Associates in Studio Art from Cazenovia College, Bachelors degree in Art Education from Syracuse University, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Oswego
Head of the art department, Mrs. Rhonda Henderson has been teaching at Bishop Ludden since 1996. She’s also a professional wildlife artist and has won many state-wide ribbons.
Mrs. Henderson is also the advisor for the yearbook, as well as the senior class moderator and chairperson for the Gala.
Mrs. Henderson will tell you that she “grew up” as part of the Ludden family. Since she began teaching, Mrs. Henderson has been married by fellow teacher and Bishop Ludden chaplain, Fr. Dan Muscalino. Fr. Dan has also baptised Mrs. Henderson’s oldest son and is the Godfather of her youngest.
Outside of Bishop Ludden, Mrs. Henderson has recently begun painting religious murals at St. Patrick’s Church in Jordan. The mural of the summer of 2016 was featured in the Catholic Sun.
When she’s not working on her art, Mrs. Henderson enjoys boating and snowmobiling.
BA with honors, Music, Kenyon College; MM, Choral Conducting, University of Wisconsin, Madison; MM, Music Education, Syracuse University
Anne Jamison has been teaching at Bishop Ludden since 2013. Before Ludden, Ms. Jamison taught at Guerin High School in Chicago, Holy Cross Elementary School in DeWitt and in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District.
Ms. Jamison is the music director for the spring musical at Bishop Ludden. An active musician herself, Ms. Jamison also serves on the board of the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble, of which she is a member. With a degree specializing in choral conducting, voice and piano, Ms. Jamison has conducted the Syracuse Children’s Chorus, as well as ensembles at Trinity College of Vermont and Beloit College.
Ms. Jamison enjoys teaching at Bishop Ludden because of the fantastic students, faculty, staff and parents, all of whom create a strong sense of community here. Hobbies of Ms. J.’s include running, hiking, cooking and choral singing.
Ms. Jamison lives in Syracuse, with her husband and two sons.
BM, SUNY Fredonia, MM, Kansas City Conservatory of Music
Mr. Al Thomson founded the instrumental music program at Bishop Ludden over 20 years ago. He is currently the director of bands.
Mr. Thomson is also a very active professional performer himself, both regionally and nationally. He’s played with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, Skaneateles Brass and the O.C.M.E.A. Wind Ensemble. He’s also a member of brass quintets for S.U., Le Moyne College and Cortland State University.
Additionally, Mr. Thomson performs Civil War period music on an original 1853 bass saxhorn with the Excelsior Cornet Band – a nationally recognized brass band and Syracuse’s only authentic Civil War brass band.
In 2013, Mr. Thomson was appointed to a principal position with President Lincoln’s Own Band – the nation’s top civil war band – and the band that was featured in Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln”.