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Monday, March 07, 2016

DGN Musicians Find Solo & Ensemble Success! #WeAreDGN #99Learns


Downers Grove North High School student musicians participated in the Illinois High School Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 5, 2016.

85 students from Downers Grove North High School performed Solos and Ensembles that earned a Division I rating of SUPERIOR.  A Division I score is categorized as “A Superior Performance – outstanding in nearly every detail.”  In addition, 30 students from Downers Grove North High School performed Solos and Ensembles that garnered a Division II rating of OUTSTANDING.  A Division II score is categorized as “An excellent performance – only minor defects.”

“Preparing for a Solo and Ensemble contest is a great opportunity for our students to express their individualism as soloists and to develop team-work skills with small ensembles,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chair at North High.  “We’re very proud of all our students who entered the state contest this year.  They did a terrific job representing North High with their musicianship.”

Seven North High student musicians received perfect scores at the State Contest.
Alyse Bondarowicz, Jennifer Casey, Tim Edwards, and Eirene Kowal earned perfect marks from the judges for their solo work.  The DGN String Ensemble comprised of Lucie Boyd, Amelia Korbitz, Katie Lyda and Shea Tillotson also received a perfect score.    

Three North High events received a “Best of Day Award” for garnering the highest achievement score in their event room.  Euphonium soloist Jennifer Casey, Vocal soloist Elise Cismesia, and Cello soloist Tim Edwards were each recognized by judges to be the most outstanding performers of the day in their performance venues. 

The following North High Music Events received a “Division I—Superior” rating:

Aleena Albert – French Horn
David Atwater – French Horn
Tim Berberich – Male Voice
Shelby Berghorst – Viola
Lauren Birkmeier – Euphonium
Emily Blanchard – Flute
Alyse Bondarowicz – Flute – Perfect Score
Lucie Boyd – Viola
Daniel Brethauer – Trombone
Allison Burke – Alto Saxophone
Jennifer Casey – Euphonium – Perfect Score & Best of Day Award
Elise Cismesia – Female Voice – Best of Day Award
Keara Corbett – Female Voice
Benjamin Cortez – Trumpet
Maria D’Ambrose – Oboe
Becky Donnelly – Flute
Katie Donnelly – Alto Saxophone
Patrick Doyle – Trumpet
Tim Edwards – Cello – Perfect Score & Best of Day Award
Will Fulton – Viola
Jamie Gamonez – Female Voice
Jamie Gamonez – Flute
Robert Gartlan – Male Voice
Mariah Godar – Trumpet
Benjamin Goedert – Male Voice
Kevin Griffin – Trombone
Todd Griffin – Tuba
Gavin Harker – Trumpet
Ben Heppner – Xylophone
Megan Hung – Clarinet
Brian Hsu – Trumpet
Ryan Knezevich – Trombone
Amelia Korbitz – Violin
Eirene Kowal – Timpani – Perfect Score
Hannah Kutchek – Flute
Jack Langan – Male Voice
Katie Lyda – Violin
Margaret Lyons – Flute
Chloe Mason – Oboe
Parker McGuire – Violin
Maggie Miller – Violin
Bryan Monk – Violin
Matt Monk – Cello
Liam Morgan – Cello
Liam Ninneman – Cello
Lauren O'Neil - Violin 
Jessica Oliveros – Female Voice
Brian Perillo – Euphonium
Kaleb Pfotenhauer – Violin
Jeremy Pike – French Horn
Brendan Quealy – Male Voice
Nate Rapach – Trumpet
Caleb Schmurr – Trombone
Will Stefanisin – French Horn
Kadence Taba – Tuba
Bre Yano – Flute
Fred Zimmerman – Male Voice

David Atater, Arianna Calleja, Nate Rapach, Caleb Schmurr, Kadence Taba – Brass Quintet
Jack Barkei, Bryan Monk, Kaleb Pfotenhauer & Chris Wilford – String Ensemble
Alyse Bondarowicz, Maria D’Ambrose, Megan Hung, Jeremy Pike & Ashley Pirl – Woodwind Quintet
Lucie Boyd, Amelia Korbitz, Katie Lyda & Shea Tillotson – String Ensemble – Perfect Score
Kevin Chow, Joe Delorto, Fiona Kelly & Kaleb Pfotenhauer – String Ensemble
Seth Collins, Bryan Monk, Matt Monk & Abby Pfeiffer – String Ensemble
Kevin Griffin & Todd Griffin – Mixed Brass Ensemble  

The following North High Music Events received a “Division II—Excellent” rating:

Kayla Asonye – Clarinet
Erin Callaghan – Female Voice
Fiona Cismesia – Violin
Luc Collo – Alto Saxophone
Phoebe Covey – Trumpet
Tatiana Jordan – Violin
Fiona Kelly – Violin
Gina Kowalewicz – Flute
Madison Lynch – Violin
Kaylee McCarthy – Trombone
Elizabeth McNamara – Female Voice
Olivia Morrow – Timpani
Andi Ohk – Flute
Abby Pfeiffer – Viola
Claire Tarvin – Tuba
Alex Teng – Violin
Riley Wagner – Female Voice
Brooke Walsh – Female Voice

Aleena Albert & Maggie Miller – String Ensemble
Fiona Cismesia, Xanthe Huspen, Tatiana Jordan & Maggie Nevrly – String Ensemble
Patrick Connery & Todd Griffin – Tuba Ensemble
Will Fulton, Parker McGuire, Max Ourada & Joe Salerno – String Ensemble