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.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

DGN Musicians Tour Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Russia with CYSO


Five current and alumni musicians of the DGN Fine Arts Department are on tour this week with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble has recently performed in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. Upcoming concerts will be held later this week in Tallinn, Estancia as well as St. Petersburg, Russia.

Congratulations to current students Emma Krause (Flute), Catherine Ramsey (Harp), and Miles Teague (Horn), as well as alumni Lucie Boyd (Viola) and Kevin Gupana (CYSO Operations Staff).







Three DGN Thespians Tapped with All State Honors

Congratulations to Renee Boone (Cast), Travon Moore (Cast), and Matthew Spencer (Crew) for their recent selection to produce and perform in the Illinois High School Theatre Festival's 2020 All-State Production: Aida

A list of the entire 2020 All-State Company may be found HERE.

Produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF) is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the nation. The three-day Festival takes place every year in early January, and switches locations between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University. Over 4,000 students, teachers, university representatives, exhibitors, and volunteers come together to put on over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops.

Other highlights include college/university auditions for high school seniors, professional development for teachers and the All-State Production, featuring student cast, crew, and orchestra members from across the state.


Monday, June 24, 2019

Ford Family - 16 Years with DGN Bands

2019 DGN Band Banquet
Shout out to the Ford Family as they wrap up 16 years with the DGN Bands, which we believe is a record! (Shannon - Class of 07; Ashley - Class of 08; Ryan - Class of 13; Kacey - Class of 15; Kaitlyn - Class of 19) We will miss you!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Calling All DGN Band Alumni! Homecoming 2019 Registration is Live!

Do you know someone who is an alumnus of the DGN Bands? (Maybe you're an alumnus who has stumbled upon this post!) Please help spread the word about our 2019 Homecoming performance!

CLICK HERE for all the details ... and please share this information with any DGN Band alumnus you know!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Downers Grove Memorial Day Parade 2019


Thank you to the members of the DGN Drumline for their performance in this morning's Downers Grove Memorial Day Parade. 









Thursday, May 23, 2019

DGN Fine Arts Salutes the Class of 2019!


The DGN Fine Arts Department extends a heartfelt congratulations and bids a fond farewell to the North High School Class of 2019. Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in Music, Theatre and Visual Art who elevated our standards throughout their academic journey and will leave behind a legacy of high achievement and artistic excellence. We wish you each great success in your future endeavors, and encourage you to return to your Alma Mater and visit frequently! 

If you are unable to celebrate locally with the graduating class, you may view the ceremony by clicking HERE. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM (CST) on Friday, May 24.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

DGN Musicians Perform at Symphony Center with CYSO


Congratulations to the following DGN student musicians who performed this evening with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras at Symphony Center:

Lucie Boyd, viola
Amelia Korbitz, violin
Emma Krause, flute/piccolo
Brady Moore, cello
Catherine Ramsey, harp
Miles Teague, horn
Jesse Wei, viola

A special congratulations is extended to violist Lucie Boyd for receiving a $1,000 CYSO "Performance Award," given to three students who play to pursue a professional career in music performance.








Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 DGN Chamber Choir Farewell Concert


Congratulations to the members of the DGN Chamber Choir for a superb performance at the 2019 Chamber Choir Farewell Concert. A special thank-you to the Class of 2019 for their musical and personal leadership. And thank you to our Chamber Choir Alumni who returned to sing with us!







Tuesday, May 14, 2019

DGN Jazz Ensemble Opens for Pete Ellman Big Band


Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN Jazz Ensemble for a memorable and energetic performance as the band opened for the Pete Ellman Big Band.









Auditions for the Varsity Play - Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play

A darkly comic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In Victorian England, Dr. Jekyll's experiments in the nature of evil threaten to reveal the bloody hands beneath the gloves of the British aristocracy. A fast-paced farce with lots of slapstick humor and hilarious one-liners.

When: Tuesday, May 21 & Wednesday, May 22 from 3:30 PM - 5 PM

Where: Studio Theatre, room 248

How: Sign up for a time on the door of Room 248

Any questions, see Mr. Pappageorge.

The District 99 Orchestra Celebrates a Successful Year

The 2019 District 99 Orchestra Awards Banquet brought together 270+ members of the orchestra family to celebrate another extremely successful year.

Special thanks are extended to the many parent volunteers who created a spectacular event, most notably our banquet co-chairs Ms. Kaaron Gross (North High parent) and  Mr. Brian Allendorfer (South High parent).



The students and faculty of the Fine Arts Department and the District 99 Orchestra gratefully acknowledge the participation by families in the 2019 Orchestra Basket Raffle. The money raised in support of the District 99 Orchestra will go a long way in providing impactful experiences for our student musicians. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Congratulations to DGN Visual Arts Students Exhibiting Artwork at the Illinois State Board of Education in Chicago

Meghan McConaughy, Digital Photography 2

Congratulations to the photography students of at DGN!  Special thanks is extended to the Illinois State Board of Education, who is hosting the exhibition in downtown Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois.


Miranda King, Digital Photography 2


Gavin Crowson, Digital Photography 2

William Vodak, Studio Photography