Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

The first performance of the 2010 Marching Mustangs started with sunshine and ended in thunderstorms. The band provided musical support for the Downers Grove VFW Memorial Day Parade and for the first part of the service, but, shortly after the ceremony began, the deluge frm the skies began. Nothing quite like the smell of wool uniforms after rain.......... As always, the Marching Mustangs represented DGS with profesionalism and precision.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Jazz Lab 2010 - Tisket a tasket

Images and sounds from the May 16, 2010 Jazz Lab Band recording session. Special thanks to Mrs. Carlquist for capturing all of the images.

Jazz Lab 2010 - Rockabye River

Images and sounds from the Jazz Lab Band May 16, 2010 recording session. Special thanks to Mrs. Carlquist for capturing the images.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This evening the Wind Ensemble and A Capella Choir concluded the 2009-2010 school year with an impressive Graduation Concert. The quality of sound and maturity of musicianship was exceedingly impressive. The programming was diverse in both breadth and depth, and was executed at a professional level. Congratulatons to the Class of 2010 DGS Mustang musicians - your sonic presence and musicianship will be missed on a daily basis.

D99 Orchestra Spring Concert

Congratulations to the members of the District 99 Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra for a soncially stunning performance to conclude the 2009-2010 school year. Both ensembles played challenging repertoire with musicianship and high craftsmanship. In addition to featuring DGN senior soloists Chloe Burnham and Rudy Rendek, the ensemble performed Brahms' challenging Academic Festival Overture. Great work D99 orchestra students - we are proud of you all!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jazz in The Park - 2010

Congratulations to the members of the D99 Jazz Ensembles and special kudos to the D99 All-Star Senior Band for their stunning performance last night in Fishel Park. The weather was fabulous, and the capacity crowd thoroughly enjoyed an excellent evening of jazz music. Special thanks also to the DG Park District for providing such an excellent performance stage for our D99 student musicians.

Monday, May 24, 2010

DGS Fine Arts - May 24-31, 2010

Opportunities abound this week to experience the work of DGS student artists and musicians. Among the possibilities:

Open on Monday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 25th. Experience the 2D and 3D work of over 700 student artists. Featuring the Senior Show in the Black Box. Free admission.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM in Fishel Park in Downers Grove the four District 99 Jazz Bands open the DG Park District Summer Concert Series. Evening is concluded by a D99 All-Star Band comprised of seniors from North and South. Free admission. Bring a picnic.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGN Auditorium. Featuring senior soloists and concluding the evening with Brahms' Academic Festival Overture. Free admission.

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. Featuring the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble. Evening will conclude with a combined rendition of a gorgeous piece titled Dafodils.

Monday, May 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM in downtown Downers Grove and in Fishel Park. The Marching Mustangs help to celebrate and honor those who have served our nation in military service. Parade and service are sponsored by the Alexander Bradley Burns Post 80 in Downers Grove, Admisison is free.

Friday, May 21, 2010

2010 Choir Show Assembly

DGS Choir students performed excerpts of our 2010 Choir Show for articulated sender school students from Eisenhower, Jefferson, O'Neill, Kingley and El Sierra Schools this morning. Even with a brief intermission provided by an unexpected fire drill, the students on the stage and in the audience responded in a manner befitting adult professionals. Great work by all the elementary and junior high school students in the audience this morning - BRAVO!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Motown - The Sound of Change

The 2010 Choir Show titled "MOTOWN - THE SOUND OF CHANGE" opened this evening to a capacity crowd in the DGS Auditorium. The crowd was riveted to their seats during the entire performance, which culminated in a stunning rendition of Michael Jackson's pop classic Thriller. The choir students will perform this show for articulated sender school students on Friday morning, May 21, and will present one more performance for the public on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Awards Night 2010

The 2010 Awards Night culminated with the recognition of outstanding seniors in each department. In Fine Arts, seniors Michael Hernandez (visual art) and Tom Reusz (music) were selected by the staff for their tremendous work for the past four years.

A complete Fine Arts Department Awards recap is provided below. Congratulations to our outstanding seniors, and, to every student that garnered an award this year.

