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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Muriel Anderson in D99

Internationally acclaimed guitarist and musician Muriel Anderson visited both North and South High Schools today, performing and giving a master class for the students enrolled in Guitar classes, Digital Music classes, and several performance ensembles.  Ms. Anderson is a D99 alumnus, and returns every Thanksgiving to share her experiences and musicianship with students, and, to encourage and promote attendance at her annual Homecoming Concert, which this year is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the Johnson Auditorium at North High School.  Special guest artist for this concert is guitarist and entertainer Michael Kelsey - this is an event you won't want to miss!

We are grateful to Ms. Anderson for sharing her expertise and talents with our students each year!

Monday, November 20, 2017

DGN & DGS Bands Represented In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Three District 99 musicians will be on the move Thanksgiving morning as they march from New York's Central Park to Herald Square in the 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Downers Grove South Senior Jake Burrows, Downers Grove South Junior Kelly Jankowski, and Downers Grove North Sophomore Miles Teague were all selected by competitive audition to represent Illinois and perform with the 2017 Macy’s Great American Marching Band. The parade is expected to draw 3.5 million live spectators cheering on the band before arriving at Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square for an international performance for more than 50 million TV viewers watching the broadcast live on NBC. 

“To be selected for this national band is a tremendous accomplishment for Miles,” says North High Principal Janice Schwarze. “It’s rare that one student--let alone three students--from a district are selected for a band of this caliber, and we are so excited for Jake, Kelly and Miles."

The band will include 185 student musicians from all 50 states. The audition was open to students from more than 14,000 high schools across the United States. Students post their auditions to YouTube.

“We’re so proud of Jake and Kelly and know they will represent our school and community very well,” says South High principal Ed Schwartz. “The fine arts programs in our district are truly two of the best in the country, as evidenced in part by this great achievement. Jake, Kelly and Miles will be tremendous ambassadors for our community."

Saturday, November 18, 2017

DGN Students at 2017 ILMEA District 1 Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival

Congratulations to the 40 DGN student-musicians selected to perform in the Illinois Music Education Association District Festival. Students from across the Chicago region were selected by competitive audition to participate in day-long educational workshops with highly respected guest conductors, and present a culminating concert for family, friends, and educators.

William Berberich (10) – Tenor I
Renee Boone (9) - Alto
Will Duellman (12) – Bass II
Delaney Durbin (9) - Soprano
Sarah Durbin (12) – Soprano I
Jared Imperial (9) - Tenor
Patrick Jackson (9) - Bass
Cecilia Kowara (12) – Soprano I
Ben Kulat (11) – Bass I
Jack Langan (12) – Bass I
Lindsey LeBeda (12) – Alto II
Claire Marino (12) – Alto II
Kaylee McCarthy (12) – Alto II
Amber Moca (10) – Soprano II
Brendan Quealy (12) – Tenor II
Tess Quealy (10) – Soprano II
Amanda Smith (11) – Alto II
Harry Stagaman (11) – Tenor II
Caroline Widman (11) – Soprano II

Lucie Boyd (11) – Viola
Joseph Delorto (12) – Viola
Amelia Korbitz (11) – Violin
Megan Krause (10) – Violin
Parker McGuire (11) – Violin
Bryan Monk (12) – Violin
Braden Moore (10) – Cello 
Noah Pardue (9) – Viola
Catherine Ramsey (10) – Harp
Julia Szostak (9) – Cello
Jesse Wei (9) – Viola

Daniel Atwater (11) – Trumpet (Band)
Emily Blanchard (12) – Piccolo (Orchestra)
Jennifer Casey (12) – Euphonium (Band)
Emilija Irvin (10) – Bassoon (Orchestra)
Ryan Knezevich (12) – Trombone (Orchestra)
Emma Krause (10) – Flute (Orchestra)
Hannah Kutchek (12) – Flute (Band)
Chloe Mason (12) – Oboe (Orchestra)
Brian Perillo (11) – Euphonium (Band)
Miles Teague (10) – French Horn (Orchestra) 

ILMEA District 1 Festival Rehearsals

Congratulations to our DGN student musicians who are at Elmhurst College today engaged in rehearsals as the ILMEA All-District Band, Choir and Orchestra prepare for this afternoon's concert.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

DGN Visual Art Students Win Awards at Chicagoland 4x5

Dubbed the "largest small show in the nation," and dedicated to the memory of Fremd High School art teacher Lew Hubbard, the Chicagoland 4x5 High School Art Exhibition showcases student and faculty artist and forges connections and provides opportunities for student artists through a myriad of corporate and collegiate sponsors. All of the work in the exhibition must be within a 4x5 inch framework.

