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.

Friday, June 08, 2018

DGN Fine Arts partners with Clarendon Hills Music Academy #99Learns #WeAreDGN #ComeAliveDGNFineArts



Students in the DGN Fine Arts Department are working this summer at the Clarendon Hills Music Academy Studio, recording the soundtrack to for an upcoming music video.




Many thanks are extended to recording engineer and music educator, Mr. Derek Berg, for his technical/artistic guidance, as well as his support of this community partnership with Downers Grove North Fine Arts.

We look forward to returning to the studio later this summer with additional vocalists and completing the project.


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

D99 Orchestra departs for Europe! #99Learns #WeAreDGN






Students, parents, families, chaperones and staff gathered this morning at DGN to bid a fond farewell to the D99 Orchestra.  The excitement in the air was palpable as the students boarded the tour bus and departed for the airport!

To follow the D99 Orchestra Tour Blog, CLICK HERE.  The group departs on June 5th and returns to the United States on June 19th. 

Monday, June 04, 2018

Bon Voyage Concert for the D99 Orchestra #99Learns








The District 99 Orchestra presented a Bon Voyage concert this afternoon in preparation for their upcoming Europe Tour.  Friends and family gathered today to hear the result of a week of rehearsals for concerts that will be presented in Berlin and in Beitigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

To follow the D99 Orchestra Tour Blog, CLICK HERE.  The group departs on June 5 and returns to the United States on June 19th.  

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Thank you Mr. Polancich! #WeAreDGN #99Learns


The DGN Fine Arts Department extends grateful thanks to Mr. Ron Polancich for his presence on our faculty this year. Bravo, Maestro! 



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Saluting the Class of 2018 #WeAreDGN #99Learns

The DGN Fine Arts Department extends a heartfelt congratulations and bids a fond farewell to the North High School Class of 2018.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in Music, Theatre and Visual Art who elevated our standards throughout their academic journey and will leave behind a legacy of high achievement and artistic excellence.  

We wish you each great success in your future endeavors, and encourage you to return to your Alma Mater and visit frequently!  

If you are unable to celebrate locally with the graduating class, you may view the ceremony by clicking HERE. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM (CST) on Friday, May 25.



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Informal Rituals Honoring High School Graduation #99Learns #WeAreDGN



There are many formal - and informal - rituals and gestures of appreciation associated with the culmination of High School. Here's a brief look at one small tradition at North High that is a part of the DGN Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra tradition. VIDEO HERE.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chamber Choir Farewell Concert 2018 #WeAreDGN #99Learns


Congratulations to the members of the DGN Chamber Choir for a superb performance at the 2018 Chamber Choir Farewell Concert. A special thank-you to the Class of 2018 for their musical and personal leadership!




Making Things Better!


"Make something better!" This is the familiar and friendly nudge that Mr. Mark Botti is famously known for sharing with his students. Mr. Botti understands that "perfection" in music in a mythical and unattainable benchmark, and that as artists we should be constantly striving to improve. 

Beginning his tenure at DGN in 2001, Mr. Botti has mentored 150+ DGN percussion students, and led the DGN Percussion ensemble in 17 consecutive Mosaic Concerts. 

For his dedicated and passionate percussion teaching at Downers Grove North High School, we extend our most sincere gratitude to Mr. Mark Botti for making us all ... BETTER. You will be missed, and we wish you peace and happiness as you embark on the next chapter of your journey. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

DGN Jazz Ensemble - La Quinta de los Reyes






Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Jazz Ensemble for a memorable and energetic performance as the band opened for the Pete Ellman Big Band.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

DGN Choirs Celebrate Student Successes at Recognition Night!

DGN Choral Students celebrated a year of many successes at their annual Choral Recognition Night! Congrats, students, on a wonderful year!!











Friday, May 11, 2018

District 99 Orchestra Banquet celebrates a year of sonic success!














Congratulations to the students of the District 99 Orchestra, and Ms. Mullen, on their incredibly successful year of music making!  Well done Mustangs and Trojans!

A special thanks is extended to the many wonderful parent volunteers who coordinated this evening's banquet and basket raffle.  

Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 DGN May Band Concert #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Concert Band, DGN Chamber Winds, and DGN Symphonic Band for a terrific May Band Concert! 

Special congratulations are extended to Senior Concerto performers Chloe Mason and Ryan Knezevich for their marvelous performances this evening.