2010 Fine Arts Department Outstanding Seniors
Music – Tom Reusz
Art – Michael Hernandez

Goldie Zechel Senior Arts Scholarship
Art – Sunnie Farrar, David Huettner
Music – Kelly Lamorena, Michael Rau

National School Choral Award
Blair Janis, Tom Reusz
Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
Matt Kowalski
John Philip Sousa Award
Kelly Lamorena
National School Orchestra Awar
Michael Rau

Downers Grove Concert Association “Patron of the Arts” Award
Nikki Mihelich
Melissa Vos

Downer Grove Music Club Summer Camp Scholarships
Elliot Bild
Sherilyn Munoz
Lexi Osborn

Downers Grove Women’s Club
Carly Charles

Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA) Summer Study Grants
Alex Bahaveolos, Kyle Crawford, Aura Evans, Dan Leahy, Malorie Masek, Paige Miller, Billy Moroney, Michael Ruth, Callie Sorce, Jordyn Stapleton, Katie Stone, Elly Walsh-Rock

Monday, May 17, 2010

DGS Choirs 2010 MOTOWN Show

More than 200 students from the DGS Choirs have worked for just over 2 months to prepare their 2010 Choir Show featuring the music of MOTOWN. The show will open on Thursday, May 20 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium, and close on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

2010 Spring Art Show

2010 DGS Spring Art Show
Opening – Thursday, May 20, 2010
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

DGS Events Foyer

Exhibit runs from Friday, May 21, 2010 until
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Free Admission

Featuring the 2D and 3D work of more than 700 student artists, and, the Class of 2010
Senior Exhibit in the Black Box.

You are cordially invited to attend the Downers Grove South High School Spring Art Show,
featuring the 2D and 3D work of more than 700 student artists. Also featured will be
the Senior Show in the Black Box.

The show opens on Thursday, May 20, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and will run from
8:00 AM until 4:00 PM until Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 2010. The public is cordially invited to attend and admission to this event is free.

Jazz Lab Band 2010 Recording Session

Kudos to the members of Jazz Lab Band for spending three hours on a Sunday evening in a recording session in the band room. DGS alum and recording engineer Luke Johnson recorded the session, which featured 10 of the 24 performance repertoire tunes from the 2009-2010 school year. Look for these recordings on iTunes within the next two weeks.............

Friday, May 14, 2010

Jazz at Fishel Park - Combined Rehearsal

The D99 All-Star senior jazz ensemble rehearsed this morning in preparation for the Jazz in the Park concert on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. During this annual crowd favorite, all four D99 jazz ensembles will perform a short set, with the performance being closed by the All-Star senior jazz ensemble. Mark your calendars and prepare your picnic baskets now - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM at Fishel Park in Downers Grove.

Spring Band Concert - May 13, 2010

Congratulations to the members of Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for presenting a superb Spring Concert last evening. Special kudos and thanks to the members of the senior class of 2010 that performed with Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony last evening. Concert goers were impressed by the depth and breadth of the literature, and, the uniform strength of each ensemble from top to bottom.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring Band Concert - May 13, 2010 @ 7:00 PM

Spring Band concert featuring Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the DGS Auditorium. FREE - be there!!!!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

2010 D99 Orchestra Banquet

The District 99 Orchestra celebrated the 2009-2010 school year accomplishments during the annual banquet held on Friday, May 7, 2010 at DGS. Special tribute was paid to the graduating class of 2010, including personal acknowledgment from peers read by director Jennifer Mullen and a concluding video tribute. The only thing during the evening that exceeded the excellent food was the obvious camaraderie. Special thanks and kudos to the parents from DGS and DGN who provided the logistical support to make this event happen for the students in the D99 orchestra.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

2010 Fremd High School 4 x 5 Show Winnter

Fremd High School sponsors an annual "4 x 5" art show, in which every piece entered must not exceed 4 inches by 5 inches in width and length. The 2010 award winners have been announced and DGS is well represented in each category:

Krystal Berryman - Honorable Mention
Rachel Chassey - Honorable Mention
Tosha Kadakia - Honorable Mention

Monique Summerville - Honorable Mention

Bryan Conger - First Place
Sunnie Farrar - Honorable Mention

A reception for award winners will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at William Fremd High School. For more infomration, go to:

College of DuPage Portfolio Night 2010

Competition finalists in the COD Portfolio Night 2010 have recently been announced. Student artists from DGS that are being honored include:

David Huettner - Face in the Fogged-Up Window

Michael Hernandez - Hephaestus Presents Aphrodite with Her Latest Gift

Julianna Estall - Come Ba-a-ack!

