Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Choir Concert - Take #2!!

Congratulations to the 280 student musicians in the DGS choirs who performed their fall concert on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. Rescheduled due to a lightning strike, these students performed a wide variety of repertoire with professional musicianship and decorum. Thanks also to the staff, administration and tech theatre personnel whose flexibility led to making the re-scheduling of this event feasible.

2009 ISU State Finals - Marching Mustangs

A short video excerpt of the 2009 Marching Mustangs competing at the 2009 State of Illinois Marching Band Championships at Illinois State University on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Marching Mustangs - Illinois State Finals

Your 2009 Marching Mustangs capped off a historical competition season with a performance of excellence at the State of Illinois Marching Band Finals hosted at Illinois State University. The band earned a score of 74.55, just .05 points away from being 10th place out of the 72 bands that competed over the course of the day. This is DGS highest state finals placing since 1977, and represents more than a 7.0 score improvement from our score earned last year at ISU. Way to go Marching Mustangs - another great show to end your season of signifigance!

Choir Concert - LIGHTS OUT!!!

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, the DGS Choirs started their fall concert. The opening National Anthem and the first two numbers of the Freshmen Girls Choir were truly stunning.
Then, lightning struck.
Outside of our building, lightning struck a transformer, which caused an area-wide power outage. The girls finished the selection they were singing when the lights went out, and, the audience stayed engaged listening. It truly was a remarkable moment. The photos above show how audience members powered up their cell phones (they were, of course, all powered down previously) to provide some illumination in the auditorium.
This concert will be performed, in its' entirety, on MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. Thanks to students, parents, and staff for their flexibility to make this event happen.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra Performance

Saturday evening the CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra performed their opening concert of the 2009/10 season at the DePaul University Concert Hall.

Five members of the District 99 Orchestras are members of the Encore Chamber Orchestra: Violin: Chan Choi and Michael Rau (Concertmaster); Viola: Emily Levine and Colette Mondragon; Percussion: Isaac Stevenson.

This performance will also be broadcast as part of WFMT's Introductions program on October 31st.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

2009 IMEA District Audition Results

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 114 student musicians from Downers Grove South High School auditioned at Hinsdale Central High School to participate in the 2009 Illinois Music Educators’ Association District Festivals. The music faculty, private teachers and sender school music teachers associated with Downers Grove South High School are proud to congratulate the 61 students in band, choir, orchestra, jazz band and vocal jazz who have been selected through highly competitive audition to participate in the 2009 IMEA District Festivals. "This is the highest total number of participating students at DGS since 2003, when we also had 61 students accepted into District Festival." said department chairperson Glenn Williams. “District 99 and DGS student musicians have had a long history of success with the IMEA, and we are excited to carry that tradition strongly into the future.”

For more information about DGS and IMEA Festivals, contact Fine Arts Department Chairperson Glenn Williams at or at 630.795.8681.

Patrick Bartlett – tuba
Brad Jones – trumpet
Ashley Jovien – trumpet
Matt Kowalski – trombone
Kelly Lamorena – trumpet
Brenda Miller – trumpet
Billy Moroney – clarinet
Sherilyn Munoz – flute
Lexi Osborn – flute
Zach Plata – clarinet
Amanda Ruzek – flute
Steve Strantz – trombone
Tiffany Wu – flute

Chan Choi – violin
Dan Field – violin
Emily Levine – viola
Nikki Mihelich – cello
Michael Rau – violin
Lisa Salazar – viola
Carly Charles – horn

Arjun Bajaj – tenor II
Ryan Breig – bass I
Billy Chengarry – bass I
Sonny Delrosario – tenor II
Colleen Derosa – alto I
Claire Drews – soprano II
Lars Feste – tenor I
Elise Floss – alto II
Hank Gordon – bass I
Jean Hesik – soprano I
Blair Janis – alto I
John Junk – bass I
Taylor Lane – soprano I
Paris Mcfall – bass I
Liam Merrick – tenor I
Jeff Novak – tenor I
Tom Reusz – bass II
Meredith Richard – soprano I
Lauren Santee – soprano II
Megan Schreck – sop I
Lily Space – alto I
Amanda Strolia – alto I
Minh Tran – alto II
Erin C. Walsh – soprano II
Erin M. Walsh – alto I
Megan Wanazek – soprano I
Cory Wilson – bass II
Sam Worlton – alto II
Kyle Wulf – bass II

