Thursday, April 21, 2011

German Entourage in the Windy City

Today our friends from Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany visited the Sky Deck at the former Sears Tower and spent time exploring Millennium Park. The bright, sunny weather was a welcome change from the previous two days. Students and chaperones alike were "wowed" by the amazing sights that abound in the city of Chicago.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jazz at the Movies - featuring BB Music School German Big Band

The Big Band from the Music School in Beitigheim-Bissingen, Germany, wows the throng gathered at the Tivoli for the "Jazz at the Movies" concert tonight.
After being in existence as an ensemble for only 2.5 years, this ensemble played a wide variety of jazz literature, including classics from the Basie library and Lee Morgan's incomparable "Sidewinder."
The Big Band from BB Germany brought the crowd to their feet for two encores at the end of the concert this evening.
The New York city bound DGS Jazz Ensemble wowed the crowd with swinging renditions of their Essentially Ellington repertoire.

This is a photo of the crowd during the Jazz Lab Band performance. If you look carefully, you can see everyone saying "cheese."
Theatre organist David Rhoades performed a 30 minute recital prior to the concert, and, accompanied the Buster Keaton silent film "The Blacksmith" to begin the evening of "Jazz at the Movies."

The Tivoli theatre marquee in Downers Grove welcomes the jazz performers and concert patrons to this very special event.

Exchange of gifts and an intvitation to continue

Prior to the culminating piece of the concert, the faculty and chaperones from the BB Germany Music School and D99 exchanged gifts. This tradition is part of the fabric of nearly every exchange relationship that exists both in the USA and abroad, and we are proud to continue in this habit. Because the exchange is now more than 25 years old, relationships are continuing through generations.

Reimund Schiffer, director of the BB Music School Germany, extended an invitation to the D99 Honors Band to visit Germany in June of 2012, which Brayer Teague on behalf of the students and staff heartily accepted.

D99 and BB Music School Exchange Music!

The musical and cultural exchange that exists between D99 and the BB Germany Music School is now more than a quarter century old. The foundations of this exchange are music, culture and relationships. To celebrate every aspect of this exchange, a concert was held last night in the North High School Johnson Auditorium, featuring the Bietigheim-Bissingen/Germany Music School ensemble JugenBlasOrchester. The North High Wind Ensemble and South High Wind Ensemble also performed on this celebratory event.

The concert opened with a fabulous pre-concert theatre organ recital and got better as the evening progressed. The South and North High Wind Ensembles performed challenging repertoire with poise and precision. The BB Germany Music School JBO then performed a diverse and challenging program, culminating with multiple standing ovations and encore selections. Congratulations to the student musicians from both continents for expanding their boundaries through the sharing of music, of culture, and of relationships.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Friendly futbol on the pitch at DGS.........

Tonight's soccer friendly between District 99 and the Musikschule of Bietigheim-Bissingen was a great evening of sportsmanship, friendship, and surprising results. In a stunning turn of global fortunes, the USA team quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead before eventually winning 5-2.

Congratulations to all of the student participants, as well as all family members and supporters who came out to cheer.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hinsdale Center for the Arts Showcases High School Artists

Artworks created by young artists from 12 area high schools are currently on display at Hinsdale Center for the Arts' (HCA) 24th Annual Invitational High School Art Exhibition. The exhibition is open through Saturday, May 7th.

A reception for the students, their teachers, families and friends will take place on Saturday, April 16 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Hinsdale Center for the Arts is located in Katherine Legge Memorial Park, 5903 S. County Line Rd., in Hinsdale. Regular HCA gallery hours are: Monday - Friday: 9am -7pm and Saturday: 9am - 4pm, HCA is closed on Sunday. The public may call HCA at 630-887- 0203 for more information.

Following the close of the exhibition at HCA the award winning artworks will be on display at Harris Hinsdale located at 50 S. Lincoln St. from May 9 -14. Suzanne Penn, Awards Juror for the exhibition, recognized the work of ten students for excellence. She wrote in her statement, "This year's high school show brings together an amazing variety of artistic media- all used to express the artistic vision, skill and talent of young people in our area. We should be proud to know that the arts are supported in their school curriculum and that so many have had the opportunity to develop and express their unique artistic voices in such diverse ways. " Of the 10 awards recipients, three are from South High School in Downers Grove

Beth Biagi, Downers Grove South High School

Emily Johnson, Downers Grove South High School

Jordan Sarti, Downers Grove South High School

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crazy for You - opens TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!

The members of the DGS A Cappella Choir and the pit orchestra and technical theatre crew are pleased to present the 2011 Musical Crazy for You in the South High School auditorium on Thursday April 14th, 7pm, Friday and Saturday April 15th and 16th at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 17th at 3pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students and Senior Citizens are complementary. To reserve your tickets, please call the Student Activities office at 630-795-8518.

