DGN Student Musicians Earn All-State Honors from ILMEA

DGN Student Musicians Earn All-State Honors from ILMEA

North High student musicians earned 2020-21 All-State Honors through the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). Students were selected to the All-State Band, All-State Chorus, All-State Jazz Choir, All-State Orchestra and recognized in the All-State Future Music Educator Seminar. Of the 6,000 high school students who auditioned and the 4,700 students who were selected into District Festivals, approximately 1,500 students have been named into the 2021 ILMEA All-State Student Programs. 

Due to COVID-19, in-person auditions were suspended in 2020. Audition videos were submitted to the ILMEA, and all videos were adjudicated by a panel of professional musicians. The top placing scores participated in the District Music Festival which was held virtually on November 21, 2020. The highest scoring musicians have been tapped as All-State Musicians for 2020-21.

“We are truly thrilled for these students and their families,” said Brayer Teague, Fine Arts Department Chair at North High. “Many people helped these students achieve this success, beginning with their very first elementary school music teachers and extending to their private-lessons teachers today. North High is very proud to have these incredible musicians representing District 99 at the All-State level, and we are excited they are now recognized alongside the very best musicians in the State of Illinois.”

Congratulations to the following North High student musicians who have earned ILMEA All-State Honors:


Bridget Callaghan (11) – Soprano II, North High

Cole Cook (12) – Tenor II, North High

Leah Costello (10) – Alto I, North High

Jaclyn Duellman (12) – Alto I, North High

Cora Lingenfelter (11) – Soprano II, North High

Ian Stagaman (11) – Bass I, North High

FUTURE MUSIC EDUCATOR SEMINAR- Students interested in pursuing careers as professional music educators.

Carissa Blumka (12), North High

Raegan Novak (12), North High


MacKenzie McGuire (12) – Vocal Jazz Soprano, North High


Isaac Hsu (11) – Cello, North High

Nicole Moravec (10) – Violin I, North High

Noah Pardue (12) – Viola, North High

Melissa Parkinson (11) – Double Bass, North High

Caitlyn Stocki (11) – Harp, North High

Jesse Wei (12) – Viola, North High


Cameron Hejny (10) – Clarinet (Band), North High

Francesca Korbitz (11) – Flute (Band), North High

Angelica Kowara (12) – Trombone (Band), North High

Katelynn Ohk (12) – Piccolo (Orchestra), North High

The ILMEA Student Programs have been developed to encourage musical performance and creative expression and the many forms that may take for student musicians. Ensembles include symphonic orchestras, wind bands, choral ensembles, jazz bands and combos, and vocal jazz ensembles. The students named into these ensembles represent the best and brightest student musicians and the high-quality music education provided by music educators across Illinois.

To learn more about ILMEA, visit their website. For more information about North High Fine Arts contact Department Chair Brayer Teague at bteague@csd99.org.