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, February 28, 2016

Congrats Winter Guard #WeAreDGN

Congratulations to our DGN Winter Guard on their outstanding performance today at Downers Grove South Show!


Friday, February 26, 2016

Rotary Music Scholarship applications now being accepted! #99Learns

The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual Charles Dickerman Music Scholarship

Each year the Rotary Club of Downers Grove presents a $2,000 scholarship check to a deserving high school senior who resides in Downers Grove or the District 99 attendance area. Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove.  He was a nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory who had undergraduate degrees in both physics and music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper.

A scholarship application can be downloaded at www.dgrotary.com.

Applicants must have their forms postmarked by March 30, 2016. If selected as a finalist, candidates must be available for an interview and audition in the evening of April 19, 2016.

The qualifications to apply for this scholarship are:
·       Be a graduating senior attending a public, private, parochial or home school, and reside in Downers Grove or the High School District 99 attendance area. 
·       Plan to pursue a post-secondary education program.
·       Have participated in high school curricular music activities and/or extracurricular music activities. 
·       Composers and/or arrangers qualify for this scholarship. 
·       Pursuit of an undergraduate music major or minor is not required.
·       Financial need is not a criterion for selection.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Congrats @dgnchoirs #Sprinter #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Congratulations to the members of the @dgnchoirs for a wonderful performance at tonight's "Sprinter" Concert!

"Sprinter" Choir Concert Tonight at DGN! @dgnchoirs #WeAreDGN #99Learns


A Winter concert, with eyes toward Spring?  We call it the "Sprinter" Concert! Don't miss tonight's DGN Choir concert in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High School. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and the concert begins at 7:00 PM.

Baring any unforeseen technical difficulties, the concert will be live-streamed for family and friends who are out of town and would like to enjoy the performance. The broadcast will be archived for a period of 30 days at the same link.



High School Cube broadcast link:  http://thecube.com/e/617060


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Scholarship Alert for Seniors! DG Music Club College Music Award #99Learns




This is to announce the availability of the Downers Grove Music Club (DGMC) College Music award.  The application is available via the website for the DGMC, http://downersgrovemusicclub.org.  The College Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the website or it can be accessed directly at this link:  http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/scholarships_college.html.  Email inquiries may be made to the following address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org

Please make this monetary award opportunity available to all Seniors enrolled in music during this academic year, at both North and South.  Up to Two awards will be given and each recipient will receive $1,000.  As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:
  • Purpose:  to recognize up to TWO District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility:  high school Seniors enrolled and graduating during this academic year, who are actively involved in music in District 99 and who will be attending college in the fall, are eligible to apply.  These students need NOT be pursuing a music degree program at their chosen college;
  • How to Apply:  complete the written application, along with a required recording;
  • Selection Criteria:  the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification:  the announcement of the College Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.


The application must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2015.  Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2015. 

  • mailing address:  Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: DGMC College Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Scholarship Alert for Juniors! DG Music Club Rising Stars Program

Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards

This is to announce the availability of the Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards.  The application is available via the website for the DG Music Club.  The website address is http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/.  The Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the website or it can be accessed directly at this link:  http://downersgrovemusicclub.org/scholarships.html 

Email inquiries may be made to the following address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org


Please make this monetary award opportunity available to all Juniors enrolled in music at both South and North.  Six awards will be given and each recipient will receive $400 toward furthering their musical education through continued study during the summer.  As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:


  • Purpose:  to recognize SIX District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility:  current high school Juniors who are actively pursuing music are eligible to apply;
  • Requirement:  the award recipients are required to perform the following year at the Downers Grove Music Club’s Rising Stars program scheduled annually in April;
  • How to Apply:  complete the written application, along with a required recording;
  • Selection Criteria:  the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification:  the announcement of the Rising Stars Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.

