Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Holiday Notecards Featuring Student Artwork!

Looking for a lovely one-of-a-kind gift for the holidays? Consider purchasing a collection of six notecards featuring original artwork from students at Downers Grove South High School. Priced at $10 for each set of six, you'll also be supporting the DGS Fine Arts program.

Notecards will be available at the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert and Art Show, Thursday, December 11, starting at 6:00 pm. 

If you can't come to the show or concert, you can still purchase directly at school. Please make your check payable to DGS FOFA (Friends of Fine Arts), stop by the Fine Arts Department office (or send your student) and ask for Glenn Williams.

Images from this year's talented artists include:

Formal Disaster by Courtney Scott (photography)


Whisper by Kailey Holzman (phototgraphy)


Beneath the Surface by Maria White (ceramics)


Edge of the World by Jennifer Shi (mixed media)


King of the Coop by Nikki Wroblewski (drawing)


Oh Deer by Timothy Peiffer (sculpture)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

REMINDER: Poinsettia Orders Needed by Wednesday!

Please remember to turn in your orders right away! These beautiful high quality, six- to eight-bloom red poinsettia plants, delivered directly from the grower, will be on display during the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert on December 11, 2014. Each plant is $12 and can be picked up at the conclusion of the concert. 

Alternate pick-up options include December 12th, during the school day, in the Fine Arts office of Downers Grove South High School, B-122. Or special arrangements can be made by contacting Jill Quinn at 630-606-1272.

Please complete the order form and return it, with payment, to the DGS Fine Arts Department. Checks should be made payable to DGS Fine Arts.

Thanks for supporting this FOFA fundraiser! (Note: Music students earn $4/plant for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. poinsettia sold.)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Muriel Anderson Returns to Downers Grove with Paul Wertico and Jeff Coffin

Community members have an opportunity to hear three incredible professional musicians on November 29th.  North High alumnus Muriel Anderson (national finger-style guitar champion & harp guitarist), with 7-time Grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico and saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band / The Flecktones), will be in concert at 8 PM on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  The concert will be held in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium on the North High campus.

This is the 23rd year in a row that Muriel Anderson (Alumni Award of Excellence recipient) has returned to the community over the Thanksgiving weekend to present a concert.

Tickets may be ordered online at http://murielanderson.com/, or at Anderson's Bookshops.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOFA Annual Poinsettia Sale - Please Order by December 2

Help decorate your home and the Downers Grove South Holiday Concert by purchasing a beautiful high quality, six- to eight-bloom red poinsettia plant, delivered directly from the grower. Each plant is $12 and can be picked up at the conclusion of the concert on December 11, 2014.

Alternate pick-up options include December 12th, during the school day, in the Fine Arts office of Downers Grove South High School, B-122. Or special arrangements can be made by contacting Jill Quinn at 630-606-1272.

Orders are needed by Tuesday, December 2, 2014, along with your payment. Please complete the order form and return it to the DGS Fine Arts Department. Checks should be made payable to DGS Fine Arts.

Thanks for supporting this FOFA fundraiser! (Note: Music students earn $4/plant for the 2nd, 3rd, etc. poinsettia sold.)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome Back!

It's the start of another school year, and we're eager to welcome all parents and students to join us in making it the best year ever!

How can you help? Please consider joining FOFA, either as a contributing member, a member of our Board, or an occasional volunteer supporting various special events.

View our membership brochure to learn more.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thank You for Supporting the Orchestra Basket Raffle!

Dear Orchestra Families and Local Businesses,

A big thank-you to everyone who helped make last Friday an enjoyable and successful event.

We are pleased to announce that we raised over $1,600 via the Basket Raffle for the District 99 Orchestra instrument fund (topping last year's record of $1,540)! 

