North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Tia Johnson earns Clarence Juhnke Award

Tia Johnson received the Clarence Juhnke outstanding student in music award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Tia Johnson, daughter of Kyungyee and Thomas Johnson, of Aurora was awarded the Clarence Juhnke Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College. The award recognizes the outstanding student majoring in music.

A junior, Tia is majoring in instrumental music at North Central College. She is a graduate of Oswego East High School.

Dr. David Fuentes delivers Rall Symposium keynote address about music as research

David Fuentes, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Every culture in human history has created music and experienced its power to shape thoughts and feelings, David Fuentes, Ph.D., said in his keynote address for North Central College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Fuentes, professor of composition and theory at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., spoke about music’s inherent connection to the human experience in his address, “Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening as Research,” May 14 in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

Wentz concert showcases venue, performers

'Explore the Sound' has become an annual tradition at North Central College.

Student musicians connect with high schools, university on spring tour

Concert Winds in rehearsal
North Central College’s Concert Winds embarked on its spring tour April 15-18, conducting clinics, performing at high schools, a university, on campus.

North Central College’s Concert Winds ensemble, involving some 90 students, embarked on a spring concert tour in mid-April. The tour included performances and workshops at several local and Indiana high schools, a combined concert with Trine University’s Wind Ensemble in Angola, Ind., and a final performance on North Central’s campus.  

North Central College presents Broadway musicals star Jason Forbach May 19

Singer/actor and veteran of Broadway shows Jason Forbach will perform “A New Leading Man,” a special evening of cabaret music May 19 at North Central College.

Singer/actor and veteran of Broadway shows Jason Forbach will perform “A New Leading Man,” a special evening of cabaret music May 19 at North Central College.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35 and $30; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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