Student Music Award Winners

We're proud to announce the recipients of the Rising Stars and the College Music Awards

Throughout its long history, the Downers Grove Music Club has remained strongly committed to music education and promoting excellence in the musical arts. As part of this tradition, DGMC awards annual music scholarships to local deserving high school juniors to help them hone their craft and further their musical education.

This year, we awarded five $400 Rising Star awards. DGMC also presented $1,000 college music awards to two seniors graduating from District 99 who had been active in music both at their school and in their community. This year we were also able to award one $500 Honorable Mention award. All winners were announced at the 2017 Awards Assemblies held in May at Downers Grove South (DGS) and Downers Grove North (DGN).

Rising Stars Awards

Jennifer Casey, euphonium  DGN
Cecilia Kowara, soprano  DGN
Allison Brandt, clarinet  DGS
Nicolette Cheaure, viola  DGS
Danny King, clarinet  DGS


College Music Awards

Elise Cismesia, soprano  DGN
Lydia Walsh-Rock, soprano  DGS
Kristina Mucha, clarinet - Honorable Mention  DGS

Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to hearing our Rising Stars award recipients at the DGMC Rising Stars program on April 3, 2018.

This year, we awarded four $400 Rising Star awards and also two $500 Honorable Mention awards. DGMC also presented $1,000 college music awards to two seniors graduating from District 99 who had been active in music both at their school and in their community. All winners were announced at the 2016 Awards Assemblies held in May at Downers Grove South (DGS) and Downers Grove North (DGN).

Rising Stars Awards

Elise Cismesia, soprano  DGN
Maria D'Ambrose, oboe & piano  DGN
Brianna Imgruet, trumpet  DGS
Kristina Mucha, clarinet & tenor saxophone  DGS


College Music Awards

Timothy Edwards, cello  DGN
Amelia Smerz, cello & trombone  DGN
Megan Hung, Clarinet & piano - Honorable Mention  DGN
Liam Nelson, cello - Honorable Mention  DGN

Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to hearing our Rising Stars award recipients at the DGMC Rising Stars program on April 4, 2017.

This year, we awarded five $400 Rising Star awards. DGMC also presented $1,000 college music awards to two seniors graduating from District 99 who had been active in music both at their school and in their community. All winners were announced at the 2015 Awards Assemblies held on May 5th at Downers Grove South (DGS) and on May 19th at Downers Grove North (DGN).

Rising Stars Awards

Timothy Edwards, cello  DGN
Amelia Smerz, cello & trombone  DGN
Gabrielle Henderson, piano & voice  DGS
Tiffany Leung, piano & cello  DGS
Akila Shanmugham, piano & voice  DGS


College Music Awards

Allison Kirkegaard, piano, voice & cello  DGN
Samuel Tedeschi, tuba, acoustic & electric bass  DGS

Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to hearing our Rising Stars award recipients at the DGMC Rising Stars program on April 5, 2016.

This year, we were able to award six $400 Rising Star awards. DGMC also presented $1,000 college music awards to two seniors graduating from District 99 who had been active in music both at their school and in their community. This year, due to very generous donations by Grove Dental and the Nancy Mundinger Memorial Fund and to the success of our fall fundraiser, DGMC was able to present four $1,000 college music awards. All winners were announced at the 2014 Awards Assemblies held on May 6th at Downers Grove South (DGS) and on May 20th at Downers Grove North (DGN).

Rising Stars Awards

Shannon Kennedy, alto  DGN
Julija Lemenaite, violin  DGN
Anthony McMahon, saxophone  DGN
Brett Cohen, baritone  DGS
Brooke Nuccio, flute/piccolo  DGS
Samuel Tedeschi, tuba/string bass  DGS


College Music Awards

Elizabeth Brunell, soprano  DGN
Ben Casey, tuba  DGN
Andrew Molina, cello  DGS
Rachel Wydra, bassoon  DGS

Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to hearing our Rising Stars award recipients at the DGMC Rising Stars program on April 21, 2015.

This year, we were able to award six $400 Rising Star awards. We also presented an honorary award to a young lady who composed a special song and put together a website for the students involved in the Sandy Hooks shooting. New in 2013, thanks to two very generous donors (Rose Verona and Good Samaritan Hospital), DGMC was able to present $1,000 college music awards to two seniors graduating from District 99. All winners were announced at the 2013 Awards Assemblies held on May 7th at Downers Grove South (DGS) and on May 14th at Downers Grove North (DGN).

Rising Stars Awards

Katherine Portman, violin  DGN
Spencer Schillerstrom, saxophone  DGN
Emilie Cook, vocalist - honorable mention  DGN
Caitlin Carr, soprano  DGS
Andrew Molina, cello  DGS
Kelsey Richardson, bass clarinet  DGS
Rachel Wydra, bassoon  DGS


College Music Awards

Brett Latman, trumpet  DGN
Josiah Williams, trombone  DGS

Congratulations to all winners! We look forward to hearing our Rising Stars award recipients at the DGMC Rising Stars program on April 8, 2014.