Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Art Show Opens Soon! Help Needed!

RBHS students enrolled in Ceramics, Digital Imaging, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, and Photography will exhibit their artwork on Tues. Jan. 5 - Thur. Jan. 7. The exhibit will take place in the "Art Pit," located outside the art classrooms on the second floor near the new Northwest Entrance of RBHS. The show will be open during school hours on Tues - Thurs & the Awards Night Reception is scheduled for Thurs. Jan. 7 from 6-8pm. We hope all students, their family and friends attend this wonderful event! The artworks will be awarded Best of Show (2D & 3D), First Place & Honorable Mentions will be given in the following categories...Ceramics (Functional & Sculptural), Digital Imaging, Drawing (Novice & Advanced), Painting, Photography (Advanced & Novice), Printmaking, Independent Entries, & Portfolio. Additionall, the Riverside Arts Center will award 3 Freeark Award Winners & the audienc will chose a Viewers' Choice award on Thurs. Jan. 7. The RBHS Art Department is in need of parent volunteers to help supervise the art exhibition & count viewer choice awards on Thurs. Jan. 7 during school hours & from 6-8pm. If anyone is available & interested please contact Jon Grice at

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nutcracker Fieldtrip

Twenty-three Dance Technique I students attended Joffrey's Ballet of the Nutcracker on Thursday, December 17th. Students were awe struck by the mystical snow scene and the precision of the beautiful dancers. A special thank you to Mrs. Henrich's and her daughter Brooke who raffled off a pointe show signed by the Snow Queen; congratulations to Sofia Soluri.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Open Art Studios over Winter Break!

The RB Art Department will open its studios to all RB Art students on Tuesday Dec. 22 from 8am - 11am & Tues. Dec. 29 from 8am - 3pm. Students may use the facilites and materials to complete and mount projects for the upcoming RBHS Winter Art Show. Mr. Jensen & Mr. Grice will be available to assist and supervise students in the dark room, art lab or ceramics studio. The RB Winter Art Show will be displayed on Tues. Jan. 5 to Thurs. Jan. 7 in the Art Pit, the area outside the Art Classrooms. We hope you all can make it out to the RBHS Winter Art Show Awards Night scheduled for Thurs. Jan. 7 from 6-8pm. If anyone has any questions, please email Mr. Grice at

Thursday, December 17, 2009

National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights RB Art Students!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation covers the Arcade Mural Project and the work of our RBHS Art students! Follow the link below to see the story...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dancers Perform at Riverside and Brookfield Holiday Festivals

Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th members of the RB Repertory Dance Ensemble performed a holiday dance concert for community members of Riverside and Brookfield. Dancers performed to The Nutcracker Suite, Mommy Kissing Santa Clause, A Rockette Kickline and a storybook ballet to The Night Before Christmas narrated by seniors Natalie Godlewski and Tiffany Guel-Blanco. Another highlight from the performance was inviting members from the community to join the dancers on stage to perform. Great job, dancers!

Be sure to join us for our next concert on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 4:00 and 7:00 in RB's Little Theatre.

Holiday Concert Photos Uploaded to Shutterfly!

Congratulations to all the music students who preformed in the RBHS Holiday concert! We are proud of your hard work & the quality program you put on. Many thanks to Mrs. Marelli, Mr. McOlgan & Mr. Baum for preparing our students to perform for the school assembly & the evening concert. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed our Music Program's performances. The photos from the Holiday Concerts are now uploaded & available for you to enjoy. Follow the link below to see all of the photos.

Weekly Instrumental Update

Dear Instrumental Music Community,

Congratulations to the entire music department for their great performances last week at the Holiday Concert. This concert was a tremendous success despite the fact that it was held in the main gym. All the groups sounded great! A special thank you to Cory Reynolds who assisted Mr. Baum in engineering the set-up and the sound for the concert. Be sure to watch for pictures to be posted on the Fine Arts website!

Cheesecakes will be in tomorrow after school! Please come pick them up

The down payment for everyone going on this year’s instrumental music trip is due tomorrow. The amount due tomorrow is $100; checks can be made to Entourage Management. You won’t want to miss this trip!

With the Holiday Concert behind us, and winter break beginning next week, this is the ideal time to choose and start working on your solo and ensemble pieces for the first Saturday in March. If you need help, please ask Mr. McOlgan or Mr. Baum.

Happy Holidays,

Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Mural Project covered in the Tribune

The Riverside Arcade Mural Project was covered in the Chicago Tribune Chicagoland West section on Friday Dec 11th! Congratulation to everyone who helped with this wonderful project! Here is the link >,0,4303747.story

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Concert tonight!

Choir students must be in the choir room at 6:00 p.m. Except for Treble/Bass Choir, students have been issued formal wear for the concert. Treble/Bass Choir will wear their choir robes. Individual choir warmup times are posted on the whiteboard in the choir room. The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. All are invited!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Instrumental Update

Dear Instrumental Community,

Things are really moving fast towards Thursday’s Holiday Concert and Assembly. The concert begins on Thursday night at 7:00. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5. Bring your seat cushion!

Students have several before and after school rehearsals to remember in preparation for Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon at 3:15 we will be holding a dress rehearsal for the Halleluiah Chorus in the main gym. On Thursday morning all students should arrive to school by 7:45 AM in their formal concert wear. We will then rehearse all of our combined pieces. After the assembly students will have time to change into more comfortable clothing for the rest of the day. The call time for Thursday evening is 6:30; again students should wear their formal concert wear to the concert. No student should leave any formal attire in the band room as uniforms will be returned at the end of the year. We can not be responsible for anything left in school. Students have been provided with tuxedos or skirts, but need to supply their own white dress top and black dress shoes. Gentlemen also need to provide their own bow ties. A limited supply of bow ties is available for purchase at $5 a piece.

Tri-M had their annual holiday field trip to hear Chicago Acapella bring in the holiday season. As is the tradition, students met at Erick’s Deli to eat diner and socialize. The whole evening was a blast!

Congratulations to the Chamber Orchestra who performed beautifully on Sunday afternoon for a private event in Riverside.

A big thank you to the Jazz Combo for playing outside in the cold at the Riverside Holiday Walk. These students played for the unveiling of the new murals on the arcade building, congratulations to the Art Department for such great work.

Also, thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help on Thursday night with seating, ticket sales, and the after party. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Mr. Hite, president of Music Sponsors, at

We look forward to seeing you and all your family friends and neighbors at the Holiday concert on Thursday night!

Musically yours,
Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Friday, December 4, 2009

Arcade Mural Unveiled Tonight!!!!

Please join the Village of Riverside's Mural Committee for the opening celebration of the Arcade Building Mural Project, a community based public art project intended to preserve and raise awareness of "one of Illinois top ten most endangered landmarks." The celebration begins tonight Friday Dec. 4 at 5pm with RB's Jazz Combo at the Arcade Building & then at 5:15pm a short ceremony. All participating artists will be able to sign their names on the mural too! So come out and enjoy a warm drink and get to know the artists!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Suburban Life article on RB Dance

Riverside Brookfield High School's Melissa Pruitt is one of the dance students working with guest choreographer Jon Lehrer on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, as they practice for a January modern dance performance of his work titled, Fused. Photo taken by Bill Ackerman