Students to perform in prestigious music and jazz festivals

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will again be well represented at the Illinois Music Education Association’s (ILMEA) upcoming music and jazz festivals next month.

Twenty-four District 58 students will perform in ILMEA’s District 1 Junior High Music Festival on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Lincoln-Way Central High School (New Lenox). In addition, one District 58 student will perform in the ILMEA District 1 Jazz Band Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Thornton Fractional South High School (Lansing).

The annual ILMEA District 1 Music Festival features student musicians selected by audition from schools throughout the southwest suburbs. The 150-member band, 100-piece orchestra and 150-member choir will unite for a special public Festival Finale Concert at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

The annual ILMEA District 1 Jazz Festival features the top middle school and high school jazz musicians from the southwest suburbs, selected after a rigorous audition process. The festival will include a public concert at 2 p.m.

Admission costs $5 for each festival. Children under 6 will be admitted for free.

Congratulations to the District 58 students selected to perform in the 2017 District 1 Music Festival and Jazz Festival:


Madolyn Werner, O’Neill eighth grader, flute

Tabitha Irvin, Herrick Middle School seventh grader, bass clarinet


Mary Biggio, O’Neill eighth grader, viola

Summer Kruk, O’Neill eighth grader, viola

Audrey Lin, O’Neill seventh grader, cello

Tim Neumann, O’Neill eighth grader, violin

Liana O’Rourke, O’Neill eighth grader, violin

Madeline Antonio, Herrick 8th grader, violin

Stephen Cecil, Herrick 7th grader, viola

Zoey Etheridge, Herrick 8th grader, cello

Joshua Ho, Herrick 7th grader, violin

Robert Huth, Herrick 7th grader, cello

Joey Leckie, Lester 6th grader, cello

Akshi Mistry, Herrick 8th grader, viola

Amaya Munoz, Herrick 8th grader, violin


Deanna Eslit, O’Neill eighth grader, alto

Nathan Frewen, O’Neill eighth grader, bass

Zachary Mead, O’Neill eighth grader, tenor

Charlie O’Neill, O’Neill eighth grader, tenor

Emmie Parson, O’Neill seventh grader, alto

Abby Rook, O’Neill eighth grader, soprano

Clarissa Sigale, O’Neill eighth grader, soprano

Cora Lingenfelter, Herrick eighth grader, soprano

Kyla Sherry, Herrick eighth grader, soprano

Jazz Band:

Zachary Heppner, Herrick Middle School eighth grader, tenor saxophone

Media inquiries may be directed to Faith Behr at 630-719-5805 or