North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.”

Majors Minors and Programs : Jazz Studies

NCTV17 features David Sanborn in concert in the Wentz

NCTV17 features David Sanborn in concert in the Wentz

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Naperville Community Television features saxophonist David Sanborn in concert and on the record at North Central College in July. He praises the intimacy in Wentz Concert Hall in online news story.


Recent online videos about North Central College

Recent online videos about North Central College

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Jazz faculty member Frank Caruso leads student jazz ensemble in performance of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” NCTV17 reports on Los Lonely Boys performance in Wentz Concert Hall. The Cavaliers drum & bugle corps perform in Res/Rec Center July 11.


North Central music department chair presents paper at conference

Ramona Wis
Ramona Wis, chair of the music department at North Central College, presented her paper “Reframing Leadership.”

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

June 11, 2010—Ramona Wis, chair of the music department at North Central College, presented her paper “Reframing Leadership” June 11 at Northwestern University as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME).

North Central College in the news

North Central College in the news

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Naperville Sun:
  • “School board member turns to teaching career” features graduating education major Jeannette Clark ’10, after 16 years as school board member
  • “More inventing jobs instead of finding them: Music to his ears” highlights Erik Skov ’11, jazz studies major teaching guitar as part-time gig
  • “NCC gets new board member”
  • “Red Sox pick North Central infielder Robinson in draft”


Final weekend is filled with concerts, performances. Enjoy!

Final weekend is filled with concerts, performances. Enjoy!

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June 4: Concert Choir presents its graduation concert, 8 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, tickets $5/$3 June 5: Flute Extravaganza features NCC Flute Choir, guest artists, new work by Ben Wahlund, 3 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, free June 6: NCC Express show choir performance, 6 p.m., Pfeiffer Hall, free June 6: Opera Workshop showcases 10 student vocalists performing music by Gilbert and Sullivan and Johann Strauss, 7:30 p.m., Wentz Concert Hall, tickets $5/$3 June 6: Red Bike Performance Company presents “Little Re


North Central unveils star-studded 2010-2011 fine arts season

A star-studded lineup of classical, jazz and contemporary artists fills the 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season at North Central College.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

June, 2010—A star-studded lineup of classical, jazz and contemporary artists fills the 2010-2011 Fine & Performing Arts Season at North Central College.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Frankie Valli, Blues Traveler, Ramsey Lewis, Rachel Barton Pine, the Vienna Boys Choir, David Sanborn and Del McCourey with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are just a few highlights of North Central College’s most sensational season to date.

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