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.

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

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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).

Friday, November 12, 2010

Videos from Project Trio Concert

District 99 Orchestra w/Project Trio:

Project Trio performing Random Road Suite:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

D99 Orchestra and PROJECT TRIO

A fabulous concert last night by the District 99 Orchestra with featured artists PROJECT TRIO. The audience and the students had their musical territories expanded in remarkable ways by this trio of musicians. Special shout out to D99 Orchestra Director Jennifer Mullen for all she did to make this evening possible for the student musicians in District 99. 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Proejct Trio - TONIGHT, 11-09-10 @ 7:00 PM

Catch the internationally renonwed PROJECT TRIO, performing tonight with the District 99 Orchestra. A limited number of $15 tickets will be available at the door. The PROJECT Trio performs with the District 99 Orchestra on Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Downers Grove South High School - this is one you won't want to miss!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Opening Night!

Come see DGN Theatre's production of Little Shop of Horrors!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

"Little Shop of Horrors" opens Friday night at DGN!

The DGN Theatre Program will proudly present the 2010-11 All-School Musical - "Little Shop of Horrors" - this coming weekend: Friday (11-5) @ 7pm, Saturday (11-6) @ 7 pm, and Sunday (11-7) @ 3 pm.