Again, thank you for your support. Please patronize the following businesses, which donated many items and gift certificates for our raffle and let them know you appreciate their contributions:

Anderson’s Book Store
Angelo’s Pizza
Ballydoyle
Bello Tea
Berto’s Deli
Buona Beef
Busy Bee Bakery
Caribou Coffee
Classic Cinemas/Tivoli Theatre
Cocomero
Culver’s
Downers Grove Spice Shop
QT's Gifts Clothing and Jewelry
Egg Harbor
Emmett’s Brewing Company
Everyday’s a Sundae
Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer
Five Guys
Fuller’s Car Wash
Gatto’s Restaurant and Bar
Great American Bagel
Happy Dog Barkery
Heritage House Florist
Home Run Inn Pizza
J. Fleming’s Absolutely Delicious
Jeans and a Cute Top
Jolie Boutique
Karma Hair Salon
Knitche
Louisa & Millie’s Chocolate Store
Maximum Printing and Graphics
Oberweis
Rocco and Rocco Salon
Skuddlebutt’s 
Style Studio
Teddie’s Red Hots
The Dinner Club
Trader Joe’s
Wells Street Popcorn


Monday, April 28, 2014

Reminder: Tuesday, April 29 is Scholarship Dough Delivery Day

Cookie dough and popcorn orders can be picked up in the Downers Grove South Orchestra Room on Tuesday, April 29 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm

A big thank you to everyone who participated in FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors over the summer.* 
We appreciate your help!

*Scholarship award winners and grants will be finalized in May.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Come Enjoy an Evening of Great Music and Support Our German Music Exchange - Wednesday, April 16

This Wednesday evening, April 16th (7 PM), students from the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule (Germany) will present a wonderful concert in our community. These students, who have been hosted in “home stays” with District 99 families, are continuing a rich cultural and musical tradition shared between our community and that of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.  Historical highlights of this exchange follow at the end of this message.


When our District 99 music students have traveled to Germany on past tours, they have always been privileged to perform for large and appreciative audiences. There is nothing that can help a student music ensemble feel more welcomed or appreciated than the response of a community to come out and support their efforts.  With this in mind, we are asking our Music Families and other patrons of the arts to please thoughtfully consider attending this concert, and supporting these wonderful student musicians from Germany.




We hope to see you, your family and friends at the Tivoli Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. The concert is FREE and open to the community, so please invite your neighbors as well!

Warm regards,
The DGS Music Faculty and
DGS Friends of Fine Arts

EXCHANGE BACKGROUND HIGHLIGHTS:
The cultural exchange that we enjoy today is the product of almost 30 years of ongoing musical tours between the District 99 schools and the Bietigheim-Bissingen Musikschule. 

1985:   Mr. Bob Jacobs of the Downers Grove Morning Kiwanis Club was contacted by a Kansas City area Kiwanis Club, inquiring about the possibility of finding a high school music program that would host a German student band from Bietigheim-Bissingen.  Mr. Jacobs then contacted Mr. Alan Roselieb, the music teacher at Downers Grove South High School.  Mr. Roselieb coordinated the first visit of the German students to the Downers Grove area.

1993:   District 99 sends first music ensembles to visit Germany and participate in the exchange.  Student participants included the band from Downers Grove South and the District 99 Orchestra.  Tour directors included Mr. Alan Roselieb, Mr. Pat Annelo, and Mr. Craig Roselieb.

1997:   Second District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. Craig Roselieb and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2001:   Third District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Mr. Ronald Hornish, Mr. Craig Roselieb, and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2005:   Fourth District 99 tour to Germany. Student participants included the band from Downers Grove North and the District 99 Orchestra. Tour directors included Mrs. Anne Branch, Mr. William Miller, and Mr. Brayer Teague.

2008:   Fifth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is an honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Mr. Craig Roselieb, Mr. Brayer Teague, and Mr. Glenn Williams.

2010:   Sixth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors orchestra made up of students from both North and South High Schools. Tour directors included Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. William Miller, Mr. Ronald Hornish.

2012:   Seventh District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors band made up of students from both North and South High Schools.  Tour directors included Mr. William Miller, Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. Craig Roselieb, Mr. Brayer Teague, and Mr. Glenn Williams.

2014:   Upcoming - Eighth District 99 tour to Germany.  The ensemble is a District 99 honors orchestra made up of students from both North and South High Schools.  Tour directors include Ms. Jennifer Mullen, Mr. Gregory Hensel, and Mr. Craig Roselieb.

