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.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Legendary Music Professor Ron Modell visits District 99


Ron Modell, legendary Professor of Music (retired) from Northern Illinois University, spent time on Thursday, October 23, visiting music classes at both Downers Grove North and South High Schools. He listened to the bands at both schools and offered musical feedback for students and faculty.

Professor Modell is known around the world as one of the most successful music educators of all time, having developed the N.I.U. jazz program into an internationally acclaimed band. Prior to his appointment at N.I.U., Mr. Modell played trumpet in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Friday, October 17, 2008

IMEA All-District Results Announced



59 student musicians from Downers Grove North High School were selected, by competitive audition, to the 2008 Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Auditions were held on Tuesday, October 14, at Carl Sandburg High School. The top placing scores were selected for participation in the District Music Festivals, to be held during the month of November.

“To my knowledge, this is the largest number of North High students recognized by the IMEA in our school’s history,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson. “All of our students who auditioned worked very hard and competed against stiff competition. Selection to these ensembles is a real honor for both them, and our school. We are looking forward to hearing great performances at the District Music Festival next month.”


North High School Band Students

Jesse Backes – Percussion (Orchestra)

Laura Ball – Clarinet (Band)

Brandon Broholm – Tuba (Band)

Emily Daugherty – Flute (Orchestra)

Kendall Gretsch – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Caroline Hlohowskyj – Trumpet (Orchestra)

Kirsten Keller – Flute (Orchestra)

Marie Kirkegaard – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Kurt Meyer – Clarinet (Band)

John O’Hara – Clarinet (Band)

Jennifer Poad – Bass Clarinet (Band)

Emma Sassano – Percussion (Band)

Hannah Shatzer – Oboe (Band)

Bryn Sitkiewicz – Trombone (Band)

Andrew Stawarz – Tenor Sax (Band)

Isaac Stevenson – Percussion (Orchestra)

Michael Walser – Alto Sax (Band)

Jennifer Webeler – Baritone Sax (Band)

North High School Choir Students

Heidi Buyck – Alto I

Thomas Cannan – Tenor II

Erica Crosswhite – Soprano II

Jane Duffy – Alto II

Corina Emmanouilidis – Alto II

Jordan Frank – Bass I

Abby Gardner – Alto I

Anne Green – Alto I

Ally Haley – Alto II

Matthew Hall – Tenor I

Liz Havenga – Soprano II

Alexander Karge – Bass I

Catie Krygeris – Alto I

Kristen Lemke – Alto II

Colin Ludlow – Bass II

Quinton Murphy – Tenor II

Kirsten Rush – Soprano II

Caroline Sterr – Soprano II

Allison Williams – Alto II


North High School Jazz Ensemble Students

Jonathan Box – Baritone Sax

Brandon Broholm – Bass Trombone

Joseph DePeder – Tenor Saxophone

Caroline Hlohowskyj – Trumpet

Michael Pool – Guitar

Rudy Rendek – Guitar

Bryn Sitkiewicz – Trombone

Michael Walser – Alto Sax

North High School Orchestra Students

Kayla Bondi – Cello

Chloe Burnham – Violin

Kelsey Draeger – Violin

Faith Enenbach – Violin

Kelly Kedzior – Double Bass

Lauren Kovanko – Viola

Alyssa Love – Violin

Meghan Lyda – Cello

Colette Mondragon – Violin

Victoria Nogle – Viola

Rudy Rendek – Violin

Nicholas Rudy – Cello

James Tandaric – Violin
Hannah Young
Harp