Fine Arts @ DGN Mission

North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

DGN Jazz Musicians Swing Home with Awards and Recognitions


Congratulations to the student musicians of the North High School Jazz Program for an outstanding showing at the 2018 Purdue Jazz Festival.   Three jazz ensembles performed and competed with more than 100 high school ensembles from five states across the Midwest. 

In addition to receiving a score from the panel of adjudicators in each room, each group received real time formative feedback from each judge in an audio recording.  This feedback is essential to the continuing growth of both individual students and the musicianship of each ensemble.  

The DGN Jazz Ensemble and DGN Jazz Lab Band each received Division I ratings from the panel of judges.  This is the highest possible rating on the scoring rubric.  

In addition to the outstanding ensemble performances, 12 Outstanding Soloist Awards were given by the panel of judges to DGN students for displaying outstanding musicianship.

Congratulations to:

Carissa Blumka (Tenor Sax)
Josie Bondarowicz (Bass) - 2 awards
Kevin Griffin (Trombone)
Andrew Jackson (Tenor Sax)
Kristen Karam (Guitar)
Ryan Knezevich (Trombone)
Kaylee McCarthy (Trombone)
Owen Nystrom (Bari Sax)
Miles Teague (Piano/Vibes) - 2 awards
Marz Tingzon (Bari Sax)


Saturday, January 20, 2018

DGN Jazz Combo @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Combo on their captivating performance this afternoon at the Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

DGN Jazz Lab Band @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Lab Band on their exciting and energetic performance this morning at the Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

DGN Jazz Ensemble @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Ensemble on a fabulous performance this morning at the 2018 Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scholarship Alert for Seniors! DG Music Club College Music Award

In the spring of 2018, the Downers Grove Music Club will present a $1,000 College Music Award to at least one student enrolled in Band, Choir or Orchestra in District 99.   Award recipients will be selected based on the merit of their musical accomplishments, as described on the application form, and the quality of the musical performance provided on the video recording portion of the application.  The goal of these awards is to recognize and reward those students who have worked very hard in their musical pursuits and have achieved a high level of accomplishment as a musician.

Click HERE to be redirected to the DGMC Website with application details.  


Who is Eligible?
Any District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra senior, who will be graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year and who will be attending college in the fall of 2018, is eligible to apply.

How Can I Apply?
The Application Form must be completed and mailed or e-mailed, along with a performance video recording, as directed on the form, by April 1, 2018.  Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
All entries must be POSTMARKED (if mailed) or DATE/TIME STAMPED (if electronically submitted) by the deadline date of April 1, 2018 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Scholarship Alert for Juniors: Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards

$400 Awards for Juniors
This year, the Downers Grove Music Club will present multiple $400 Rising Stars Music Awards.  Awards are given to students enrolled in the District 99 high schools in the areas of Band, Choir or Orchestra.  Award recipients are selected based on the merit of their musical accomplishments, as described on the application form and the quality of the musical performance provided on the recording portion of the application. The goal of these awards is to recognize and reward those students who have worked very hard in their musical pursuits and have achieved a high level of accomplishment as a musician.

Click HERE to be redirected to the DGMC Website with application details.

Who is Eligible?
Any  District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra student, currently in his/her junior year, pursuing a musical educational experience during the summer in which tuition is charged, is eligible to apply for a Rising Stars Award. Pianists may apply in the musical category with which they are affiliated.
 

Award recipients are required to perform the following year at the DGMC Rising Stars program, usually scheduled on a Tuesday evening in April. Come hear the 2017 award recipients perform on April 3, 2018.  

How Can I Apply?
The Application Form must be completed and mailed or e-mailed, along with a performance recording, as directed on the form by April 1, 2018.  Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
All entries must be POSTMARKED (if mailed) or DATE/TIME STAMPED (if electronically submitted) by the deadline date of April 1, 2018 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Apply for a DGN Friends of Fine Arts Summer Study Grant!

If you are interested in continuing your Fine Arts studies this summer at a music or visual art camp/workshop, and would benefit from financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from the DGN Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports $8,000 - $10,000 in Summer Study Grants to student musicians and visual artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Summer Study Grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless. You may complete the form here:

http://tinyurl.com/2018DGNSummerFineArtsGrant

Scholarship Awards will be announced in early May.  Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Teague, Downers Grove North Fine Arts Department Chairperson.

Consider Summer Study of the Arts!

By geographical proximity, DGN students are fortunate to live within a relatively short driving distance of a myriad of amazing summer music and visual art camps. These camps and workshops cover a broad range of experiences:  shorter or longer, different types of music, different types of artistic media, college residential, and much, much more.

Pursuing musical or artistic study, in depth, in a camp setting during the summer months is a great way for a student artist to develop new competencies and stay motivated when school is not in session.


To access a list of summer music and visual art camp experiences, please CLICK HERE.

The DGN Friends of Fine Arts offer "Summer Study Grants" to DGN music and visual art students who plan to pursue their passion at an arts-related summer camp or workshop. CLICK HERE for the application, due Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Campus Auditions at DGN on February 16

The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (in Michigan) is one of the nation’s leading arts immersion camps.  BLFAC is a non-profit summer school of the arts specializing in two-week arts programs for intermediate and high school students. 

Because there is a strong tradition of highly qualified District 99 students attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the institution actively recruits in our schools.  Additionally, BLFAC sends a representative to our building each February to hear interested students play and sing.  From those ‘mini auditions’ BLFAC frequently awards merit-based scholarships to attend the camp.  This year’s BLFAC scholarship auditions will be held on Friday, February 16th during all music class periods and for a short time after school.  If you are interested in playing or singing a short audition for the BLFAC rep, please express your interest on a sign-up sheet in the Fine Arts Office (room 131). Please see Ms. Moran or your music teacher to sign up for a time

What should you be prepared to play or sing in your audition?  Plan to perform 2-3 min of music that you have been working on with a private music teacher, or in class.  This could be an etude, a solo, or a piece of literature that you have really enjoyed studying.  Pick something that shows off your abilities!

The Blue Lake representative will share some basic information with the student to take home to parents.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out Blue Lake’s website at www.bluelake.org.  

Many DGN musicians have received significant scholarships to attend Blue Lake as a result of these mini-auditions.  Please consider this fabulous opportunity!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DGN Shines In Illinois All-State Musical Production - Big Fish

Congratulations to DGN students Ellie Banke (Female Lead) and Jack Cannan (Technical Crew - Props) for their selection to - and performances in - the 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival "All-State Musical" Big Fish. @dgnfinearts is proud of your amazing accomplishment!









Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pep Band at DGN Winter Classic

Thanks to the 100+ DGN musicians that performed this afternoon at the DGN Winter Classic. It was great to have the additional support of 8th grade instrumentalists that will soon join the DGN Band (Class of 2022)! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jazz Cafe 2018

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Jazz Ensemble, DGN Jazz Lab Band, Herrick Middle School Jazz Band, Jefferson Junior High School Friends of Jazz, and the Westview Hills Middle School Jazz Band for their spirited and exciting performances at tonight's 2018 DGN Jazz Cafe!