Monday, February 24, 2020

Scholastic Art Awards Celebration Breakfast

Thanks to the student artists who attended the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards celebration breakfast.  We are proud of your artistic process and the products that are produced.

Congratulations to the DGS visual art team for mentoring these students through the artistic process.

Thanks to the South High School administration for sponsoring a moment to celebrate the work of these student artists!  

A list of every DGS Scholastic Art Awards winners is listed below.

Gold Key Awards (9)
Madison Bilotta - Drawing and Illustration
Ashley Boak - Photography
Morgan Donahue - Photography
Eileen Harris - Drawing and Illustration
Catherine Kammerer - Mixed Media
Patrick Lowery - Digital Art
Hewane Melkie - Photography
Alexis Pragides - Drawing and Illustration
Arielle Williams - Photography

Silver Key Awards (9)
Skyler Groveau - Digital Art
Jillian Heiling - Ceramics and Glass
Jenna Hunter - Ceramics and Glass
Catherine Kammerer - Drawing and Illustration
Sofya Kristesashvili - Photography
Kaylee Kushta - Photography
Katie McGuire - Drawing and Illustration
Katie Novotny - Photography
yu (Lily) xinyang - Ceramics and Glass

Honorable Mention Awards (6)
Juliana Crooks - Ceramics and Glass
Samantha Groseth - Photography
Grace Malatia - Drawing and Illustration
Aloha Mendibles - Drawing and Illustration
Ben Skibbe - Ceramics and Glass
Elizabeth Spear - Photography

2020 DGS Winter Guard Show a Resounding Success

Congratulations to the student, staff and parents affiliated with presenting the 2020 DGS Winter Guard Show.  20 Winter Guard teams from throughout the Midwest performed and competed during the course of the event.  Thanks to a fabulous team of parent and student volunteers, the event was a logistical success from start to finish.

Special shout out to the student performers in the DGS Winter Guard.  Continuing their trajectory of improvement and success this season, the ensemble finished first place in their class.  Great job team - keep up the great work this season!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

DGS Wind Ensemble and Indiana University Concert Band - A night of amazing artistry!

It was an amazing night of collaborative music making as the DGS Wind Ensemble and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Concert Band.  Both ensembles performed cutting edge wind band repertoire with artistry and elegance.  IU Saxophone Professor Otis Murphy was a featured soloist, amazing the patrons with his artistry and fluency on the instrument.

Special thanks to Dr. Jason Nam and Dr. Eric Smedley and the student musicians in the IU Concert Band for sharing their artistry and musicianship with our community - it was a great night to be a Mustang musician!

If you were unable to join us in the auditorium in person, please enjoy the archived broadcast below:


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Vocal Health Clinic for DGS Singers

Members of the South High School Choral program were presented with a clinic on vocal health today by Dr. Lori Sonnenberg.  Dr. Sonnenberg is an expert voice pathologist who specializes in providing information and strategies for singers to maintain lifelong vocal health.

Dr. Sonnenberg's appearance today was funded through a grant provided by the Downers Grove Junior Woman's Club.  Thanks to Fine Arts staff member Ms. Winchell for facilitating this experience for our student musicians!

DGS Winter Guard continues season of improvement!

The South High Winter Guard continued their competitive season this past weekend at the WGI Regional Competition at Warren High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The team showed significant improvement, scoring a 67.4 from the judging panel. 

South High School is proud to host a home competition on Sunday, February 23, 2020 in the Main Gymansium at DGS.   The show begins at 10:30 AM, with the DGS Guard performing at 1:08 PM.  Get out and show support for this hard working team of students! 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

South High Student Artists Earn IHSAE Scholarships

Madison Bilotta, artist

"Tangled" - Katie Leinart, artist

"Healing" - Grace Malatia, artist

"Fracture" - Maddie Puccillo, artist

BRIDGEPORT, CHICAGO, Sunday, March 8th, 2020
— The best student artists from approximately 100+ Illinois high schools will converge to showcase their art and vie for more than $88,000,000 in college scholarships offered at the 8th  Annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE).  DGS student Madison Bilotta, Katherine Leinart, Grace Malatia, Tara Pikey, Madelyn Puccillo, Ishmael Sandoval, and Lizzy Spear  have collectively received over $800,000 in scholarship offers with more scholarships still being processed as of press time!  Madison Bilotta, Katherine Leinart, Grace Malatia, Tara Pikey, Madelyn Puccillo, and Ishmael Sandoval will have their artwork displayed at the Senior Show and Alexis Pragidas, John Neer, Katherine Leinart, Patrick Lowrey, and Kaylee Kushta will have their artwork displayed at the General Show as part of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition.  These art shows run from Tuesday, March 3rd through Friday, April 3rd at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.
A public opening for both shows will be hosted on Sunday, March 8th from 11am-6pm at the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609).
IHSAE has partnered with more than 40 art schools, colleges and universities from across the nation; most of which, will be on hand to meet with students and parents at the College Recruitment Fair, running from 10am-2pm.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

D99 Jazz in Clinic and Concert with NIU Jazz Orchestra

The student musicians of the DGN and DGS Jazz Bands participated in an educational clinic and concert with the internationally acclaimed Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra. Led by Professor Reggie Thomas, and featuring guest artist Todd Williams (Saxophone), the NIU Jazz Orchestra performed an exciting set that kept the audience engaged and cheering for more.

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!

DGS Jazz Workshop

DGN Jazz Lab Band

DGS Jazz Lab Band

DGN Jazz Ensemble

DGS Jazz Ensemble

NIU Jazz Orchestra

NIU Jazz Orchestra with Guest Artist, Todd Williams

Monday, February 03, 2020

2020 FOFA Summer Study Grant Applications

Student Artists and Musicians:

If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports over $3,000 in summer study grants to student musicians and artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by April 1, 2020. The Summer Study grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless.. You can complete the form here:  
FOFA SUMMER STUDY GRANT APPLICATION.  You must be logged in with your District 99 e-mail to access and utilize the form.

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chairman at