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.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

DGN Vocalists Shine in Concert

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Choirs for a musically stunning performance tonight.  Members of the Freshman Ensemble, Concert Singers, Freshman Choir, All Access, Treble Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Treble Choir, and A Cappella Choir all performed with exquisite musicianship.  Well done DGN Choirs!







Monday, February 27, 2012

Spring Arrives Early! Choir Concert Tomorrow Night!

DGN's annual "Spring Choir Concert" - traditionally held in March -
was moved up this year to a late February date. But don't let the
lingering traces of snow on the ground deter you! You won't want to
miss the exceptional vocal talent that will be on display Tuesday
evening in the Johnson Auditorium.

The concert begins at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

Pictured here are members of the "All Access" Choir as they prepared
this afternoon for their performance on Tuesday.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Winter Guard Video

Winter Guard @ Athena Spectacular

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for a terrific performance at today's Athena Spectacular!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DGN Jazz @ Mullen's

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Lab Band on a truly toe-tappin' set this evening at Mullen's. Great sounds. Great energy. Swingalicious!!

DGN Vocal Fest 2012

Students in the DGN Choral Program were immersed today in a series of performance clinics with a panel of Chicago's most respected vocal music educators. Dozens of students prepared literature for this special event and performed for classmates as well as our guest adjudicators.

The most outstanding performers will be recognized through an invitation to perform in the 2012 District 99 Honors Vocal Recital.

Congratulations to the following student musicians who were invited to the "run off" performances this afternoon:

Samantha Barry
Elizabeth Brunell
Anna Burton
Devin Collett
Rachel Davis
Caitlin Doak
Abby Hodonicky
Madelaine Isobal
Jensen/Webster Duet
Frannie Jones
Connor Leigh
Luby/Shaat/Zimmerman Trio
James Parsons
Eareen Yambao
Lydia Zimmerman

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DGN Jazz Lab Band @ Mullen's Grill Thursday Night

The DGN Jazz Lab Band, directed by Mr. Bill Miller, will be opening for the Pete Ellman Big Band at Mullen's Grill in Lisle, IL.  DGN will begin at 7 pm, and play one set before the Ellman band continues at approximately 8 pm.

Come out, enjoy some food, and support DGN Jazz!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

DGN Music Boosters - Summer Study Scholarships

The DGN Music Boosters annually provide an opportunity for band, choir and orchestra students to apply for “Summer Music Camp Scholarships.” 

The money to fund these scholarships is collected through our “Contributing Members” campaign.  Scholarship awards are not set at a specific dollar amount.  Rather, we look carefully at all of the applications, as well as the funding available in a particular year, and work to honor each student applicant’s summer music camp experience with an award of some kind.  Preference is given to current freshman, sophomores and juniors who will be returning to DGN next year.  At times, when additional funding has been available, the Music Boosters have honored applications from current seniors with partial scholarships. 

The application process is conducted online.  No paper applications will be accepted.  Students should follow this link to begin the application process.


Students are encouraged to read the application questions online, and then compose their answers off-line in a word processing application.  Students should save their work, and then copy responses into the online form before submitting.  (The application form will not allow a student to begin the application, save their work online, and return to finish it later.  So it is best to work off-line until you are ready to fully submit the form.)

We encourage all band, choir and orchestra students who are planning to attend a summer music camp of some kind this year to apply for financial assistance!

The application deadline is: Friday, April 27, 2012.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

'Cannonball' Jazz Combo Featured at College of DuPage

Congratulations to the musicians in DGN's 'Cannonball' Jazz Combo for a terrific performance tonight at the College of DuPage Winter Jazz Fest. The ensemble captivated the appreciative audience with creative arrangements of four jazz standards.

Well done DGN Jazz!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Scholastic Art Panorama in 3D

Want to interact with a 360-degree panorama of the Scholastic Art Show?  CLICK HERE!

See the show in '3D' using the Tour Wrist app, available here:

After downloading the app, search for the tour name 'Scholastic Art Show - DGN', or tap the following link from your iDevice: tour://30250.

To learn more, visit:

Thank You District 99 Art Team!

Congratulations to the District 99 art faculty for their work coordinating the Scholastic Art Show for our region.  Your tireless work creates an amazing opportunity for many visual art students from all over the Chicago region.  Thank you for your time and talents!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

DGN Artists Garner 91 Awards at Scholastics

The Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove North High School is proud to release the results of the judging from the 2012 Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School and hosted by the Community High School District 99 Fine Arts Departments. 25 area high schools submitted more than 1,800 works of art for adjudication.  North High artists won 91 awards including 27 Gold Key Awards, 30 Silver Key Awards, and 34 Honorable Mention Awards. These works are currently on exhibition in the Main Street Lobby of Downers Grove North High School through Friday, February 10th.

“We are very excited to host the regional exhibition at DGN,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairman at North High. “This show is always an amazing display of student creativity and a testament to the wonderful art teaching that is happening in District 99.”  According to Teague, the art teachers from both North and South High School play an important role in putting the exhibition together.  “Our District 99 art teachers are the engine behind this regional affiliate of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Their dedication and tireless commitment enables student artists from all over the suburban region to have their work evaluated by professional artists.”

