Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department seeks to help students find their strengths and to foster all students’ creative and artistic instincts. Covering three curricular departments – Art, Music, and Drama/Broadcasting – along with a wide range of extra-curricular programs, Fine Arts provides each student a unique opportunity to develop creativity and purpose.


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Department Chair
Teralyn Keith

Department Assistant
Patty Bannon

Faculty Members

Name Courses Link
Phil Ash Communications Arts, Theatre Communication  
Matthew Hanes Chamber, Concert & Mixed Choir, Guitar 1/2, Digital Music & Audio Production  
David Hutter Concert, Intermediate & Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Techniques

MSHS Band Web Page

MSHS Jazz Band Web Page

Felicia Lahart Design & Materials 2 & 3  
Dylan Meyer Concert, Intermediate & Wind Ensemble MSHS Band Web Page

MSHS Jazz Band Web Page

Mary Lee Moore Photo 1, 2, 3 & AP  
Matthew Nix String, Philharmonic & Symphonic Orchestra, Piano 1/2 MSHS Orchestra Web Page
Rebecca Orr Communications Arts  
Cherie Rams Art 2, 3 & AP Drawing, Design & Materials 1  
Greg Regalado Photo 1/2, Digital Imaging, Art Foundations/Applications  
Patrick Sanchez Theatre Tech  
Carrier Saurer Drama 1, 2, 3, 4, Theatre Tech MSHS Drama Web Page
Mason Strom Broadcasting, Advance TV/Film


WMTH-FM Streaming  Radio

WMTH-TV Streaming

    MSHS Orchesis Web Page 
    Clubs & Activities
    Private Music Teacher List

please contact the Fine Arts office with questions regarding upcoming events  847-692-8240

Calendar of Events  –  September, 2019

6  –  Marching Band (football game), WMTH Game Day

15  –  V-Show Auditions @ 11:00am

20  –  Marching Band (football game)

26, 27, 28  –  Fall Play “Shakespeare in Love” @ 7:30pm

Calendar of Events  –  October, 2019

1  –  ILMEA String Auditions

2  –  ILMEA Band/Jazz Auditions

3  –  ILMEA Choir/Jazz Auditions

4  –  Marching Band (Homecoming football)

5  –  Marching Band (Homecoming Parade)

18  –  Marching Band (football game, Senior Night)

19  –  Band Spectacular  @ 6:00pm fund raiser/7:00pm concert

29  –  Choir Concert @ 7:30pm

30 SDB Showcase @ 7:30pm


Calendar of Events  –  November, 2019

7  –  Orchestra Concert @ 7:30pm

9  –  ILMEA Senior Festival

10  –  Veteran’s Day Band Concert @ 2:00pm

22, 23  –  A Crazy Little Thing Called V-Show @7:30pm

23  –  ILMEA Jazz Festival

25  –  Band, Library Concert Series @ 7:00pm

Calendar of Events  –  December, 2019

6, 7  –  Orchesis @ 7:30pm

11  –  Musical Auditions

13  –  Holiday Concert @ 7:00pm

16  –  Musical Callbacks

Calendar of Events  –  January, 2020

9, 10, 11  –  IL Theatre Festival

28  –  Orchestra Progress Concert @ Lincoln 7:00pm

30, 31 & 2/1  –  ILMEA All-State Festival

Calendar of Events  –  February, 2020

6, 7, 8  –  Winter Play @ 7:30pm

11  –  Band Progress Concert, Emerson @ MS 7:00pm

12  –  Band Progress Concert, Lincoln @ MS 7:00pm

13  –  Orchestra Progress Concert @ Emerson 7:00pm

19  –  Wednesday Band Concert @ 7:30pm

21  –  Friday Band Concert @ 7:30pm


Calendar of Events  –  March, 2020

3  –  Choir Concert @ 7:30pm

5  –  Orchestra Solo/Ensemble 

10  –  Orchestra Chamber Performance Night 

31  –  Spring Band Recital @ 7:00pm

Calendar of Events  –  April, 2020

15  –  CSL Art Reception

16  –  Musical “Matilda, the Musical” @ 4:00pm Senior Performance

17, 18  –  Musical “Matilda, the Musical @ 7:30pm

19  –  Musical “Matilda, the Musical” @ 2:00pm

24, 25  –  Musical “Matilda, the Musical” @ 7:30pm

29  –  Band Concert @ 7:30pm

30  –  Orchestra Concert @ 7:30pm

Calendar of Events  –  May, 2020

5  –  Choir Concert @ 7:30pm

6  –  Filmfest @ 7:00pm

14  –  Music, Thespian, Broadcasting Awards @ 7:00pm

17  –  Marching Band, Norwegian Day Parade

25  –  Marching Band, Memorial Day Parade

Course Offerings




Patrons of “The Arts”

Patrons of  “The Arts” is based solely on donations which are used to enhance the Maine South education by providing guest artist-in-residencies and valuable workshops for students in all areas in “The Arts”.  

