The annual Hot Art Cool Jazz performance and exhibition on the St. Thomas campus showcases ensembles and scintillating Eagle talents ranging wide and deep led by fine arts dean Mike Nebel, faculty members Bonnie Coates and Chau Nguyen, band director Donald Thoede and choral director Josh Wilson.


Band Director Donald Theode (right)

This performance provides something truly unique for the St. Thomas community, bringing together visual and performance art.  When the campus is often busy with other events, athletics or booster club, fine arts has the opportunity to be visible to audiences other than their own.

Fine Arts Faculty Member Chau Nguyen

I enjoy the atmosphere … the lights, the music, the food, the art work … all coming together to feature the best of the St. Thomas talent.  I always encourage our supporters to come and enjoy an event unlike any other on the school calendar.

Christopher Bagale ‘17

This night really shows how diverse the student community is … great music and beautiful artwork side by side.  It’s amazing to see how the hard work and dedication pay off … students achieving these high levels of success.

Julian Cantu ‘17

My junior year I participated in Jazz Band and this year I’m part of the Jazz Combo.  I enjoyed how the parents were amazed at both our musical and artistic abilities.  This is a fun time of the calendar when students and faculty in fine arts can show where all the hard work is going.

Jonathan Prodel ‘17

I enjoyed playing (the trombone) for the audience and hearing their feedback.  Performing makes the practice hours all the more worthwhile.

Joseph Lauckner ‘19

I contributed a poster that reflected the music of John Denver.  The jazz sections and the choir really stood out.

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