Fine Arts

The District 127 music, theatre, and visual arts courses are designed to help students excel in the fine arts.  Each course includes an emphasis on art concepts and principles as well as the application of those principles in making art, whether a theatre piece, a musical composition, or a work of two-dimensional or three-dimensional art.  One full credit from any combination of the courses in music, theatre, or visual arts meets the fine arts requirement for graduation.

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Henry Kappler

Henry Kappler

Department Chair


This is Mr. Henry Kappler's second year in District 127. Prior to his time at D127, he was Director of Bands at Buffalo Grove High School and Associate Director of Bands at Holt High School in suburban St. Louis. He also served as a Graduate Assistant with the band program at Northern Illinois University, traveling with the Huskie Marching Band to the Orange Bowl and serving as interim director of the Wind Symphony. 

Mr. Kappler received his Bachelor of Music and in Music Education degree from Millikin University, Master of Music Education degree from Northern Illinois University, and Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree from National Louis University. Mr. Kappler has studied trombone, jazz bass, and conducting with a variety of teachers throughout his academic and professional life and currently enjoys playing the guitar on the weekends. His students have received consistently high accolades, performing at the University of Illinois Superstate Festival, the Illinois Music Educators Conference, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

At D127, Mr. Kappler administers all fine arts classes and programs, including the visual arts, music, and theatre.