Over 40 schools submitted over 900 pieces of artwork in nine media categories for the competitive show. A complete gallery of all winning artwork may be accessed HERE.
DGN Fine Arts is thrilled to announce, after competitive judging, nine North High students were tapped as award recipients:

Digital Photography
Ayyan Ahmad - Honorable Mention
Evelyn Brindl - Honorable Mention

Kaitlyn Almazan - 1st Place
Ben Gartlan - Honorable Mention

Computer Generated
Mia Knutson - 1st Place

Victoria Brown - 1st Place
Belle Blanchard - 2nd Place
Lucy Quinn - Honorable Mention
Patrick Adelman - Honorable Mention

The 4x5 opened on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Oswego High School at 7 PM.  The opening featured a reception and an awards ceremony.

DGN Students at 2017 ILMEA District 1 Jazz Festival

Congratulations to the ten DGN student-musicians selected to perform in the Illinois Music Education Association District Jazz Festival. Students from across the Chicago region were selected by competitive audition to participate in day-long educational workshops with highly respected guest conductors, and present a culminating concert for family, friends, and educators.

Jeremy Blumka (11) - Bass Trombone - Jazz Band I
Josie Bondarowicz (11) - Double Bass - Jazz Band III
Jamie Gamonez (12) - Soprano - Vocal Jazz 
Kevin Griffin (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band I
Ryan Knezevich (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band I
Kaylee McCarthy (12) - Trombone - Jazz Band III
Ish Mistry (10) - Trombone - Jazz Band II
Jonathan Orjala (10) - Trumpet - Jazz Band IV
Miles Teague (10) - Piano - Jazz Combo
Marz Tingzon (12) - Baritone Sax - Jazz Band III

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thank You @dgnchoirs @dgnbands - Honoring All Who Served

Thank you, and congratulations, to the members of the @dgnchoirs and @dgnbands programs for their musical contributions to the "Honoring All Who Served" Veterans Day Assembly this morning. Your pursuit of musical excellence left a memorable and meaningful imprint on all in attendance today.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

DGN Choirs Welcome Cantare of the US Army Field Band

The DGN Choirs were proud to host Cantare, from the Soldiers Chorus of the US Army Field Band, this afternoon for a special performance! Cantare is comprised of classically trained Soldier-Musicians from the Soldiers' Chorus, and is committed to performing opera and song for various settings, including educational outreach, recitals, and chamber music shows. These versatile musicians, all of whom are highly regarded performers in their field, amazed our student audience, and we could not be more grateful for their sharing of wonderful music!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to Downers Grove

Muriel Anderson's Annual Concert and Celebration with special guest Michael Kelsey will take place on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8:00 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at Downers Grove North High School.  

Guitarist/harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson returns to her hometown for her 26th annual concert and celebration. She is joined by guitarist and performer Michael Kelsey . The show is hosted by Steve and Johnnie from WGN. The music is brought to life with stunning new visuals by renowned photo-artist Bryan Allen.  Ticket price includes hot apple cider, baked goods courtesy of Muriel’s family and Trader Joe’s, and a chance to win a new Eastman acoustic guitar from Tobias Music. A portion benefits the Music for Life Alliance.   

The show will also feature an exclusive pre-release of Muriel's new CD "Eclipse."

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Anderson’s Bookshops or at until 3 pm day of show.  Tickets are also available at the door. $22 in advance or $25 at door for adults and $15 in advance or $17 at the door for students thru high school and seniors 65 or older.  

More information about Muriel's residency in Downers Grove and this specific program can be found by CLICKING HERE. 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

D99/Downers Grove Public Library Art Show

The 2D and 3D work of over 75 District 99 art students is in exhibition at the Downers Grove Public Library.   Drawings, paintings, photographs, ceramics, metalworks and mixed media pieces are featured in this collaborative show.  The student art work is on display in the North and South Cafe galleries and the Window Displays until November 29th.

Special thanks to the Downers Grove Public Library for partnering with D99 on this exhibition.  Congratulations to the participating students for being selected to have their work in exhibition during this show.  Thanks also to the visual art faculty from DG North and DG South for mentoring these talented students towards artistic success.