Friday, June 09, 2017

A Fond Farewell to the Class of 2017!

We extend a heartfelt congratulations and bid a fond farewell to the South High School Class of 2017.  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.  May the wind be always at your back. 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 HERE. 

Thursday, June 08, 2017

DarienFest Adirondack Chair Contest

Congratulations to DGS visual artists Samantha mark, Hope Krska, Delaney Kosar and Liam Hiatt for designing and painting an Adirondack Chair for the 2017 DarienFest.  Working with mentor teacher Robyn Bican, the students finished the project which will be one of 10 school entries in the "Battle of the Adirondack Chairs" contest as part of DarienFest.  The chairs will be on display throughout the summer at the Indian Prairie Library for the community to enjoy until they are moved to the Darien Community Park for auction.  Contest winners will be announced on Sunday, September 10th and the highest bid will be donated back to the art program of the winning school.  Congratulations to these student artists, and best of luck in the competition and DarienFest this summer!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

2017 Madrigal Singers Graduation Concert

The South High School Choirs Class of 2017 added significantly to their inimitable 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 repertoire performed featured student arrangements and compositions.
  • 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.
  • Inter-generational sonic connections occurred when the alumni choir shared the stage.
  • Even though the repertoire had lyrics, the expression emitted went way beyond words.
  • The memories and moments expressed as remarkable by the students were centered around group travel and highlight performances.
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 2017 - 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!

Special congratulations to Mrs. Coster for her career and pending retirement from South High School.  Your presence has made DGS a better place in so many ways.  Your dignity, elegance and class have changed us all for the better.  Your sonic imprint will continue here at South High School and in music education throughout the state of Illinois.  We hope you were surprised at least a little bit by the alumni choir tonight!  Thanks to DGS alum the Honorable David Olsen from the 81st District for presenting a proclamation this evening to Mrs. Coster on behalf of the General Assembly from the State of Illinois.
If you were unable to join us in the auditorium in person this evening, please view the archived concert on the High School Cube by CLICKING HERE.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Fond farewell to jazz Seniors!

DGS Fine Arts bids a fond farewell to the 21 members of the Class of 2017 from the jazz program.  Your collective sonic and interpersonal legacy is powerful.  We wish you success in future endeavors, and, expect to see you back home in the music suite with frequency in the coming years!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

2017 Graduation Concert - Outstanding!

Kudos and congratulations to the students and staff affiliated with the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble for presenting a tremendous spring concert this evening.  Congratulations to senior soloists Kristina Mucha, Susan Zhou, Jesse Knight, Ryan Stanuch, Tiffany Wang, Melissa Wang and Brianna Imgruet for displaying stunning artistry and fluency in their solo pieces this evening.  The evening concluded with a memorable rendition of Carmen Dragon's America the Beautiful. 

We also bid a fond farewell to the 79 members of the Class of 2017 from the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble.  Your impact on the music suite will continue to be pervasive, and you will be sorely missed in the future.

If you were unable to join us in the auditorium this evening, please view the archived broadcast on the High School Cube by CLICKING HERE.

DGS Junior Nicolette Cheaure winner of New Philharmonic Young People's Concerto Competition

Congratulations to junior violist Nicolette Cheaure for being selected as a winner of the New Philharmonic Orchestra Young People's Concerto Competition.  Nicolette was selected to perform with the New Philharmonic Orchestra after a competitive and rigorous audition process.

Nicolette will perform with the New Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the McAnich Arts Center on the campus of the College of DuPage.

"We are very proud of Nicolette for her continuing dedication to performance excellence.  This competition is one more example of outside experts verifying what we here at South already know - Nicolette is an outstanding young lady and a passionate and dedicated performer." said Fine Arts Department Chair Glenn Williams.

For more information about the Young People's Concerto Competition, CLICK HERE.