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North High School endeavors to provide an enriching, vibrant, multidisciplinary environment for the study, creation, and presentation of the Fine Arts.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

DGN Winter Guard Takes 4th at Naperville North



Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard team on their 4th place finish at their first competition of the season at Naperville North!  Great start to the competitive season.  Go Trojans!





Saturday, January 28, 2017

DGN All State Musicians Wrap Up Week at Illinois Music Education Conference

Sixteen student musicians from Downers Grove North High School earned All-State honors through the Illinois Music Education AssociationStudents were selected to the All-State Bands, All-State Choirs, All-State Orchestras, and recognized in the All-State Music Composition Contest. All-State musicians traveled to Peoria, IL, from January 25-28, 2017 and participated in the Illinois Music Education Conference.

“We are truly thrilled for these students and their families,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chair. “Many people helped these students achieve this success, beginning with their very first elementary school music teachers and extending to their private-lessons teachers today.  North High is very proud to have these incredible musicians representing District 99 at the All-State level, and we were excited they had the opportunity to perform alongside the very best musicians in the State of Illinois.”

The music faculty of North High School is proud to congratulate the following students who earned ILMEA All-State Honors:

CHORUS
Tim Berberich (12) – Tenor I – All State Choir
Benjamin Goedert (12) – Tenor I – All State Choir
Cecilia Kowara (11) – Soprano I – All-State Honors Choir
Lindsey LeBeda (11) – Alto II – All State Choir
Brendan Quealy (11) – Tenor II – All- State Honors Choir

ORCHESTRA STRINGS
Josie Bondarowicz (10) – Double Bass – All State Orchestra
Lucie Boyd (10) – Viola – All State Honors Orchestra
Amelia Korbitz (10) – Violin 1 – All State Honors Orchestra
Bryan Monk (11) – Violin 2 – All State Orchestra

WINDS & PERCUSSION
Daniel Brethauer (12) – Bass Trombone – All State Honors Band
Jennifer Casey (11) – Euphonium – All State Honors Band
Maria D'Ambrose (12) – Oboe – All State Orchestra
Eirene Kowal (12) – Percussion – All State Honors Band
Brian Perillo (10) – Euphonium – All State Honors Band
Caleb Schmurr (12) – Trombone – All State Honors Band

MUSIC COMPOSITION
Ellie Banke (10) – Commercial/Popular – 3rd place   

Congrats to our @DGNFineArts @ILMEA1 All State Musicians

ILMEA All State Composition Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to Ellie Banke on her award winning music composition, celebrated today in Peoria, IL at the Illinois Music Education Conference.

Friday, January 27, 2017

ILMEA All State Rehearsals @ILMEA1 #IMEC2017

DGN All State Musicians are hard at work today, preparing for the weekend's performances at the Illinois Music Education Conference.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

All State Musicians Arrive in Peoria

Our All State musicians are in Peoria at the Illinois Music Education Conference.

Thank you to the DGN Fine Arts Boosters for sponsoring a congratulations dinner upon our arrival!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 DGN Choral Festival

A great afternoon and evening in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium for the 10th Annual DGN Choral Festival! Thanks to the Jefferson Junior High and Herrick Middle School Choirs for joining DGN ensemble members today - we made great music together!

DGN Artists Garner 92 Awards at 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards @Dist_99

Audrey Staron "Scored"
The Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove North High School is proud to announce the results of the judging from the 2017 Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School and hosted by the Community High School District 99 Fine Arts Departments.  1,130 student artists from 40 area schools submitted 2,619 works of art for adjudication. North High artists won 92 awards, including 28 Gold Key Awards, 30 Silver Key Awards, and 33 Honorable Mention Awards.

Aiden Perez “Identity”
 “We are very excited to host the regional exhibition at North High,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairman. “This show is always an amazing display of student creativity and a testament to the wonderful art teaching that is happening in District 99.”  According to Teague, the art teachers from both North and South High School play an important role in putting the exhibition together.  “Our District 99 art teachers are the engine behind this regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Their dedication and tireless commitment enables student artists from all over the suburban region to have their work evaluated by professional artists.”

