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.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

All State Music Education Conference: Grand Finale Concerts

Hundreds of the most decorated student musicians in Illinois performed, and thousands of music lovers listened, as the 2012 Illinois Music Education Conference closed on Saturday with an amazing display of talent. Congratulations to all of our DGN music students who represented North High with class and tremendous musicianship!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winter Guard Debut Performance

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard, and their newly appointed coach Ms. Katie Prudden, for an outstanding debut performance this week! Keep up the great work ladies!

All State Music Education Conference: Rehearsals In Full Swing

Hundreds of Illinois' most advanced student musicians are in rehearsal today for the upcoming All State Music Concerts. Tonight conference attendees will enjoy performances by the All State jazz ensembles. On Saturday the spotlight will shift to the All State Bands, Choirs and Orchestras.

Pictured here is DGN Band senior Jonathan Sheetz, playing bass clarinet in the All State Band rehearsal this morning.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Congratulations and Thank You, Mr. Teague

Congratulations to Mr. Teague for his leadership as the IMEA Secondary General Music Division Vice President over the past six years.  Most notably during his tenure in this position, Mr. Teague has expanded and deepened the possibilities for students across the state of Illinois to be recognized for their efforts as music composers and arrangers in a very meaningful way.  Today's All State Music Composition Contest Showcase was another wonderful opportunity to showcase compositional talent of the students of Illinois.  Thank you, Mr. Teague, for your service to the students and music teachers of Illinois!

All State Music Education Conference: Composer Showcase Concert

Congratulations to Spencer Schillerstrom for an outstanding
performance at today's All State Music Composition Contest Showcase
Concert in Peoria, IL.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

All Staters Depart For Peoria

Eight DGN musicians departed this afternoon for the 2012 Illinois
Music Education Conference in Peoria, IL.

Congratulations to Caitlin Doak, Anna Kranic, Megan Lyda, Alana
Osterling, Jonathan Sheetz, Spencer Schillerstrom, Eareen Yambao, and
Hannah Young who have been selected for this prestigious musical

Saturday, January 21, 2012

DGN Jazz Earns Accolades at Purdue Jazz Festival

Congratulations to both the DGN Jazz Ensemble and the DGN Jazz Lab Band for earning Division 1 ratings at the 2012 Purdue Jazz Festival.

In addition to the ensemble awards, the following students were recognized with individual Solo Awards for their outstanding individual improvisation performances:

Shauna Bracken
Matt Butzen
Augustine Calvino
Rachel Cliva
Darius Daugvila
Charlie Dawes
Zach Foster
Justine Hung
Anthony Iacovetti
Brett Latman
John McGarry
PJ O'Hara
Sam O'Neil
Jon Poortinga
Clayton Possidoni
Spencer Schillerstrom (2 awards)
Thomas Svoboda

Friday, January 20, 2012

Safe & Sound at Purdue University

The DGN Jazz Ensemble & Lab Band are in West Lafayette, IN tonight as the 2012 Purdue University Jazz Festival kicks off a weekend of great music making opportunities.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 North High Choral Festival

Today DGN welcomed dozens of choral students from Herrick Middle School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Westview Hills Middle School to the 2012 North High Choral Festival.

Congratulations to all of the singers - as well as their dedicated music teachers - for a great afternoon of workshops and for sharing their musicianship with the community!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Coach Colby

Tenor Sax great Mark Colby was on campus today to work with the DGN Cannonball Combo in preparation for a performance this coming February at the College of DuPage.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Jazz @ Caribou

The DGN "Cannonball" and "Dizzy" Jazz Combos recently performed at the Downers Grove Main Street Caribou Coffee, and were joined by a number of DGN jazz alumni who were back in town for the winter break.

Friday, January 06, 2012

19th Annual Jazz Cafe Features Dozens of Musicians and Draws Large Audience

Congratulations to the students of the Herrick Middle School Jazz Band, Jefferson Junior High School "Friends of Jazz", and the DGN jazz program for spirited and exciting performances at the 2012 Jazz Cafe.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Bill Byan - Jazz Cafe Tomorrow Night!

DGN Bands are pleased to welcome professional drummer Bill Byan to
North High this week. Mr. Byan will be performing as a soloist with
the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band at tomorrow night's 19th annual
Jazz Cafe charity benefit concert.

Swing by the DGN Cafe Friday night between 6 and 8:30 pm to hear great
jazz and support this year's charity, LUNGevity.