North Central College - Naperville, IL

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

College hosts Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, summer concert series

Jay Clayton and Janice Borla perform in "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites"
The 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and “Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites” concert series will be presented at North Central College July 21-27.

The 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and “Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites” concert series will be presented at North Central College July 21-27. The overlapping events are jointly sponsored by the College’s Jazz Studies Program.

Wis is presenter at in-service workshop, guest clinician at festival

Ramona Wis, professor and chair of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, gave in-service workshop for teachers, was guest clinician at music festival.

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, gave an in-service workshop presentation titled “Best Practices in the Choral/General Music Classroom” for the vocal/general music teachers in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 on  March 2.

Concert Choir tours southern states on spring concert tour

Concert Choir soloists performing in Wentz Concert Hall
North Central College’s 50-voice Concert Choir sings in venues throughout Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida during spring concert tour.

North Central College’s 50-voice Concert Choir will hit the road March 14-23 to perform and sing in churches and venues throughout Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

Folk singer/songwriter David Mallett to perform May 4

David Mallett
Singer/songwriter David Mallett will perform his songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica in an intimate setting May 4 at North Central College.

Singer/songwriter David Mallett—one of America’s true original troubadours—will perform his songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica in an intimate setting May 4 at North Central College.

Mallett, a Maine-based artist whose career spans nearly 40 years, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4, in North Central College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Tickets are $25; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Explore the Sound

Watch how in the fourth annual Explore the Sound concert, music ensembles performed in every location to demonstrate the acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

Building on Momentum: Scholarships

Cody Follis ’13 is pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer and politician, participating in forensics while studying political science. Merissa Burnett ’13 wants to go into law enforcement and works at Campus Safety. Alexandra Williams ’13 is furthering her passion for music by majoring in jazz studies and plans on graduate school to become a professor of music.

North Central faculty present instrumental recital

College music faculty play trombone, alto and soprano saxophone, the euphonium and piano in instrumental faculty recital Feb. 17 in Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central College music faculty will present an instrumental faculty recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Wentz Concert Hall.

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music, will play the euphonium and trombone, and Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, will play alto saxophone. They will be accompanied by other North Central faculty—Joann Cho and Jon Warfel on piano and Mitch Paliga on soprano saxophone. Admission is free.

Van Oyen and Warfel perform in saxophone recital

North Central music faculty Lawrence Van Oyen and Jon Warfel
North Central College Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen and Lecturer of Music Jon Warfel perform in “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University.

Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Jon Warfel, lecturer in music, performed in a program titled “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University Feb. 3. The event’s theme focused on World War II and included 15 performances by nine different musicians.

Record 45 North Central students to present at NCUR

Student presenters at previous NCUR
For third straight year, a record number of students will represent North Central College at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

For the third consecutive year, a record number of students from North Central College will participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

Forty-five students will represent North Central at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) March 29-31 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. No other college or university in Illinois will send more students to this prestigious conference.

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