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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.

Eric Skov

After attending a concert by North Central’s jazz faculty, Eric knew where he wanted to study jazz.

“Their playing was amazing. When we talked after the concert, they were very personable and North Central felt like family from day one. The close proximity of campus to my home allowed me to continue teaching private lessons on weekends and stay connected to my family.”

Eric discovered his instructors were very passionate about their teaching. “They inspired me to go beyond what was asked and make the project something I truly cared about. I enjoyed the close connections with our teachers and seeing them perform. Here, learning isn’t limited to the classroom. Teachers are approachable and understanding and become your friends and mentors.”

Eric plans to pursue a career as a professional musician. “I’m teaching guitar students in the area, playing gigs as much as possible and plan to move to Chicago and see what can happen.”

Taylor Martin

Performing, touring, conducting, composing. Taylor has done it all at North Central. He sang in two choirs, played bass in jazz ensembles, helped conduct the pit orchestra for a theatrical production and wrote a musical, which was staged as a student production.

“There are so many opportunities at a small school if you go after them,” says Taylor.

A highlight was a choir tour of Italy, during which he served as assistant conductor for performances in Vatican City, Venice, Siena and Florence. “I conducted a piece for the choir in three cathedrals where we performed. Those were very cool moments.”

Taylor also focused on composing, he co-founded a new ensemble that performs original student compositions. “Composing gives you a whole new perspective,” he says.

But he knows in his heart where his career is headed. “I had an epiphany my junior year that I want to pursue choral conducting as a career,” so he’s looking toward graduate school.

Jazz faculty are featured artists in new CD

Jazz pianist Dan Haerle
The Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of North Central College jazz faculty and clinicians, released “Aspiration,” showcasing 13 compositions by pianist Dan Haerle.

The Dan Haerle Trio, comprised of North Central College jazz faculty and clinicians, has released its third CD, “Aspiration,” showcasing 13 original compositions by pianist Dan Haerle. Bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Jack Mouse are also part of the group and featured artists on the album. The trio has been playing together for more than 30 years.  

150 Moments: Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center

Pfeiffer Hall interior, 1926
North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center are fine and performing arts gems spanning two centuries.

North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall and Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center are fine and performing arts gems of both the 20th and 21st centuries.

Jazz icon Herbie Hancock to perform Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

Modern music marvel Herbie Hancock transcends music genres and limitations when he performs Oct. 29 at North Central College.

Herbie Hancock, the iconic jazz pianist and multiple Grammy Award-winner, will perform his eclectic take on modern music Oct. 29 in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall as part of the first solo tour of his legendary career.

Hancock is a powerful influence in acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B music. His career spans five decades, his recordings have earned 12 Grammy Awards and he continues to amaze audiences with his energetic live performances.

Jazz trumpeter Doug Scharf performs Nov. 4 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Doug Scharf performs Nov. 4 in the Madden Theatre.

Trumpeter and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Doug Scharf performs Nov. 4 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Doug Scharf” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 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.

Paul Roots '07

Paul Roots ‘07, a civil engineering student at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was named a Udall Scholar for his commitment to the environment, leadership potential and academic achievement. In April, the Udall Foundation selected 80 students from 61 colleges and universities as 2011 Udall Scholars, awarding scholarships up to $5,000. Roots majored in music and jazz studies at North Central and after graduation, joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in 2008.

The Jack Mouse Group performs Oct. 14 at North Central College

The Jack Mouse Group performs an evening of jazz Oct. 14 at North Central College.

The Jack Mouse Group performs an evening of jazz Oct. 14 at North Central College.

The Jack Mouse Group performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. 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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