Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Graduation Concert

Please enjoy this excerpt from the 2012 Madrigal Singers graduation concert.

2012 Madrigal Singers Graduation Concert

The South High School Choirs Class of 2012 added significantly to their in imitable sonic legacy last night during the Graduation Concert.  The craftsmanship and musicianship were remarkable from start to finish, from large ensemble to small groups and soloists.  Of the long list of impressive  occurences during the evening, here is but a few:

  • The evening was totally learner centered - these students were in charge of their own musical destiny.
  • The repertoire was performed ARTISTICALLY.
  • This groups of students is totally comfortable in their own collective skin.
  • The community forged through the music making process runs way beneath the verneer.
  • These students care deeply about their craft, but they care even more about each other.
  • Even though the repertoire had lyrics, the expression emitted went way beyond words.

Everyone that remains at South High School owes a debt of gratitude to this senior class for establishing a wonderfully high performance bar, but perhaps even more, for setting that bar in a caring manner.  Well done Class of 2012 - we'll miss your presence, but, we'll be reminded of if on a daily basis in the sights and sounds emanating from the music suite!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Congratulations to the members of the Marching Mustangs for their service to the community of Downers Grove at Veterans Memorial Pavilion at Fishel Park.  The parade and the service commemorated those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our liberty.  Hundreds of community members experienced the Marching Mustangs in parade, and, in the acoustically wonderful environment of the Pavilion.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Carly Charles senior solo excerpt

Enjoy this excpert from Carly Charles senior solo at the 2012 South HS Graduation Concert.

2012 Graduation Concert

Enjoy the opening fanfare from the 2012 South HS Graduation Concert.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

2012 Graduation Concert

Enjoy these images from the 2012 Graduation Concert.  The A Cappella Choir and Wind Ensemble both performed with mature sound and exquisite musicianship.  Special kudos and congratulations to the departing class of 2012 from both of these fine ensembles.  You will be sorely missed every day in the music suite at South High School!


The Great Quest...............

The Great Pokémon Quest has come to an end.   6 brave senior students, Victor Aguirre, Jake Saban, Erich Zidarich, Darmawan Troung, Michael Godfrey and Sean Compton took a vow their freshman year to draw all of the first 151 Pokémon characters by the end of their senior year. They have completed this monumental task.  The completion of this task was celebrated after school on May 23rd, and, will be memorialized in a display case in the C Hallway outside of room C152.  Gotta catch 'em all......................

D99 Orchestra Spring Concert

Enjoy this excerpt from the conclusion of the senior solo presented by violist Lisa Salazar.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

D99 Orchestra Spring Concert

The District 99 Orchestra performed their 2012 Spring Concert tonight in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium at North High School in Downers Grove.  The Concert Orchestra performed challenging repertoire with passion and precision, demonstrating significant improvement from the start of the year. The Symphonic Orchestra performed 5 concerti with maturity and elegance, negotiating the musical nuances inherent in the pieces with palpable prowess.  Special congratulations to the five senior soloists that performed  tonight, marking a capstone experience in their collective musical journeys' in the District 99 Orchestra.  The evening concluded with a salute to the Class of 2012 while the Combined Orchestras and alumni at the concert played The Final Countdown.  Great job tonight D99 Orchestra - a stunning conclusion to a fabulous year!
 District 99 Concert Orchestra performs March Slave.
Senior soloist Hannah Young
Senior soloist Lauren Kovanko
Senior soloist Aaron Collins
Senior soloist Lisa Salazar
Senior soloist Meghan Lyda
District 99 Orchestra and alumni orchestra perform "The Final Countdown" as a salute to the members of the Class of 2012.

Jazz at Fishel Park 2012

The Jazz Ensemble from South HS in Downers Grove performs a tribute to the Brecker Brothers  at Fishel Park in Downers Grove on Tuesay, May 22, 2012.

2012 Jazz in Fishel Park

Congratulations to all six jazz bands from District 99 for wonderful performances at tonight's "Jazz In The Park."

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

D99 Orchestra Concert

The combined Fine Arts Departments of North and South High are pleased to invite you to the final District 99 Orchestra concert of the school year tomorrow evening, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.  The District 99 Symphonic Orchestra and Concert Orchestra will be performing.  Also featured will be senior soloists Aaron Collins (violin), Lauren Kovanko (viola), Meghan Lyda (cello), Lisa Salazar (viola), and Hannah Young (harp).  We hope you will join us for a wonderful evenings of music, and support our North and South High musicians.

Monday, May 21, 2012

D99 Jazz at Fishel Park

The South High Fine Arts Department invites you to attend the annual Jazz in The Park concert tomorrow evening, May 22, at Fishel Park in Downers Grove. This performance is the first public event in the new Veteran’s Memorial Band Shell in Fishel Park.    Following the dedication ceremony at 6:00 PM, the jazz begins at 6:30! Six jazz ensembles from both North and South High will be performing. The event will conclude around 8:45 p.m. So, bring your favorite picnic food and gear, set up a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the inaugural performance at the brand new Veteran’s Memorial Band Shell at

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

2012 Senior Black Box Show

Enjoy these highlights from the 2012 Senior Black Box exhibit during the Spring Art Show at South High School in Downers Grove.


Saturday, May 05, 2012

D99 Orchestra Banquet

 The D99 Orchestra Class of 2012 receives praise from Ms. Mullen.
Parent volunteers from both North and South collaborated to make the banquet a beautiful event

The District 99 Orchestra, let by Jennifer Mullen, celebrated a year of musical success in the beautifully decorated cafetorium at South High School on Friday, May 4, 2012.  Highlights from the year included combined concert with international touring sensation Barrage and a contemporary music concert featuring composer Michael Shelle.  A special tribute was also paid to the orchestra graduating class of 2012.  Thanks also to parent volunteers that organized and donated to a basket raffle that generate nearly $900 for the D99 orchestra.

Friday, May 04, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at South High School

Please enjoy some sights and sounds from Thursday, May 3, 2012 at South High School in Downers Grove.  The images are from the Spring Art Show and Senior Black Box Show, and the video excerpt is from the 2012 Choir Show.