Luke Dolezal - Tower of Madness

Jessica Ponce - Strength of Emotion


James Dreveny - Summer Bubbles

An awards ceremony announcing prizes for First Place and Honorable Mention will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM at the College of DuPage. Way to go Mustang visual artists!!!!!

Elmhurst Art Museum Portfolio Awards

South High artist David Huettner was recently honored by the Elmhurst Art Museum as having an outstanding portfolio is the Drawing catetory. This is the third annual portfolio exhibition, and it is open to all high school seniors in DuPage County.
EAM works directly with local high school art teachers who select student art portfolios to be sent to the Museum for judging. Each submitted portfolio consists of six works created in the same medium. Up to twenty-five portfolios are selected for the exhibition. The Museum hosts several educational programs for students including Portfolio 101 and Careers in the Arts Day.

The following students/schools were represented in this year's exhibition:William Blake, Hinsdale Central High School; Alison Chatten, Wheaton North High School; Stephen Davalos, Wheaton North High School; Laura Dunne, York Community High School; Katie Earl, Downers Grove North High School; Kerry Furrh, Wheaton North High School; Hillary Galvin, Hinsdale Central High School; David Huettner, Downers Grove South High School; Nicole Irwin, Downers Grove North High School; David Martini, Downers Grove North High School; Samantha Merrell, Wheaton North High School; Padraic O’Connor, Downers Grove North High School; Alex Wieder, Hinsdale South High School; Cloe Zikmund, Glenbard North High School

Information about the exhibit may be found at the Elmhurst Art Museum website:

DGS Jazz @ Jilly's in Naperville

Members of the DGS Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble performed last night at Jilly's Restaurant in Naperville. Featured with the Jazz Lab Band was Mr. Ted Hogarth, one of the finest woodwind players/baritone saxophonists in the Chicagoland area. Each group played a 30 minute set prior to the regular performance of the Pete Ellman Big Band. Special shout out to our student teacher from the U of I, Mr. Scott Oliver, for conducting The Woogie with Jazz Lab Band.
Our gratitude to Jilly's Restaurant and to Pete Ellman and the Pete Ellman Big Band for providing the opportunity for such a professionally relevant performance experience for our DGS jazz musicians!!!

WMU Jazz Octet Performs at DGS

The Jazz Octet from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, performed today for DGS Symph0nic Band, Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony students. This award winning ensemble featured several WMU students that have garnered coveted Downbeat Awards for superior performances. In additon to performing for classes today, this ensemble held an open jam session with Fine Arts Honors Program Jazz students Elliot Bild, Matt Kowalski and Lauren Wood. In addition to the sonic dialog, the WMU students shared experiences and hindsights that have led them down a pathway of performance success in jazz studies. Special thanks to Dr. Scott Cowan from WMU for arranging this special performance and clinic.

2010 Chicagoland Oustanding Music Educator Award

Congratulations to DGS Fine Arts Department faculty member Craig Roselieb for being chosen as a winner of this year's Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award. This special award recognizes excellence in the field of Music Education in the Chicagoland area. Mr. Roselieb was nominated by a professional peer, and selected by a selection committee which includes previous winners and several university directors. A special awards presentation will take place at Quinlan & Fabish Music Company in Mt. Prospect on Tuesday, June 15th at 7:00 pm. The entire "Class of 2010" Award winners are: Ray Forlenza (Tinley Park), Deb Shofner (Elgin), Terry Melbourn (Clarendon Hills), Craig Roselieb (Downers Grove South HS), Greg Wojcik (Glenbrook South HS), and Fran Fatta (Vernon Hills HS). These awards have been presented annually since 1989. Great job Mr. Roselieb!!!