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.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Dr. Piekarz, guest condutor - District 300 Choral Festival

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Frank Piekarz who was invited to be the guest conductor of the 37th Annual District 300 Choral Festival on Monday, October 15, 2007.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Typewriter

District 99 Symphonic Orchestra
2007 Fall Orchestra Concert
Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter
Mrs. Regina Ozog & Mrs. Eileen Sejnost, guest soloists

Friday, October 12, 2007

North High places 55 musicians at IMEA All-District Festival

55 student musicians from Downers Grove North High School were selected, by competitive audition, to the 2007 Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band. Auditions were held on Monday, October 8, at South Suburban College. The top placing scores were selected for participation in the District Music Festivals, to be held during the month of November.

“We are very proud of all our students who participated in the IMEA audition process,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairperson at North High. “All of our students who auditioned worked very hard and competed against stiff competition. Selection to these ensembles is a real honor for both them, and our school. We are looking forward to hearing great performances at the District Music Festival next month.”

North High School Band Students

Mark Dortwegt – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Jamshed Jehangir - Percussion (Orchestra)

Emily Kirkegaard – Oboe (Band)

John O’Hara – Clarinet (Band)

Brandon Broholm – Tuba (Band)

Kurt Meyer – Clarinet (Band)

Hannah Shatzer – Oboe (Band)

Kaitlin Sheber – Clarinet (Band)

Michael Walser – Alto Sax (Band)

Lisa Witek – Bassoon (Band)

Kendall Gretsch – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Marie Kirkegaard – Clarinet (Orchestra)

North High School Choir Students

Emma Bolam – Alto II

Thomas Cannan – Tenor II

Nathan Cornish – Tenor I

Katherine Crider – Alto I

Erica Crosswhite – Soprano II

Jane Duffy – Alto II

Rania El-Kareh – Soprano II

Corina Emmanouilidis – Alto II

Trevor Franger – Bass II

Jordan Frank – Bass I

Taylor Fregeau – Soprano II

Matthew Hall – Tenor I

Hannah Hudson – Alto II

Alexander Karge – Bass I

Timothy Kelley – Tenor I

Kristen Lemke – Alto II

Hayley Makowski – Soprano II

Lauren Niemi – Soprano II

Lindsay Prerost – Soprano I

Laurel Schmitt – Alto I

Jonathan Schroeder – Bass I

North High School Jazz Ensemble Students

Mark Dortwegt – Alto Sax

Nicholas Goergen – Drum Set

Caroline Hlohowskyj – Trumpet

Jamshed Jehangir – Drum Set

Michael Benning – Bass

Jonathan Rush – Drum Set

Bryn Sitkiewicz – Trombone

Kyle Stephens – Piano

Zachary Wetta – Tenor Sax

North High School Orchestra Students

Chloe Burnham – Violin II

Shannon Drobney – Violin II

Kelly Kedzior – Double Bass

Michael Benning – Double Bass

Colette Mondragon – Violin II

Victoria Nogle – Viola

Rudy Rendek – Violin I

Nicholas Rudy – Cello

Lauren Rush – Cello

Katie Schranz – Viola

Natalie Stawarski – Violin II

Luke Tecson – Violin II

Ayden Zarkhah – Violin II

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Fine arts program offers students chance to excel

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By Annie Reed,
Downers Grove Reporter

Downers Grove, IL -

Downers Grove North and South High school students of the arts have the opportunity to take their studies to the next level.

The fine arts honors program, rolled out this year, brings honors level and Advanced Placement classes to the busy — and often paint-spattered hands — of students.

“In surrounding suburban schools and national schools, we were one of the few districts maintaining a national reputation for fine art that didn’t offer AP options,” said teacher Brayer Teague, fine arts chairman for District 99. “This has been the dream of art and music teachers here for a decade.”

The courses are called honors-weighted, not AP, Teague said, but visual art students have the option to submit their work to the College Board for review.

With added sophistication to the program comes added rigor to the workload, and Teague said it’s not a shoe-in program for anyone with a passing interest in music or visual art. Students will be expected to perform an honors recital or present their body of visual work along with an artist’s statement at one of the schools’ art shows.

Serious about fine art
Community High School District 99 was awarded the top high school music award in the state in 1990 by the Illinois Music Educators Association. About 1,000 students in the district have taken classes in the fine arts program this year.

Of about 1,000 District 99 students enrolled in art and music courses, 37 students at both North and South high schools were selected for the program this year, including North junior Alex Karge.

Basically, Dr. (Frank) Piekarz (head of the choral program at North) said it was my choice to join the program, but it’s going to be hard and he’s not going to give out many As,” Alex said.

But Alex is willing to put in extra effort if it means improvement in his singing. It is a common theme among high-achieving students.

“I really liked this program because it forced me to motivate myself to practice,” said North senior Lisa Witek, a drum major for the marching band.

Lisa has benefited extensively from the District 99 Fine Arts Department. As an eighth-grader, she noticed the band was lacking a bassoon, a 4-foot-long woodwind instrument. With the financial help of the Music Boosters, Lisa took private lessons and went to summer camp so she could start a bassoon section in the band.

“I don’t know if I would have continued on, especially with the bassoon, without so much support from the program,” she said. “And then I definitely wouldn’t have had the leadership opportunities and be as happy as I am now.”