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.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

EIU Trumpet Ensemble

DGN Band Alumnus Jay Keliher returned to North High on Friday to
perform with the Eastern Illinois University Trumpet Ensemble.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Band Concert - March 18

Congratulations to the members of the Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble for their wonderful performance at the March 18th Spring Band Concert.  All three groups achieved sonic success while performing a program of challenging literature.

Special kudos are extended to Caroline Hlohowskyj (trumpet) and Emma Sassano (marimba) for their solo performances, and to Mr. Bob Graham of our Social Studies Department for narrating "Liberty for All."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Orchestra Concert

This past week the District 99 Orchestra performed a terrific concert featuring several student soloists and Dvorak's New World Symphony.  Kudos to Ms. Mullen and all of the orchestra students from North and South on a performance that everyone can be very proud of. 

A video clip of the Dvorak may be viewed here:

DGS Fine Arts Blog

Jaws Pool Party

Members of the DGN Band, Choir and Orchestra gathered on Saturday evening for the Music Team's semi-annual "Jaws Night Pool Party."  If you've never done it before, watching the movie Jaws - while floating in a dimly lit pool - adds a new dimension to the experience!

The Fine Arts Department thanks the Athletic Department, and specifically Ms. Busse, for the use of the pool and their support in arranging the event.  A special thanks is also extended to the CMG staff for their extra weekend help.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Congrats to Andrew Zahn - DGN Pi Day Record

Congrats to band member Andrew Zahn on shattering his own school "Pi Day" record (1,123 digits), and reciting 2,010 digits from memory!

Friday, in band class, the members of Wind Ensemble chanted ...

"3 - point - 1 - 4 - 1 - 5 - 9 ... Andrew Zahn is Ultra Fine!"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

DGN Bands to be highlighted on WGN Radio

As a part of WGN-Radio's "Hometown Voices Tour," six members of the DGN Band will be featured on Friday morning, March 12.  WGN morning host Greg Jarrett, and the Morning Show team, will be broadcasting live from Ballydoyle's in downtown Downers Grove from 5 a.m. - 9 a.m.

WGN-Radio contacted the DGN Bands to participate in part because of the band's recent invitation to march in the 2011 London New Year's Day Parade.

While the timing of the show is subject to change, the band is currently slated to be featured between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m.

WGN Radio may be found at 720 AM on your radio.  You may listen to "live streaming" through the station's website:

Downers Grove North Musicians Find Solo Success!

Downers Grove North High School student musicians participated in the Illinois High School Association State Solo and Ensemble Contest on March 6, 2010.

Forty-two 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, forty-eight 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.”

One North High event received a “Best of Day” Award.  Clarinet soloist Marie Kirkegaard was recognized by judges to be the most outstanding performer of the day in her performance venue. 

The following North High Music Events received a “Division I—Superior” rating.


  • Samantha Barry - Female Voice
  • Cameron Box - Violin
  • Shauna Bracken -  Trumpet
  • Brandon Broholm -  Tuba
  • Erick Burkiewicz - Multiple Percussion
  • Tristan Burnham - Violin
  • Devin Collett - Female Voice
  • Carrah Demos - Female Voice
  • Lauren DePaz - Violin
  • Erin Elgass -  E-Flat Alto Sax.
  • Joe Garcia - Euphonium
  • Eileen Grogan - Female Voice
  • Kevin Gupana -  Oboe
  • Caroline Hlohowskyj – Trumpet
  • Michelle Hsu - Marimba
  • Kaitlin Jeffries - Female Voice
  • Alison Johnson - Female Voice
  • Julie Katrenak -  French Horn
  • Kirsten Keller - Flute
  • Marie Kirkegaard - B-Flat Clarinet
  • Jaclyn Kothanek - Female Voice
  • Katie Krainc - Violin
  • Catie Krygeris - Female Voice
  • Jenny Luby - Female Voice
  • Meghan Lyda - Cello
  • Jon Parthun - Marimba
  • Madeline Poortinga - Violin
  • Arturo Rey - Male Voice
  • Kirsten Rush - Female Voice
  • Emma Sassano - Marimba
  • Josh Smith - Male Voice
  • Julia Stasevicius - Female Voice
  • Caroline Sterr - Female Voice
  • Isaac Stevenson - Multiple Percussion
  • James Tandaric - Violin
  • Emily Temple-Wood – Marimba
  • Mike Walser -  E-Flat Alto Sax.
  • Hannah Young – Harp


  • Saxophone Ensemble: Joe DePeder, Mike Walser, Josh Williams, Andrew Zahn
  • Mixed Brass Ensemble: Brandon Broholm, Caroline Hlohowskyj, Perry Martin, Peter Ralph, Bryn Sitkiewicz
  • String Ensemble: Lauren Kovanko, Katie Krainc, Madeline Poortinga, Erin Portman
  • Treble Ensemble: Devin Collett, Kirsten Rush

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

District 99 Vocal Honors Recital

Congratulations to all of the vocalists from DGN and DGS who performed beautifully on this evening's District 99 Vocal Honors Recital.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Winter Guard - State Compeition

Congratulations to the members of North High's Winter Guard on their outstanding performances at the State Contest this weekend.  The team placed 6th in the State in the Lyrical Flag category and 5th in the Tall Flag category.  The team also earned 92 points (out of a possible 100) for each routine which was a team best for the season.  Congratulations to all of the team members on a terrific season!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

DGN Hosts State Solo & Ensemble Contest

Congratulations and thank you to all of the DGN student musicians,
parents and volunteers who made the 2010 IHSA State Solo & Ensemble
Contest a big success!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Choirs Perform in "Spring Festival Concert"

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Choirs on a very musical
performance tonight!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Two D99 Musicians Finalists for CYSO Compeitition

Two District 99 musicians (Michael Rau - DGS; Isaac Stevenson - DGN) have earned the distinction of being named finalists for the prestigious Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.  Michael and Isaac are two of only seven finalists selected to advance from the heavily competitive preliminary auditions.

The finals are open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, March 3, in Curtiss Hall (10th floor) of the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.

6:30pm - Doors open
6:45-9:00pm - Competition
9:15pm - Awards

All are welcome to attend and hear these talented young musicians perform in the final round of competition!

  • Isaac Stevenson, Schwanter - Percussion Concerto
  • Michaela Wellems, Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto No.4 in D Minor, op.31
  • Ben Manis, Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104
  • Christine Murphy, Lieberman - Concerto for Flute
  • Stephanie Block, Stamitz - Concerto for Viola
  • Michael Rau, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
  • Ryan Zerna, Nielsen - Flute Concerto

Participants will compete for a chance to perform with CYSO's Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, November 21, 2010.

Monday, March 01, 2010

DGN Choirs in MN

Congratulations to the DGN Choirs on a wonderful tour!

Working with Dr. Tim Peter at Luther College:

Working with Dr. Eugene Rogers at Macalester College: