October Fine Arts Articles

Niles North Progressive Steps Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir Perform Wednesday
If you're looking for entertainment Wednesday, Nov. 2, check out a free concert by two of Niles North’s amazing musical groups — Progressive Steps Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Moehlmann, and the Flute Choir, under the direction of Joyce Oakes.

We caught up with Hallie Neuhaus, a senior member of Progressive Steps, who noted the group will be playing a set that includes the famous Brazilian choro, “Tico Tico,” “St. Thomas” (the traditional song of the Virgin Islands made famous by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins), “Memphis Stomp” and “Vertigo Schmertigo.”

The group will also be playing Dashboard Confessional’s “Thick As Thieves.” Juniors Megan Pietz and Kelly Groves arranged the tune for Progressive Steps.

To see a video of the piece, click here.

As soon as Fine Arts Parents gets more information on the award-winning Flute Choir’s set, we’ll post it here, but it’s guaranteed to please.

The concert is Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Niles North's Mary Jo Papich, left, and Debbie Neitlich at a recent Fine Arts Parents meeting. Papich will serve as the keynote speaker at A Passion For the Arts career night on Nov. 1 in the auditorium.

Oct. 27
Niles North Hosts Career Night 
for Students Interested In The Arts
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m., students and parents have an opportunity to get an in-depth look at careers in the arts — right in the auditorium at Niles North High School.

Niles North will be hosting Passion for the Arts, a college information night for students interested in the visual and performing arts for the entire Central Suburban League.

Anyone who has ever wondered what careers in the arts might be is encouraged to attend, according to Mary Jo Papich, fine arts director for Dist. 219.

Representatives from a variety of colleges and universities will be present, including: School of the Art Institute, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Columbia College, Northwestern University, University of Illinois, DePaul University, American Academy of Arts and Northern Illinois University.

District 219 Fine Arts staff and alumni will also be on hand to answer questions. Whether a student’s interest is in dance, film, graphic design, music, theatre, 3-D animation or the visual arts, this is a unique opportunity to ask questions and learn from those who are following their passion and living their dreams.


The evening will begin with an introduction and assessment by Papich. Topics covered include choosing a career, college choices, and degrees of study. There will be breakout sessions in each of the various disciplines and college alumni to present their experiences. This is an important presentation for all high school students who are involved in the arts and considering a future in the arts.


This event is open to all high school students and their parents.


For more information, please contact Mary Jo Papich at (847) 626-2050.

Oct. 24, 2011
Choir, Orchestra Concert Wed.

Great Free Music … and Smoothies!

The Niles North 


Choir and Orchestra will hit the stage Wednesday in the auditorium with a free concert packed with great music.

For their kickoff concert of the 2011 school year, the choir will be singing selections from composer Andy Beck, Pierre Passereau and "We Belong Together" from the movie Toy Story 3.

The orchestra will be performing Handel's "Concerto Grosso in F" with student solos

from Mona Munshi, Annie Kim and Zoe Hertz. The orchestra will also perform Percy Grainger's "Molly On The Shore."

Directly after the concert, Jamba Juice will be in the lobby serving smoothies for $4 as a fund-raiser to help support choir, orchestra and the other fine arts programs at Niles North. This is sponsored by the Niles North Fine Arts Parents.

The concert is Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Niles North Auditorium.

      Niles North Band Director Elton Eisele

Oct. 23, 2011
Niles North Band Concert Tuesday Night Will Feature Junior High Musicians, Too!
The Niles North Band Concert this week features one of the school's great musical traditions. When high school musicians hit the stage on Tuesday, Oct. 25, they'll be joined by all the junior high bands that feed into North.

Elton Eisele, Niles North's band director, said two pieces were selected last spring for the younger band members to play. The first, "Shipwreck," will be played by the junior high schoolers alone. The second, "Clash Of The Ironclads," will be played by the younger musicians along with their Niles North musical mentors.

The bands have been rehearsing the pieces separately since the beginning of the school year, but they will play them for the first time together on Tuesday at a rehearsal during the day.

Eisele noted that the concert gives the younger musicians a terrific opportunity for  meet fellow musicians from other schools as well as seeing what high school band is all about.

The concert is open to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Oct. 18, 2011

See Noises Off This Week!

The Niles North High School production of Noises Off storms the stage this week. Performances will be Thursday, 10 a.m., and Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school Auditorium at 9800 N. Lawler in Skokie.

Noises Off was written by the Tony-Award winning Michael Frayn and delivers two plays for the price of one. This play inside a play gives audiences a silly farce called Nothing On as well as the behind-the-scenes drama that develops during its rehearsals and performances. The two converge onstage in a zany, lively look at the world of theater, packed with terrific characters and laughs.

The Niles North cast and crew for the play includes:

Rachel Sepiashvili as Dotty Otley (Mrs. Clackett); Yiorgos Giannetos as Lloyd Dallas; Dylan Connelley as Garry Lejeune (Robert Tramplemain); Lauren Schmelzer as Brooke Ashton (Vicki); Cheryl Wayte as Poppy Norton-Taylor; Nathan Selinger as Frederick Fellowes (Phillip Brent; Sheikh); Nina Roy as Belinda Blair (Flavia Brent); Chris Khoshaba as Tim Allgood; and Eugene Hyun as Selsdon Mowbray (Burglar).

The technical staff for “Noises Off”: Timothy Ortmann, Director; Annaliisa Ahlman, Technical Director; Barbara Reeder, Lighting Designer; Teresa Ripley, Costume Designer; Cate Hensley, Stage Manager; and Erin Rourke, Assistant Stage Manager.


Tickets are $10, call 847-626-2122. 

Oct. 4, 2011

Fine Arts Parents Meet Tuesday, Oct. 11

PLEASE JOIN US—The next meeting of Niles North Fine Arts Parents is Tuesday, Oct. 11 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.

        Niles North teacher Lori Real Displays her work

Oct. 6, 2011

Niles North Art Teachers' Art on Display

There's still time to check out the talent of Niles North's art teachers, whose work is on display at the Skokie Public Library until Oct. 18.

The exhibit encompasses the art of teachers across District 216—with Lori Real, Michael Rush, Deanna Sortino and Amy Zwikel from Niles North displaying their work.

"Teachers as Artists" will be on display in the library's gallery. The library is located at 5215 Oakton St., Skokie, IL, 60077.

      The work of Niles North Teacher Deanna Sortino, Top, and Amy Zwikel.

Oct. 4, 2011

Volunteers Needed for IMEA Auditions!

October will be a busy month for musicians at Niles North.

From today through Oct. 12, the Illinois Music Educators Association will be holding auditions for students in Choir, Orchestra, Vocal Jazz and Band.

These auditions provide student musicians at Niles North with an opportunity to have their skill and artistry adjudicated by some of the state's top music educators.

Some of those musicians will go on to have an opportunity to participate in all-district or even all-state music activities.

Niles North will serve as the district host  for both IMEA Vocal Jazz and Band auditions this year. Vocal Jazz auditions will take place on Oct. 11 from 4-11 p.m. Band auditions will be Oct. 12, from 4-10 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for both events. For Vocal Jazz, please contact Gail Y. Paskind at gail.paskind@nnfap.org or Audrey Alvarado at audreyalvarado@sbcglobal.net  For Band, please contact David Rosario at davidrosario@sbcglobal.net or Janet Rosario at jbrosario@sbcglobal.net

Choir auditions will be at Libertyville High School tonight. Orchestra auditions will be at Stevenson High School on Oct. 11.




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.