November Fine Arts Articles

Nov. 14

Niles North Musicians Perform at IMEA Festivals

Congratulations to Niles North musicians selected to perform in last weekend's Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District VII Festival at New Trier High School.

Those students included choir students Dylan Connelley (bass II), Taylor Gardner (alto I), Onella Piyatilake (soprano I) and Noah Zeidman (bass II); band students Michael Cox (trombone), Jonathan Sabin (trombone), Connor Thummel (trombone) and Tamara Winston (oboe); and orchestra students Robby Moss (string bass) and Jacob Nagler (string bass).

Several other Niles North standouts will be performing at the IMEA Jazz Festival at Evanston Township Nov. 19. They include vocalists Taylor Gardner (alto) and Olivia Reyes (soprano); and jazz band student Lucas Rosario (baritone sax).

Students from orchestra, choir and band underwent stringent auditions to qualify for these performances. With their talent, and just a little luck, all hope to be invited to the  All-State Festival, held Jan. 26-28 in Peoria, IL. Performing in the All-State Festival, the most prestigious high school music festival in the state of Illinois, is the highest honor a high school musician can achieve.

Nov. 8, 2011

Fine Arts Parents Meet Tuesday, Nov. 8

PLEASE JOIN US—The next meeting of Niles North Fine Arts Parents is Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in Room 1690 at Niles North High School. All interested community members are invited to attend and encouraged to share their skills, talents and ideas. Daniel Gregerman, director of choir, will be our guest speaker.

    Daniel Gregerman with alums Dylan Rice and Nicole Carlson.

Nov. 2
Niles North's Gregerman Recognized
by American Federation of Teachers
Daniel Gregerman, Niles North High School’s choir director, has been recognized as one of 26 teachers from around the nation selected for making a difference in their schools by the American Federation of Teachers. 

In an article on the AFT’s website, Gregerman was cited for his work as choir director, vocal jazz director, sports announcer at the school and more. 

“I do a few things,” he joked in the article. 

The AFT has more than 1.5 million members. To read the entire article, click here

Nov. 1, 2011
Niles North's Ortmann Honored
Timothy Ortmann, Niles North’s theatre director and drama instructor, has received the 2011 Award of Honor from the Illinois Theatre Association. 

The Award of Honor is the greatest recognition given by the Illinois Theatre Association, which represents theatre artists from various areas of the art form: professional theatre, university theatre, community theatre, high school theatre, children's theatre and creative drama. It is given to recognize individuals and organizations for significant contributions promoting quality theatre in the state of Illinois. 

The Award of Honor is bestowed on theatre professionals who transcend all of these divisions and affect the art form and its future through all of the following aspects of the organization's mission: promoting and perpetuating the highest caliber of theatrical production; promoting and perpetuates the highest caliber of teaching; affirming the value of theatre in the lives of individuals; encouraging closer understanding between community, educational and professional theatre; informing the general public of the diverse nature and extent of theatre; advocacy throughout the state; cooperating with state and national theatre organizations in promoting program development for Illinois theatre at all levels. 

“Tim Ortmann is a consummate professional in the theatre world—he truly does all of the things listed in the ITA mission!” said Mary Jo Papich, District 219 fine arts director. “District 219 is fortunate to have Tim as he has touched thousands of lives—not only of students, but audience members and people in the school community as well. With his unique teaching style and high-quality productions, he has influenced theatre education not only in our state, but nationally. His theatre program at Niles North High School is recognized as one of the finest in the country.” 




Niles North Fine Arts Parents are committed to the following goals:
  1. To ensure that the fine arts are part of a complete, well-rounded education at Niles North High School.
  2. To offer aid in helping fine arts students reach their full potential.
  3. To help enhance the overall experience of fine arts students.
  4. To help increase student participation in, and exposure to, fine arts activities.
  5. To increase parent and community involvement in supporting fine arts activities.
  6. To improve communication between fine arts parents, students, teachers, school administrators and the community.