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Explore the Sound of the Wentz Concert Hall

Click here to watch "Explore the Sound", a special experience in North Central's Wentz Concert Hall.

Brian Riordan earns Clarence Juhnke Award for music

Brian Riordan was honored with the 2011 Clarence Juhnke Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College.

Brian Riordan was honored with the 2011 Clarence Juhnke Award during Honors Day May 17 at North Central College. The award recognizes an outstanding student majoring in music. Riordan is a percussionist.

Forbes ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges for 2014-2015

Forbes magazine says North Central College is among America’s Top Colleges and ranks among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Forbes magazine once again ranks North Central College among America’s Top Colleges.

Forbes includes North Central College among the top 20 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. Forbes ranks North Central College No. 490 overall, No. 333 among private colleges and No. 117 in the Midwest.

Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs Sept. 26 at North Central College

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Sept. 26 at the College.

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Sept. 26 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Chronicle of Higher Education names North Central a 2014 Great College To Work For

North Central College ranks among 92 of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College ranks among the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

North Central College Summer Music Theatre presents “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” Aug. 1-3, 8-10 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Music Theatre presents the rock ‘n’ roll-era musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in August and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-2, 8-9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Colleges of Distinction says North Central excels at preparing graduates for success

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

North Central College is recognized for excellence in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction directory.

Colleges of Distinction is a guide that considers the views of guidance counselors, educators and admission professionals to honor colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

The 15th annual edition praises North Central College and its commitment to those four core values.

Amanda August

Amanda never envisioned herself working in a cubicle. She wanted to travel and sing, and she chose North Central College to make her dream a reality.

“I’ve been playing music ever since I was little and could never see myself pursuing a traditional career. I wanted to gain all the knowledge and skills of a professional musician,” she says.

In addition to joining the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz ensemble, Amanda attended weekly private lessons to help reach her goals.

“Spending an hour every week with an instructor really creates the opportunity to improve and flourish as a musician,” she says.

Venturing out of the classroom—and the country—Amanda studied abroad in England. She will use the strong repertoire of skills she developed both at North Central and overseas to orchestrate a career in the music industry.

“That study abroad experience not only expanded my perspective of the world, but helped me develop problem-solving skills, gain independence and assimilate with different cultures. This gives me an advantage in the future.”

North Central stages opera double bill “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer”

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer” July 11-13, 17-19 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer.”

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12 and 17-19 and at 2 p.m. July 13 in North Central’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students benefit from gift of Shigeru Kawai piano

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefiting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano.

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefitting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano, one of the world’s most exquisite instruments.

The College acquired the SK-EX model concert grand piano in fall 2013 through the generosity of alumna Jane Koten ’55. Thirteen students performed at a dedication recital in Koten Chapel on June 7, including pianists who played the instrument and vocalists and other musicians who were accompanied by a faculty member performing on the piano.

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