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, March 13, 2009

Rotary Scholarship - $2,000 for a D99 Music Student

The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual "Charles Dickerman Music Scholarship". Each year the Rotary Club of Downers Grove gives a scholarship to a deserving high school senior who lives in the District 99 attendance area. Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove. He was a nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory who had an undergraduate degree in music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper.

This post-secondary scholarship is a $2,000 award. The scholarship will once again be offered through Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Benet Academy, Marmion Academy, Timothy Christian High School, Marquette Manor Baptist Academy, Montini High School and Nazereth Academy. The application can be downloaded here.

The emphasis for this scholarship is music. Candidates are required to have participated in curricular music activities in high school and/or extracurricular music activities. Composers and/or arrangers qualify for this scholarship. Pursuit of an undergraduate music major or minor is not required.

Criteria for the Music Scholarship

All applicants must have their forms postmarked by March 31st of this current calendar year in order to be considered. Please send forms to the following mailing address:

Rotary Club of Downers Grove
Attn: Music Scholarship
P.O. Box 256
Downers Grove, IL 60515

DGN Musicians find Solo & Ensemble Success

Downers Grove North High School student musicians participated in the Illinois High School Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 7, 2009.

Thirty-four events from Downers Grove North High School received a Division I rating of SUPERIOR. A Division I score is categorized as “A Superior Performance – outstanding in nearly every detail.” In addition, thirty-six events from Downers Grove North High School received 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.”

Two North High events received “Best of Day” Awards. Clarinet soloist John O’Hara, as well as ensemble members Marie Kirkegaard (clarinet), Kirsten Keller (flute) and Kevin Gupana (oboe) were 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.


• Erick Burkiewicz (Marimba)
• Chloe Burnham (Violin)
• Tom Cannan (Vocal)
• Carrah Demos (Vocal)
• Faith Enenbach (Violin)
• Kevin Gupana (Oboe)
• Michelle Hsu (Marimba)
• Faisal Khurshid (Snare Drum)
• Lauren Kovanko (Viola)
• Andrew Kuikman (Multiple Percussion)
• Kristen Lemke (Vocal)
• Colin Ludlow (Vocal)
• Meghan Lyda (Cello)
• John O’Hara (Clarinet) * Best of Day Award
• Jon Parthun (Marimba)
• Madeline Poortinga (Violin)
• Rudy Rendek (Violin)
• Nick Rudy (Cello)
• Emma Sassano (Marimba)
• Hannah Shatzer (Oboe)
• Caroline Sterr (Vocal)
• Isaac Stevenson (Marimba)
• Isaac Stevenson (Snare Drum)
• James Tandaric (Violin)
• Mike Walser (Alto Saxophone)
• Hannah Young (Harp)
• Ayden Zarkhah (Violin)


• Clarinet Ensemble: Kurt Meyer, John O’Hara
• Keyboard Percussion Ensemble: Emma Sassano, Jordan Depeder, Derek Mitchell, Rachel Greenwood
• Membrane Percussion Ensemble: Faisal Khurshid, PJ O’Hara
• Mixed Wind Ensemble: Marie Kirkegaard, Kirsten Keller, Kevin Gupana * Best of Day Award
• String Ensemble: Meghan Lyda, Lauren Kovanko
• String Ensemble: Meghan Lyda, Hannah Young
• String Ensemble: Madeline Poortinga, Kelsey Draeger

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

District 99 Vocal Honors Recital

Congratulations to the students and faculty of the North and South High School choral programs for wonderful performances at the 2009 Vocal Honors Recital.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Winter Guard finds success at State!

Congratulations to the North High Winter Guard for their outstanding performance this weekend at the Team Dance Illinois State Competition. The team traveled to Peoria and placed 4th in the Varsity Lyrical Flag category, scoring over 90 points. This is the highest score our team has ever received at the state competition. Congratulations to all the members of the team (below), and coach Emily Rivera, for a tremendous season and this outstanding accomplishment.
Kaitlin Sheber
Marilyn Lauterbach
Anita Pattanayak
Amy Moscato
Lauren Weisner
Katie Kropp
Jennifer Poad
Nella Granback
Anna Kowalewicz
Nick Toland

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Music Students Complete Successful Tour

Congratulations to the 255 music students from the DGN Band, DGN Choir, and D99 Orchestra who recently completed a very successful music tour to Florida.

Click here to see performance videos and images from the tour.

Elmhurst Art Museum Senior Portfolio Show

Congratulations to the following DGN Visual Art Students for their recent recognition from the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Erin Agnoli -- Photography
Kathryn Butler -- Drawing
Colleen Malec -- Computer Art

The opening reception and Best of Show awards will be announced on April 4th at 1:00 p.m.