We hope you share our commitment to expand the talent pool available to the Maine South Fine Arts students by becoming a member of the Patrons of “The Arts” and donating to this valuable, philanthropic organization. 

Be a “Patron” and lend your support to our students and community by increasing the resources available to our Fine Arts programs here at Maine South and give all our students an outlet for creative self expression! 

click HERE for the Patrons of “The Arts” membership form 

click HERE for Patrons of “The Arts” 2nd semester 18/19 newsletter

“Arts education is critical for helping students develop creativity, critical thinking and problem solving abilities.”
Megan Chernin, LA Fund Chair


MSHS Music Booster Org

The Maine South Music Booster Organization is parent run and a wonderful way to support the music programs at Maine South. Through Boosters, the students in Orchestra, Choir, Band, Piano, and Guitar are eligible to apply for scholarships for private lessons, summer camps, and college. During the 2016-2017 school year, Boosters provided over 600 private music lessons, and awarded 8 summer camp scholarships and 14 senior scholarships. In addition, Music Boosters provided two meals to each of the over 200 students who participated in the Washington, D.C. trip, along with contributing to both the new in class sound systems and the upcoming new auditorium sound system.

Boosters also provide financial and hands-on help with concerts, equipment, guest musician clinics, travel experiences, snacks/meals, uniforms, etc., and respond to various requests from teachers throughout the year.

Please join The Maine South Music Booster Organization and consider volunteering to support the fantastic music programs at Maine South. Attend our quarterly meetings, follow us on Facebook at and check out our website at to keep apprised of all the happenings and how you can be involved.  We are recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, so your membership and any contributions are tax deductible.

click HERE for  a Music Booster membership application

click HERE to go to the MSHS Music Booster web site

click HERE for information on the Music Booster Gift Card Sale

Speech, Drama Broadcast Boosters

The mission of the Speech, Drama & Broadcasting Boosters organization of Maine South High School is to support the students participating in these three programs, both in the classroom and as extracurricular activities.  Our primary focus is to raise funds and offer scholarships to graduating seniors.  In the past three years we have distributed over $35,000 in scholarships.  The SDB Boosters support and assist the faculty, the Fine Arts Administration, and the students involved in speech, drama and broadcasting.  

The Drama Department produces a number of shows throughout the year.  A large part of our fundraising is through raffles, concessions, and flower sales at these performances.  TLC dinners are served during tech rehearsals to everyone involved with the production of the fall and winter plays and the musical.  The Boosters also support drama at Maine South by hosting receptions during special performances and recognition ceremonies, and assisting the International Thespian Society Troupe with their fundraisers.

The Broadcasting program includes both radio and television experience for students.  Funds donated to SDB Boosters have enabled us to assist with updating broadcasting equipment, to host an end-of-the-year reception celebrating excellent work and festival awards, and to provide other support of these students’ activities. 

Please consider joining Speech, Drama & Broadcasting Boosters.  As an added incentive, your membership will enable you to enjoy the benefit of purchasing pre-sale tickets to the Spring Musical. Our meetings are open to all members and are held five times a year.  We can always use help with TLC dinners, concessions, and flower sales at performances and many of us really enjoy getting to know each other by working together in support of our children’s creative endeavors.  Please join, even if you are not available to volunteer.  Though most of our members are parents of current students, some SDB Boosters are alumni families or friends from the community who wish to support arts education at Maine South, and we are so grateful to them.  We depend on and truly appreciate any donations of time and/or your financial support of the Speech, Drama & Broadcasting Booster programs!

click HERE for a printable  SDB Booster membership form.


Available Scholarships


Private Music Lesson Scholarships

Scholarship Info

Scholarship Application 

Private Music Teacher List