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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DGN and DGS Jazz Bands Swing at the Tivoli

Congratulations to the members of the DGN and DGN Jazz programs for their outstanding performances tonight at the Tivoli theater in Downers Grove. It was a pleasure and honor for our students to open for the great Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Guard - 3rd Place at Naperville North Competition

Congratulations to the DGN Winter Guard for their third place finish at their competition at Naperville North High School. With a score of 51.68, they are off to a great start! Check out their next performance at Downers Grove South this coming Sunday. The DGN Winter Guard will be performing at 12:47 PM.




Saturday, January 27, 2018

DGN Musicians at the 2018 IMEC All-State





Congratulations to the student musicians who participated in the 2018 IMEC as All-State Musicians in at the Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Students worked with inspirational conductors and teachers for several days to prepare and present a concert of challenging repertoire. Even with limited rehearsal time, each ensemble presented a stunning performance of challenging repertoire to a capacity crowd at the Arena in the Peoria Civic Center. Several District 99 students were featured during the concerts as soloists or in principal chairs in each of the ensembles.  

Special thanks are extended to the music faculty in District 99 for personifying the spirit of professional volunteerism that keeps ILMEA a vibrant organization: Brayer Teague is the President of ILMEA, Craig Roselieb is the President of the Jazz Division;  Beth O'Riordian is the co-chair of the District 1 Choral Division;  Frank Piekarz and Amanda Sirvatka led sectional rehearsals for both choirs;  Glenn Williams facilitated a panel discussion and presented a clinic on Remaining Collaborative during Conflict.    

All the District 99 students and staff extend a heartfelt "thank you" to the staff and volunteers of ILMEA who contributed to creating this experience for our student musicians.   

WINDS AND PERCUSSION
Jennifer Casey (12) - Euphonium - Assistant Principal, All-State Honors Band
Emilija Irvin (10) - Bassoon - All-State Band
Emma Krause (10) - Flute, All-State Honors Band
Chloe Mason (12) - Oboe - Principal, All-State Orchestra
Brian Perillo (11) - Euphonium - Principal, All-State Honors Band
Miles Teague (10) - French Horn, All-State Honors Orchestra

CHORUS
Cecilia Kowara (12) - Soprano I, All-State Honor Chorus
Jack Langan (12) - Bass I, All-State Chorus
Lindsey LeBeda (12) - Alto II, All-State Chorus
Claire Marino (12) - Alto II, All-State Chorus
Brendan Quealy (12) - Tenor II, All-State Honors Chorus

ORCHESTRA STRINGS
Lucie Boyd (11) - Viola, All-State Honors Orchestra
Joseph Delorto (12) - Viola, All-State Orchestra
Amelia Korbitz (12) - Violin 1, All-State Honors Orchestra
Bryan Monk (12) - Violin 2, All-State Honors Orchestra 
Catherine Ramsey (10) - Harp, All-State Orchestra

MUSIC COMPOSITION
Ellie Banke (11) – Commercial/Popular – 2nd place




Thursday, January 25, 2018

All State Composer Showcase Concert 2018

Congratulations to ILMEA Award Winning Composer Ellie Banke, as well as DGN musicians Sarah Durbin, Jamie Gamonez, and Miles Teague, for an outstanding performance at the All State Music Composition Contest Showcase Concert. Ellie's composition, and the quartet's performance, garnered an immediate standing ovation from conference attendees. Kudos to all!

CYSO at IMEC

Congratulations to DGN musicians Lucie Boyd (Viola) and Miles Teague (French Horn) for their outstanding performance with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at the 2018 Illinois Music Education Conference Opening Concert.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

DGN Visual Artists Honored - Scholastic Art Awards

The Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove North High School is proud to announce the results of the judging from the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School and hosted by the Community High School District 99 Fine Arts Departments.  1,271 student artists from 40 area schools submitted 2,949 works of art for adjudication. North High artists won 88 awards, including 29 Gold Key Awards, 29 Silver Key Awards, and 30 Honorable Mention Awards.

“We are very excited to host the regional exhibition at North High,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chairman. “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.”
Community High School District 99 will host the Scholastic Art Show Regional Exhibition from February 4-9, at the North High School campus Main Street Lobby (4436 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515).  The public is cordially invited to attend the Exhibition Opening and Artists Reception on Sunday, February 4, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. 