Community High School District 99 will host the Scholastic Art Show Regional Exhibition from February 5-10, at the North High School campus Main Street Lobby (4436 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515).  The public is cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Opening and Artists Reception on Sunday, February 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 

Abigail Blanchard "Flowers"

GOLD KEY AWARDS (28)
Marcus Bacerra, Drawing and Illustration
Abigail Blanchard, Drawing and Illustration (1), Design (1), Digital Art (1), Comic Art (1)
Evie Brindl, Photography (3)
Sofia Conti, Sculpture
Zoe Covey, Painting
Mokhamad (Adnan) Dwiadar, Drawing and Illustration
Lukas Elisha, Photography
Caden Faldetta Photography
John Klasing, Digital Art
Kyle Mitchell, Mixed Media (1), Jewelry (1)
Aiden Perez, Photography (3)
Gema  Perez, Photography
Amanda Prochaska, Jewelry
Amy Sczepanik, Ceramics & Glass
Kate Sosnovsky, Comic Art
Audrey Staron, Drawing and Illustration (2), Art Portfolio (1)
Alexandra Tomsky, Jewelry
Emma Wilson, Digital Art

Patrick Adelman "The King's Mail"


SILVER KEY AWARDS (30)
Kaitlyn Almazan, Photography
Imran Anjum, Photography
Marcus Bacerra, Painting (1), Drawing and Illustration (3)
Marion Deal, Printmaking (2)
Benjamin Gartlan, Drawing and Illustration (2)
Eliza Graham, Drawing and Illustration
Samantha Hicks, Jewelry
Hollis Kerr, Photography
Ryan Martin, Ceramics & Glass
Amanda Micus, Photography (2)
Mantas Motekaitis, Digital Art (2), Art Portfolio (1)
Michelle Ochedzan, Photography
Aiden Perez, Photography (2), Design (1)
Lucy Quinn, Digital Art
Jessica Schmidt, Drawing and Illustration
Laura Stallter, Painting
Audrey Staron, Drawing and Illustration (2), Art Portfolio (1)
Makenna Tallon, Ceramics & Glass
Evie Brindl “Jumping Man”

HONORABLE MENTION (33)
Patrick Adelman, Jewelry
Audrey Bican, Comic Art
Eric Bican, Ceramics & Glass
Micaela Bjarnson, Photography
Abigail Blanchard, Design (2), Drawing and Illustration (1)
Evie Brindl, Photography
Corissa Clemons, Ceramics & Glass
Marion Deal, Printmaking (2)
Isabella Giuliano, Photography
Delaney Henrikson, Painting
John Klasing, Drawing and Illustration (2)
Alexis Krug, Mixed Media
Amanda Micus, Photography (2)
Isabelle Mooney, Photography
Mantas Motekaitis, Digital Art (2)
Aiden Perez, Photography (4)
Grace Puc, Ceramics & Glass
Annie Ruddy, Photography
Jessica Schmidt, Drawing and Illustration
Makenna Tallon, Ceramics & Glass
Maggie Urbanski, Ceramics & Glass
Emma Wilson, Painting (2), Digital Art (1)

Kyle Mitchell "Jelly Fish"

Makenna Tallon "Abu"


Saturday, January 21, 2017

DGN Jazzers Swing Home With Awards from Purdue University Jazz Festival @Dist_99

Congratulations to the student musicians of the North High School Jazz Program for an outstanding showing at the 2017 Purdue Jazz Festival.   Three jazz ensembles performed and competed with more than 100 high school ensembles from five states across the Midwest.  In addition to receiving a score from the panel of adjudicators in each room, each group received real time formative feedback from each judge in an audio recording.  This feedback is essential to the continuing growth of both individual students and the musicianship of each ensemble.  


The DGN Jazz Combo earned the title of "Honor Band" for their division at the festival, earning the highest score of all 17 ensembles in the Combo Room.  

Each of the three ensembles from DGN received a Division I rating from the panel of judges.  This is the highest possible rating on the scoring rubric.  In addition to the outstanding ensemble performances, 12 Outstanding Soloist Awards were given by the panel of judges to DGN students for displaying outstanding musicianship.

DGN Jazz Combo – Division I Rating / Honor Band Award (1st Place)
Outstanding Soloist AwardsJosie Bondarowicz (bass), Matthew McCoy (alto sax), and Caleb Schmurr (trombone). 



DGN Jazz Ensemble – Division I Rating / 3rd Place
Outstanding Soloist Awards: Emily Dwyer (trumpet), Matthew McCoy (alto sax), Miles Teague (piano), Michael Thompson (tenor sax), and Marz Tingzon (bari sax).


DGN Jazz Lab Band – Division I Rating / 4th Place
Outstanding Soloist Awards: Daniel Borgard (drums), Andrew Jackson (tenor sax), Justin Koblich (drums), and Sebastian Strempfer (bass).















Saturday, January 14, 2017

Pep Band - January 14

The Pep Band sounded great tonight and enjoyed cheering the Trojans on to victory! Thanks to all who came out to play, including DGN Band Alumni!