Elliot Bild – trumpet
Brad Jones – trumpet
Ashley Jovien – trumpet
Sam Kotlicky – trumpet
Matt Kowalski – trombone
Kelly Lamorena – trumpet
Tim Neumann – trombone
Steve Strantz – trombone
Josiah Williams – trombone
Ian Williams – piano
Lauren Wood – bari sax

Jeff Novak - tenor

Saturday, October 17, 2009

8th Annual Music Bowl - Jefferson Junior High School

The 8th Annual Music Bowl began at 4:45 PM this evening, a balmy 71 degrees under the soft glow of the hallogen lights in the Main Gynasium. The event was moved inside due to field conditions and weather, but the sounds from the musicians remained warm and balmy. We extend a special thanks to the Jefferson Junior High School Band, Keith Carlson, director, for opening the Music Bowl with a wonderful arrangement of the national anthem done by Brian Balmages. Great job to all you Jefferson Junior High School Band members - based on what we heard this evening, we are already excited for your arrival in District 99 in the coming years.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Combined Orchestra

The District 99 Concert Orchestra performed with musicianship and precision. The nuances of Dreams of a Midsummer Night show the sonic strengths of this ensemble. Symphonic Orchestra performed all four movements of the challenging Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten. The musical maturity and technical precision of this mature ensemble was evident in the professional performance of this masterwork.
The evening concluded with Concerto Grosso, conducted by DGN senior Rudy Rendek. Featured soloists Colleen Doyle (O'Neill MS,) Lindsay Klecka (Herrick MS) and our own Jennifer Mullen played kazoo along with the combined orchestra. Great job to all the students, staff and parents that collaborated to make this evening such a fabulous event.

D99 Orchestra Fall Concert - Herrick MS

On Thursday, October 15, 2009 our District 99 Orchestra presented their Fall Orchestra Concert. This concert is annually shared with our two sender school string programs in District 58. This year, the renowned Herrick Orchestra opened the evening. Led by conductor Lindsay Klecka, the group performed four selections, including the exciting Russian Sailors' Dance. Great job to these future District 99 string musicians!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

District 99 Orchestra Fall Concert

The District 99 Orchestra performed it's Fall concert at Downers Grove North's Clarence Johnson Auditorium on October 15th. The performance featured the Herrick Middle School Orchestra, The District 99 Concert Orchestra and the District 99 Symphonic Orchestra.

The concert culminated in a performance of the Concerto Gross, conducted by District 99 Symphonic Orchestra member Rudy Rendek and featuring solo performances by Colleen Doyle, Orchestra Director at O'Neil Middle School, Lindsay Klecka, Orchestra Director at Herrick Middle School and Jennifer Muller, District 99 Orchestra Director on Kazoo.

Neon 10, a local band made up of students from Downers Grove who participate in various District 99 Musical ensembles, played their original songs in a pre-concert performance.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Homecoming Parade 2009

The 2009 Marching Mustangs completed their second performance of this Homecoming Friday, the parade through the neighborhoods adjacent to DGS. The band not only sounded great playing Joe Zawinul's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, but their feet looked amazing (check out the feet in these photos.) Way to go Marching Mustangs!!!!

Homecoming 2009 - Bagels with the Band

The Marching Mustangs performed their competiton show music in the courtyard this morning to kick-off Homecoming Friday 2009. The reverberation in the courtyard provided a magical sonic back drop for the musical sounds of this fine ensemble. Special thanks to the more than 50 staff members who came to listen to and support the Marching Mustangs.