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 30, 2009

Trick or Treat?!

Our front office staff is second to none! The Fine Arts Department
wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Albert Einstein Gymnasium Jazz Band

DGN was pleased to welcome the Albert Einstein Gymnasium Jazz Band
from Germany. The band is on a two week American tour and performed
for 6th period music students in our Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Build An Instrument" Project Presentations

Congratulations to the members of Mr. Miller's classes who presented
their new instruments in class today!

Monday, October 19, 2009

IMEA District Band/Choir/Orchestra/Jazz Results (2009)

This evening North High received notification that forty-two student musicians were selected to the Illinois Music Educators Association District Honors Ensembles.  Congratulations to the following All-District musicians:

Shauna Bracken (10) Trumpet (Band)  
Brandon Broholm (11) Tuba (Band)
Emily Daugherty (12) Flute  (Band)
Joseph DePeder (12) Tenor Sax (Band)
Erin Elgass (9) Alto Sax (Band)
Nick Goergen (12) Drum Set (Jazz Band)
Kevin Gupana (11) Oboe (Orchestra)
Caroline Hlohowskyj (12) Trumpet (Band)
Caroline Hlohowskyj (12) Trumpet (Jazz Band)
Marie Kirkegaard (11) Bb Clarinet (Orchestra)
Jennifer Poad (12) Bass Clarinet (Band)
Rudy Rendek (12) String/Elec Bass (Jazz Band)
Emma Sassano (12) Percussion (Orchestra)
Stephen Shatzer (10) Bassoon (Orchestra)
Jonathan Sheetz (10) Contra-bass Clarinet (Band)
Bryn Sitkiewicz (12) Trombone (Jazz Band)
Andrew Stawarz (12) Tenor Sax (Band)
Isaac Stevenson (11) Percussion (Orchestra)
Mike Walser (12) Alto Sax (Band)
Mike Walser (12) Alto Sax (Jazz Band)
Josh Williams (12) Baritone Sax (Band)

Tom Cannon (12) Tenor II   
Devin Collett (10) Soprano I   
Abby Gardner (11) Alto I   
Eileen Grogan (12) Alto I   
Ally Haley (11) Alto II   
Liz Havenga (11) Soprano II   
Kaitlin Jeffries (11) Soprano II   
Catie Krygeris (12) Alto I   
Colin Ludlow (11) Bass II   
Kirsten Rush (11) Soprano II   
Josh Smith (11) Tenor II   
Caroline Sterr (11) Soprano II   
Allison Williams (12) Alto II

Chloe Burnham (12) Violin
Lauren Kovanko (10) Viola
Meghan Lyda (10) Cello
Colette Mondragon (12) Viola
Erin Portman (11) Cello 
Rudy Rendek (12) Violin
Meghan Schmitt (11) Cello 
Hannah Young (10) Harp   

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Marching Band Salutes Seniors

The 2009 Football Season concluded on Friday evening with a muddy loss to conference rival Glenbard West.  But the cold wet weather could not dampen the spirits of the Trojan Marching Band, especially the Class of 2010, who appeared in their final football game performance. 

Congratulations to all the members of the Trojan Marching Band for a great season.  The community looks forward to seeing you again - on Thanksgiving morning - at the McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, IL. 

D99 Fall Orchestra Concert

The District 99 Concert Orchestra performed with musicianship and precision. The nuances of Dreams of a Midsummer Night show the sonic strengths of this ensemble.

Symphonic Orchestra performed all four movements of the challenging Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten. The musical maturity and technical precision of this mature ensemble was evident in the professional performance of this masterwork.

The evening concluded with Concerto Grosso, conducted by DGN senior Rudy Rendek. Featured soloists Colleen Doyle (O'Neill MS,) Lindsay Klecka (Herrick MS) and our own Jennifer Mullen played kazoo along with the combined orchestra. Great job to all the students, staff and parents that collaborated to make this evening such a fabulous event.

Herrick Orchestra Opens Fall Concert

On Thursday, October 15, 2009 our District 99 Orchestra presented their Fall Orchestra Concert. This concert is annually shared with our two sender school string programs in District 58. This year, the renowned Herrick Orchestra opened the evening. Led by conductor Lindsay Klecka, the group performed four selections, including the exciting Russian Sailors' Dance. Great job to these future District 99 string musicians!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Guest Artist - Drew Nelson

Today North High welcomed critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Drew Nelson to campus.

"Every generation has its poets; the writers, musicians, and lyricists who capture the spirit and longings of their time.  Those who give expression to our own personal memories and dreams as though they know us.  They tell our stories, giving us the words we need to celebrate or let go.  That is the soil in which singer/songwriter Drew Nelson has been toiling.  Legendary songwriter John Gorka said "Drew's songs sound like the rest of us feel.  His characters are anything but defeated. They are dazed, angry, amazed and climbing."

Special thanks to our North High Music Boosters for supporting Mr. Nelson's appearance in guitar, orchestra, choir, band and MIDI music classes today.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Band O Rama 2009

Congratulations to the members of the Trojan Marching Band, as well as
the Athenas and Cheerleaders for great performances at the 2009 Band-O-

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Composer Returns to Campus

Composer Don Owens was back on campus this past week to check-in with several students who will be performing major segments of his new concerto for percussion trio and harp.  Professor Owens, pictured here with harpist Hannah Young, is working on a piece that will be debuted by the DGN Wind Ensemble in May of 2010.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Chamber Choir performs at the Traveling Wall

Members of the North High Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Piekarz, performed the National Anthem this morning at a ceremony in Downers Grove honoring Vietnam War Veterans as well as those who died in combat.