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.

Friday, May 29, 2015

@DGNFineArts Congratulates the #DGNClassOf2015 #99Learns

The DGN Fine Arts Department extends a heartfelt congratulations and bids a fond farewell to the North High School Class of 2015.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in sight and in sound who set high standards throughout their academic journey and leave behind a legacy of high achievement and artistic excellence.  

We wish you each great success in your future endeavors, and encourage you to return to your Alma Mater and visit frequently!  

If you are unable to celebrate locally with the graduating class, you may view the ceremony on the High School Cube by clicking the link below:

North High Commencement 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

@DGNFineArts Congratulates the 2014-15 Chamber Choir #99Learns

Congratulations to the members of the 2014-15 DGN Chamber Choir for a tremendous year and a truly enjoyable "Farewell Concert" this evening in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium!





Chamber Choir Farewell Concert Tonight

Come join us in celebrating the successes of the 2014-2015 DGN Chamber Choir at 7 pm in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium! The group is excited to present highlights from their year, as well as some fun new pieces for our audience tonight!

AP Art History Students Create New Mural for DGN #FinalExam #99Learns @Dist_99

Students from the @DGNFineArts AP Art History course recently transitioned their learning from history and theory to the practical environment of the art studio. Following the AP Art History exam offered in early May, students began work on a Final Exam project to recreate a portion of the famous Georges Seurat work, 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte.'  This tile-mural will be installed this summer in the Main Street stairwell on the north end of the building, between the second and third floors.

Congratulations to the students in AP Art History for their contributions to the mural, and to Mrs. Bernard for creating a Final Exam project that allowed AP Art History students to experience an authentic studio environment while synthesizing the theoretical and historical knowledge gained in the course.

District 99 Orchestra Spring Concert #99Learns

Congratulations to the student musicians in the District 99 Orchestra, and their conductor Ms. Jennifer Mullen, for presenting a fabulous Spring Concert.

Concert Orchestra's Scenes from Swan Lake, and the four-movement American Folk Symphony were an impressive start to the concert.  Student Tim Edwards arranged the Gabriel Faure's  Elegie into an elegant cello ensemble that featured his colleague, senior Samantha Young.  The Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major was performed masterfully by senior soloist Allison Williams, and the Symphonic Orchestra premiered a new work commissioned in memory of Bob Lapen. Harpists Kristyn Krajewski and Caitlyn Renowden were also featured prominently on the program.

The combined finale, designed as a tribute to the Class of 2015, included orchestra alumni returning and performing "The Final Countdown."

Congratulations, one and all, for an inspiring evening of music!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

@DGNFineArts Congratulates Mr. Voelker - IAEA Art Educator of the Year Nominee

Congratulations to Mr. Marty Voelker of the DGN Fine Arts Department who was recently nominated for the Illinois Art Education Association "Art Educator of the Year" Award!

Jazz In The Park 2015 #99Learns

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGS Jazz Workshop, DGN Jazz Lab Band, DGS Jazz Lab Band, DGN Jazz Ensemble, DGS Jazz Ensemble, and the D99 All Star Band for their terrific performances at the 2015 "Jazz In The Park."  The inclement weather outside had no impact on the spirited and energetic performances of these fine ensembles.  Each band delighted the audience with a diverse set of repertoire that highlighted the depth and breath of musical learning this academic year.  Well done DGN and DGS musicians!












Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jazz In The Park Change of Venue

Due to saturated ground conditions at Fishel Park, and the uncertainty of future storms this evening, the Downers Grove Park District and District 99 have relocated this evening’s “Jazz In The Park” to the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High School (4436 Main Street). 

District 99 Orchestra Spring Concert

The District 99 Orchestra is making final preparations for the 2015 Spring Orchestra Concert which will take place on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at South High School.  Music by Sibelius and Haydn will be featured in addition to a world premiere of a piece commissioned by and for the District 99 Orchestra titled "Discovery" by composer Kirt Mosier.

If you are unable to join us live in the auditorium at South on Wednesday evening, please join us virtually by following the live broadcast on the High School Cube.  You can access the broadcast by CLICKING HERE.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Honoring The Fallen - Memorial Day 2015 #99Learns

A very genuine thank you is extended to the members of the DGN Trojan Marching Band for their musical service to the communities of Downers Grove and Woodridge today. Moreover, the sound and visuals of the band honored those we remember on this Memorial Day in a respectful and meaningful manner.

Congratulations DGN Band on a "job well done" today, and for serving your community with dignity on Memorial Day 2015.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Graduation Concert #99Learns @dgnbands @dgnchoirs

Congratulations to the musicians of the DGN A Cappella Choir and the DGN Wind Ensemble for a tremendous Graduation Concert this evening!