District 99 has hosted many different Musikschule tours over the past 30 years, including multiple visits by their concert band, string orchestra, guitar orchestra, recorder ensemble, and accordion band.  Our District 99 Administration and our Downers Grove Village Government have been very supportive of welcoming these guests.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Last Chance! $cholarship Dough Sale Extended to Friday, March 21

Did you forget to turn in your order for cookie dough and popcorn? No worries! We've extended the deadline to Friday, March 21

Please help us reach our goal and provide scholarship money for eligible DGS music and visual art students. Each item is $13. Make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can be turned in to the Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or to any Fine Arts teacher.

Need an order form? Click here. The complete collection of choices can be viewed here.

Thank you for supporting DGS Fine Arts!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Reminder: Cookie Dough Orders Due This Week!

If you haven't already, please send in your order for our most important fundraiser by Tuesday, March 18. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy fresh-baked cookies (the easy way!) AND provide much-appreciated scholarship money that supports eligible Downers Grove South fine arts students seeking help to continue their music or visual art studies.

View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices, or print an order form

Each item is $13. Please make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can dropped off at the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or given to one of the Fine Arts teachers.

All orders will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, April 29, between 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Orchestra Room.

We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Walter or Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347.

Student Artists, Vocalists and Musicians

Two things:

1. Don't forget that FOFA will be rewarding your fundraising efforts with prizes to four top sellers:

$25 gift card to top-selling band student
$25 gift card to top-selling choir student
$25 gift card to top-selling orchestra student
$25 gift card to top-selling visual arts student

2. If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please remember to apply for a FOFA scholarship. 

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Use this online form to apply -- please note that the form can only be opened by students using their "@csd99.org" email address.) 

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chair at gwilliams@csd99.org.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Prizes for Top "Scholarship Dough" Sellers

FOFA's annual "Scholarship Dough" fundraising campaign is now in full swing. To reward students' efforts to support this campaign (which provides much-appreciated scholarship money for music and visual art students hoping to continue their studies over the summer) new prizes will be given to four top sellers:

$25 gift card to top-selling band student
$25 gift card to top-selling choir student
$25 gift card to top-selling orchestra student
$25 gift card to top-selling visual arts student

Orders for cookie dough or gourmet popcorn can be placed through any participating music or visual arts student until March 18, 2014. Each item is $13. View the complete collection of choices.

Questions? Please contact Walter or Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347. Thanks for your support!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Apply Now for FOFA's Summer Study Grants

Student Artists and Musicians:

If you are interested in continuing your fine arts studies this summer at a music or art camp, but need financial assistance to attend, please consider applying for a scholarship from Friends of Fine Arts, which annually supports over $3,000 in summer study grants to student musicians and artists.

To be considered, your application must be submitted by Tuesday, March 25, 2014. New for this year, the Summer Study grant application is on a Google form, completely paperless. 

You can complete the form here: FOFA Summer Study Grants

Questions about the application process? Please ask Mr. Williams, Downers Grove South Fine Arts Department Chairman at gwilliams@csd99.org.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rotary Music Scholarship applications now being accepted!


The Rotary Club of Downers Grove is now accepting applications for their annual Charles Dickerman Music Scholarship. Each year the Rotary Club of Downers Grove gives a $2,000 scholarship check to a deserving high school senior who resides in Downers Grove or the District 99 attendance area. Charles Dickerman was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove.  He was a nuclear physicist at Argonne National Laboratory who had undergraduate degrees in both physics and music. Charles stayed involved in music throughout his life and was an avid bagpiper.

A scholarship application can be downloaded at www.dgrotary.com.

Applicants must have their forms postmarked by March 10, 2014. If selected as a finalist, candidates must be available for an interview and audition in the evening of April 7, 2014.

