players, the SEHS drama troupe, present two shows each year.
It is one of the school’s largest extra-curricular activities.
Students are involved in all aspects of production. In addition to performing on stage, students participate as members of stage crew (building and managing sets and props), technical crews (running lights and sound) and performing in
the pit orchestra.
Robert W. Burns
Director of Performing Arts
Mr. Robert Burns has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music where his major instruments were clarinet and saxophone. He has taught at St. Edward for 27 years. Under his direction the marching band has earned “Superior” ratings in OMEA State Finals seven times and the concert band earned a rating of “Superior” in national competition in New York City. In 1998 he reintroduced choir into the curriculum, a program that has consistently grown in size and quality even since.
Mr. Burns currently directs the Theatrical Presentations, Orchestra, Men's Chorus, co-directs the Concert Band and serves as Fine Arts department Chair. He has directed 48 stage productions at St. Edward, composed music for the concert band and marching band (including several competition shows), and is experienced in using music sequencing, recording and notation software. His interests outside music include photography and cinema - especially silent and foreign films.