Friday, February 25, 2011

Tickets are on Sale!

RBHS Choirs

We're back!  Just think!  At this time last week, we were running around Disney Hollywood in 80 degree weather!  The choirs had a great time playing, working and performing in Disney World.  They were attentive and enthusiastic about the workshop on Saturday morning.  The performance at Downtown Disney on Sunday was very well attended.  As people passed by, they stopped, and they STAYED for our performance.  I think that says a lot about the students' singing.  By the middle of the concert, all the seats were filled and there were 4 or 5 rows of people standing.  Congratulations to the choir students! 

Congratulations to Megan Welch!  Megan won 1st place in the Tower Chorale Vocal Competition.  She sang "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from "Jesus Christ, Superstar".  Megan will receive a vocal scholarship and will perform on a concert with the Tower Chorale in May. 

We're looking forward to a very busy March. 

March 5 - IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest
March 18, 19, 20 - "The Wiz"
Tickets are on sale in the business office!
March 23 - Choir Concert

Hope to see you at any or all of these events!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Instrumental Update

Hello Instrumental Music Community,

The February concert season has come to an end. It’s a bit weird to not have a concert tonight after three Thursdays in a row with concerts. The first concert was the Battle of the Big Bands featuring the RB Jazz Ensemble, the second concert was the Winter Band Concert, and last week we closed out the season with the Winter Orchestra and Chamber Music Concert. All three concerts were spectacular! Thank you to everyone who came out to support our musicians.

Permission slips have been distributed for Solo and Ensemble contest to be held on March 5th at Reavis High School. We just received the times today; students can look on the music office windows to find their times.

Be sure to tune in to WFMT (98.7 FM) this Saturday at 10:00 AM for a live broadcast of the Merit School of Music Wind symphony featuring RB students Dovas Lietuvninkas, Adrienne Witek, and Andrew Payton. If you can’t listen at that time, the show will be repeated on March 3rd later in the evening. The program is called “Introductions” and features the talents of Chicago’s brightest young musicians.

Connor Fagen, guitarist for Jazz Band recently performed for a full house at Fitzgerald’s Night club in Forrest Park. The club has recently begun a Sunday open teen mic. Marco Severini, Tyler Straka, and future RB Drummer Adrian Murphy performed last week at the night light in Berwyn. Thank you for representing RB with your talents!

Please keep us up to date with all your accomplishments.


Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Friday, February 18, 2011

Enjoy Music from the Orchestra Concert

Hear Singing in the Rain performed by the RBHS Brass Ensemble. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Art Student Wins 1st Place

Congratulations to junior Maddie Muntean for receiving the Award for Excellence given by the West Suburban Artist Guild.  Maddie's work earned 1st place out of 200 other pieces and has now been accepted into the Best of the Best art exhibit hosted by the Alliance of Fine Arts.  Maddie was the only artist to receive this honor.  Her painting titled 'Candied Sushi' will be on display at the Peabody Mansion in Oak Brook from March until May.  Congratulations Maddie!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dancers Perform at Brook Park Elementary

On Thursday, February 10th Repertory Dance Ensemble performed an educational art outreach program for 115 4th graders at Brook Park Elementary School. The dancers performed a variety of different dance styles while teaching about the art of dance. The program also included audience participation and one lucky Brook Park student by the name of Ashley was chosen to choreograph on the RB dancers. Congratulations, Ashley.
Lastly, a special thank you to Brook Park teacher Joanne Janetopoulos for inviting RB to perform for her students. It was a wonderful day.

To see more photos of the performance please visit

2011 Winter Band Concert - Symphonic Band

Hear the Symphonic Band perform "Symphonic Dance No. 3" by Clifton Williams.

2011 Winter Band Concert-Symphonic Band

Hear the Symphonic Band perform "When the Stars Began to Fall" by Fred Allen

Thursday, February 10, 2011

RBHS Fine Arts has Joined Facebook!