The qualifications to apply for this scholarship are:
· Be a graduating senior attending a public, private, parochial or home school, and reside in Downers Grove or the High School District 99 attendance area.
· Plan to pursue a post-secondary education program.
· Have participated in high school curricular music activities and/or extracurricular music activities. 
· Composers and/or arrangers qualify for this scholarship. 
· Pursuit of an undergraduate music major or minor is not required.
· Financial need is not a criterion for selection.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Scholarship Dough" Fundraiser Kicks Off Monday, February 24

FOFA's annual cookie dough and popcorn sale begins this Monday, February 24, continuing through Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy fresh-baked cookies (the easy way!) AND provide much-appreciated scholarship money that supports eligible Downers Grove South fine arts students seeking help to continue their music or visual art studies. (Read "Student Voices" from past scholarship recipients.)

How? Simply place your order for cookie dough or gourmet popcorn through any participating band, orchestra, choir, or visual arts student. View the complete collection of cookie and popcorn choices.

Each item is $13. Please make checks payable to Downers Grove South Fine Arts. Orders can also be turned in to the DGS Fine Arts Office, the band or choir mailbox, or one of the Fine Arts teachers.

Then, on Tuesday, April 29, plan to pick up your order between 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the Orchestra Room.

Support DGS Fine Arts!
Remember, this is FOFA's largest fundraising event, designed to support students' visual and musical arts endeavors. We appreciate your help! If you have any questions, please contact Walter or Karolle Krajewski at 630-951-0347.


Friday, February 7, 2014

Scholarship Opportunities for Downers Grove Student Musicians (Juniors and Seniors)

The Downers Grove Music Club is currently accepting applications from high school seniors and juniors for its College Music Awards and its Rising Stars Music Awards. Two awards will be granted to high school seniors and six awards to qualifying juniors, as follows:

College Music Award
Two seniors will receive $1,000.
Application and eligibility details located here.

Rising Stars Music Awards
Six juniors will receive $400 towards furthering their musical education through continued study during the summer. 
Application and eligibility details can be found here.

Applications must be submitted either via hardcopy, postmarked no later than April 1, 2014. Or it must be submitted electronically with a date and time stamp of no later than 11:59 pm April 1, 2014.

Last year's winners are performing on Tuesday, April 8th at 7:30 pm.  The location is Four Corners Community Church, 8251 Lemont Road in Darien. Faculty, friends and family are welcome to attend this exciting event.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Scholastic Art Show Award Winners - Show Opens Sunday, February 9

The Fine Arts Department at South High School in Downers Grove is pleased to announce the results of the judging from the 2014 Chicago area regional Scholastic Art Awards held at Downers Grove North High School. 1,059 student artists from 30 area schools submitted 2,430 works of art for adjudication.  51 South High School visual art students merited 127 awards, including 47 Gold Key Awards, 37 Silver Key Awards, 43 Honorable Mention Awards, and 1 American Vision Award nominee. 

These pieces, and all the award winning pieces from the entire regions, will be unveiled at the Opening Reception on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 1-4:00 PM in the auditorium foyer at Downers Grove North High School.  The works will continue in exhibit for one week following the opening reception.

“We are exceedingly proud of both the process followed by our student artists, and, of the products they all create.” said Glenn Williams, Fine Arts Department Chairman at South High.  “Scholastic Art Awards represent a high point of artistic achievement for a high school Visual Artist.”  For more information about DGS Visual Art, contact Glenn Williams at gwilliams@csd99.org, or, go to our department blog at http://southfinearts.blogspot.com/

American Vision Award Nominee

Maria Padilla (Photography) Lost

Gold Key Awards 
Lizbeth Alcantra (Jewelry)
Karolina Ambrazaite (Photography - 2)
Michael Baer (Digital Art, Mixed Media -2 )
Dawson Busdeker (Digital Art)
Quinn Cursio (Photography)
Abigail Dalton (Art Porfolio, Photography, Digital Art - 2)
Emily David (Mixed Media)
Jill Domabyl (Jewelry)
Julie Dudasik (Photography)
Anna Fischer (Painting)
Kailey Holzman (Photography)
Natalie Hutchison (Photography- 2)
Egle Keturakyte (Drawing)
Cassie Lueken (Digital Art)
Insiya Mansoor (Jewelry)
Erin Motyl (Photography)
Tiffany Nguyen (Photography - 2)
Lori Niehaus (Digital Art - 2, Photography)
Maria Padilla (Photography – 4)
Crystal Panganiban (Digital Art)
Caroline Purcell (Drawing)
Jose Sanchez (Photography)
Maria Serna-Sanchez (Drawing)
Gianna Smith (Mixed Media)
Rachel Smith (Drawing)
Jessica Stacko (Mixed Media, Photography, Art Portfolio)
Merlyn Thomas (Drawing (2) )
Marisa Tolomeo (Art Portfolio, Painting)
Jane Woywod (Mixed Media)
Tyler Zowaski (Ceramics & Glass)