Special kudos are extended to Senior Soloists Kevin Atwater and Jennifer Vetrone for their inspiring performances and exemplary musicianship.

@DGNFineArts Art Works Unveils Mural at Oak Trace #99Learns

Congratulations to the students of Art Works, and their sponsor Mrs. Leslie Miller, for the beautiful mural unveiled this afternoon at Oak Trace in Downers Grove. This beautiful artwork will undoubtedly brighten the lives of Oak Trace residents for years to come!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

@DGNFineArts Presents the 2015 Graduation Concert (A Cappella Choir & Wind Ensemble)

The DGN Fine Arts Department is proud to present the 2015 Graduation Concert, featuring the A Cappella Choir and Wind Ensemble, on Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 PM.  The concert will be held in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High and is free of charge.

Please join us as we salute the Class of 2015 with a wonderful program of choral and instrumental music.  Senior Soloists will include Kevin Atwater (clarinet) and Jennifer Vetrone (trumpet).

The concert will be streamed live on The Cube.  Click here to be redirected to the broadcast.

@DGNFineArts Honors the Class of 2015 - Awards Night

The DGN Fine Arts Department is proud to recognize and honor the award winners in Music and Visual Art for their outstanding achievements.

Outstanding Seniors - Departmental Award

Abigail Huskisson, Music
Livija Rainyte, Visual Art

National Awards in Fine Arts
Kevin Atwater, John Philip Sousa Band Award
Evan Culligan, Semper Fidelis Award
Emma Dionne, Distinguished Artist in Computer Art
Kathleen Gannon, Distinguished Artist in Jewelry & Metalwork
Christine Greene, Patrick S. Gilmore Band Award
Shatien Jordan, Director's Award of Orchestra
Alison LeBeda, National School Choral Award
Anthony McMahon, Woody Herman Jazz Award
Robert O'Malley, Semper Fidelis Award
Brooke Pryor, Distinguished Artist in Drawing & Painting
Miranda Sherman, Distinguished Artist in Photography
Alyssa Spikes, Distinguished Artist in Ceramics
Jennifer Vetrone, Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Martin Whitmore, National School Choral Award
Samantha Young, National School Orchestra Award

Monday, May 18, 2015

DGN "Art Works" - Mural Reveal at Oak Trace

Students from DGN "Art Works" have been working for the past two months on a mural for the residents of Oak Trace Senior Living Community.  The "Mural Reveal" will be at 4:15 PM this coming Thursday, May 21st.  The public is cordially invited to attend, meet and greet the student artists.

Thank you to Mrs. Miller, and the student volunteers of "Art Works" for their citizenship and community partnership.

Friday, May 15, 2015

D99 All-Star Jazz Band @DGNFineArts @DGSFineArts #99Learns

@dgnbands & @dgsbands jazzers are collaborating today in preparation for the 2015 Jazz In The Park Concert.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

@DGNFineArts @D99Orchestra Cellist - Tim Edwards - Featured on WFMT with @ChiYSO String Quartet

Congratulations to DGN cellist, and D99 Symphonic Orchestra member, Tim Edwards on his recent WFMT performance.  Tim performed with Quattro Voci, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's Principal Player string quartet. (@ChiYSO)   

Click Here to be redirected to WFMT's Podcast of this outstanding performance!

Quattro Voci, consisting of violinists Shannon Kollasch (17) and Isabella Spinelli (16), violist Kayla Cabrera (16), and cellist Timothy Edwards (17), this group of CYSO section leaders lives up to the meaning of its name– “four voices” in Italian– by combining technique, passion, musicality, and energy in one versatile ensemble.  Quattro Voci has performed at many occasions, such as weddings, corporate dinners, memorials, and recitals.  Recently, the group opened for the acclaimed Orion Ensemble at PianoForte studio.  In addition, the group has played with and been coached by the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  Meeting weekly, the quartet is coached by violinist MingHuan Xu.  When they are not intently rehearsing at Roosevelt University, they enjoy transposing classic pieces as a group and exploring the endless possibilities of metronome apps.
String Quartet in G Major, Op.76 No. 1, Franz Joseph Haydn
I. Allegro con spirito 
Quartet No. 4, Op. 44, Felix Mendelssohn
I. Allegro assai appassionato
String Quartet No. 8, Dmitri Shostakovich
I. Largo
II. Allegro molto

Thursday, May 07, 2015

@dgnbands Spring Band Concert 2015

Congratulations to all the members of the Concert Band and the Symphonic Band for a terrific performance in the 2015 Spring Band Concert!  

Special congratulations are extended to senior soloists Elizabeth Heyler and Robert O'Malley, as well as guest cello soloist Samantha Young.