Friday, October 20, 2017

Guest Conductor Dr. Thiele

District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele worked with the DGS Wind Ensemble in preparation for the November 7, 2017 Junior High Invitational at South High School.  Dr. Thiele is preparing 
Tempus Fugit, a piece dedicated to the memory of his former teacher 
Ross Kellan from Glenbard East HS. 
We look forward to Dr. Thiele working with our students in the coming weeks and to the progress they will make towards the concert on November 7, 2017.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Chicagoland 4x5 Show Preparation

 Sydney Antiporek
 Annie Lee

 Destiny Varela

Armin Taheri

Gabrielle Senne
The Chicagoland 4x5 Show opens on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Oswego HS.  South High School artists are busy preparing work for the show, which features 2D and 3D works on a smaller scale and is typically called "the largest small art exhibition the nation."   Above are a few examples of student work which will be submitted to the show!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Music Moves Us - D99/D58 2017 Fall Concert

This evening more than 200 student musicians from four schools and two districts gathered to celebrate music as the District 99 Orchestra sponsored the "Music Moves Us" concert.  The repertoire during the concert celebrated dance music from nearly one dozen different cultures, highlighted by student program notes and slides to highlight the meaning of the music for the patrons.  The capacity crowd in the auditorium departed with a palpable enthusiasm for the success of the concert, both in the diversity of repertoire and in the fabulous performances by all the student musicians.

Thanks to the O'Neill Middle School Orchestra, Julie Spring, director, and the Herrick Middle School Orchestra, Madeline Fiene, director, for their significant sonic contributions to this performance.
Thanks also to D99 Orchestra director Jennifer Mullen for envisioning and planning such a collaborative event.  Special thanks to Mr. Dan O'Connell for leading the District 99 Orchestras with artistic grace and elegance during the preparation of this event.

D99 Orchestra Concert - Live Stream Video

Are you out of town on business but want to catch tonight's concert? Do you have relatives who want to cheer on our musicians from afar? Tonight's D99 Orchestra concert will be live-streamed on YouTube Live.

Tonight's concert will be on the North High campus. The Live Stream Video link may be found on the DGN Fine Arts YouTube Channel. It's as simple as visiting the DGN Fine Arts Department website, and clicking the red YouTube Live button!

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 ILMEA District Audition Results

The music faculty, private teachers and sender school music teachers associated with South High School are proud to recognize the students that earned 37 placements in band, choir, jazz band and orchestra.  On Wednesday, October 11,  69 student musicians from South High School in Downers Grove took a total of 84 auditions at Carl Sandburg High School to participate in the 2017  Illinois Music Education Association District 1 Festivals.  These students have been selected through a highly competitive audition to participate in the 2017 ILMEA District Festivals.

Student musicians enrolled in music ensembles in the DGS Fine Arts department continue to annually demonstrate remarkable success at both the District and All-State level. "The total number of participating students continues to be consistently high on an annual basis." said DGS Fine Arts Chairman Glenn Williams. "Additionally, DGS is equally well represented in all areas of ensemble performance – band, choir, orchestra, and jazz band - in this process."

For more information about attending these district festivals, please contact Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams at or at 630.795.8681.

Amy Binder - (12) - Alto II
Peter Burrows - (10) - Tenor I
Matt Burrows (12) - Bass II
Abby Davenport - (12) - Alto I
Michaela Dukes - (12) - Soprano I
Jillian Foster - (11) - Alto II
Agne Giedraityte - (10) - Soprano I
Myles Henderson - (12) - Bass II
Faith Ley (12) - Soprano II
Matthew McKenney - (11) - Bass II
Natalie Olsen (12) - Soprano II
Nathaniel Parson - (12) - Tenor II
Priya Patel - (12) - Soprano II
Allison Puccillo - (12) Alto I
Sam Selakovich - (11) - Alto II
Adrian Trujillo - (11) - Bass II

Emma Ansah (11) - Bb Clarinet
Carson Aldrich (11) - Trombone (Orchestra)
Allison Brandt (12) - Bb Clarinet (Orchestra)
Jake Burrows (12) - Trumpet (Orchestra)
Samantha Guagliardo - (11) - Euphonium
Danny King (12) - Bb Clarinet (Band)
Kyle Kotula (12) - Trombone (Band)
Emily Schwab (11) - Bassoon (Band)
Saahil Sorakayla (10) - Bassoon (Band)

Nicolette Cheaure (12) - Viola
Bella Kelly (12) - Violin
Therese Malinowski - (10) - Cello
Lauren Mulé - (10) - Violin
Madeline Pteanc - (11) - Violin

Carson Aldrich - (11) - Trombone
Nathan Brummel - (9) - Trombone
Jake Burrows - (12) - Trumpet
Joseph Daniele - (11) - Trombone
Kyle Kotula - (12) - Trombone
Scott Pape - (11) - Drum Set
Nathan Wiechec - (10) Trombone

District 99/District 58 Orchestra Concert - TOMORROW!

Join us in the North High School Auditorium on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM to hear the combined orchestras from District 58 and District 99 present "Music Moves Us," a concert themed around dance.  Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend!

Marching Mustangs at the 2017 Music Bowl

Congratulations to the Marching Mustangs for a impassioned performance at the 2017 Music Bowl.  Thanks to videographer Mike Legel for continuing to archive the work of the student musicians in the ensemble in such a professional manner!