North Central College - Naperville, IL

Michael Sundblad '03

Michael Sundblad was recognized as outstanding professor of the year at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA, where he has worked since 2007. He is chair of the department of performing arts and director of musical theatre. Sundblad is also conductor of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra in Newport News, VA.

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

North Central College jazz faculty Jim Cox, Jack Mouse perform Sept. 20

Jim Cox
North Central College jazz faculty members Jim Cox and Jack Mouse will perform “The Revenge of The Rhythm Section” Sept. 20 at the College.

North Central College jazz faculty members Jim Cox and Jack Mouse will perform “The Revenge of The Rhythm Section” Sept. 20 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

North Central College hosts Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 21-27

Janice Borla, jazz vocalist and North Central College lecturer in music
Jazz vocalists, recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Peter Eldridge headline Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concerts July 21-27 at North Central College.

Jazz vocalists and recording artists Janice Borla, Jay Clayton and Peter Eldridge headline the 25th annual Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites concert series July 21-27 at North Central College.

“Peter Pan” features youth, adult actors from the community

North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents the family-friendly, classic musical “Peter Pan” July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4.

North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents the time-honored, family-friendly musical “Peter Pan” July 26-28 and Aug. 2-4.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3 and at 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 4 in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Dominic Guanzon

When it comes to music, Dominic likes to try new things. At North Central, it’s especially easy to experiment.

“You’ve got dozens of styles, hundreds of years and thousands of composers and artists to explore,” he says. “I see classmates switching from classical music to jazz and vice-versa. Some do both, including me—that’s what college is all about. You can take advantage of the highly experienced jazz department, the Mac labs equipped with music writing software and the finely designed Wentz Concert Hall.”

One of Dominic’s most influential experiences came from a summer jazz camp he attended on campus. It’s where he was first introduced to jazz.

“As someone who’d never improvised a solo before, I was probably the least experienced person there,” he says. “The friendly atmosphere opened a door I didn’t even know was there.

“North Central has given me ways to follow that path as someone who’s not only competent, but also passionate about music.”

Summer musicals feature students, alumni, community members

Casts feature students, alumni, community members

When North Central College presents its three musicals this summer, hundreds of children and adults from the community and College will take the stage as pirates and Indians, fairy princesses, disciples of Jesus, soldiers, lost boys, villains and more. Many in the cast have North Central connections as students, faculty, alumni and staff.

North Central College Summer Musical Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”

North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” June 28-30 and July 5-7 and features actors from the community.

North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre presents “Jesus Christ Superstar” June 28-30 and July 5-7 and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 28-29 and July 5-6 and at 2 p.m. June 30 and July 7 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Big names coming to North Central College for 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Blood, Sweat & Tears
North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season offers chances to see many big-name entertainers in intimate settings.

North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season offers chances to see many big-name entertainers in intimate settings.

Chicago Sinfonietta album recorded in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall

A new album by the Chicago Sinfonietta was recorded in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, a venue known for its exceptional acoustics.

A new album by the Chicago Sinfonietta was recorded in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall, a venue known for its exceptional acoustics.

The new album, “Delights & Dances,” is the full-length recording debut by Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta. The Cedille Records album features the Harlem Quartet in world-premiere recordings of works by contemporary American composers Michael Abels and Randall Craig Fleischer.

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