North Central College - Naperville, IL

New Music Festival features contemporary classical compositions

Brooklyn Rider
North Central celebrates contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12 and features Dal Niente and Brooklyn Rider.

March 9, 2011—North Central College will celebrate contemporary classical music during its inaugural New Music Festival April 11-12.

The two-day festival will feature performances by contemporary music group Dal Niente and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. As part of the festival, acclaimed Russian composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a member of the Silk Road Project and composer-in-residence at North Central College, will coach members of various area high school ensembles.

Borla and Mouse featured in “Recording” magazine

Jazz faculty members Janice Borla and Jack Mouse were featured in “Recording” magazine in the article “A Basement Conversion: The Borla/Mouse Basement Studio.”

Jazz faculty members vocalist Janice Borla and drummer Jack Mouse were featured in a four-page article titled “A Basement Conversion: The Borla/Mouse Basement Studio” in the October 2010 issue of “Recording,” a magazine for the recording  musician. The article focuses on their home studio, which they designed, and includes comments from recording engineer John Larson on how the space was adapted for recording and mixing sessions. Here’s a preview from the article:

March 9 concert showcases North Central College jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga

North Central College presents an evening of jazz featuring the extraordinary talents of saxophonist and jazz faculty member Mitch Paliga.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College presents an evening of jazz featuring the extraordinary talents of saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of the College’s acclaimed music faculty.

Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. According to Cadence Jazz Magazine, “Paliga is an interesting composer but he also may be the next great voice on the soprano sax.”

North Central College offers five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree in leadership

North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Nov. 16, 2010)—North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years.

Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours.

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla is featured artist Nov. 10

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla is featured artist Nov. 10

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Music education program receives national award

North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306

Oct. 11, 2010--North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC with an award for outstanding growth.

In the announcement to the College, MENC's North Central president remarked, "Your dedication and commitment to the young students studying to be teachers is such a contribution to our profession. Your guidance and knowledge both inspire and mentor these young people."

Music education program receives national award

North Central College's music education program has been recognized by MENC with an award for outstanding growth.

Music education program receives national award

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306

Oct. 11, 2010--North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC with an award for outstanding growth.

College among first in nation to present "The Phantom of the Opera"

North Central College students will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork "The Phantom of the Opera" Nov. 4-7.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Oct. 4, 2010--North Central College students will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork "The Phantom of the Opera" Nov. 4-7. An international phenomenon and the longest-running musical in Broadway history, "The Phantom" unmasks emotions like no other show can, leaving audiences breathless.

Frank Caruso publishes text on piano improvisation

Frank Caruso publishes text on piano improvisation

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Frank Caruso, pianist and lecturer in music, has co-written a manual titled “Piano Improvisation: A Powerful Practical System” with Karl Mollison. It illustrates the basic principles of improvisation for aspiring jazz students and is called “a great asset for jazz musicians regardless of their instrument,” by Jack Mouse, North Central’s coordinator of jazz studies and adjunct instructor of music.



Max Popp

A serious musician who practically lives in North Central’s practice rooms, Max takes every opportunity to rehearse with jazz ensembles.

“Being part of an ensemble is the best thing for your career,” he says. “This year I joined six groups, which gave me lots of opportunities to direct my own growth as a musician. With each group, you’re forced to change your mind and your playing. You have to be on your toes—stretching, improvising and thinking about what you’re going to do next.” And since all North Central ensembles are small, Max always has plenty of one-on-one contact with the faculty directing them.

What is Max’s goal for the future? “I want to be known for my art,” he says. “I’m confident of my abilities because I’ve learned so much from my professors.”

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