Silver Key Awards (20 students, 37 awards)
Karolina Ambrazaite (Photography, Digital Art, Art Portfolio)
Brianna Creek (Art Portfolio, Photography)
Abigail Dalton (Art Portfolio, Painting, Digital Art, Photography - 2)
Emily David (Digital Art)
Emma Hansen (Painting)
Matthew Harms (Ceramics & Glass)
Kailey Holzman (Digital Art, Mixed Media, Photography)
Jessica Hoos (Drawing)
Egle Keturakyte (Drawing, Art Portfolio)
Nicole Landrosh (Ceramics & Glass)
Lian Lucansky (Ceramics & Glass)
Cassie Lueken (Photography)
Erin Motyl (Photography - 2)
Tiffany Nguyen (Photography)
Maria Padilla (Digital Art, Art Portfolio)
Crystal Panganiban (Digital Art)
Jose Sanchez (Digital Ast)
Jessica Stacko (Digital Art, Photography, Mixed Media - 2, Art Portfolio)
Joanna Szumny (Digital Art)
Marisa Tolomeo (Drawing, Mixed Media)

Honorable Mention 
Karolina Ambrazaite (Photography)
Michael Baer (Photography - 2)
Quinn Cursio (Photography)
Abigail Dalton (Digital Art)
Peter Dignan (Comic Art)
Ann Elapunkal (Ceramics & Glass)
Anna Fischer (Painting
Paige Ford (Drawing)
Haakon Fredriksen (Ceramics & Glass)
Kirsten Gard (Design)
Kavita Grover (Drawing)
Emma Hansen (Ceramics & Glass)
Kaitlyn Hong (Painting - 2)
Jessica Hoos (Drawing)
Natalie Hutchison (Photography)
Tomoki Kamitani (Drawing)
Egle Ketuarakyte (Mixed Media)
Jessica Lucadello (Ceramics & Glass)
Cassie Lueken (Photography, Digital Art -2)
Diana Melstrad (Digital Art)
Erin Motyl (Art Portfolio)
Tiffany Nguyen (Digital Art)
Lori Neihaus (Digital Art)
Maria Padilla (Photography)
John Perdue (Painting)
Kelly Pringle (Ceramics & Glass)
Jose Sanchez (Digital Art)
Maggie Sias (Digital Art)
Gianna Smith (Digital Art - 2)
Jessica Stacko (Photography, Digital Art - 2)
Merlyn Thomas (Art Portfolio, Painting)
Marisa Toloemo (Mixed Media)
Hannah Wood (Photography - 2)
Jane Woywod (Digital Art)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lollipop Sale Begins Thursday, January 23 (right after finals)

All interested and eligible DGS students can take advantage of this popular fund-raiser that helps them build credit in their student music account.

Here's how it works:

1. Buy a bag of 60 assorted lollipops for $40.

2. $20 will go to your student account and $20 will pay for the lollipops.

3. Sell the lollipops to your friends and family for either $0.75 each or 3 for $2.00.

4. At a minimum, you will earn back your $40 payment.

You can pick up bags of lollipops between 7:30 and 8:00 AM on these dates:
Thursday, January 23
Monday, January 27
Thursday, January 30
Wednesday, February 5   Last Pick-up Day!

Lollipops will be available in the hallway outside of the music department. Payment can be made by cash or check (payable to DGS Fine Arts).

Thank you for supporting this fund-raising event, sponsored by DGS Friends of Fine Arts.