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 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Student artists from Downers Grove North High School received regional visual art recognition through The 2010 Scholastic Art Awards. In all, North High visual artists garnered 74 awards in the juried exhibition.
Now in its 87th year, the Scholastic Art Awards is a national competition devoted to recognizing outstanding art and writing created by middle school and high school students.
The competition begins with regional adjudications across the country. Our 2009 regional show, sponsored by District 99, received 1251 entries from 18 local high schools, as well as entries from 2 middle schools competing in a separate age category.
The competition begins with regional adjudications across the country. Our 2010 regional show, sponsored by District 99, received 1449 individual entries from 20 local high schools, as well as two middle schools competing in a separate age category.
15 independent judges, consisting of local art educators and art professionals, assigned three levels of recognition to students: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention Awards.
A showing of over 500 award winning works will be on display at Downers Grove North High School. The Opening Reception will be held Sunday, February 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Main Street and Auditorium Lobbies. The show will be on display through February 12th. At the close of the show, all individual Gold Key and Gold Key Portfolio winners will have their work forwarded to New York City for the national adjudication, in which thousands of works from across the United States will be vying for a select number of awards.
Downers Grove North High School was honored with another outstanding performance at this year’s regional show.
- 36 Honorable Mention commendations.
- 20 Silver Key honors
- 14 individual Gold Key awards
- 4 Portfolio Gold Key awards
The following North High students received awards:
Art Portfolio Category
Sabreena Damra GOLD
Nicole Irwin GOLD
Padraic O’Connor GOLD
Kristiana Bonomo GOLD
Rob Lott GOLD
Ansley McLeod GOLD
Crystal Yi GOLD
Alexander Wirtas SILVER
Stephen Banda SILVER
Gina Gammonley SILVER
William Hennessy SILVER
Maureen Eckdahl SILVER
Jewel Davis HM
Emily Dylla HM
Andrew Kelliher HM
Nicole Papp HM
Eric Smith HM
Rachel Swirsky HM
Digital Art Category
Padraic O’Connor GOLD; SILVER (2); HM
Sabreena Damra HM
Bernadette Calvino GOLD (2)
Dan Meinhart GOLD; HM
Samantha Fry SILVER
Mahrya Jefferson SILVER
Hannah Ottley SILVER
Elizabeth Havenga HM (2)
David Martini HM
Rachel Swirsky HM
Ellen McCammon GOLD
Nicole Irwin SILVER
Kevin Pechnick SILVER
Jordan Craft HM
Emily Dang HM
Colleen Ryan HM
Nicole Irwin GOLD (2); SILVER
Emily Duka HM
Marie Homolkova HM
Kristina Via-Reque HM
Mixed Media Category
Jackie Maish SILVER
Sheila Sczepanik SILVER
Nicole Irwin HM
Christina Verdone HM
Bernadette Calvino GOLD; HM
Katie Earl GOLD; SILVER; HM (6)
Heather McNeil GOLD
Elizabeth Raines SILVER (4); HM (3)
Sabreena Damra HM
Michelle Twist HM
Photo Portfolio Category
Katie Earl GOLD
Matthew Braun HM
Erin Dees HMAlzbeta Homolkova HM
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The DGN Jazz Ensemble performed in the Loeb Playhouse and earned a Division I rating. Six students garnering Outstanding Soloist awards. Congratulations to Caroline Hlohowskyj (trumpet/flugel horn), Zach Schneeweis (trombone), Bryn Sitkiewicz (trombone), Nolan Schillerstrom (guitar), Michael Walser (alto sax), and Josh Williams (tenor sax).
The DGN Jazz Lab Band performed in the North Ballroom and earned a Division II rating. Congratulations to Jim Blair (tenor sax), John Janke (guitar), Michael Garritano (trumpet), Sam O'Neil (trumpet), and James Tandaric (bass) for earning Outstanding Soloist awards from the adjudiators.
The DGN Jazz Combo performed in the Faculty Lounge, earning a Division II rating. All six members of the combo were recognized by the judging panel as outstanding musicians and soloists. Congratulations to Joseph DePeder (tenor sax), Michael Walser (alto sax), Bryn Sitkiewicz (trombone), Nicholas Goergen (drums), Rudy Rendeck (bass) and Nolan Schillerstrom (guitar).
"Our students enjoy the opportunity to attend this great Jazz Festival each year because we have the chance to hear so many wonderful jazz ensembles and soloists. Having 17 students recognized with Outstanding Soloist awards is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our North High students. " said department chairperson and director Brayer Teague.
Come and hear the award winning DGN and DGS jazz groups on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS auditorium as they share the stage with the renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble with guest artist John Fedchock. Tickets are available at the door.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Julian Bliss (www.julianbliss.com) appeared this afternoon at DGN for a Master-Class sponsored by BandSource. North High instrumentalists, along with many other students from around the Chicago area, turned out to hear Mr. Bliss play his new line of clarinets and hear him speak about his experiences with major orchestras all over the world.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
All-State Musicians' are heading to Peoria, IL to participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Music Festival this week. Congratulations, and good luck!
Nick Goergen – Jazz Drums (Senior)
Marie Kirkegaard – Clarinet (Junior)
Jennifer Poad – Bass Clarinet (Senior)
Emma Sassano – Orchestral Percussion (Senior)
Isaac Stevenson – Orchestral Percussion (Junior)
Mike Walser – Alto Saxophone (Senior)
Tom Cannan – Tenor (Senior)
Catie Krygeris – Alto (Senior)
Collin Ludlow – Bass (Junior)
Josh Smith – Tenor (Junior)
Caroline Sterr – Soprano (Junior)
Colette Mondragon – Viola (Senior)
Rudy Rendek – Violin (Senior)
All-State Music CompositionPatrick Long – Commercial/Popular – 1st Place & Keyboard Solo – 3rd Place (Senior)
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Over 230 high school and middle school students gathered together on Thursday afternoon for the 3rd Annual DGN Choral Festival. The 7 pm concert featured performances by choirs from Jefferson Junior High, Westview Hills Middle School, Herrick Middle School and North High School Ensembles.
Posted by Beth O'Riordan at Saturday, January 23, 2010