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, April 13, 2018

Composer William Himes Visits DGN Fine Arts


Composer William Himes was on the DGN campus today, at the invitation of Mr. Polancich, helping members of the DGN Wind Ensemble interpret his setting of 'Amazing Grace." The composition will be performed on the upcoming May 1st "Graduation Concert." 

Mr. Himes earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, studying composition with Leslie Bassett and George Balch Wilson. For five years he taught instrumental music in the public schools of Flint, Michigan, where he was also adjunct lecturer in low brass at the University of Michigan-Flint. With over 130 instrumental and choral publications to his credit, his music is continually featured on international broadcasts and recordings. Since 1977, Mr. Himes has served as head of the Music and Gospel Arts Department of The Salvation Army’s USA Central Territory, and in this capacity he is also conductor of the Internationally celebrated Chicago Staff Band.

Thank you, Mr. Himes, for sharing your passion for music and helping our students interpret your composition with heightened artistry!