Friday, March 26, 2010

Mustang Bands to Florida

Traveling in style and enjoying nothing but the finest available cuisine, our Mustang Bands enjoyed to trip on the way to sunny Orlando!!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

IMEA Etude Master Classes

This morning, our private music faculty worked with students during Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble on the intricacies of preparing the IMEA auditon etudes. Serving a dual purpose, these sessions prepare students for the second round of high school auditions in mid-April, and, give the students a jump-start on IMEA audition preparation in October of 2010. Special thanks to our Band Boosters for supporting this project through the Chamber Music fund, and, thanks to our private teaching staff for spending these two hours working with our student musicians.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Winter Guard Concludes Historic Season

The DGS Winter Guard placed 2nd in class SRA at the Lincoln-Way East WGI competition on Sunday, March 21, 2010. This highlights a season in which they placed first in their class in 5 out of 6 competitions. At the recent Lincoln-Way WGI competition, the team missed first place by 5 tenths of a point! Way to go DGS Winter Guard - we are proud of each and every one of you!!!

DGS Jazz Ensemble - GRAND CHAMPIONS!!!!

The renowned DGS Jazz Ensemble was awarded first place in their class and Grand Champion of the State of Illinois Jazz Invitational at ISU this past weeked. Of the 2o high school jazz bands that participated. the DGS Jazz Ensemble was chosen to perform on the evening concert with the ISU Jazz Ensemble and guest artist Marvin Stamm. Addtionally, 4 soloists were chosen as being truly outstanding from the more than 400 student musicians that performed during the day. Of those 4, 2 were from DGS - senior trombonist Matt Kowalski and senior baritone saxophonist Lauren Wood. Way to go DGS Jazz Ensemble!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dvorak 9th Symphony - Finale of Finale

Enjoy the conclusion of the 4th Movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony as performed by the District 99 Orchestra on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

District 99 Orchestra Concert - March 17, 2010

The District 99 Orchestra sonically surpassed expectations this past week. Senior soloists Chan Choi, Emily Levine and Michael Rau performed with musicianship and poise far beyond their chronological years. Patrons were heard to say things like "If I closed my eyes, it is was to tell this was a high school orchestra." as they departed the concert venue for the evening. Great job to all the students in the D99 orchestra for such a fabulous concert!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

District 99 Honors Vocal Recital

Congratulations to the student musicians from South and North High Schools who performed in the District 99 Honors Vocal Recital at Gloria Dei church. The sonic success of vocal music performance in District 99 was apparent from the first to the last notes performed.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

CYSO Concerto Competition Finalists

Two District 99 musicians (Michael Rau - DGS; Isaac Stevenson - DGN) have earned the distinction of being named finalists for the prestigious Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Michael and Isaac are two of only seven finalists selected to advance from the heavily competitive preliminary auditions.

The finals are open to the public and will be held this Wednesday, March 3, in Curtiss Hall (10th floor) of the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.

6:30pm - Doors open
6:45-9:00pm - Competition
9:15pm - Awards

All are welcome to attend and hear these talented young musicians perform in the final round of competition!
• Isaac Stevenson, Schwanter - Percussion Concerto
• Michaela Wellems, Vieuxtemps - Violin Concerto No.4 in D Minor, op.31
• Ben Manis, Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor, op.104
• Christine Murphy, Lieberman - Concerto for Flute
• Stephanie Block, Stamitz - Concerto for Viola
• Michael Rau, Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto in D major, op.35
• Ryan Zerna, Nielsen - Flute Concerto