Read about departmental updates on our new Facebook fan page.  Just type in RBHS Fine Arts and enjoy announcements, photos, videos, and more.  Help us out by 'liking' our page and spreading the word!   

Visitors to the Choir Room

The Madrigals enjoyed a recent performance of "No Comment", an a cappella group from the University of Illinois.  The group entertained us with a great concert, including a medley from the musical "Spring Awakening", "Shark in the Water" and covers of other popular songs. 

Concert Chorale is learning a folk song from Poland - in Polish, of course!  Stephanie Olszewski's grandmother has been kind enough to come to our classroom twice this week to tutor all of us in Polish diction.  It isn't easy!  But we think it will all be worth it in the end. 

How many days until we leave for Disney World? 9!!! But who's counting?  Seventy seven people that I know of.... 

If you're in Florida that weekend, come hear the choirs on Sunday, Feb. 20 at 5:45 p.m. at the Water Side Stage in Downtown Disney.  On Saturday, the choirs will also participate in a Disney Sings workshop. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Instrumental Update

Hello Music Community,

Thank you to everyone who came out in support of the Jazz Ensemble last Thursday evening. The band sounded great and warmed the crowd up for the two outstanding pro bands to follow!

The Annual Winter Band concert will be held this Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium. Highlights include Ben Mitchell performing the Straus French horn Concerto, Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf acted out by RB’s own Shenanigans, and a setting of My Lord What a Morning in honor of Black History Month.

Congratulations to Marco Severini, Tyler Straka, and Adrian Murphy who performed at Brixies in Brookfield for the annual Special Olympics fundraiser. It’s great to volunteer for such a noble cause, they sounded great!

See you Thursday,

Mr. Baum and Mr. McOlgan

Friday, February 4, 2011

Art Students use a Unique Model

Drawing II students experienced an unexpected visitor as their model for the day.  Yogi, Mrs. Mortensen's newfoundland, posed for the class as the artists worked to develop the form using a variety of mediums. 

Thanks Yogi!     

Shennanigan's on TV!

Shennanigan's most recent show, "Welcome to my Tollbooth" is available on RBTV this weekend.  Viewers can watch at 9:05pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.  Just turn on Comcast channel 16, AT&T U-Verse 99, or watch at   Enjoy!

Performers include Drew Kohler, Jacob Palka, Nick Rauba, Paul Landahl, Sara Nie, Andrew Brondos, George Suchy, Sam Friend, Marty Gross, Allison Nicolai, Abraham Ourth, Erik Kramer, and James Landahl

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Art Students Win Awards at Triton CC Competition!

Congratulations to the following art students for their recent success at the Triton Community College art competition.

Best Painting Award: Maddie Muntean

Blue Ribbon Award:
Elise Castelaz (Computer Art)
Deanasia Sanders (Photo)
SarahJane Gembara (Drawing)

Red Ribbon Award:
Ercolani Chiara (Ceramics)
Kiley Rusen (Computer Art)
Andrew Scafidi (Photo)
Hannah Soppo (Photo)
Jessica Huebner (Drawing)
Paige Bottari (Painting)
Salem Baer (Painting)
Kaite Wallner (Ceramics)

Yellow Ribbon Award:
Tatiana Aerozaga (Photo)
Isabella Soluri (Photo)
Lonely Bridge (Photo)
Ricardo Herrera (Drawing)
Anne Sventy (Painting)
Colin Roberts (Painting)
Jenn Grasser (Painting)
Amanda Biro (Ceramics)
Jon Schereck (Ceramics)
Allison Taber (Ceramics)
Michael Zeman (Ceramics)
Tyler Siebert (Ceramics)
Luis Gonzalez (Ceramics)
Erin McKenna (Ceramics)
Selsa Carmona (Sculpture)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Disney Trip Parent Meeting

The meeting scheduled for tonight is postponed due to weather.  The meeting will be held next Tuesday evening, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.
Thank you!

Diane Marelli