DGN Student Musicians Earn All-State Honors from ILMEA

DGN Student Musicians Earn All-State Honors from ILMEA

Fifteen student musicians from Downers Grove North High School have earned All-State honors through the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA). Students were selected to the All-State Band, All-State Chorus, All-State Orchestra and as an All-State Composer. All-State musicians will travel to Peoria, Ill., from January 26-29, 2022 to participate in the Illinois Music Education Conference. 

Audition videos were submitted to the ILMEA, and all videos were adjudicated by a panel of professional musicians. The highest scoring musicians from across the State of Illinois have been tapped as All-State Musicians for 2021-22. 

“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 School student musicians who have earned ILMEA All-State Honors:


Bridget Callaghan (12) – Soprano II

Jonathan Isoniemi (11) – Bass I

Cora Lingenfelter (12) – Soprano I

Ian Stagaman (12) – Bass I


Stephen Cecil (11) – Viola

Melissa Parkinson (12) – Double Bass


Penny Ham (12) – Piccolo (Band)

Cameron Hejny (11) – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Zachery Heppner (12) – Clarinet (Orchestra)

Tabitha Irvin (11) – Bass Clarinet (Band)

Francesca Korbitz (12) – Flute (Band)

Kyra McComb (12) – Percussion (Orchestra)

Aarush Palli (10) – Flute (Band)

Ethan Weingust (10) – Bassoon (Orchestra)


Sophia Hamelka (10) 

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