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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.

Monday, January 31, 2011

DGN Artists Honored by 2011 Scholastic Art Awards

The Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove North High School is proud to release the results of the judging from the 2011 Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School. 25 area high schools submitted more than 1,500 works of art for adjudication. 

North High artists won 65 awards, including 17 Gold Key Awards, 25 Silver Key Awards, and 23 Honorable Mention Awards. These pieces will be unveiled at the Opening Reception on Sunday, February 6, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM in the Main Street foyer of Downers Grove North High School (4436 Main Street). The works will continue in exhibition for one week following the opening reception.

“We are very excited to host the regional exhibition at DGN,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairman at North High. “This show is always an amazing display of student creativity and a testament to the wonderful art teaching that is happening in District 99.”

For more information about DGN Visual Art, contact Brayer Teague at bteague@csd99.org or, go to our department blog at http://northfinearts.blogspot.com.  




2011 Scholastic Art Award Winners – Downers Grove North High School


Gold Key Awards

BERNADETTE CALVINO - ART PORTFOLIO (1) & DRAWING (1)           
LIZ HAVENGA - DRAWING
ALZABETA HOMOLKOVA – CERAMICS (2)
MOLLY KETTELHUT - PHOTOGRAPHY           
DAN KOLLKER - CERAMICS
JORDAN KRZAK - CERAMICS
WILL LEEK - CERAMICS           
DAN MEINHART - COMIC
AUTUMN MOBERG - JEWELRY           
PINK NONA - PHOTOGRAPHY           
HANNAH OTTLEY - DIGITAL ART
MORGAN SANDACZ - PHOTOGRAPHY           
LAURA TODAY - ART PORTFOLIO           
MIRANDA VALLES - CERAMICS
BRANDON WALSH - JEWELRY           

Silver Key Awards
                                   
KELLY BARNES - CERAMICS
MARISSA BLAKE - DRAWING
BERNADETTE CALVINO – DRAWING (3) & PAINTING (1)
LEIGHANNE CRAWFORD - DESIGN
KAITLYN COSENTINO - PAINTING
LIZ HAVENGA - DRAWING
KELLY EGAN - PHOTOGRAPHY
ALZABETA HOMOLKOVA - CERAMICS
JORDAN KRZAK - CERAMICS
PAULINA LAPINSKAITE - JEWELRY
BRIDGET LONG - PHOTOGRAPHY
SARAH MASTNY - PHOTOGRAPHY
ALEX MILLER - PHOTOGRAPHY
AUTUMN MOBERG - JEWELRY
HANNAH OTTLEY - DIGITAL ART
AIMEE PUNSALANG - CERAMICS
SUZI SMULKAITIS - JEWELRY
LAURA TODAY – DESIGN (2) & PHOTOGRAPHY (1)
ROB WASH – PHOTOGRAPHY (2)

Honorable Mention Awards

EMILY ANDERSON - CERAMICS
RICHARD BARKER - PHOTOGRAPHY
MADELINE BOLTIN - CERAMICS
KEVIN BRINKMAN - CERAMICS
DOMINIC DIMARE - CERAMICS
LIZ HAVENGA – DRAWING (2)
ALZABETA HOMOLKOVA – CERAMICS (2)
ELISABETH HOPKINS - PHOTOGRAPHY
AMANDAN IRIGOYEN - CERAMICS
PAUL JANNUSIK - JEWELRY
SARAH JOHNSON - PHOTOGRAPHY
STACEY LINARES - JEWELRY
ALEX MILLER - PHOTOGRAPHY
ANSLEY MCLEOD - MIXED MEDIA (1) & PAINTING (1)
KRISTEN RINAUDO - JEWELRY
ELLYN SCALLY - CERAMICS
STEPHANIE URBANCIK - CERAMICS
ALYSON WILCEK - PHOTOGRAPHY
LAURA TODAY - DESIGN
ROB WASH - PHOTOGRAPHY

IMEA All-State - Day 3





D99 continued to play a signficant role at the state level at the recently concluded IMEA State Music Convention. Highlights from Saturday alone included Meredith Richard's (DGS) first place vocal solo being performed during the Composition Awards Ceremony; Brayer Teague (DGN) leading the Composition Contest to a marvelous conclusion, moderating the final event with Mario Pelusi from Illinois Wesylan University; Callie Sorce (DGS) participating in the Future Music Educators' Seminar; Hannah Young (DGN) performing the harp solo in the All-State Honors Band and being featured on the huge video screen; Dr. Piekarz (DGN) performing with a group of male teachers singing to accompany the All-State Choir; 29 student musicians from DGS and DGN performing in the All-State and All-State Honors ensembles to conclude the 3-day convention. We are proud of the success of our students at the state level, and, proud of the volunteer efforts of our staff to perpetuate musical excellence not only in District 99, but also at the state level. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

IMEA All-State - Day 2

This morning started with an inspirational performance by the Madrigal Singers, led by Laura Coster and accompanied by Belford Hernandez. All-State student musicians Suzanne Segredo (DGS)oboe, and Hannah Young (DGN) harp, accompanied the performance. An immediate and authentic standing ovation from the attendees desmonstrated the depth of the appreciation of the excellence of the student musicians.

Bill Miller (DGN) and Chris Miller, provided an informative and insightful clinic about sound reinforcement solutions for an elementary school music program. The clinic session was extremely well attended, and provided participants with relevant solutions to improve the sound systems and reinforcement in their school music programs.