2012 Scholastic Art Award Winners – Downers Grove North High School

Gold Key Awards
Barbara Armstrong (Painting)
Katie Berendt (Photography) – 2 Gold Keys
Katie Berendt    (Digital Art)
Lindsey Bliss (Ceramics & Glass) – 2 Gold Keys
Kevin Brinkman (Mixed Media)
Lauren Capua (Photography)
Leighanne Crawford (Design) – 3 Gold Keys
Leighanne Crawford (Digital Art) – 2 Gold Keys
Meghan Downey (Photography)
Amy Fatigato (Photography)
Leo Granner (Digital Art)
Siga Kisielius (Ceramics & Glass)
Karen    Klein (Digital Art)
Jordan  Krzak (Ceramics & Glass)
Shannon Linares (Ceramics & Glass)
Daniel Meinhart (Drawing)
Daniel Meinhart (Digital Art)
Autumn Moberg (Jewelry)
Autumn Moberg (Sculpture)
Autumn Moberg (Fashion)
Kyle Mysiewicz (Ceramics & Glass)
Rebecca Ridderhoff (Drawing) – 2 Gold Keys
Gabby   Sims (Ceramics & Glass)
Miranda Valles (Ceramics & Glass)

Silver Key Awards
Maria Acevedo (Jewelry)
Zachary Alsen    (Photography)
Barbara Armstrong (Drawing)
Katie Berendt (Photography)
Lindsey Bliss (Ceramics & Glass)
Emma Brzezinski (Ceramics & Glass)
Lauren Capua (Photography)
Leighanne Crawford (Digital Art)
Amy Fatigato (Photography)
Leo Granner (Ceramics & Glass)
Leo Granner (Painting)
Leo Granner (Drawing)
Leo Granner (Digital Art)
Elyn Gullotto (Digital Art)
Sarah Johnson   (Photography)
Ellia Leger (Ceramics & Glass)
Samantha Marsteller (Jewelry) – 2 Silver Keys
Sabrina Mazur   (Ceramics & Glass)
Kristin Murphy (Photography)
Michaela Nicholson (Photography) – 2 Silver Keys
Hannah Ottley (Digital Art) – 2 Silver Keys
Amanda Papp (Ceramics & Glass)
Jessica Reid (Photography)
Gabriele Ruzgas (Photography)
Morgan Sandacz (Photography)
Morgan Sandacz (Photography Portfolio)
Steven Toomer (Photography)
Honorable Mention Awards
Richard Barker (Photography)
Lindsey Bliss (Photography)
Emma Brzezinski (Ceramics & Glass)
Emily Buhle (Ceramics & Glass)
Emily Buhle (Jewelry)
Ethan Chapin (Drawing)
Megan Clevenger (Architecture)
Leighanne Crawford (Art Portfolio)
Kelly Egan (Photography)
Amy Fatigato (Photography) – 2 Honorable Mentions
Brianna Freitag (Photography)
Leo Granner (Ceramics & Glass) – 2 Honorable Mentions
Rebecca Jakush (Photography)
Virginia Kowara (Photography)
Zoe Kupka (Photography)
Samantha Marsteller (Sculpture)
William McGovern (Ceramics & Glass)
Ansley McLeod (Ceramics & Glass)
Autumn Moberg (Jewelry)
Autumn Moberg (Fashion)
Maddisen Nona (Photography)
Hannah Ottley (Digital Art) – 2 Honorable Mentions
Laurel Post (Photography)
Rebecca Ridderhoff  (Drawing)
Morgan Sandacz (Photography) – 3 Honorable Mentions
Ellyn Scally (Ceramics & Glass)
Lily Stanicek (Drawing)
Jourdan Wikowsky (Drawing)
Alyson Wilcek (Photography)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Fans Cheer Winter Guard

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for a terrific halftime performance at last night's Varsity Basketball game!

Pep Band Joined By Class of 2016

The DGN Pep Band was joined by a dozen current 8th grade band students last night who volunteered to play for the Varsity basketball game. The band played and cheered on the Trojans as they battled Proviso West in an exciting contest that featured multiple lead changes.

Thanks to all the 8th graders who sat in with us last night. You sounded great!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

"Hey Everybody! NIU's In Town!!"

Congratulations to all of the DGN & DGS jazz musicians who joined forces with the internationally acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble for an amazing night of music!

NIU Jazz Clinic & Concert with Steve Davis

District 99 welcomed the NIU Jazz Ensemble - and guest artist Steve Davis - to campus today for a series of educational workshops. After last year's early February "SnowPocalypse" cancelled the annual NIU Jazz Night in District 99, our community is excited for tonight's concert at DGS. Music begins at 7 pm and tickets may be purchased at the door.

All State Musicians Honored in Spirit Parade

This morning our All State Musicians were honored - along with the State-Qualifying Cheerleaders - with a Spirit Parade through the halls of DGN.  Members of the Trojan Marching Band provided the music, and the student body provided a lot of cheering!  Congratulations!