Friday, January 15, 2021

Downers Grove Music Club Scholarships for Seniors

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.

Seniors may apply for one of the two possible College Music Awards ($1,000 each).  The link to this award page on the Downers Grove Music Club website is DGMC College Music Award.
Who Is Eligible?
Any District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra senior, who will be graduating during the this academic year and who will be attending college in the fall of 2020, is eligible to apply.

How Can I Apply?
The application must be completed and submitted, along with a performance video recording, as directed on the submission website, by April 1, 2021.  Award recipients will be chosen only from among the applications received by the deadline date.
All entries must be DATE/TIME STAMPED by the deadline date of April 1, 2021 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Downers Grove Music Club Rising Stars Scholarship

$400 Awards for Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in Music
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.
Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors may apply for one of the multiple Rising Stars Awards ($400 each).  The link to this award page on the Downers Grove Music Club website is DGMC Rising Stars Music Award.
Who Is Eligible?
Any  District 99 high school band, choir or orchestra student, currently in his/her freshmen, sophomore or 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, which will be a virtual event in 2021.

How Can I Apply?
The application, and submission of performance video, must be completed online.
All entries must be DATE/TIME STAMPED by the deadline date of April 1, 2021 to be eligible for review.
Questions should be sent to:  musiced@downersgrovemusicclub.org.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

DGS Alum and Student Teacher Featured in CBDNA Virtual Halftime Show

 


South High School alum Jake Burrows and current student teacher Mr. Matthew Welch were part of the National Championship Football Game Halftime.  The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) sponsored a virtual halftime performance of Beyonce's "End of Time" featuring 1,500 musicians from 200 schools located in 45 States and Puerto Rico.

ENJOY THIS VIDEO - congrats to Jake and Mr. Welch!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

DGS 2020-2021 All-State Musicians

 

7 student musicians from South High School in Downers Grove have been selected through competitive audition to participate in the 2020-2021  Illinois Music Education Association All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs.  Due to COVID-19, in-person auditions were suspended in 2020. Student musicians submitted video auditions which were evaluated by a panel of adjudicators. The top placing scores participated in the District Music Festival, was held (virtually) on November 21, 2020.  The top placing scores from District Festivals around Illinois earned a nod as All-State musicians.

“Earning a spot as an All-State musician is the pinnacle of performance success for a high school performer in Illinois” said Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams.  "The long term performance success of these student musicians can be attributed to families, private teachers, and sender school music teachers.  South High School is proud of these students for their diligence and commitment to musical excellence and is pleased to have them represent our school, our district and our community as such wonderful musical ambassadors."

CHORUS
Diana Kwak (12) - Soprano II

ORCHESTRA STRINGS
Liudas Davies (10) - Violin II
Philip Okunev (11) - Violin II
Olivia Roti (11) - Viola

JAZZ BAND
Derek Reynolds (12) - Trombone

VOCAL JAZZ
Zoe Boyd (12) - Alto
Nathan Frewen (11) - Tenor


2020 Virtual Holiday Concert PREMIERE!


We are proud to present our 2020 Virtual Holiday Concert.  This concert features current students and alumni as we celebrate the ongoing tradition of the Holiday Concert here at South High School.

The concert premieres on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7 PM on the 

The video below will go LIVE at 7 pm on December 17.

On behalf of our students and staff, we extend to you the warmest greetings of the season!

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

2020 Virtual Winter Art Show PREMIERE!

 


The Downers Grove South High School 2020 Virtual Winter Art Show will premiere on the DGSFineArts YouTube Channel on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM.  

Two virtual galleries of student work have been created by our Visual Art Staff featuring pieces in all media strands  Patrons can peruse the galleries at their own pace or choose to take a guided virtual tour through the student work.

A brief introductory video and links to the two galleries are HERE.  After the premiere on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 6:00 PM patrons can continue to view and appreciate these student artists at any time at their leisure.

Special thanks to our Visual Art Staff for creating this experience for our student artists:

Kim Davidson, Josh Hoering, Kara Morrissey, Molly O'Brien-Prusa, Katherine O'Truk and Samantha Wascher.



Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Meet the Visual Art team and hear why they love art!

 


Meet our DG South Visual Art Team and hear why they love art!

D99 Orchestra Watch Party - TONIGHT!

 


Be sure and catch the District 99 Orchestra featuring DGS String performers during the Fall Festival Watch Party tonight!

Watch Party!


The 2020 Fall Music Festival premieres TONIGHT at 7 PM (CST). 

Featuring the student musicians of the DGN Bands, DGN Choirs and District 99 Orchestras. All music rehearsed, recorded, and produced in a remote teaching and learning environment, during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Click HERE to access the Premier on the DGN Fine Arts YouTube Channel

Click HERE to access the virtual printed program.