Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Night at The Oscars #99Learns #58Learns

The sonic and visual red carpet was rolled out tonight as concert patrons thoroughly enjoyed "A Night at the Oscars," a collaborative performance which featured nearly 250 student musicians from 4 different ensembles.  In addition to performing samples from the scores of 16 different films, the student musicians combined forces for a finale featuring Lalo Schiffrin's timeless theme from Mission:Impossible.  Special thanks to the Herrick Middle School Orchestra, conducted by Todd Schultz, and the O'Neill Middle School Orchestra, conducted by Colleen Eakley, for their work with their contributions to the performance.  "This concert is a perennial favorite of mine." said District 99 Orchestra conductor Jennifer Mullen.  "Being able to see the complete possibility of progress in one night is wonderful."

If you were unable to join us live in the auditorium this evening, or, if you simply wish to re-experience the event, you can watch the replay on the High School Cube by CLICKING HERE.

Tonight: A Night at The Oscars! District 99 Orchestra

Do you love music of the Cinema?  Don't miss "A Night at The Oscars," starring the District 99 Orchestra, Herrick Middle School Orchestra, and O'Neill Middle School Orchestra.

The concert begins at 7 PM this evening in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High School. This is a free concert with open seating.  Arrive early to get your best look at the stars!

Out of town fans can walk down a virtual Red Carpet, and tune in online to our live stream.  Click here, or on the image above.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

DGS Musicians earn 46 spots in ILMEA District 1 Ensembles #99 Learns

On Tuesday, October 13,  88 student musicians from South High School in Downers Grove auditioned at Carl Sandburg High School to participate in the 2015  Illinois Music Educators' Association District 1 Festivals.  The music faculty, private teachers and sender school music teachers associated with South High School are proud to recognize the students that earned 46 placements in band, choir, jazz band, vocal jazz and orchestra.  These students have been selected through a highly competitive audition to participate in the 2015 ILMEA District Festivals.

Student musicians enrolled in music ensembles in the DGS Fine Arts department continue to annually demonstrate remarkable success at both the District and All-State level. "The total number of participating students continues to be consistently high on an annual basis." said DGS Fine Arts Chairman Glenn Williams. "Additionally, DGS is equally well represented in all areas of ensemble performance – band, choir, orchestra, vocal jazz and jazz band - in this process."

For more information about attending these district festivals, please contact Fine Arts Department Chairman Glenn Williams at or at 630.795.8681.

Juliana Arhontas (12) Soprano I
Amy Binder (10) Alto II
Molly Carlson (11) Soprano II
Diana Cavanaugh (12) Alto I
Giselle Cervantes (11) Alto I
Alana Copeland (12) Soprano II
Vanessa Copeland (11) Alto I
Gabrielle Henderson (12) Alto I
Emily Kaszyk (11) Soprano II
Sean McCarthy (11) Tenor II
Patrick Mitchell (12) Tenor I
Alexandra Nebelle (12) Soprano I
Natalie Olsen (10) Alto II
Ben Paynic (11) Bass II
Akila Shanmugham (12) Soprano II
Peter Szpytek (12) Tenor II
Jeremy Ursache (12) Bass II
Lydia Walsh-Rock (11) Soprano I
Grace Zieman (11) Soprano II

Emily Blaum (12) Oboe (Band)
Allie Brandt (10) Bb Clarinet (Band)
Brianna Imgruet (11) Trumpet (Orchestra)
Kelly Jankowski (9) Trumpet (Band)
Bridget Moroney (12) Bb Clarinet (Band)
Kristina Mucha (11) Bb Clarinet (Band)
Julia Poska (12) Bb Clarinet (Band)
Susan Zhou (11) Bb Clarinet (Band)

Helena Beikircher (12) Violin
Haley Beube (12) Violin
Nicolette Cheaure (10) Viola
Bella Kelly (10) Violin
Kristyn Krajewski (12) Harp
Aoife McGivern (10) Viola
Nithin Nathan (10) Violin

Anthony Calabria (12) Trumpet
Paul Gurnic (10) Trombone
Brianna Imgruet (11) Trumpet
Matt Laczynski (11) Trombone
Tommy Leinart (12) Piano
Daniel Piccoli (11) Alto Saxophone
Brian Piller (11) Tenor Saxophone
Michael Tegeler (12) Trombone
Adam Zlotnicki (11) Trumpet

Cassidy Dresden (12) Soprano
Gabrielle Henderson (12) Alto
Jeremy Ursache (12) Bass

Calliope - Literary and Fine Arts Magazine Earns National Recognition

"Beyond the Flowers" by Elyse Lane
The South High School Literary and Fine Arts Magazine  Calliope  has earned a national recognition for excellence for high school publications.  Calliope earned an ALL-KEMPA rating, the highest rating a publication can receive, from the Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA), a regional journalism organization.  Congratulations to the participating students and their faculty sponsors for meriting this national honor.