GOLD KEY AWARDS (29)
Kaitlyn Almazan, Drawing and Illustration (2)
Marcus Bacerra, Digital Art (2), Drawing and Illustration (2), Painting (1)
Evelyn Brindl, Photography (2)
Phoebe Covey, Digital Art
Benjamin Gartlan, Drawing and Illustration (2), Art Portfolio (1)
Joseph Hegarty, Comic Art (1), Design (1)
Carlos Hernandez Jr., Jewelry
Hollis Kerr, Drawing and Illustration (1), Mixed Media (1)
Mia Kibiloski, Drawing and Illustration (2)
Mia Knutson, Digital Art
Nikita Lukhanin, Ceramics and Glass
Morgan Lynch, Jewelry
Jonny McDonald, Art Portfolio (1), Photography (1)
Allison Pustelnik, Photography
Savannah Rodriguez, Ceramics and Glass
Fatima Sheikh, Digital Art
Angela Wong, Ceramics and Glass


SILVER KEY AWARDS (29)
Patrick Adelman, Mixed Media
Kaitlyn Almazan, Drawing and Illustration
Marcus Bacerra, Art Portfolio (1), Digital Art (1), Drawing and Illustration (1)
Nolan  Brezina, Jewelry
Evelyn Brindl, Photography
Gavin  Crowson, Photography
Bridget Deegan, Photography
Giulia Dumitrescu, Photography
Benjamin Gartlan, Drawing and Illustration
Sandra Greco, Photography
Ansareen Hassan, Mixed Media
Amanda Hazen, Jewelry
Lily Kraus, Ceramics and Glass
Rachel Martello, Jewelry (2)
Alexa   McCartney, Photography
Jonny  McDonald, Photography (2)
Isabell  Moiceanu, Drawing and Illustration
Alexa Moy, Digital Art
Lucy Quinn, Mixed Media (2), Sculpture (1)
Kate Sosnovsky Comic Art
Joseph Soucek, Ceramics and Glass
Tayveun Wiliams, Drawing and Illustration
Julia Yrkoski, Drawing and Illustration

HONORABLE MENTION (30)
Marcus Bacerra, Drawing and Illustration
Eric Bican, Digital Art
Evelyn Brindl, Art Portfolio
Victoria Brown, Mixed Media
Katie Cantlin, Ceramics and Glass
Kaitlyn Ford, Drawing and Illustration (1), Painting (2)
Benjamin Gartlan, Drawing and Illustration (2)
Zack Gaytan, Jewelry (2)
Marissa Justiniano, Design
Hollis Kerr, Drawing and Illustration
Mia Knutson, Digital Art
Emmalyn Kraft, Ceramics and Glass
David Matousek, Drawing and Illustration
Paul Matousek, Digital Art
Jonny McDonald, Photography (2)
Chloe Nowka, Ceramics and Glass (2)
Anika Oplanic, Jewelry
Sophie Peters, Photography
Lucy Quinn, Mixed Media (1), Painting (1), Sculpture (1)
Quinn Stephens, Digital Art
Allison Tenorio, Comic Art
Katie Velazquez, Jewelry

Sunday, January 21, 2018

DGN Jazz Musicians Swing Home with Awards and Recognitions


Congratulations to the student musicians of the North High School Jazz Program for an outstanding showing at the 2018 Purdue Jazz Festival.   Three jazz ensembles performed and competed with more than 100 high school ensembles from five states across the Midwest. 

In addition to receiving a score from the panel of adjudicators in each room, each group received real time formative feedback from each judge in an audio recording.  This feedback is essential to the continuing growth of both individual students and the musicianship of each ensemble.  

The DGN Jazz Ensemble and DGN Jazz Lab Band each received Division I ratings from the panel of judges.  This is the highest possible rating on the scoring rubric.  

In addition to the outstanding ensemble performances, 12 Outstanding Soloist Awards were given by the panel of judges to DGN students for displaying outstanding musicianship.

Congratulations to:

Carissa Blumka (Tenor Sax)
Josie Bondarowicz (Bass) - 2 awards
Kevin Griffin (Trombone)
Andrew Jackson (Tenor Sax)
Kristen Karam (Guitar)
Ryan Knezevich (Trombone)
Kaylee McCarthy (Trombone)
Owen Nystrom (Bari Sax)
Miles Teague (Piano/Vibes) - 2 awards
Marz Tingzon (Bari Sax)


Saturday, January 20, 2018

DGN Jazz Combo @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Combo on their captivating performance this afternoon at the Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

DGN Jazz Lab Band @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Lab Band on their exciting and energetic performance this morning at the Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

DGN Jazz Ensemble @PurdueBands Jazz Festival 2018

Congratulations to the DGN Jazz Ensemble on a fabulous performance this morning at the 2018 Purdue Jazz Festival! #swingaliscious

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scholarship Alert for Seniors! DG Music Club College Music Award

In the spring of 2018, the Downers Grove Music Club will present a $1,000 College Music Award to at least one student enrolled in Band, Choir or Orchestra in District 99.   Award recipients will be selected based on the merit of their musical accomplishments, as described on the application form, and the quality of the musical performance provided on the video recording portion of the application.  The goal of these awards is to recognize and reward those students who have worked very hard in their musical pursuits and have achieved a high level of accomplishment as a musician.

