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Jazz studies alum performs on “The Late Show with David Letterman”

Grant Gustafson, a 2010 graduate who majored in jazz studies, performed with Jessica Lea Mayfield on a network television show.


March 10, 2011—North Central alumnus Grant Gustafson recently performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Gustafson, a 2010 graduate who majored in jazz studies, appeared on the Feb. 25 broadcast playing electric bass behind up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. In this photo, he's the second from the left.

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

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March 4, 2011—Tanner Smale ’12, majoring in musical theatre with a dance minor, placed second in the Musical Theatre Competition of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held Feb. 19 at Northeastern Illinois University. With piano accompaniment, he sang these musical theatre selections: “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “She’s Got A Way.” Smale competed among 130 Chicago area college juniors and seniors.



Master pianist Andreas Klein shares pizza, advice with music students

Music students at North Central enjoyed a master class and informal conversation over pizza with classical pianist Andreas Klein.

Feb. 21, 2011—Music students at North Central receive individualized instruction from world-renowned faculty, experience opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and sometimes are able to work with musical masters.

When acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. He even joined them for a pizza dinner in the concert hall lobby.

Students accompany Rivera, who gives talk on music therapy

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session on challenging behaviors in the classroom at faculty meeting in Chicago.

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “When Classes Get ‘Out of Tune’: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on Feb. 13. The session was part of a combined meeting of faculty for the Old Town School of Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Blanchet performs live on radio program

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed a new composition live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 on Jan. 24.

Feb. 18, 2011—George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 during an 8 p.m. show on Jan. 24 with Alicia Cordoba Tait on oboe. They performed a piece titled “Conversations for Oboe and Percussion” by Patricia Moorehead. The piece was inspired by and composed for Blanchet and Cordoba Tait who are engaged to be married. Blanchet teaches percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky composer-in-residence

Faculty and students are enjoying the rare chance to collaborate with a composer of international fame. Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, North Central's composer-in-residence, is sharing his vast experience that includes commissions for renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, countless movie scores and other international projects. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he most recently has been a composer-in-residence at Harvard University and Dartmouth College.

Self Employment in the Arts Conference helps creative students gain a business edge

North Central College hosts the 11th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 25-26.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 26, 2011)—College and high school students, educators and adults who aspire to be self-employed artists will gain valuable information about running their own business Feb. 25-26 when North Central College hosts the 11th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

Ramona Wis publishes international article

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor
Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, published first international article.

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, published her first international article. Titled “Directing Success: A Conductor’s View of Leadership,” the article was published in the November 2010 “China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) Business Review,” Asia’s version of the Harvard Business Review.

Record number of students to present at national research conference

A record 38 students from various academic areas will represent North Central at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research this spring.

 

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2011)—For the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research.

D-Term courses take students around the globe

In December, students take advantage of life-changing study abroad opportunities.

Jan. 24, 2011—North Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term—students can take advantage of North Central’s study abroad opportunities.

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