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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Congratulations D99 Orchestra!

Congratulations to the members of the District 99 Concert Orchestra, the District 99 Symphonic Orchestra, and the Cello Ensemble, for a wonderful performance this evening.  The 2014 Spring Orchestra Concert included a wide variety of challenging orchestral literature, performed at an incredibly high level of musical sophistication.  

Special congratulations are extended to Senior Soloists Sarah Williams (viola) and Katie Portman (violin).  And a special 'thank you' is shared with the woodwind, brass, and percussion students from the DGN Bands for their work on this program.  

Well done District 99 orchestra students!

District 99 Spring Orchestra Concert Tonight!

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite you to attend the District 99 Orchestra Concert this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium.  This free concert will feature the Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra.  Also featured will be two senior soloists -- Sarah Williams on viola, and Katie Portman on violin.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of music, and support our North High musicians.

This evening's concert will be streamed on a High School Cube webcast, here:

"Early Bird" Celebration Breakfast

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DGN Jazz Ensemble @ "Jazz In The Park 2014"

20 "Jazz Seniors" in the Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 will long be remembered as a very dedicated and influential class in the DGN Jazz program.  Seniors, thank you for your commitment to the art of jazz, for challenging yourselves musically at every turn, and for the artistic legacy you will leave behind at North High. You will be missed!

Seniors, click on the thumbnail image for a larger/high resolution keep-sake.  



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Such Sweet Thunder

The 2014 "Jazz in the Park" had to be moved indoors because of inclement weather, but the rain could not dampen the spirits of DGN and DGS jazz musicians as they presented a fabulous evening of music for the community.  

Congratulations to members of the DGS Jazz Workshop, DGS Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGS Jazz Ensemble, DGN Jazz Ensemble, and the D99 Senior All Star Big Band for impressive musical performances!

A special thanks to the Downers Grove Park District for their invitation to our schools to open the 2014 Summer Concert Series.  

Miss the concert, want to see it again, or want to share it with friends?  Video replay of the webcast may be found at:











Jazz In The Park Webcast on High School Cube

This evening's "Jazz In The Park" concert (moved indoors to DGN), will now be broadcast live on High School Cube.  Please feel free to invite out of town family and friends to join the concert via the webcast.

Concert starts at 6:10 PM.

Jazz In The Park - Moved to DGN Tonight

Due to the potential for thunderstorms during the course of the evening, 2014 Jazz in the Park has been relocated to the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at Downers Grove North High School  (4436 North Main Street/Downers Grove, IL  60515.)  

The evening begins at 6:10 PM with the DGS Jazz Workshop, followed by every D99 jazz ensemble. Thanks in advance for your understanding, and, for coming out to support every ensemble tonight with your attendance.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Graduation Concert 2014

Congratulations to the students of the A Cappella Choir and Wind Ensemble for a stunning musical performance this evening.  

A special "shout out" to the Class of 2014.  Your musicianship, and leadership, made a lasting and positive impact on our school.  You will certainly be missed!




















Graduation Concert Tonight!

The Fine Arts Department is pleased to invite you to attend the 2014 Graduation Concert tonight at 7 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium.  This free concert will feature the A Cappella Choir and Wind Ensemble.  Also featured will be two senior soloists – Ben Casey on tuba, and Spencer Schillerstrom on tenor saxophone.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of music, and support our North High musicians.  

Family and friends who are out-of-town this evening are invited to join us via our scheduled online webcast.  





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Awards Night 2014

Emma Brzezinski

Katherine Portman

Brianna Freitag

Nathan Eisenhut

Rose O’Kelly

Lilli Mayoral

Michaela Nicholson

Thomas Donnelly

Spencer Schillerstrom

Evangeline Tuohy

Benjamin Casey
Sarah Steffen

Robert Kulik

National School Choral Award
Anna Burton
Leo Fotos

National School ORCHESTRA Award
Katherine Portman


Sarah Williams

Raku Day 2014

Led by DGN visual art teacher Amy Bernard, DGN student ceramicists participated in a Raku/Primitive Firing event at North High School in Downers Grove.  Raku pottery is created with a specific ceramic firing process that uses extreme temperatures, fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which effects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking (known as crackling since it is deliberate).The student work that emerges from the smoke and fire of the day is visually stunning.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Instrument Switch Day in Symphonic Band

Armed with bottles of mouthpiece sanatizer - and steeled with a great deal of sonic patience - the members of Symphonic Band participated in "Instrument Switch Day." Tune in tomorrow for the band's performance of "Lean On Me" ... performed on secondary instruments.


Monday, May 12, 2014

DGN Artists Honored by College of DuPage

The College of DuPage sponsors an annual Graphic Design and Illustration Competition for high school students, in conjunction with their Portfolio Night.

This year ten students from Downers Grove North High School had fifteen pieces featured in the show as finalists for awards:

Emma Dionne
Nathan Eisenhut
Damon Fornek
Abby Kosek,
Claire Kozik
Kelly Mallon
Rose O’Kelly
Livija Rainyte
Aubrey Saha
Tony Sherifi

In the Graphic Design category ...

Nathan Eisenhut received an Honorable Mention Award for his typographic design “Doodle Caps.”

In the Illustration category ...

Nathan Eisenhut received an Honorable Mention Award for his digital illustration “Save Me."

Claire Kozik received an Honorable Mention Award for her comic story “Panic and the Pug."

Livija Rainyte received an Honorable Mention Award for her watercolor illustration “Anosmia."

Tony Sherifi received an Honorable Mention Award for his digital photography piece “The Void."

And receiving 1st Prize in the Illustration Category was Kelly Mallon, for her watercolor piece entitled “Breathless."

Kelly Mallon - “Breathless"