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, December 31, 2010

BBC Web Link for DGN Band in London Parade

For those looking to tune-in this morning to watch the 25th Anniversary London New Years Day Parade, we would encourage you to try the link below:

BBC web link:

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sun-Times Feature on Band's Tour

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Carol of the Bells

A video holiday card by jazz ensemble member John Janke.  Enjoy ...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DC Glee

This morning DGN students and staff were treated to the melodious sounds of the Concert Singers and a new vocal sensation: DC Glee ... a stunning new a cappella group featuring the DGN Department Chairs! Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Visually Stunning - The 2010 Holiday Mosaic Art Show

Congratulations to the DGN visual art students who displayed over 600 works of art in this year's Holiday Mosaic Art Show.

Of special note, this year, was the addition of an 'Emerging Artists' gallery, which showcased work by students from Herrick Middle School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Westview Middle School.

LIZ HAVENGA – “Beauty and the Beast”
Honorable Mentions: Marissa Blake, Katie Karl, Hannah Ottley, Marie Sandacz
ANSLEY McLEOD – “Curiosity”
Honorable Mentions: Daneca Gray, Karen Klein
Honorable Mentions: Richard Barker, Elizabeth Hopkins, Julia Lukosevicius, Casey McAleer, Alex Miller,  Laura Today, Rob Wash
HANNAH OTTLEY – “Heritage”
Honorable Mentions: Hannah Bayer, Leighanne Crawford, Natalie Gray, Adnan Khan,
SUZI SMULKAITIS – “Turtle Shell”
Honorable Mentions: Stacy Linares, Autumn Moberg, Katie Puralewski,
Jaclyn Eidukas – “Falling Water”
Honorable Mentions: Kelly Barnes, Kurt Dolson, Yousef Ghani, Kaitlin Kirlin, Kyule Mysuwicks, Miranda Valles
ANSLEY McLEOD – “Jack & the Beanstalk Book”
Honorable Mentions: Aimee Punsalang, Samantha Poicicchio

Happy Holidays from the DGN Fine Arts Department

Mosaic 2010 a Resounding Sonic Success!

Congratulations to the DGN music students who performed for two near-capacity audiences this evening in the 2010 Holiday Mosaic Concert.

A special thanks goes out to composer and guest-artist Sam Stryke for joining us on stage this evening, and for donating over $1,100.00 to the DGN music program from his CD sales tonight!

Monday, December 06, 2010

The lights have been hung, in the Auditorium with care ...

The lights have been hung, in the Auditorium with care ... in hopes that you will be there (at the Mosaic concert)!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Mosaic ...

Mr. Miller and recording engineer Ken Abeling hang microphones in preparation for the annual Holiday Mosaic Concert. The 2010 Mosaic will be held Tuesday, December 7th at 5:30 and 8:00 pm.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Thirty-one District 99 Musicians Achieve 2010 "All-State" Recognition

Fourteen student musicians from Downers Grove North High School were selected by competitive audition to the 2010-2011 Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band and Secondary General Music Composition Contest. Performance auditions were held last October at Hinsdale Central High School; musical compositions were evaluated by professional musicians and composers from across the Midwest.

“We are really thrilled for these students and their families,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chair at North High.  “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 are equally pleased for our friends at South High who also had a tremendous number of students selected for All-State this year.”

In total, thirty-one student musicians from District 99 were selected for this prestigious performance honor.

The All-State Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Band will convene for a series of rehearsals in Peoria, IL, January 26-29, 2011.  Their concerts will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on the evening of January 28, and the afternoon of January 29, 2011.

All-State Band

Brandon Broholm – Tuba (Senior)
Marie Kirkegaard – Clarinet (Senior)
Jonathan Sheetz – Bass Clarinet (Junior)
Isaac Stevenson – Orchestral Percussion (Senior)
Kirsten Keller – Orchestral Flute (Senior)
Stephen Shatzer – Orchestral Bassoon (Junior)

All-State Choir

Abby Gardner – Alto (Senior)

Kaitlin Jeffries – Alto (Senior)

Josh Smith – Tenor (Senior)

All-State Orchestra
Marisa Bellie – Double Bass (Senior)
Lauren Kovanko – Viola (Junior)
Meghan Lyda – Cello (Junior)
Alana Osterling – Cello (Sophomore)
Hannah Young – Band Harp (Junior)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wind Ensemble students work with Daniel Farris of Northwestern University

In preparation for the Wind Ensemble's performance at Cadogan Hall in London, England, DGN welcomed Daniel Farris (Northwestern University Bienen School of Music) as a guest clinician. Professor Farris worked with students on three of the four compositions that will be performed in London on December 29th.

