Friday, May 25, 2018

A Fond Farewell to the Class of 2018

We extend a heartfelt congratulations and bid a fond farewell to the South High School Class of 2018.  Specifically, we acknowledge the artists in sight and in sound who set high standards as artists and as people as their departing legacy.

If you are unable to be on campus for the ceremony today, please view the live stream by CLICKING HERE. 

Best wishes in your future endeavors.  May the wind be always at your back. Your alma mater expects you to visit with frequency!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Madrigal Singers Concert

The South High School Choirs Class of 2018 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 2018 - 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 that are a direct result of your collective sonic legacy!

Here is a video of images from the concert this evening:


If you were unable to join us tonight in the auditorium, please view the archived broadcast on the South High School Fine Arts YouTube channel below.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Spring Jazz Concert featuring All-Star Alumni Band

The Spring Jazz Concert on May 19, 2018 had numerous memorable moments.  The evening started with a combined number featuring all three jazz bands and a House Resolution presented to retiring director Craig Roselieb from Illinois Representative David Olsen, an alum of the DGS Jazz Program.  Jazz Workshop, Jazz Lab Band, and the Jazz Ensemble performed 17 selections, representing music from numerous jazz genres and historical time periods.  The evening concluded with two alumni jazz bands, featuring more than 30 performing musicians who returned to DGS for the specific purpose of celebrating the career of Mr. Roselieb through fellowship and music.  We bid a heartfelt fond farewell to the graduating class of 17 jazz seniors - you've created a significant sonic footprint which will be inspirational to those who are fortunate to walk behind you.

Below is a movie of images from the concert on Saturday, May 19, 2018:


Below is the archived stream of the concert on the South Fine Arts YouTube Channel.


Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Choir Banquet

Congratulations to the students and staff affiliated with the South High School Choral program for a fabulous year.  Presented by the Choral Boosters, the banquet tonight celebrated memories of people and music throughout the year.  Special congratulations to the graduating seniors - we will miss you all next year!

2018 Senior Black Box and Spring Art Show Highlights



Enjoy these highlights from the 2018 Senior Black Box Exhibition and Spring Art Show. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Graduation Concert

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.  The A Capella Choir performed a dynamic program with poise and precision. Congratulations to senior soloists Allison Brand, clarinet, and Daniel King, clarinet, for displaying stunning artistry and fluency in their solo pieces this evening.  The combined rendition of "Blessed Are They" from the Brahms Requiem was stunning.

We bid a fond farewell to the 58 members of the Class of 2018 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.

We bid a fond farewell to one more graduating senior, Mr. Roselieb.  Mr. Roselieb joined the music faculty of District 99 in 1990 and has had a remarkable impact on the students, on the department, and on the community.  Mr. Roselieb celebrated his musical journey in District 99 tonight with two world premiere works commissioned by DGS Fine Arts and Mustang Band Boosters by composer Jim Stephenson.  Al Roselieb, trumpet and Craig Roselieb, alto saxophone, were both featured on compositions by Dr. Thomas Bough from Northern Illinois University.  Mr. Roselieb also conducted the A Capella Choir in a gorgeous performance of Randall Thompson's "Alleluia."  Thanks to all the member of the Class of 2018, and a special thanks to Mr. Roselieb for all that you've done for the arts in our school, in our community, and in our state!  Best wishes on your the next part of your journey!

If you were unable to be with us in the auditorium in person tonight, please view the archived broadcast on the concert on the South High Fine Arts YouTube Channel below:


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring Art Show Opening - what a night!

The Spring Art Show and Senior Black Box opened last night to a capacity crowd.  Patrons were overcome by sheer volume and craftsmanship of the student work.  The show remains open to the public during regular business hours until Monday, May 21, 2018. 

Girls Next Door perform at South High School

Concert Choir was treated today to a performance by the Girls Next Door, an a cappella vocal group on spring tour from the University of Illinois.  DGS alum Nicole Perillo continues to perform with the group while studying at the U of I.  It was great to see post-high school students with such a robust passion for continuing the study and performance of music for the sake of music!

Graduation Concert - Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 PM

The 2018 Spring Graduation Concert will feature the A Cappella Choir and the Wind Ensemble with senior soloists Allie Brandt, clarinet, and Danny King, clarinet.  Additional highlights include Mr. Alan Roselieb performing Dr. Thomas Bough's "Musings on Mahler" and "Burn" featuring student conductor Jake Burrows and Mr. Craig Roselieb on alto saxophone.  Additionally the concert will feature a world premiere of "In the Moment" and "In the Moment Too" composed by James Stephenson and commissioned by DGS Fine Arts and the Mustang Band Boosters to celebrate the retirement of Craig Roselieb.  With so much variety in programming, this will be a concert you won't want to miss!  The Graduation Concert is Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 PM in the auditorium at South High School.  Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.  

Graduation Concert and Jazz Concert - coming up this week!

Join us in the auditorium at South High School this week for two more concerts:  The Graduation Concert featuring the A Capella Choir and Wind Ensemble is Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 PM.  The Jazz Concert is Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 6 PM.  Both concerts are free and the public is cordially invited to attend, and, both concerts will feature musical tributes to Mr. Roselieb - hope to see you at both of these events!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 Spring Bands Concert

Congratulations to the student musicians in Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony for presenting an outstanding Spring Concert this evening.  From Maslanka to Grainger, from Copland to Reed, from Bernstein to Sousa, the sounds of great repertoire performed well echoed in the auditorium this evening.

Special kudos and congratulations to our graduating seniors (including Mr. Roselieb!)  We will miss you in the music suite next year and wish you nothing but the best in your continuing pursuits as a musician.

If you were unable to join us in person tonight in the auditorium, please view the archived broadcast on the South Fine Arts YouTube Channel at the link found HERE.