Monday, January 29, 2024

Congratulations to the South High Honors Jazz Combo!

Congratulations to the South High Honors Jazz Combo!!

Noelle Kelly, Gavin Schnall, Lucas Ciocan, Anthony Lopez, Owen Anderson, and Emma Herman brought the house down with a stellar performance at the Illinois Music Educators Conference! It was an incredible honor and experience for all of them.  Congratulations and thank you for representing South High and District 99!


Monday, November 27, 2023

DGS Student Musicians Selected for ILMEA State Festival!


12 student musicians from Downers Grove South have been selected to participate in the 2023-24  Illinois Music Education Association All-State Bands, Orchestras, and Choirs. Student musicians submitted video auditions, which were evaluated by an esteemed panel of adjudicators. The top placing scores participated in the District Music Festival, held on November 18, 2023!  From there, the highest rated students from district festivals across Illinois earned the title of All-State musicians!

To not only complete such a rigorous audition process, but to be placed among the top musicians in the entire state is a testament to the work and dedication these students show. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful accomplishment! The South High School community is proud to have them represent us at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria (January of 2024). Thank you all for your inspiration!


Evangeline Selking(10) - Flute

Becca Snouffer(11) - Clarinet


Sebastian Blanco(11) - Bass II

Gianna Caponigro(12) - Soprano I

Scott Conley(12) - Bass II

Jurate Davies(10) - Alto II

Ethan Figueroa(9) - Tenor I

Maija Flannery(12) - Soprano I

Jack Melie(10) - Bass I


Lucas Ciocan(12) - Tenor Sax


Kevin Hernandez(11) - Cello

Matthew Lin(11) - Cello

Season's Greeting from ILMEA Honor Band Students!


Its a snowy Monday, so here's some winter cheer from some of our crosstown ILMEA Senior Honor Band Students! 

Congratulations to all and season's greeting!

Friday, November 03, 2023

DGS Student Receives Honorable Mention at the IHSAE Art Throwdown!


Congratulations Cam Pagaduan!!

Congratulations to our own South High student, Cam Padaguan! Cam won an Honorable mention in the ArtConnectED Illustration Throwdown! Over 40 students participated! Congratulations Cam!  A little about the competition:

The Art Throwdown

The Art Throwdown is a live, fast-paced, 90 minute head-to-head, interscholastic Visual Arts competition. Within various art disciplines and media, such as drawing, painting, design, sculpture, and digital photography, students put their artistic skills to the test. This is done all while competing against 40+ other area high school art students.

In recognition of the Chinese Zodiac, the Fur=E represents the Year of the Rabbit!

Started in 2013 with the IHSAE, now Art ConnectED is 100% powered by teacher volunteers and has grown out of the passion they bring to making a difference for students, and has since facilitated $470+ million in tuition scholarship offers to more than 2,500 students. Art ConnectED advocates for the power of art with exhibitions and other incentives for creative exploration and connections to innovative careers. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Congratulation to our South High ILMEA District 1 Musicians!

October 17, 2023

Congratulations to the student musicians from Downers Grove South High School who earned placement, by competitive audition, into the 2023 Illinois Music Education Association All-District Band, Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, and Jazz Choir. Participating musicians submitted audition videos to the ILMEA, and all videos were adjudicated by a panel of professional musicians. The top placing scores were selected for participation in the District Music Festivals, which will be held in November.

The music faculty, private teachers, and sender school music teachers associated with South High School are proud to congratulate the following students who have earned ILMEA All-District Honors:

Senior Band and Orchestra Winds

Becca Snouffer(11) - Clarinet

Evangeline Selking(10) - Flute

Senior Choir

Sebastian Blanco(11) -  Bass II

Gianna Caponigro(12) - Sopano I

Scott Conley(12) - Bass II

Ashley Cotner(11) - Alto II

Jurate Davies(10) - Alto II

Siobhan Diaz(9) - Alto I

Ethan Figueroa(9) - Tenor I

Maija Flannery(12) - Soprano I

Abby Heavrin(10) - Soprano II

Grace Krause(12) - Tenor I

Kyle Kuper(11) - Bass I

Jack Melie(10) - Bass I

Natalie Murphy(11) Soprano I

Grace Rerucha(12) - Alto I

Claire Rhoads(12) - Soprano I

Jonathan Robinson(10) - Tenor I

Naomi Yong(12) - Soprano II

Briyana Zeigler(12) - Alto II

Senior Orchestra

Erika Andreshak(11) - Viola

Herbert Eli Dojoles(10) - Viola

Kevin Hernandez(11) - Cello

Matthew Lin(11) - Cello

Sofia Pelayo(9) - Violin

Senior Jazz Combo

Lucas Ciocan(12) - Jazz Tenor Sax 

Senior Jazz Band I

Josh Poeshel(12) - Jazz Trumpet 

Owen Anderson(12) - Jazz Guitar 

Senior Jazz Band II

Anthony Lopez

Senior Vocal Jazz II 

Stacia Thames (11) - Vocal Jazz Alto

Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Music Bowl Sponsor Shout Out


Another HUGE shout out to more fantastic local businesses for sponsoring the 2023 Downers Grove South Music Bowl on Saturday, October 7th!  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to 12/12 Architects, Capstone Financial Advisors and All Around Reptiles for supporting music in our community!!!

Music Bowl is this Saturday!  Doors open at 2pm, competition begins at 3:15 and our very own DGS Marching Mustangs perform at 8pm.  Come enjoy a great day of music making, artistry and athleticism!  Visit our website to purchase tickets beforehand and avoid the lines.

Monday, October 02, 2023

DGS Band Boosters Hard at Work!!


A makeover for the DGS Marching Band trailer!  

A huge thank you to band dad Tom Davies. Dozens of parents were working hard this weekend. John Ford also made fifty 20lb weights to help keep all the tents in place at Music Bowl.  Three parents showed up at the end of practice on Saturday to give all the kids ice cream. Dozens more are putting in hours of behind the scenes work to make Music Bowl happen. Let's show these parents some love!

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

South High Friends of Fine Arts Membership Drive!

DGS Friends of Fine Arts Membership Drive!


Greetings Downers Grove South Fine Arts Community Members,

Thank you for your time. I’m happy to announce that today marks the beginning of our 2023 Friends of Fine Arts Membership Drive. This is extra special because it’s a return to action after a couple of years off.  On behalf of our president Ms. Ann Andreshak and all involved, we welcome you to FOFA!  

The Friends of Fine Arts are a volunteer organization of parents, educators and community members supporting and promoting the Fine Arts at Downers Grove South High School. If you have a student in the Arts, you are automatically a member. However it would be incredible for you to become a contributing member. Your membership and contributions go a long way in ensuring that every students has access to quality experiences in the Arts:

Through gifts and service, DGS FOFA is dedicated to:

  • Providing private lesson scholarships as well as music and art summer grants to every student we can, to increase access for all.

  • Enlightening classroom experiences through guest clinicians, artists, entrepreneurs, and conductors.

  • Purchasing equipment for Fine Arts instruction that extends beyond the district’s financial obligation.

  • Supporting Fine Arts events with publicity, volunteers, and hospitality.

  • Advocating and communicating Fine Arts activities and student achievement in the Arts to the broader artistic community.


Our membership drive begins today with a lofty goal of at least 100 new contributing members. Again the primary purpose is to increase access for EVERY student.  We have much to do and your support is greatly appreciated. You can become a contributor by:

  • For paper and mailing, attached is a copy of the FOFA Membership Form as a PDF that includes a QR Code to the webstore.

Once completed, please take all of this a big step further by:

  • Passing this information along to friends and family. All are welcome. 

  • Consider being present and helping at events by filling out this  Volunteer Interest Form

If you have questions about membership or about FOFA in general, reach out to me at any time. Thank you again for your consideration and we look forward to an amazing drive.  


Ms. Ann Andreshak - Friends of Fine Arts President

Jerry Lowrey - Fine Arts Department Chair