The evening concluded with the IMEA All-State Jazz Concert at 8 PM, with DGS student musician Mike Ruth playing lead alto in the All-State Jazz Band. The director of the band, Jim Culbertson, was Mike Ruth's mom's high school band director at Decatur-McArthur High School.








Once again, great work today by D99 students and staff perpetuating excellent music education at the state level in Illinois.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

IMEA All-State - Day 1

Our students and staff represented DGN and District 99 amazingly well in the opening day of the 2011 IMEA State Convention. DGS Junior Zach Planta conducted his award winning piece on the Composition Showcase Concert. Fellow All-State Musicians Carly Charles (DGS), Billy Moroney (DGS), Lexi Osborn (DGS), Suzanne Segredo (DGS) and Stephen Shatzer (DGN) realized Zach's piece in front of an audience of over 1,500 students and teachers. District 99 faculty member Craig Roselieb mentored Zach through the composition process and through the application process to the IMEA competition. Staff members Ron Hornish, Craig Roselieb, Bill Miller, Glenn Williams and Frank Piekarz were part of a group of educators that played in a directors'  big band that performed the composition of a student from Grayslake North High School. Brayer Teague, serving as the Coordinator of the All-State Music Composition Contest moderated the Composition Showcase Concert, featuring world class musician Paul Wertico and live performances of student compositions from around Illinois. Way to go DGN and DGS music students and staff for having such a pervasive and positive impact on music and music education in the state of Illinois.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Music Clinic via Skype

Today the DGN band worked for 50 minutes in a "virtual music clinic" with Dr. Matthew Mailman, Director of Bands at Oklahoma City University.  Using an HD camera, a stereo microphone, projector and the Internet, students and faculty collaborated with Dr. Mailman via Skype as he worked from his office in Oklahoma.

Students in the Wind Ensemble class are currently studying Liturgical Music for Band by Dr. Mailman's late father, Dr. Martin Mailman.

It was very exciting for our students and faculty to get Dr. Mailman's feedback, and to glean his perspective on his father's compositional output. Dr. Mailman is traveling to Downers Grove in March to guest conduct all of the DGN bands in person; this "virtual clinic" was an amazing way to introduce our students to him before he arrives.

Monday, January 24, 2011

All-Staters Are Peoria Bound This Week!


Congratulations and best wishes to our DGN All-State Musicians as they prepare to travel to Peoria, IL this week for the IMEA All-State Conference.


ALL-STATE BAND
Brandon Broholm – Tuba (Senior)
Marie Kirkegaard – Clarinet (Senior)
Jonathan Sheetz – Bass Clarinet (Junior)
Isaac Stevenson – Orchestral Percussion (Senior)
Kirsten Keller – Orchestral Flute (Senior)
Stephen Shatzer – Orchestral Bassoon (Junior)


ALL-STATE CHOIR
Abby Gardner - Alto (Senior)
Kaitlin Jeffries - Alto (Senior)
Josh Smith - Tenor (Senior)

All-State Orchestra

Marisa Bellie – Double Bass (Senior)
Lauren Kovanko – Viola (Junior)
Meghan Lyda – Cello (Junior)
Alana Osterling – Cello (Sophomore)
Hannah Young – Band Harp (Junior)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

DGN Jazz Students Find Success at Purdue

Members of the Downers Grove North High School Jazz Bands took their show on the road this past weekend, participating in the 21st Annual Purdue University Jazz Festival. The Purdue festival, which draws outstanding high school jazz programs from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois, began on Friday, January 21 with a concert featuring the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra from New York and continued all day Saturday, January 22 with hundreds of student musicians performing for panels of internationally recognized jazz musicians.

The DGN Jazz Ensemble performed in the Loeb Playhouse and earned a Division I rating. Six students from this band garnered Outstanding Soloist/Musicianship awards. Congratulations to Sebastian Calvino (trombone), Justine Hung (piano), John Janke (guitar), Spencer Schillerstrom (tenor sax), Zach Schneeweis (trombone), and Isaac Stevenson (percussion).

The DGN Jazz Lab Band, performing in the North Ballroom had eight students recognized with Soloist/Musicianship Awards. Congratulations to Rachel Clivaz (piano), Jeremy Craven (trumpet), Connor Dimmick (guitar), Tommy Donnelly (trumpet), Steve Janke (bass), Brendan McBride (alto sax), John McGarry (trombone), and PJ O'Hara (percussion), for earning this distinction from the adjudicators.

The DGN Jazz Combo performed in the Faculty Lounge, and were lauded by the adjudication pannel for their creative programming and musical arrangements. Congratulations to Nolan Schillerstrom (guitar), Spencer Schillerstrom (tenor sax), Isaac Stevenson (percussion), and James Tandaric (bass) for their Soloist/Musicianship Awards in this division of the competition.

"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 18 musicians recognized with awards is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our North High students," said department chairperson and music teacher Brayer Teague.

The community is invited to hear the award winning DGN and DGS Johnson Auditorium as they share the stage with the renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Ernie Watts at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011.  Tickets are $8 ($6 for students) and available at the door.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DGN Choirs Welcome Herrick, Jefferson & Westview Hills to the Stage!

Congratulations to the students from Herrick, Jefferson and Westview Hills who participated in the 2011 DGN Choral Festival!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Jazz Cafe - TOMS Shoes

Congratulations to the members of the Herrick, Jefferson and DGN Jazz Bands for their terrific performances tonight. We commend our students and musical community for embracing the TOMS Shoes 'One for One' initiative.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Jazz Cafe Warm Up

Guest artist Scott Stevenson practices with the DGN Jazz Ensemble today in preparation for the 2011 Jazz Cafe.