Students Gear Up for DGN's Holiday Mosaic!

Student artists and musicians at Downers Grove North are gearing up for the annual Holiday Mosaic.

The Holiday Mosaic Concert will be held Tuesday, December 7, 2010 in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High School.  To accommodate the expected capacity audiences, there will be two performances for community members to choose from: 5:30 and 8:00 pm.  Each concert will feature the band, choir and District 99 orchestra, as well as a variety of chamber music ensembles.  The concerts, which are presented in a continuous format, will last approximately one hour.  

The Opening Reception of the Holiday Mosaic Art Show will be at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 in the North High Main Street Lobby.  Community members are encouraged to view student visual art at this time, and throughout the week.

Admission to both events is free, and the public is cordialy invited to attend. 

This is the 14th annual 'Holiday Mosaic' at North High, which annually features over 500 student musicians and visual artists presenting works for an anticipated audience of just over 2,000 community members. 

As always, the evening will conclude with a performance of Handel's Hallelujah!, a tradition in the community of Downers Grove since 1929.  But this year, students and audience members will be provided with a special holiday sonic treat - guest artist Sam Stryke. Styke last performed in District 99 in December of 2008. This year audience members will get to hear a taste of Stryke's newest release titled Joy to the World: A Symphony Pops Christmas. Stryke will perform with the District 99 Orchestra, and, with the District 99 Orchestra and Combined North High Choirs. 

For more information about this performance, or about DGN Fine Arts, contact Brayer Teague at:

Preparation for DGN London Tour Featured in DG Reporter

Click on the link below for a redirect to the story ...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bell Ringing

Members of the DGN Band saxophone section were spotted this weekend at Yorktown Mall, volunteering for the Salvation Army.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jazz Combo performs at Bonfield Express

Thanks to the DGN Jazz Combo for getting up extra early on Thanksgiving - and giving of their time and musical talents at the 'Bonfield Express 5K'. The combo provided music for runners as they crossed the finish line. Great job!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra in D99

Internationally acclaimed guitarists Muriel Anderson and Tierra Negra performed for DGN students on Tuesday, and DGS students on Wednesday of this week. The trio was stunning in every aspect of performance and during their interactions with the students.

This trio performs in the DG North Auditorium on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Be certain to check out this amazingly magical musical collaboration.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DGN Jazz Ensemble @ Jilly's of Naperville

The members of the DGN Jazz Ensemble delighted jazz patrons at a standing-room only performance tonight in Naperville, IL.  Congratulations to the members of the ensemble for a terrific set!  And many thanks to the gracious and musically stunning Pete Ellman Big Band for the invitation to perform this evening.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

IMEA District Festival

Congratulations to our DGN musicians who participated in the 2010 IMEA District I Honors Festival today at Lincoln-Way West High School. Students immersed themselves in rehearsals beginning at 8 a.m., and performed in a culminating concert this afternoon at 4 p.m. Terrific work Trojans!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fall Band Concert

The members of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Band Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Lab Band performed tonight on the Fall Band Concert. Congratulations to all of the DGN student musicians who played with poise and finesse.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DGN Band Invitational

Congratulations to the members of the Herrick Middle School Band (Jon Ball, director), as well as the students of the DGN Jazz Ensemble and DGN Wind Ensemble for terrific performances this evening. Each group played with wonderful musicianship and expression. Kudos to all!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010 Cheesecake Sale = Succcess!

Many thanks to the DGN Music Boosters for their incredible work with the 2010 Cheesecake Sale. Thousands or dollars were raised to support students and their musical passions. Great work Music Boosters!

2010 Cheesecake Sale = Succcess!

Many thanks to the DGN Music Boosters for their incredible work with the 2010 Cheesecake Sale. Thousands or dollars were raised to support students and their musical passions. Great work Music Boosters!

IMEA Jazz Festival Concert

Congratulations to the nine DGN students who performed in the IMEA District 1 Honors Jazz Festival this past Saturday, November 13th at Fenton High School. DGN students pictured here are Erin Elgass (left/alto sax), Kaitlyn Wayman-Dodd (right/tenor sax) and Zach Schneeweis (right/trombone).