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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Putting The Pieces Together

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Winter Guard on their season-culminating performance this weekend at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships, held at LaPorte High School (Indiana).  The DGN squad finished 6th, placing in the top half of their competitive class.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to the 2013-14 Winter Guard - and coach Kelly Coffman - for their dedication and hard work this year.  It was a great competitive season that showcased substantial growth for the entire team.  Congratulations Trojans; we are very proud of you!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Choir Tour Departure Day

Wishes for safe and enjoyable travel are extended to the DGN Choir as they embark today on their 2014 Tour to San Francisco, California!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Symphonic Band @ Wentz Concert Hall

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Symphonic Band for a great performance this evening at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College.  







District 99 Vocal Honors Recital

Congratulations to the student soloists and the ensembles for being selected to participate in the 2014 District 99 Honors Vocal Recital this evening at Gloria Dei Church in Downers Grove.

Initiated over 20 years ago, the District 99 Honors Vocal Recital showcases the finest vocal musicians in District 99 in an annual collaborative performance. This event symbolizes what is best in District 99 - it is collaborative, it is predicated on excellence, and it is all about students.

Leading up to this recital, both South and North High Schools hold independent vocal festivals. These festivals, held during the school day, are adjudicated by professional musicians and teachers from outside of District 99. The expert panel of adjudicators provide each student performing event with immediate formative feedback, and, with a score based on the quality of their performance. Each school then holds a run-off competition, where the best events are selected by the panel of adjudicators to perform on the District 99 Honors Vocal Recital. In total, more than 150 chamber music events are adjudicated during the Vocal Festivals at North and South High Schools.

In addition to the District 99 team of teachers working with the student musicians, a superior staff of private voice teachers coach and accompany the student singers through the performance preparation process at both South and North High Schools. These teachers are integral to the student success manifested during this recital.

Congrats to the following North High Students: Liam Rowley, Elise Cismesia, Tim Berberich, Maggie Maloney, Fred Zimmerman, Abby Huskisson, Zach Ligmanowski, Rachel Davis, Anna Burton, Elizabeth Brunell and the North High Chamber Choir.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Arts Merge at DGN Band March Concert

Congratulations to the members of the DGN Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, for terrific performances this evening at the March Band Concert.

Special thanks are extended to Professor Daniel J. Farris (Northwestern University) for joining the DGN Bands tonight as visiting artist and guest conductor.  

Highlights of the concert included senior solos by Joseph Pacheco and Lucy Lu.  Additionally, DGN visual artists Brook Pryor and Livija Rainyte created a beautiful painting - live - as they interpreted Samuel Hazo's "Blue and Green Music" (inspired by the Georgia O'Keeffe oil painting of the same name). 















Tonight's Band Concert on the High School Cube

Out of town tonight and wishing you could be with us at DGN for the March Band Concert?  You're in luck.  This evening's concert will be streamed live, beginning shortly before 7 PM. *

Click here for the live stream.

* High School Cube has experienced server problems in the past 24 hours. We have been told that the servers are fixed, but caution viewers that the stream may cut in and out at times.

San Francisco Prep for DGN Tour Choir

The DGN Choir departs on their San Francisco Tour in just one week! Lots of great sounds are coming from Pohlmann Hall this afternoon as students are preparing for what is sure to be a terrific musical journey.

Why would there be an art studio set up for tonight's Band concert?

Interesting question.  You'll have to come listen (and watch!) to find out!

7:00 PM tonight!

Clarence Johnson Auditorium

Concert Band - Symphonic Band - Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Guest Conductor - Daniel J. Farris (Northwestern University)

DGN Bands were pleased to welcome Professor Daniel J. Farris (Northwestern University) to campus today.  Professor Farris worked with Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble in preparation for Thursday evening's "March Band Concert."  

Thank you, Professor Farris, for sharing your musicianship with us today!







Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DGN Visual Artist Earns National Scholastic Art Award

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens. This year the Scholastic Awards received 255,000 submissions for the 2014 program year. Over 68,000 works in art and writing were recognized at the regional level. Of those, 16,668 earned Gold Keys – and were considered for National Awards.  

North High School in Downers Grove is pleased to announce that artwork by senior Emma Brzezinski has been selected after competitive adjudication for a National Silver Key Award for her Sculpture Portfolio.

"Earning a national award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is the pinnacle of success for a high school artist." said Fine Arts department chairman Brayer Teague.  "We are extremely proud of Emma Brzezinski, and her mentor teacher Ms. Amy Bernard, for earning this recognition at a national level."

Playful Pachyderms Prey on Perturbed Peanut - Emma Brzezinski
Thanatos - Emma Brzezinski

Thanatos (detail) - Emma Brzezinski

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Heard in a practice room this morning ...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Orchestra Students Enjoy Dvorak's Rusalka

Members of the District 99 Orchestra enjoyed the opportunity to experience opera at its finest today.  Thanks are extended to the Lyric Opera for scheduling the special matinee performance for schools.  The educational materials provided to students were rich with information, and the entire experience this afternoon was geared toward helping students understand the entire production process.  So much so that the curtain was left open between the second intermission and Act III so that students could watch the set-changes taking place in the theatre. 

Thank you, Ms. Mullen, for planning and organizing what was - for many students - their first trip to a professional opera.   









D99 Orchestra @ Lyric Opera

Members of the District 99 Orchestra have the opportunity today to experience professional opera at the highest artistic level while attending the Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Dvorak's "Rusalka."