North Central College - Naperville, IL

Amanda August

Amanda never envisioned herself working in a cubicle. She wanted to travel and sing, and she chose North Central College to make her dream a reality.

“I’ve been playing music ever since I was little and could never see myself pursuing a traditional career. I wanted to gain all the knowledge and skills of a professional musician,” she says.

In addition to joining the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz ensemble, Amanda attended weekly private lessons to help reach her goals.

“Spending an hour every week with an instructor really creates the opportunity to improve and flourish as a musician,” she says.

Venturing out of the classroom—and the country—Amanda studied abroad in England. She will use the strong repertoire of skills she developed both at North Central and overseas to orchestrate a career in the music industry.

“That study abroad experience not only expanded my perspective of the world, but helped me develop problem-solving skills, gain independence and assimilate with different cultures. This gives me an advantage in the future.”

North Central stages opera double bill “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer”

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer” July 11-13, 17-19 with actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Light Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer.”

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12 and 17-19 and at 2 p.m. July 13 in North Central’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College students benefit from gift of Shigeru Kawai piano

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefiting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano.

North Central College student vocalists and musicians are benefitting from the gift of a Shigeru Kawai piano, one of the world’s most exquisite instruments.

The College acquired the SK-EX model concert grand piano in fall 2013 through the generosity of alumna Jane Koten ’55. Thirteen students performed at a dedication recital in Koten Chapel on June 7, including pianists who played the instrument and vocalists and other musicians who were accompanied by a faculty member performing on the piano.

North Central College announces star-studded 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of many big-name artists who will perform at North Central College during 2014-2015.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of the big-name artists performing at North Central College during its 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

North Central stages “Evita,” the political, rocking musical about Argentine’s Eva Perón

Andrea Larson-Musselman as Evita
North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents the Webber and Rice musical “Evita” June 20-22, 27-29 with actors from the community.

Actors from the community will perform in North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre, featuring the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical “Evita” in June and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and 27-28 and at 2 p.m. June 22 and 29 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Alyssa Allgood earns Outstanding Music Major Award

Alyssa Allgood
Alyssa Allgood was awarded the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Alyssa Allgood, daughter of Steve Allgood and Nicole Rivera of Forest Park, was awarded the Clarence Juhnke Outstanding Music Major Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

A senior, Alyssa is a double major in music and organizational communication at North Central College. She is a graduate of Westmont High School.

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.

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