The application must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2016.  Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2016.  
  • mailing address:  Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: Rising Stars Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515
  • email address:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org
Last year we tested the response to allowing applicants to submit an optional audio/video recording of a musical performance.  Given the overwhelming positive response (the vast majority of the applicants submitted recordings), we have made this a required component of the application.  



Last year's winners are performing on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 pm.  The location is Four Corners Community Church, 8251 Lemont Road in Darien.  Faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting event.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Thanks Tour Organizers! #WeAreDGN #99Learns

Immediately preceding the @dgnchoirs and @D99Orchestra departure for Orlando International Airport, students presented Tour Organizers and Chaperones with several very kind gifts of appreciation.

Thanks to our thoughtful students for your gifts and very kind words.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Disney Performing Arts Clinics / EPCOT

Members of the DGN Choir and District 99 Orchestra participated in a wonderful series of educational clinics today. Congrats to all for great music making!

A short video clip of the D99 Orchestra may be found on the @dgnfinearts Twitter page:

twitter.com/DGNFineArts

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Congrats @dgnchoirs #WeAreDGN #99Learns

We are very proud of the @dgnchoirs touring ensemble for a spectacular performance today at Disney World! Superior musicianship on display for all!!

Congrats @D99Orchestra! #WeAreDGN #DGSPride #99Learns @DGSFineArts

A stunning musical performance in perfect weather conditions. We are very proud of the District 99 Orchestra for their performance this afternoon at Walt Disney World!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tour Performance Broadcasts #WeAreDGN #99Learns

The DGN Fine Arts Department plans to broadcast Friday performances of the DGN Choir and D99 Orchestra using Periscope. The links to view the live streams will be found on the @dgnfinearts Twitter page.

2:45 EST / 1:45 CST - D99 Orchestra
5:15 EST / 4:15 CST - DGN Choir

To access the performance broadcasts go to ...

twitter.com/dgnfinearts

... or "follow" @dgnfinearts on Twitter.

Each broadcast will be viewable for 24 hours.

Tour Landing #DGMusicTour2016 #WeAreDGN

The DGN Choir & D99 Orchestra have landed safely in Orlando!

And They're Off! #WeAreDGN @d99orchestra @dgnchoirs

The DGN Choir and the D99 Orchestra are up early and officially "on tour." Travel mercies are extended to all!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Blue Lake Scholarship Auditions Tomorrow!

REMINDER!  TOMORROW!

The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (in Michigan) is one of the nation’s leading arts immersion camps.  BLFAC is a non-profit summer school of the arts specializing in two-week arts programs for intermediate and high school students. 

Because there is a strong tradition of highly qualified District 99 students attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the institution actively recruits in our schools.  Additionally, BLFAC sends a representative to our building each February to hear interested students play and sing.  From those ‘mini auditions’ BLFAC frequently awards merit-based scholarships to attend the camp.  This year’s BLFAC scholarship auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 9th during periods, 5B, 6, 7, 8 and for a short time after school.  If you are interested in playing or singing a short audition for the BLFAC rep, please express your interest on a sign-up sheet in the Fine Arts Office (room 131).  Please see Mrs. DePeder or your music teacher to sign up for a time

What should you be prepared to play or sing in your audition?  Plan to perform 2-3 min of music that you have been working on with a private music teacher, or in class.  This could be an etude, a solo, or a piece of literature that you have really enjoyed studying.  Pick something that shows off your abilities!

The Blue Lake representative will share some basic information with the student to take home to parents.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out Blue Lake’s website at www.bluelake.org.  

Many DGN musicians have received significant scholarships to attend Blue Lake as a result of these mini-auditions.  Please consider this fabulous opportunity!




Sunday, February 07, 2016

Scholastic Art Show Opening #99Learns #WeAreDGN #dgspride @Dist_99

District 99 welcomes the most accomplished visual artists in the region to the Scholastic Art Show Chicago Regional Exhibition.

Thank you to the dedicated Fine Arts educators in @Dist_99 for their leadership and service to the arts community.