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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.


Maine South Fine Arts Department presents The Dream of the Burning Boy.

October 1, 2, 3 2020 at 7:30p.m.

Click this link to purchase tickets to the performance under Published events.

All performances will be virtual.  An active link to the performance will be sent for the date(s) purchased.  The play can be viewed from the link for 48 hours.


Dream Program Cover Option 2



PRE-ORDER!!  The Mums Fundraiser Sale is Back! Support the Maine South Speech, Drama and Broadcasting Students!
Pre-order by 8/31 to Secure your favorite colors and quantities! Sale 9/19!

The SDB Boosters  are selling beautiful mums as a Booster fundraiser  $15 each (9 inch pots)!  They come unopened to last longer. Color choices: red, white, purple, rust/orange, yellow.  DEADLINE TO PRE-ORDER 8/31! We take check or paypal (add “Mums” & color choices to PayPal comments)  Find the link below. Or email order to: [email protected] indicate color and quantity in the notes section and pay with cash or check on 9/19!
Remember pickup date is 9/19 from 11-3 pm at 214 Berry Parkway DEADLINE to PRE-ORDER is Mon. 8/31.  Guarantee Color and Quantity LINK on Maine South Speech, Drama, & Broadcasting FB page or Type:  into your browser



Click on the links below to access the various senior scholarship applications. 

Music Booster application will be done on-line and SDB/Thespian should be printed and returned to the Fine Arts office.  Deadline for all three applications is Friday, March 6thLate applications cannot be accepted.

Music Booster Senior Scholarship App

Speech, Drama, Broadcasting Scholarship App

Thespian Scholarship App


Department Chair
Teralyn Keith

Department Administrative Assistant
Karyn Blong

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 Harmon Communication Arts 


David Hutter Concert, Intermediate & Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Techniques

MSHS Band Web Page


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


Mary Lee Moore Photo 1, 2, 3 & AP  
Matthew Nix String, Philharmonic & Symphonic Orchestra, Piano 1/2 MSHS Orchestra Web Page
Megan Palm 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



Tentative Calendar of Events  –  2020-2021 School year  

September, 2020                                                                                                                                  

26 – Homecoming Parade                                                                                                                                                                          


October, 2020                                                                                                                                     

1, 2, 3 – Fall Play “The Dream of the Burning Boy”  @ 7:30pm                                                                                                            

15 – Drama Showcase @ 7:30pm                                                                                                                                                              

17 – Band Spectacular @ 6:00pm                                                                                                                                                              

20 – Orchestra Concert @ 7:30pm                                                                                                                                                              

22 – Choir Concert @ 7:30pm                                                                                                                                                                     


November, 2020

6, 7 – November 6, 7 @ 7:30pm

11 – Veterans Day Band Concert @ 6:30pm

14 – ILMEA District Senior Festival

21 – ILMEA District Jazz Festival 

23 – Library Concert 


December, 2020

4 – Holiday Concert @ 7:00pm

11, 12 – Orchesis Perfomrance @ 7:30pm


January, 2021

7, 8, 9 – Illinois High School Theatre Festival 

27, 28, 29, 30 – ILMEA All-State Festival


February, 2021

11, 12, 13,  – Winter Play @ 7:30pm

17, 18 – Band Progress Concert @ 7:00pm

22 – Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Contest  @ 3:30pm

24 – Band Concert 1 @ 7:30pm

26 – Band Concert 2 @ 7:30pm


February, 2021

11, 12, 13 – Winter Play @ 7:30pm

17, 18  – Band Progress Concert @ 7:00pm

22 – Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Contest @ 3:30pm

24 – Band Concert 1 @ 7:30pm

26 – Band Concert 2 @ 7:30pm


March, 2021

4 – Orchestra Chamber Music Recital Night @ 7:30pm

9 – Choir Concert @ 7:30pm


April, 2021

22 – Senior Citizen Musical Performance @ 4:00pm

23, 24 – Musical Performance @ 7:30pm

25 – Musical Performance @ 2:00pm

28 – Junior High Musical Performance @ 9:00am

30 – Musical Performance @ 7:30pm


May, 2021

1 – Musical Performance @ 7:30pm

5 – Film Festival @ 7:00pm

6 – Band Concert @ 7:00pm

11 – Orchestra Concert @ 7:00pm

13 – Choir Concert @ 7:00pm

19 – Fine Arts Awards night @ 7:00pm 

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” newsletter

“Arts education is critical for helping students develop creativity, critical thinking and problem solving abilities.”


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 2018-2019 school year, Boosters provided over 800 private music lessons, and awarded 7 summer camp scholarships and 16 senior scholarships.

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 Teacher List 

Lesson Statement Sheet


Senior & Summer Scholarship Info will be available early 2020