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NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL

NTHS
An educational landmark located north of Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan approximately 20 miles from downtown, New Trier Township High School District 203 is a comprehensive four-year public high school with a total of more than 4000 students.  It serves the villages of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette, Winnetka and portions of Glenview and Northbrook B communities that reflect a tradition of support for academic and cultural achievement.  A certified staff of nearly 400 uniquely qualified, experienced professionals represents all academic disciplines and special service areas.  The motto, "to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to composition, and lives to the service of humanity", embodies the philosophy of New Trier High School.

Over the years, New Trier has earned national recognition as a leader in secondary education.  It has been recognized by the United States Department of Education=s Blue Ribbon Schools Program.  In addition, such national media as Time, Fortune and Redbook magazines, Cable Network (CNN) and The Today Show (NBC) have included New Trier High School and its students in their coverage of quality education and student achievement in America.

 

MUSIC AT NEW TRIER
The curricular music program at New Trier includes nine choirs, four wind ensembles, four orchestras and four jazz ensembles that rehearse forty minutes each day with sectionals as needed. Nearly 1000 students are enrolled in the music program.  A co-curricular chamber music program regularly results in more than 200 students participating in two solo and ensemble festivals each year.  In lieu of a marching band, a volunteer Apep@ band provides entertainment at the school=s sporting events.  In 1992, the New Trier Music Department received the first AIllinois Outstanding Total Music Program Award@ presented by the Illinois Music Educators Association.  In 2000, the GRAMMY Foundation recognized the New Trier Music Department as a AGRAMMY Signature School GOLD Recipient”, and in 2007, the Music Department received the National GRAMMY Signature School Award.

The music department provides a two-year comprehensive music theory program and a student operated 48-track digital audio recording facility, Soundtraks.  A vital part of our music department is the private teaching program that offers private lessons during and after the school day.  More than 90% of the instrumental music students study privately with need based scholarships available to students who request them.

New Trier performing ensembles have actively participated in numerous professional music education conferences and conventions, invitational festivals and clinics in the United States and abroad.  Many of these special performances and honors are listed below.

 

Staff

New Trier High School Music Department Faculty (2007)
Row #1: Bruce Daugherty, Peter Rosheger, Patti Rohwer, Susan Vaughan, James Warrick
Row #2: Tim Estberg, John Thomson, Nathan Landes, David Ladd
Not pictured: Kevin Burrow

Press release photo announcing new music faculty

Press release photo announcing new music faculty
Fall, 1982
Dr. Rod Bickert, Superintendent; Dr. Ted Klinka, Music Department Chair; Jim Warrick, Coordinator of Jazz Studies; Bruce Fowler, Director of Orchestras; John Thomson, Director of Bands

 

NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLES
Special Performances and Honors (1982-2007)

2006-2007

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 1983-1984

 

NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLES
Guest Artists (1982-2007)

 

NEW TRIER HIGH SCHOOL WIND ENSEMBLES
Invitational Concert Series (1982-2007)
The “Invitational” Concert series worked so well at East Allegheny High School that I brought it with me to New Trier High School.  Each year, we invited one or two guest ensembles to appear with us in concert.  The approach was non-competitive, and the students and staff always had an opportunity to meet and visit before and after the concert.