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North Central College alumni honored for teaching excellence in Naperville schools

Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

May 15, 2012—Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

Nicholas Janssen, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, received District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Emily Steffen, a 2010 graduate, received the district’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award  for her work at Naper and Ellsworth elementary schools.

Kirk gives talk, showcases original work

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music
Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, gave lecture on re-imagining Bach’s canons and premiered composition at Auburn University.

Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, gave a lecture titled “Strange Loops: Re-imagining Bach’s Canons” at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., April 23, as part of a short residency. His lecture looked at the unusual structures of three lesser-known canons by Bach—“BWV 1072,” “BWV 1074” and “BWV 1078”—and discussed issues of aural perception within various types of canonic writing. He also reflected on other concepts introduced in Douglas Hofstadter’s seminal book, “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.”

Folk singer/songwriter David Mallett to perform May 4

David Mallett
Singer/songwriter David Mallett will perform his songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica in an intimate setting May 4 at North Central College.

Singer/songwriter David Mallett—one of America’s true original troubadours—will perform his songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica in an intimate setting May 4 at North Central College.

Mallett, a Maine-based artist whose career spans nearly 40 years, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Explore the Sound

Watch how in the fourth annual Explore the Sound concert, music ensembles performed in every location to demonstrate the acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons honored by education professionals

Educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Feb. 21, 2012—North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for her achievements in helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Fitzsimmons will receive recognition April 16 during the annual Honoring the Profession gala hosted by School of Education at Dominican University. The gala recognizes a select group of educators who continue to serve students and young people in the United States through the education profession.

Van Oyen and Warfel perform in saxophone recital

North Central music faculty Lawrence Van Oyen and Jon Warfel
North Central College Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen and Lecturer of Music Jon Warfel perform in “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University.

Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Jon Warfel, lecturer in music, performed in a program titled “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University Feb. 3. The event’s theme focused on World War II and included 15 performances by nine different musicians.

Study Abroad Programs

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WFMT to broadcast Rachel Barton Pine concert recorded at North Central College

On April 20, WFMT-FM 98.7 will broadcast a concert by violinist Rachel Barton Pine recorded last year in Wentz Concert Hall.

On April 20, 98.7WFMT—Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station—will broadcast a concert by renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine recorded last year in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 and may be heard on the radio in the Chicago area at WFMT-FM 98.7 or online anywhere at wfmt.com/streaming.

Jazz guitarist John McLean performs March 30 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member John McLean performs March 30 in the Madden Theatre.

Audience members will enjoy an evening of stellar jazz by a member of North Central College’s acclaimed music faculty when guitarist John McLean performs March 30.

“An Evening with Jazz Guitarist John McLean” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Jazz pianist Frank Caruso performs April 20 at North Central College

Pianist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Frank Caruso performs April 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

Pianist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Frank Caruso performs April 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Pianist Frank Caruso” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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