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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beautiful Sounds @dgnchoirs

Congratulations to students and staff associated with this evening's "Sprinter" Choral Concert!  














DGN Choir Concert Tonight!

The calendar says it's Winter. Recently it has felt a lot like Spring.  Let's call it a "Sprinter" Choir Concert!

Join us in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at 7:00 PM tonight, Thursday, February 23, for a wonderful evening of choral music that features the A Cappella Choir, Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Freshman Choir, All-Access Choir, and many select vocal ensembles.  

Nothing beats being there in person, but if you or a family member cannot be at DGN this evening, you can always share the concert with us virtually.  Click Here to be redirected to the High School Cube . In addition to the live-stream, the same broadcast will be available for 30 days, beginning on February 24, using the same link.  


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

National Black History Month Spotlight: Muddy Waters (1913-1983)

February is Black History Month, and @DGNFineArts is pleased to spotlight the pioneering work of African American artists.


Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was born a sharecropper in Mississippi. He taught himself to play the harmonica and guitar by the age of 17. He moved to Chicago, and after receiving an electric guitar, began to develop his Blues sound. One of his most popular songs, “Rolling Stone,” led to the name of the successful Rock and Roll Band. Waters won 6 Grammy awards over the course of his career. He passed at the age of 70 in Downers Grove.

http://www.biography.com/people/muddy-waters-9525002#later-career

Michael Tahlier visits DGN Guitar Classes

This morning our Guitar 1 and 2 classes welcomed Michael Tahlier from Musician's Workshop in Westmont! Mr. Tahlier worked with the students on the basics of blues in addition to performing for and with them. Many thanks to Mr. Tahlier and Musician's Workshop for your support of our students!



Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jaws Pool Party

Members of the DGN Band, Choir, and Orchestra spent Saturday afternoon in the pool, culminating with an immersive viewing of the cinematic classic, "Jaws."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Great Performance Pep Band!

There was tremendous energy and a great performance by our Trojan Pep Band last night! Thanks to everyone who helped lead our team to an exciting victory!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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 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.

As a reminder, the DGN Fine Arts Boosters 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 details about the Summer Study Grants, and links to the application. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

National Black History Month Spotlight: Augusta Savage (1892-1962)

February is Black History Month, and @DGNFineArts is pleased to spotlight the pioneering work of African American artists.

Augusta Savage (1892-1962) was a leading artist during the Harlem Renaissance as well as an activist and arts educator. Savage was one of the most respected sculptors of her time and studied art all over the world.  In 1934, she became the first African-American artist to be elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors. She then launched the Savage Studio of Arts and Crafts, located in a basement on West 143rd Street in Harlem. She opened her studio to anyone who wanted to paint, draw, or sculpt. She worked throughout her career to gain equality for African- American artists nationwide.


August 2017 DGN Band Camp Schedule Released

The Fine Arts Department is beginning to receive inquiries from families regarding the dates for the 2017 Summer Band Camp practices for the Trojan Marching Band.  The official Fine Arts Department Calendar (2017-18) is currently in ‘draft form’ and awaiting final approval from our school’s administrative team.  We expect to publish the official calendar in the next several weeks, but in the meantime we can share the Band Camp schedule now.  

As many of our families already know, District 99 is moving to an “Early Start Calendar” in August of 2017. This decision, and the process to come to this decision, has been covered thoroughly in the local press. The adjusted calendar will allow students to finish Semester 1 (and Final Exams) prior to the Winter Break, and this decision more closely aligns District 99 with other Chicago suburban high school districts. 

In anticipation of an earlier start in August 2017, we endeavored to create a more compacted Band Camp schedule last year (August 2016).  In summary, we experimented with fewer rehearsal days, but added several hours of rehearsal each day. The schedule worked well for the band, and we will use this same format in 2017, just moved up one week to accommodate the earlier start of the school year.

Here, then, are report dates for Band Camp 2017, with detailed times and schedules in the attached image.

  • July 31 – All Student Leaders (Drum Majors and Section Captains) report for Leadership Training
  • August 2 – All Percussion & Color Guard report for three day Mini-Camp
  • August 7 – All band members report for Band Camp 2017






Monday, February 13, 2017

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 2016 award recipients perform on April 4, 2017.  
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, 2017.  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, 2017 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Scholarship Alert for Seniors! DG Music Club College Music Award

In the spring of 2017, 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 2016-2017 academic year and who will be attending college in the fall of 2017, 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, 2017.  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, 2017 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

DGN Jazz Ensemble Featured at Famed FitzGerald's Nightclub

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Jazz Ensemble for an inspired performance at FitzGerald's tonight. Every single member of the band played an improvised solo or was featured in some way during the one-hour set. Well done @dgnbands!

DGN Winter Guard's 'Disconnected' Continues to Connect with Fans and Judges!

Congratulations to the Winter Guard on another great performance today at Naperville Central High School. The team earned a third place recognition, continuing their trend of significantly improving scores each week.

Be sure to catch the Winter Guard in their next competition on February 25th at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL.





Thursday, February 09, 2017

D99 Orchestra enjoys a day of collaboration with guest artists

As part of the annual District 99 Orchestra chamber music program with string quartet in residence, Grant Street String Quartet, students in the orchestra had the opportunity to perform and/or observe a master class and hear the amazing playing of our guest artists: Jennifer Leckie (violin), Matt Cataldi (violin), Jenwei Yu (viola) and Tim Archbold (cello).

Congratulations to the student musicians for your great work preparing your pieces and for playing so well in the masterclasses!  Thank you to our guest artists for your incredible playing and guidance in helping the ensembles refine their pieces for their upcoming performance at the IHSA Solo and Ensemble festival!
Quartet playing for class.

Chandana S. and Nithin N. - performing a collection of Shostakovich violin duets.

Amelia K. and Lucie B. performing Halvorsen's Passacaglia.

Xanthe H., Sean R. and Shea T. performing Haydn's Baryton Trio in A Major

Bryan M., Kaleb P., Jack B. and Chris W. performing Dvorak's American String Quartet

David S., Tushar M., Ben H. and Max O. performing Bach's Loure from the Third Cello Suite

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Apply for a DGN Fine Arts Boosters 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 Fine Arts Boosters, 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 15, 2017. The Summer Study Grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless. You may complete the form here:

http://tinyurl.com/2017DGNSummerFineArtsGrant


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

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

D99 Swings with NIU Jazz Orchestra

Congratulations to the student musicians of the DGN and DGS jazz bands for their exciting and musical performances at tonight's Tivoli concert!