Thursday, June 19, 2014

Follow the D99 Orchestra on Tour!

The D99 Orchestra's 2014 European Tour has officially begun, and we invite you to follow the orchestra as they perform in Croatia, Austria, and Germany.  Student and staff bloggers will be reporting and sharing pictures along the way.

Tour Blog:


or @D99Orchestra

And they're off!

The District 99 Orchestra departed this morning for their two-week European Tour!  

Thank you to Ms. Jennifer Mullen for her efforts to coordinate this chapter of our ongoing International Exchange with the city of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  

64 students/staff, and 1 lost library book from the Ludwigsburg Library, are now en route to O'Hare for departure!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

D99 Orchestra Prepares for European Tour

Members of the District 99 European Tour Orchestra are in a week of intensive rehearsals preparing for their departure next week.  

Sunday, June 08, 2014

D99 Musicians in the CYSO

Five District 99 Fine Arts students (including two recent graduates) were featured this evening in an exceptional concert at Millennium Park in Chicago.  Ben Casey, Tim Edwards, Andrew Molina, Liam Morgan, and Amelia Smerz are all members of the prestigious Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and performed tonight with Blue Man Group in a concert that featured works for the orchestra's upcoming tour to China.

Congratulations to these dedicated student musicians as they share their talents with one of the nation's premiere youth orchestras.

Friday, June 06, 2014

A special member of the Class of 2014

DGS Fine Arts bids a fond farewell to a special member of the Class of 2014.  Visual Art teacher Janine Johnson will depart South High School with the senior class as she retires from teaching at the conclusion of this school year.  Mrs.  Johnson ignited a passion for the arts in countless learners during her time in D99.  We send you off with our warmest regards as you begin this new chapter in your life!  Remember, once a Mustang, always a Mustang!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Fond farewell to the artists in the DGS Class of 2014!

We extend a heartfelt congratulations and bid a fond farewell to the South High School Class of 2014.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in sight and in sound who set high standards as artists and as people as their departing legacy.

Best wishes in your future endeavors.  Your alma mater expects you to visit with frequency!

If you are unable to celebrate locally with the graduating class, please view the ceremony on the High School Cube by clicking the link below:

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

2014 Madrigal Singers Graduation Concert

The South High School Choirs Class of 2014 added significantly to their in imitable sonic legacy tonight during the Madrigal Singers 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  occurrences 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.
  • The diversity of the repertoire represents the depth and breadth of the musicianship in the group.
  • 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 2014 - 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!

If you were unable to watch the concert tonight, it is archived for viewing on the High School Cube.  Watch the concert by clicking here.