Monday, April 11, 2011

2011 Elmhurst Art Museum Portfolio Award Winners

"Self Portrait Map" - Maggie Cipriano

"Tina" - Julianna Estall

The Elmhurst Art Museum portfolio show is an exhibition, a competition, and a seriers of education programs for high school seniors demonstrating commitment and competency in visual art. All high schools in DuPage, Kane and Will counties are invited to select and submit a portfolio of work from the five most proficient students at their school. Up to twenty-five portfolios are selected for the exhibit, which features the outstanding work of the next generation of visual artists.

In 2011, 17 student portfolios were chosen for the exhibit. Of those 17 selected, three are from South High School in Downers Grove. Senior Maggie Cipriano in Photography, Senior Julianna Estall in Drawing, and Senior Adam Kotel in Photography were selected by the committee as having some of the finest student work in the three county area. On Saturday, April 9, 2011, the Elmhurst Art Museum announced the three top award winners from the exhibit. Maggie Cipriano earned "Honorable Mention," winning a free one year individual membership to the EAM. Additionally, Julianna Estall earned the distinction of "Best in Show." For this honor, Estall earned a free one year individual membership to the EAM, and, a free summer session figure drawing course at the museum.

"We are so proud of these student artists, and, the staff members that sponsor them in this exhibit." said department chairman Glenn Williams. "Debbie Dipert, Marcia Hansen and Michelle Lynn have spent countless hours investing in the artistic development of these student artists." The exhibit will run from April 9-May 1 at the Elmhurt Art Museum.

Friday, April 08, 2011

South HS Fine Arts in the news..........

Read about the upcoming A Cappella Choir production of Gershwin's Crazy for you here:

Read about 2 DGS student artists heading to NYC for the National Scholastic Art Show here:

Read about the DGS Jazz Ensemble preparing for the Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition with guest clinician Reggie Thomas here:

Thursday, April 07, 2011

D99/WPL Art Show DGS Category Winners Announced

As a facet of the D99/WPL Art Show, a first prize is awarded in each media category. In addition, a best in show award is given. The faculty from DGN adjudicates the DGS student work, the faculty from DGS adjudicates the DGN student work.

Please join me in congratulating these award winners for the 2011 D99/WPL Art Show:

Best in Show Adam Kotel - Digital Art


Kevin Silver


Rebecca Ficut

Digital Photography

Jena Mancione

Digital Art

Maggie Cipriano


Victor Aguirre


Typer Murley

Mixed Media

Carolyn Peters

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Kudos to District 99 Student Artists

Congratulations to the student artists from North and South High Schools in Downers Grove for the amazing visual success that is the 2011 District 99/Woodridge Public Library Show. The show opened this evening to a capacity crowd at the Woodridge Public Library. Congratulations to the staff from North and South High School for their efforts and work to produce this stunning exhibit. Special thanks to Susan McNeil-Marshall and the WPL staff, and, to Suzyn Mills from the Great Frame-Up Store in Woodridge for supporting the student artists of District 99.

2011 D99/WPL Art Show Opening

Tonight is the opening of the 3rd annual District 99/Woodridge Public Library Art Exhibit. This show features the student work of over 50 students in multiple media strands from North High School and South High School in Downers Grove. The show opens on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 6:00 PM with award winners in each category being announced shortly after 7 PM. Winners of Best-in-Show Awards then go on to participate in the national Creative Self-Expressions Show that is sponsored by The Great Frame Up stores all over the country. Suzyn Mills, owner of The Great Frame Up in Woodridge, has helped sponsor District 99 prizewinners for several years in this contest. The Woodridge Public Library is located at 3 Plaza Drive in Woodridge, IL. The exhibit is available for viewing during normal Library hours. For further information call the Adult/Young Adult Department Reference Desk at 630-487-2577 or email

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

DGS Jazz Ensemble at 65th MidWest Clinic

Congratulations to the DGS Jazz Ensemble and their director Craig Roselieb for being accepted to perform at the 65th annual MidWest Clinic in December of 2011. Held at McCormick Place in Chicago, the MidWest Clinic is annually attended by nearly 16,000 professional educators from all 50 states and from more than 30 countries internationally. Each conference features nearly 30 concerts and 90 clinics by the finest performing ensembles and music educators from around the world. "Acceptance to perform at this convention is the pinnacle of performance success for a high school ensemble." said DGS Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams. "This truly outstanding group continues a remarkable run of recent performance success." For information about the DGS Jazz program or the MidWest Clinic, contact DGS Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams at

"Puttin' up their Dukes" with Reggie Thomas

Members of the New York city-bound DGS Jazz Ensemble are preparing for the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival from May 12-15, 2011 with a clinic with Jazz at Lincoln Center pianist Reggie Thomas. In addition to his association with the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mr. Thomas is also Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. A wide range of musical concepts are being processed during the clinic, all designed to equip the NYC-bound ensemble for performance success when they arrive at the festival in New York City. Special thanks to the Jazz at Lincoln Center for sponsoring this clinic for the student musicians as a facet of participating in the Essentially Ellington Competition and Festival.