Thursday, March 28, 2013

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Children's Outreach Concert Video

Click here for highlights from the 2013 DGN Band's Children's Outreach Concert!

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Tribute to Oscar!

Congratulations and thanks are extended to the members of the DGN Wind Ensemble for a wonderfully engaging and exciting Children's Outreach Concert. Nearly 1,000 students from area elementary schools descended on North High this afternoon for a concert that featured music from Academy Award winning films.

A special thanks is extended to "Oscar the Grouch" for joining us at DGN as a guest narrator!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spring Band Concert

Congratulations to all the members of the DGN Bands for a tremendous Spring Band Concert on Thursday night! The Johnson Auditorium was filled with amazing sounds ... and a little bit of garbage.

Special congratulations to senior soloist Jim Burke for an amazing performance of the Glass Bead Game.







Band Concert Tonight!

Don't miss tonight's DGN Band Concert, featuring 220 North High student musicians! This free concert is open to the public and begins at 7:00 pm in the Johnson Auditorium.

Tonight's concert features soloist is senior French Hornist Jim Burke, performing composer James Beckel's "Glass Bead Game."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger on Campus

North High is pleased to welcome Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger to campus for the first day of a two day residency. Dr. Neidlinger is working with 220 students in the DGN Bands in anticipation of tomorrow night's Band Concert (7 pm).

Dr. Erica J. Neidlinger joined the faculty at DePaul University in the fall of 2007 as conductor of the Wind Symphony. Additional responsibilities include teaching conducting Dr. Erica J. Neidlingerand instrumental music education courses. Before coming to DePaul, Dr. Neidlinger served as Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she conducted university ensembles and directed the Marching Mavericks. She completed her doctorate at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Professor Craig Kirchhoff.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Neidlinger was a member of the band and music education faculty at The Ohio State University. She has also served as conductor of the Nebraska Wind Symphony. Under her direction the ensemble was selected to perform for the 2005 Association of Concert Bands National Convention and the 2007 Nebraska State Bandmasters Conference. Neidlinger holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She began her teaching career as director of bands in the Piper School District, Kansas City, Kansas.

An active guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Neidlinger has conducted across the United States and in Europe. She has visited Singapore several times as an adjudicator and clinician and has been invited to Canada in 2010. Presentations at national and international conferences include the 2007 World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference in Killarney, Ireland and the 2007 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. She is a recipient of the Kappa Kappa Psi Silver Baton Award and has been included in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She has served as concert band chair to the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association and is a member of Music Educators National Conference, College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, and World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Band Banquet 2013!

Band Banquet 2013 information has been sent to all DGN Band students via their school e-mail account. Hard copies of the ticket reservation forms have also been sent home via US mail.

Just can't wait to see the details?!  Follow this link.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Thank You Orchestra Winds & Percussion!

Special thanks and congratulations are extended to the members of the Wind Ensemble who performed tonight in the District 99 Orchestra concert.  A symphony orchestra is not complete without woodwinds, brass and percussion!  Thanks to those who contributed to the arts at North High through this extended performance opportunity.  Your efforts are appreciated by your string colleagues, as well as the concert patrons in attendance tonight.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Orchestra Concert Rescheduled for Wednesday Night!

District 99 has cancelled all after-school events, including tonight’s scheduled Orchestra concert, due to inclement weather.

As foreshadowed in correspondence with orchestra families yesterday, the concert will now take place tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium of North High.  

DGN Swim Team members who now have two events (concert and banquet) should be able to eat dinner at the banquet before joining their ensembles on stage for the concert.  Students have permission, from the coaching staff and the music faculty to come and go between the two events, provided they understand fully an expectation they are to perform in the concert.

Students scheduled to take the practice ACT test on Wednesday evening have had their practice test re-assigned to the South Campus on Thursday night of this week.

Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we endeavor to create the most successful concert possible for our students who have worked very hard to prepare their music for public performance.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

DGMC Announces Two $1,000 Scholarships

The DGMC has recently announced two new $1,000 scholarships for college bound seniors.  Two District 99 music students will be awarded this scholarship money as a way of recognizing outstanding musical achievement and service during high school.  The details are listed below in correspondence from the DGMC Education Co-Chairs.  Links to the organization's website, where  you may find detailed information about how to apply, are also provided below.

This is to announce the availability of a new Downers Grove Music Club (DGMC) music award.  We just received word, that two $1,000 donations have been made to the DGMC with the intent that this money be used this school year, to award two musically accomplished high school college-bound seniors.  The application is available via the website for the DGMC,  The College Music Award information and application is available in the Educational Opportunities section of the website or it can be accessed directly at this link:  Email inquiries may be made to the following address: 

Please make this monetary award opportunity available to all Seniors enrolled in music at both South and North.  Two awards will be given and each recipient will receive $1,000.  As outlined in the actual application, the requirements of the application are as follows:

  • Purpose:  to recognize TWO District 99 High School Music students for excelling at a high level of achievement;
  • Eligibility:  current high school Seniors who are actively pursuing music and who will be attending college in the fall of 2013, are eligible to apply.  These students need NOT be pursuing a music degree program at their chosen college;
  • How to Apply:  complete the written application, along with a required DVD recording;
  • Selection Criteria:  the merit of the applicant’s musical accomplishments and the quality of the applicant’s musical performance.
  • Award Notification:  the announcement of the College Music Award recipients will be made at the spring awards ceremonies at both Downers Grove North and South.

The application must be submitted via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 8, 2013.  
  • mailing address:  Downers Grove Music Club, Attn: DGMC College Music Awards, P.O. Box 551, Downers Grove, IL  60515
The DGMC would like to thank Good Samaritan Hospital and club member Rose Verona for their generous donations, making these awards possible.

Thanks so much for distributing this information,
Gloria Salazar and Chris Garofalo
Downers Grove Music Club Education Co-Chair