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, May 28, 2010

Alma Mater at Honors Convocation

Thank you Office Assistants!

Thank you to our fabulous Office Assistants this year!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

D99 Orchestra Spring Concert

Congratulations to the members of the District 99 Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra for a soncially stunning performance to conclude the 2009-2010 school year. Both ensembles played challenging repertoire with musicianship and high craftsmanship. In addition to featuring DGN senior soloists Chloe Burnham and Rudy Rendek, the ensemble performed Brahms' challenging Academic Festival Overture. Great work D99 orchestra students - we are proud of you all!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jazz In The Park

Congratulations to the DGN and DGS jazz bands for a terrific
performance this evening in Fishel Park.

Preparing for Final Orchestra Concert

Members of the District 99 Orchestra are rehearsing today for
Wednesday night's Orchestra concert. Featured Senior Soloists will
include Chloe Burnham & Rudy Rendek (pictured).

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Band Banquet Tonight

The 2010 Band Banquet is tonight at the historic Willowbrook
Ballroom. We are looking forward to celebrating with nearly 400
members of the Band family!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jazz In The Park Prep

The D99 All Star Big Band, comprised of seniors from DGN & DGS, met
this morning at 6:45 AM to prepare for next Tuesday night's concert at
Fishel Park.

Don't miss this great band next week. Tuesday, May 25, 6:30 PM at
Fishel Park in downtown Downers Grove.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Graduation Concert

Congratulations to the members of the A Cappella Choir and the Wind
Ensemble on a beautifully performed 'Graduation Concert.' A special
congratulations is extended to the Class of 2010. Thank you, seniors,
for your hard work and dedication to the arts at North High!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuning Up for a World Premiere

The members of the Wind Ensemble worked with composer Don Owens after school today in preparation for tomorrow night's 'Graduation Concert.'  The Wind Ensemble will present the World Premiere performance of Triple Set (2010), a 22 minute, three-movement work that features three solo percussion 'sets' - and harp - along with the full forces of the contemporary wind band.

"Working with a composer is alway exciting, but having the chance to premiere an original composition that was written especially for this group of students is a wonderful opportunity for the members of the Wind Ensemble," said Fine Arts Department Chairperson Brayer Teague.

Featured soloists in the triple-concerto include Michelle Hsu (sophomore), Emma Sassano (senior) and Isaac Stevenson (junior).  The solo harp part will be performed by Hannah Young (sophomore).  Each of these four students have been working directly with the composer for over six months in preparation for the premiere.

"I've shown the musical score to colleagues all over the world, and the reaction is similar each time someone looks at the music.  They say, 'I can't believe a high school ensemble can play it," mused composer Don Owens as he addressed the musicians on stage during the final dress rehearsal.  "You have my deepest admiration and respect for all the time and energy you have put into realizing this music."

The Graduation Concert will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Class of 2010 Art Exhibition

Visual artists from the Class of 2010 are prominently featured this week in the Main St. Lobby of North High.  Community members are invited to view and celebrate the many accomplishments of these dedicated students.

The Rip Chords Visit DGN

The Rip Chords from the University of Illinois performed today for
members of the DGN Choirs.

The Rip Chords are the premier women's a cappella group at the
University of Illinois. Brought together in 1992 by their love for a
cappella music, this evolving group of ambitious ladies has not
stopped captivating audiences since.

Graduation Concert this Thursday!

The end of the school year is so very close. The Prom is in your rear-view mirror, and the band can be heard rehearsing 'Pomp and Circumstance' down the hallway. Soon the Class of 2010 will march through Commencement in their flowing purple and white gowns. But BEFORE we get ahead of ourselves, let's not forget the annual DGN "Graduation Concert," featuring the members of the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble!

The Graduation Concert will be held this Thursday, May 20, at 7 PM in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Come hear the amazing sounds of the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble as we honor the Class of 2010. The program will feature several special musical highlights, including senior soloist Joe Garcia, the World Premiere of a special composition written especially for the North High Bands and guest-conducted by composer Don Owens, and an exciting performance of the powerful "Sinfonia Voci" which was composed to honor the students and faculty of Plainfield High School following the tornado that leveled that school twenty years ago this spring.

You won't want to miss this opportunity to 'send off' the Class of 2010! See you Thursday night at the Graduation Concert!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Choir Recognition Dinner & Awards

This evening the DGN Choirs paused to celebrate a wonderful year of
music making in our community.

A special congrats goes out to the Class of 2010, as well as all the
family members who performed with the "Generations Choir."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Choral Showcase a Dazzling Success

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Choirs for a fantastic 2010 Choral Showcase.  

"Not Your Parents' Disney" featured music from the newest Disney and Pixar films, and engaged the musical sensibilities of a packed auditorium at North High this evening.

A slide show of production images may be found here.

A video of the finale may be found here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Not Your Parents' Disney!"

Members of the DGN Choirs are preparing tonight for the 2010 Choral
Showcase: "Not Your Parent's Disney!"

You won't want to miss this terrific musical event on Tuesday, May
11th. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM in the
Clarence Johnson Auditorium.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

May Band Concert a Sonic Success!

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Band Percussion Ensemble, and members of the Chamber Winds for an outstanding concert this evening!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Artists honored at Fremd 4x5 Show

Fremd High School sponsors an annual "4 x 5" art show, in which every piece entered must not exceed 4 inches by 5 inches in width and length. The 2010 award winners have been announced and North High is well represented :


Nicole Irwin - 1st Place

Marie Homolkova - 2nd Place and two Honorable Mention awards
Bernadette Calvino - Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Havenga - Honorable Mention

Heather McNeil - Honorable Mention

A reception for award winners will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at William Fremd High School. For more infomration, go to:

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

There's an 'App' for that!

Got a 'Smart Phone?'  We've developed an App to help you stay connected to the Fine Arts at DGN.

Navigate to the following web address from your iPhone or Android phone's browser, and save to your Home Screen.

2010 Spring Art Show

The 2010 Spring Art Show opened on Monday. Hundreds of creative works
are on display in the Main Street Lobby through Friday.
Congratulations to DGN Visual Artists and the Fine Arts Visual Art