The Quincy Notre Dame Fine Arts Department is a multi-faceted and a integral part of the success of Quincy Notre Dame.
Fine Arts instructors include: Jeff VanKanegan – art, Monica Scholz – choral music and Keith Wiemelt – band director.
Jeff VanKanegan is in his ninth year as Art Department chair at Quincy Notre Dame High School. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Illinois State University, Jeff began his teaching career at Central High School in Camp Point, Illinois, and taught there for ten years. He was offered and accepted a full-time position as a staff illustrator and graphic designer for Good Apple Publishing Co., illustrating and designing book covers, interior pages and teaching aids for classroom teachers. During his 16 years in the publishing industry, Jeff advanced to Art Director of the Middle School Division for McGraw-Hill Publishing, managing a staff of artists, designers, and hiring freelance artists throughout the country. As the economy soured and downsizing became a common practice, Jeff returned to his other passion…teaching! Having been a practicing artist in the professional art world for many years, Jeff is eager to share his experience and knowledge to guide the young adults at QND to reach their fullest potential.
Monica Scholz has directed choristers from the age of 8 to 80 and has taught students at every level, from classroom elementary through college, and brings nearly 30 years of professional choral experience to Quincy Notre Dame High School. She is a 1985 graduate of Western Illinois University with a B.A. in Music Education. In her fifth year as choral director at QND, Mrs. Scholz conducts the Concert Chorale, Mixed Chorus, Madrigal Ensemble, Women’s & Men’s Glee, and writes and directs the annual QND Spring Show. In 1988, Monica toured Alaskan military installations with the Miss America song a dance troups, “Queens”, and was a member of the Decatur Park Singers. Mrs. Scholz has performed as a soloist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Sunday Music Series. She chaired the QSO steering committee that created the Quincy Area Children’s Chorus. At Quincy Community Theatre, Monica has appeared in 9 productions, created and directed the QCT Stage Kids, and has served as vocal director for ” Memories II”, “Oklahoma” and “The Wizard of Oz.”. Also at QCT, she is on staff at Quincy Community Theatre “Triple Threat Musical Theatre Boot Camp”.
Keith Wiemelt is a native of Quincy and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1997 and received a Bachelors of Science degree from Quincy University in Music Education in 2002. Keith has been the director of Bands at Quincy Notre Dame High School since 2011. He taught the previous nine years at the Ralls County R-II School District in Center, Missouri. Mr. Wiemelt is also the manager of the Parochial Music Association. He can be seen playing in the Quincy Park Band, the Big River Swing Machine, Heidelberg German Band, Quincy Community Theatre, and the Muddy River Opera Company. Keith and his wife Bonnie have been married 6 years are the proud parents of Emmett and Belle.