North Central College - Naperville, IL

Music education program receives Collegiate Chapter Growth Award from NAfME

Concert Choir
North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recognized for membership growth by the National Association for Music Education.

North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recently recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators.

The North Central College chapter was presented with a NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award for 2013-2014. Awarded to chapters that increase their membership over the previous year, the distinction recognizes programs that have “demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of members’ professional development.”  

Van Oyen and Wilders present workshop at teachers association meeting

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central professors Lawrence Van Oyen and Rich Wilders lecture on the formal systems in math and music at West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting.

North Central College faculty Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, together lectured on the formal systems in math, music and art at the West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting in April.

North Central choirs meet with British composer Bob Chilcott

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, and Bob Chilcott
North Central College’s choirs met with renowned British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott during a workshop in April.

Members of North Central College’s choirs met with renowned British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott during a workshop April 30.

Chilcott worked with the College’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorale. He came to Naperville as part of the upcoming Young Naperville Singers 30th Anniversary Concert held on campus May 4 at Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central music major wins prestigious national jazz award

Alyssa Allgood '14
North Central College Alyssa Allgood '14 wins DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

North Central College senior Alyssa Allgood has won DownBeat Magazine’s national Student Music Award for best collegiate jazz vocal soloist.

The 2014 “Explore the Sound” theme is Of Spirits and Places

North Central College hosts the sixth annual “Explore the Sound” concert series on Feb. 20 and 21 with some 130 choral and instrumental musicians.

North Central College hosts the sixth annual “Explore the Sound” concert series with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20 and 21, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert features some 130 choral and instrumental musicians in a seamlessly staged, theatrically lit performance from every part of Wentz Concert Hall. The performers include the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Woodwind Quintet and Chamber String Ensemble with piano, string and jazz solos or small groups.

SEA Conference features four keynotes, workshops by successful artists

North Central College hosts the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

North Central among top 4 percent in accepted proposals at NCUR

Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

North Central College will send a record 44 students to the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Forty proposals submitted by these students were accepted for presentation.

Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs Jan. 31 at North Central College

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Jan. 31 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 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.

Kirk creates string quartet music for ringtone project

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music
Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, is one of 40 classical composers commissioned to write pieces for mobile ringtone project.

Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, is among 40 classical composers from around the country who were commissioned to write pieces for the Mobile Miniatures ringtone project.

Wis is guest conductor at Illinois Music Educators Association festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the IMEA District IX Festival.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and chair and professor of music, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District IX Festival held Nov. 23 at East Aurora High School. Wis rehearsed the 306-voice chorus, chosen by audition from among 50 high school choral programs in the western and northwestern Illinois area, and then conducted the ensemble in a culminating concert, which also featured the Honors Band and Honors Chorus of District IX.

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