DGS Fine Arts

Established in the fall of 1964, Community High School District 99 Downers Grove South High School is located in DuPage County, 30 miles southwest of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. 

The Fine Arts Department currently has six music faculty, a staff accompanist and numerous instrumental and vocal private teachers. More than 600 student musicians participate in band, orchestra and choir on a daily basis. Nearly 200 student musicians study guitar, pop music, and digital music on a daily basis. More than 500 student artists study 2D and 3D visual art on a daily basis. In total, just over 60 percent of the Downers Grove South student population will study either art or music in the course of a school year.

“Igniting a passion in the arts for every learner” is the vision for the Fine Arts Department at Downers Grove South High School. In 1992, the department received the “Outstanding Total Music Program” Award from the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). The department also received a 1999 “Grammy in Our Schools” Award as one of the top 250 high school music departments in the country.

The quality of education and opportunity at South can be found in every corner of the Fine Arts Department, within our classrooms and beyond, including these activities and awards during the 2012-2013 school year:

Student Artistic Participation in our Local Community

D99/WPL Art Show
Jazz at Fishel Park
Downers Grove Independence Day Parades
Holiday performances at civic organization meetings
Emerging Artist Exhibition
Middle School Choral Festival
Wind Ensemble Invitational
Jazz Café
D99 Orchestra "Spooktacular"
Choir Show for sender schools
Cross Town Classic combined National Anthem
Madrigal Singers and Downers Grove Choral Society collaborative concert
The Wiz
Student vocalists perform National Anthem at athletic events
Student Handbook Designs and Artwork

Student Artistic Participation in our Broader Community
Chicago Jazz Festival performance
Symphony Center performance
2012 Scholastics Art Show Regional Exhibit (co-hosted)
10th Mustang Music Bowl hosted
Madrigal Singers and Chicago a cappella Youth Choir Festival

Student Recognition at a Regional Level
33 Gold Key Awards
21 Silver Key Awards
56 Honorable Mention Awards
51 IMEA District Musicians (hosted band, choir and orchestra festival)
Fremd 4x5 Show – Best in Show winner
Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
Marching Mustangs at BOA Indy Super-regional

Student Recognition at a State Level
15 student musicians accepted into IMEA All-State Ensembles

Student Recognition at a National/International Level
National Scholastics Award winner
2013 Swing Central Jazz Festival - 2nd Place
Photographer's Forum 33rd Annual College & High School Photography Contest

Experiences Outside the Walls of South High School
Photo field trips to Chicago