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North Central faculty, jazz vibraphonist Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the Madden Theatre.

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Jan. 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. 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.

Guest choirs perform Jan. 21 at North Central College’s 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza

A collection of choirs will perform rousing spiritual pieces Jan. 21 when North Central College presents its 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza.

A collection of choirs will perform rousing spiritual pieces Jan. 21 when North Central College presents its 24th annual Gospel Extravaganza.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults, $8/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Kateri Tumminello

Kateri considered large universities for studying music education but decided North Central was a perfect fit. “I loved the idea of a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Here you have the ability to gain leadership skills and study outside your major.”

In her music studies, Kateri pursued both choral and instrumental education and participated in choral, instrumental and jazz ensembles. “North Central is a place where I could dabble in an area like vocal jazz in addition to classical vocal. Gaining a wide variety of experiences prepares you better because you never know what you might end up doing in a school setting.”

In preparing for her student-teaching assignment at a middle and high school, Kateri says the expertise of North Central’s faculty and close mentoring helped ready her for the classroom. “They are really great educators themselves, so they’re good role models as you prepare to go into that field.”

Music major in online audition for Queen Extravaganza

Music major Mac Willaert ’13 is finalist in talent search
Mac Willaert ’13, North Central College pianist, is finalist in round 2 of nationwide talent search for top musicians. View audition, vote for Mac Nov. 14-28.

Mac (James MacArthur) Willaert ’13, a music major and pianist at North Central College, is one of the finalists to make it to the second round of “Queen Extravaganza,” a nationwide talent search for America’s top young musicians. Legendary rocker Roger Taylor of Queen is assembling a band of rising musicians in honor of Queen’s 40th anniversary tour in 2012.

Choral Invitational Concert

Click here to watch how North Central's choirs share the stage and their expertise with visiting junior and high school choral students.

Wis gives keynote address, leads session at conference of music educators

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts
Ramona Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was keynote speaker and session presenter at conference.

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was keynote speaker and a session presenter at the British Columbia Music Educators Association conference, titled “Forte 2011: Growing Strong in Music Education,” in Richmond, British Columbia, Oct. 20-22.

North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Josh Stumpenhorst '03 Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education has named North Central alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst recipient of the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct. 24, 2011—North Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator.

North Central College alums, siblings enjoy teaching in East Aurora schools

Siblings and alumni Ruth Ramos and Eliseo Martinez were featured for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Oct. 12, 2011—Siblings Ruth Ramos, a 2004 alumna of North Central College, and Eliseo Martinez, a 2010 alumnus of the College, were featured in the Aurora Beacon-News for their work as teachers at elementary schools in East Aurora School District 131.

Chicago Sinfonietta premieres intergalactic concert Nov. 5 at North Central College

Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta’s world premiere of “Under the Night Sky” Nov. 5 at North Central College.

Music Director Mei-Ann Chen leads Chicago Sinfonietta’s world premiere of “Under the Night Sky” Nov. 5 at North Central College.

The performance is a multimedia experience that explores our place in the cosmos. The concert is the second event in Chicago Sinfonietta’s 2011-2012 season, its first season to feature North Central College as its new west suburban home.

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