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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

DGN Musicians Find Success at 2017 State Contest


Downers Grove North High School student musicians participated in the Illinois High School Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 4, 2017.

68 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, 32 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.”

Nineteen North High student musicians received perfect scores at the State Contest.  Emily Blanchard, Jennifer Casey, Elise Cismesia, Luc Collo, Becky Donnelly, Kathleen Donnelly, Rebecca Edmundson, Amelia Korbitz, Emma Krause, Hannah Kutchek, Matthew McCoy, Brian Monk, Lauren O’Neil, and Brendan Quealy earned perfect marks from the judges for their solo work.  The DGN Woodwind Quintet comprised of Michelle Cotten, Maria D’Ambrose, Emma Krause, Julia Rhodes and Miles Teague also received a perfect score.    

Four North High events received a “Best in Room Citation” for garnering the highest achievement score in their event room.  Euphonium soloist Jennifer Casey, Flute soloist Emma Krause, Violin Soloist Rebecca Edmundson, and the String Duet of Lucie Boyd and Amelia Korbitz 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:
Jozie Arenz – Euphonium
Daniel Atwater – Trumpet
David Atwater – French Horn
Eva Bednard – Violin
Tim Berberich – Voice
Emily Blanchard – Flute
Emily Blanchard – Piccolo – Perfect Score
Lucie Boyd – Viola
Daniel Brethauer – Trombone
Allison Burke – Alto Saxophone
Jennifer Casey – Euphonium – Perfect Score / Best in Room Citation
Elise Cismesia – Voice – Perfect Score
Fiona Cismesia – Violin
Luc Collo – Alto Saxophone – Perfect Score
Maria D’Ambrose – Oboe
Becky Donnelly – Flute – Perfect Score
Kathleen Donnelly – Alto Saxophone – Perfect Score
Patrick Doyle – Trumpet
Rebecca Edmundson – Violin – Perfect Score / Best in Room Citation
Jeannie Hansen – Bassoon
Gavin Harker – Trumpet
Emilija Irvin – Bassoon
Tatiana Jordan – Violin
Amelia Korbitz – Violin – Perfect Score
Helen Kosowski – Flute
Ryan Knezevich – Trombone
Emma Krause – Flute – Perfect Score / Best in Room Citation
Megan Krause – Violin
Hannah Kutchek – Flute – Perfect Score
Jack Langan – Voice
Katherine Lyda – Violin
Margaret Lyons – Flute
Kaylee McCarthy – Trombone  
Matthew McCoy – Alto Saxophone – Perfect Score
Zachary McCoy – Timpani
Parker McGuire – Violin
Elizabeth McNamara – Voice
Maggie Miller – Violin
Chloe Mason – Oboe
Brian Monk – Violin – Perfect Score
Lauren O’Neil – Viloin – Perfect Score
Andi Ohk – Flute
Kaleb Pfotenhauer – Violin
Brendan Quealy – Voice – Perfect Score
Olga Sretenovic – Violin
Sharon Stagaman – Voice
Miles Teague – French Horn
Alex Teng – Violin

Daniel Atwater, David Atater, Brian Hsu, Michael Price, Caleb Schmurr – Brass Quintet
Jack Barkei, Bryan Monk, Kaleb Pfotenhauer, Chris Wilford – String Quartet
Lucie Boyd, Amelia Korbitz – String Duet – Best in Room Citation
Michelle Cotten, Maria D’Ambrose, Emma Krause, Julia Rhodes, Miles Teague – Woodwind Quintet – Perfect Score
Emma Duncan, Tatiana Jordan, Katie Lyda, Brady Moore – String Quartet

The following North High Music Events received a “Division II—Excellent” rating:
Shelby Berghorst – Viloa
Josie Bondarowicz – String Bass
Joe Delorto – Viola
Ben Goedert – Voice
Aaron Heppner – Flute
Daniel Igoe – Trumpet
Bilal Khurshid – Snare Drum
Aidan Lyons – Alto Saxophone
Zachary McDermott – French Horn  
Jonathan Orjala – Trumpet
Abby Pfeiffer – Viola
Caleb Schmurr – Trombone
David Schmurr – Violin
Catherine Ramsey – Harp
Rebecca Waden – French Horn

Joe Delorto, Megan Krause, Olga Sretenovic, James Vranas – String Quartet
Emma Duncan, Katherine Gross, Nick Saba, Mia Scott – String Quartet
Sotis Gouriotis, Alex Teng – String Duet
Ben Hodonicky, Tushar Mitra, Max Ourada, David Schmurr – String Quartet
Xanthe Huspen, Sean Ryan, Shea Tillotson – String Trio