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, May 30, 2012

Congratulations Chamber Choir

Congratulations to the North High Chamber Choir on a wonderful performance this evening at the Chamber Choir Concert, and a wonderful year of music-making! 

Chamber Choir Concert Tonight!

The DGN Chamber Choir rehearsed this morning for the annual end-of-year Chamber Choir Concert.  The free concert will be held this evening, Wednesday, May 30, at 7 pm in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Combos Wrap Up Great Year of Jazz With Sonic Show & Tell

Today, at 6:15 AM, the four DGN Jazz Combos from this year (Bird, Cannonball, Dizzy and Miles) met to share music with one another and celebrate a year of tremendous musical growth.

Congratulations and thanks to the twenty-three jazz musicians who regularly came EXTRA early (6:15 am) this year to participate in our jazz combo program.  Well done Trojan musicians!  





'So Long Seniors' Friday Dance Party!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

D99 Orchestra Concert Video Highlight

Enjoy this excerpt from the conclusion of the senior solo presented by cellist Meghan Lyda.

District 99 Spring Orchestra Concert a Stunning Success!

The District 99 Orchestra performed their 2012 Spring Concert tonight in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at North High School in Downers Grove.  The Concert Orchestra performed challenging repertoire with passion and precision, demonstrating significant improvement from the start of the year. The Symphonic Orchestra performed 5 concerti with maturity and elegance, negotiating the musical nuances inherent in the pieces with palpable prowess.  Special congratulations to the five senior soloists that performed  tonight, marking a capstone experience in their collective musical journeys' in the District 99 Orchestra.  The evening concluded with a salute to the Class of 2012 while the Combined Orchestras and alumni at the concert played The Final Countdown.  Great job tonight D99 Orchestra - a stunning conclusion to a fabulous year!

 District 99 Concert Orchestra performs March Slave.
Senior soloist Hannah Young
Senior soloist Lauren Kovanko
Senior soloist Aaron Collins
Senior soloist Lisa Salazar
Senior soloist Meghan Lyda
District 99 Orchestra and alumni orchestra perform "The Final Countdown" as a salute to the members of the Class of 2012.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Images from Jazz In The Park 2012

Congratulations to all six jazz bands from District 99 for wonderful performances at tonight's "Jazz In The Park."

District 99 Orchestra Concert Tomorrow Night!

The combined Fine Arts Departments of North and South High are pleased to invite you to the final District 99 Orchestra concert of the school year tomorrow evening, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.  The District 99 Symphonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra will be performing.  Also featured will be senior soloists Aaron Collins (violin), Lauren Kovanko (viola), Meghan Lyda (cello), Lisa Salazar (viola), and Hannah Young (harp).  We hope you will join us for a wonderful evenings of music, and support our North and South High musicians.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jazz In The Park Tomorrow Night!

The North High Fine Arts Department invites you to attend the annual Jazz in The Park concert tomorrow evening, May 22, at Fishel Park in Downers Grove.  This performance is the first public event in the new Veteran’s Memorial Band Shell in Fishel Park.  The North High Chamber Choir will perform the National Anthem at a dedication ceremony at 6:00 p.m.  Following the dedication, the jazz begins at 6:30!  Six jazz ensembles from both North and South High will be performing.  The event will conclude around 8:45 p.m.  So, bring your favorite picnic food and gear, set up a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the inaugural performance at the brand new Veteran’s Memorial Band Shell at Fishel Park.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Music Seniors Shine At Graduation Concert

Congratulations to the members of the A Cappella Choir, Wind Ensemble, and especially the Class of 2012 for an amazing concert this evening!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Graduation Concert Tomorrow Night!

The DGN Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite you to attend the Graduation Concert Thursday evening, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium.  This free concert will feature the A Cappella Choir &Wind Ensemble.  Also featured will be two senior soloists – Shauna Bracken, trumpet -- and percussionist, Michelle Hsu.  

The concert will conclude with a wonderful piece written specifically for North High by composer Andrew Kinney.  'With Grateful Hearts' is based on the text and music of the DGN Alma Mater, with poignant text by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The Fine Arts Department is pleased to welcome and honor retiring Chairperson for the English & Communications Department, Mrs. Linda Augustyn, in the role of narrator.  

We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of music, and support our North High musicians.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Senior Awards in Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department proudly congratulates the following members of the Class of 2012 for their outstanding artistic accomplishments:

Outstanding Senior Department Award Winner in Music
Hannah Young

Outstanding Senior Department Award Winner in Visual Art
Daniel Meinhart

Distinguished Arts Award - Ceramics
William Leek

Distinguished Arts Award - Computer Art
Leighanne Crawford

Distinguished Arts Award - Design
Ansley McLeod

Distinguished Arts Award - Drawing & Painting
Leo Granner

Distinguished Arts Award - Jewelry
Autumn Moberg

Distinguished Arts Award - Photography
Morgan Sandacz

John Philip Sousa Band Award
Anna Krainc

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Padraic O'Hara

National School Choral Award
Devin Collett & Eareen Yambao

National School Orchestra Award
Meghan Lyda

Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award
Jonathan Sheetz

Semper Fidelis Award
Michelle Hsu & Stephen Shatzer

Woody Herman Jazz Award
Shauna Bracken

Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012 Band Banquet

Congratulations to all members of the DGN Bands for a tremendous year, and thank you to all of our dedicated parent volunteers for another fabulous Band Banquet at the historic Willowbrook Ballroom.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Congratulations Choir Students

DGN Choir Families gathered this evening to celebrate the musical successes of the year.  Special recognition was given to the 59 choir members in the senior class.  Many thanks to our parents volunteers who helped organize a wonderful dinner beforehand.  Congrats to all of our choir students on a wonderful and musical year!

Students entered the Choir Board's costume contest - congrats to winner Keaton Hellman!

dgnFineArtsFriday5minDanceParty - The 70s

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Spring Band Concert

Images from tonight's Spring Band Concert.