Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Winter Band Concert - Concert Band and Symphonic Band #99Learns #DGSPride

Congratulations to the student musicians and directors affiliated with Concert Band and Symphonic Band for presenting a tremendous Winter Concert this evening.  Best of luck to these student musicians as they continue to prepare this repertoire for the upcoming Elmhurst College Band Festival on Friday, March 15, 2019.

If you were unable to join us in the auditorium this evening, please view the archived broadcast on the South Fine Arts YouTube Channel:

2019 Summer Studies in the Arts #99Learns #DGSPride

By geographical proximity, we are fortunate to live within a relatively short driving distance of a myriad of amazing summer music and art camps.  These camps cover a broad range of experiences:  shorter or longer, different types of music, different types of media, college residential, and much, much more.

Pursuing in depth musical or artistic study in a camp setting during the summer months is a great way to keep your student artist  motivated and moving forward when school is not in session.

To access a list of summer music and visual art camp experiences, please CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 25, 2019

DGS Artists at the 2019 IHSAE Exhibition #99Learns #DGSPride

South High School senior artists earned over 1.3 million dollars in Scholarship offers at the recent IHSAE exhibition, which opened on Sunday, February 24, 2019.  In addition to the scholarship offers, several South High artists earned citations at the awards ceremony:

  • Jennifer Branch earned the top award in the Breaking Criminal Tradition Social Justice Fine Arts Award for her photograph titled "I Can't Bear It."
  • Emmanuelle Copeland earned a bronze medal in the Painting category.
  • Michelle Kravec earned an Early College Program Award.  This scholarship is for a 2 week summer program in the arts at The Milwaukee School of Art and Design.

Congratulations to all of the student artists and their mentor teachers for their continuing successes in the visual arts!

Emmanuelle Copeland, artist
"I Can't Bear It" - Jennifer Branch, artist

"Two Women" - Michelle Kravec, artist

DGS 2019 Scholastics Award Winners #99Learns #DGSPride

Please enjoy this presentation of South High School 2019 Scholastic Art Award winners.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

DGS Bands at the 33rd Midwest Music Festival #99Learns #DGSPride

Congratulations to the student musicians in the Wind Ensemble and the Wind Symphony for their participation in the 33rd annual Midwest Music Festival held at Lemont High School.

Entering in Class I, the Wind Ensemble earned a Division I rating, the highest rating possible from the panel of adjudicators.  Entering in Class II, the Wind Symphony earned a Division I rating, the highest possible rating from the panel of adjudicators.  The judges scores for both ensembles placed them 2nd in the respective classes for the day.  Additionally, Wind Symphony was awarded Outstanding Woodwinds and Outstanding Bras for Class II  Wind Ensemble was awarded Outstanding Brass for Class i.  The students in both bands performed with fluency and artistry, and represented the school and community extremely well both on and off the stage.  Well done Mustang musicians!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

DGS Artists Earn 1.3 million in Scholarship Offers/IHSAE Honors #99Learns #DGSPride

12 DGS visual artists have earned a combined $1,348,144.00 in college scholarship offers from seven prestigious art schools:  Milwaukee Institute of Design, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Watkins College of Art, School of the Art Institute/Chicago, Western Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, Kendall College of Art and Design.  

Congratulations to each of these DGS seniors who will have their artistic portfolios featured at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition’s annual Senior Scholarship Competition:
  • Emma Ansah
  • Jennifer Branch
  • Emmanuelle Copeland
  • Nicole Cosenza
  • Emily Ermel
  • Michelle Kravec
  • Hope Krska
  • Gianna Lukacik
  • Megan Lupie
  • Samantha Mark
  • Samantha Perkins
  • Aubrey Vernon
Congratulations is also extended to five outstanding DGS visual art students who have been selected to have their work displayed at the accompanying Illinois High School Art Exhibition’s annual General Exhibition:
  • Emmanuelle Copeland (12) - Drawing
  • Emma Ansah (12) - Drawing
  • Jennifer Branch (12) - Photography
  • Michelle Kravec (12) - Mixed Media
  • Max Hlavin (12) - Ceramics/Pottery
Emma Ansah - "Drawing Queen"
Max Hlavin - "Mountain Nights"
Michelle Kravec - "Two Women"
Jennifer Branch - "I Can't Bare It"

Emmanuelle Copeland, senior artist

The Illinois High School Art Exhibition is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. Developed by teachers for students in 2014, the organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating public, private, and charter high schools to celebrate and award the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students. 

Congratulations and thanks are extended to District 99 Visual art teachers Mr. Josh Hoering (Board of Directors and Portfolio Coordinator) and Katherine O'Truk (General Exhibition Awards Coordinator) for their service to the IHSAE.

The public is cordially invited to attend and view the IHSAE Exhibitions on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, IL. For more information, go to www.ihsae.org.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Winter Band Concert - Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble #99Learns #DGSPride

Congratulations to the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble for a fabulous performance this evening.  Be sure to go to Lemont High School this weekend to hear these two groups perform at the Midwest Music Festival at Lemont High School.

If you were unable to join us live in the auditorium this evening, please enjoy the archived broadcast on the DGS Fine Arts YouTube Channel:


Monday, February 04, 2019

D99 Orchestra Students Perform with UW Whitewater Honors Orchestra

Congratulations to the District 99 Orchestra students who performed beautifully this past weekend with the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater High School Honors Orchestra! 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

2019 Junior High Pep Band Night!

2019 Junior High Pep Band night was a resounding success.  Thanks to the Mustang Band Boosters for providing hospitality, and thanks to the students and staff from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lakeview and O'Neill for providing such fabulous sonic school spirit for the Mustangs.  If the turn out and enthusiasm tonight is an indicator, the future is bright for the Mustang Bands!

Friday, February 01, 2019

DGS Winter Guard off to a strong season start!

Our DGS Winter Guard had a strong season opening weekend with a parent preview show and the opening competition at Romeoville High School.  This weekend the ensemble performs on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Hersey HS at 8:21 PM.  Congrats on a strong opening weekend and keep the momentum moving forward!