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)