Click HERE to be redirected to the DGMC Website with application details.  


Who is Eligible?
Any District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra senior, who will be graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year and who will be attending college in the fall of 2018, is eligible to apply.

How Can I Apply?
The Application Form must be completed and mailed or e-mailed, along with a performance video recording, as directed on the form, by April 1, 2018.  Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
All entries must be POSTMARKED (if mailed) or DATE/TIME STAMPED (if electronically submitted) by the deadline date of April 1, 2018 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Scholarship Alert for Juniors: Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Music Awards

$400 Awards for Juniors
This year, the Downers Grove Music Club will present multiple $400 Rising Stars Music Awards.  Awards are given to students enrolled in the District 99 high schools in the areas of Band, Choir or Orchestra.  Award recipients are selected based on the merit of their musical accomplishments, as described on the application form and the quality of the musical performance provided on the recording portion of the application. The goal of these awards is to recognize and reward those students who have worked very hard in their musical pursuits and have achieved a high level of accomplishment as a musician.

Click HERE to be redirected to the DGMC Website with application details.

Who is Eligible?
Any  District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra student, currently in his/her junior year, pursuing a musical educational experience during the summer in which tuition is charged, is eligible to apply for a Rising Stars Award. Pianists may apply in the musical category with which they are affiliated.
 

Award recipients are required to perform the following year at the DGMC Rising Stars program, usually scheduled on a Tuesday evening in April. Come hear the 2017 award recipients perform on April 3, 2018.  

How Can I Apply?
The Application Form must be completed and mailed or e-mailed, along with a performance recording, as directed on the form by April 1, 2018.  Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
All entries must be POSTMARKED (if mailed) or DATE/TIME STAMPED (if electronically submitted) by the deadline date of April 1, 2018 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Apply for a DGN Friends of Fine Arts Summer Study Grant!

If you are interested in continuing your Fine Arts studies this summer at a music or visual art camp/workshop, and would benefit from financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from the DGN Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports $8,000 - $10,000 in Summer Study Grants to student musicians and visual artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Summer Study Grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless. You may complete the form here:

http://tinyurl.com/2018DGNSummerFineArtsGrant

Scholarship Awards will be announced in early May.  Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Teague, Downers Grove North Fine Arts Department Chairperson.

Consider Summer Study of the Arts!

By geographical proximity, DGN students are fortunate to live within a relatively short driving distance of a myriad of amazing summer music and visual art camps. These camps and workshops cover a broad range of experiences:  shorter or longer, different types of music, different types of artistic media, college residential, and much, much more.

Pursuing musical or artistic study, in depth, in a camp setting during the summer months is a great way for a student artist to develop new competencies and stay motivated when school is not in session.


To access a list of summer music and visual art camp experiences, please CLICK HERE.

The DGN Friends of Fine Arts offer "Summer Study Grants" to DGN music and visual art students who plan to pursue their passion at an arts-related summer camp or workshop. CLICK HERE for the application, due Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp - Campus Auditions at DGN on February 16

The Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (in Michigan) is one of the nation’s leading arts immersion camps.  BLFAC is a non-profit summer school of the arts specializing in two-week arts programs for intermediate and high school students. 

Because there is a strong tradition of highly qualified District 99 students attending Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the institution actively recruits in our schools.  Additionally, BLFAC sends a representative to our building each February to hear interested students play and sing.  From those ‘mini auditions’ BLFAC frequently awards merit-based scholarships to attend the camp.  This year’s BLFAC scholarship auditions will be held on Friday, February 16th during all music class periods and for a short time after school.  If you are interested in playing or singing a short audition for the BLFAC rep, please express your interest on a sign-up sheet in the Fine Arts Office (room 131). Please see Ms. Moran or your music teacher to sign up for a time

What should you be prepared to play or sing in your audition?  Plan to perform 2-3 min of music that you have been working on with a private music teacher, or in class.  This could be an etude, a solo, or a piece of literature that you have really enjoyed studying.  Pick something that shows off your abilities!

The Blue Lake representative will share some basic information with the student to take home to parents.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to check out Blue Lake’s website at www.bluelake.org.  

Many DGN musicians have received significant scholarships to attend Blue Lake as a result of these mini-auditions.  Please consider this fabulous opportunity!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

DGN Shines In Illinois All-State Musical Production - Big Fish

Congratulations to DGN students Ellie Banke (Female Lead) and Jack Cannan (Technical Crew - Props) for their selection to - and performances in - the 2018 Illinois High School Theatre Festival "All-State Musical" Big Fish. @dgnfinearts is proud of your amazing accomplishment!









Saturday, January 13, 2018

Pep Band at DGN Winter Classic

Thanks to the 100+ DGN musicians that performed this afternoon at the DGN Winter Classic. It was great to have the additional support of 8th grade instrumentalists that will soon join the DGN Band (Class of 2022)!