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North Central’s SEA Conference teaches entrepreneurs the business of arts

Tom Sharpe
North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 22-23 helps aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 13th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 22-23 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

Peter Sipla '07

Peter Sipla played a lead role in “Company” with BrightSide Theatre. The play was staged November 29 through December 9, 2012, in North Central’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall. Since graduating, Sipla has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Victory Gardens Theater-Biograph, Porchlight Music Theatre and First Folio Theatre. In his spare time, he is drummer for the local rock band Hyrax and coaches high school speech.

Jazz trombonist Joel Adams performs Feb. 8 at North Central College

Trombonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams will perform Feb. 8 in the College’s Madden Theatre.

Trombonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Joel Adams will perform Feb. 8 in the College’s Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Trombonist Joel Adams” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Blanchet plays percussion in “Annie”

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music
George Blanchet, North Central College percussionist and lecturer in music, plays percussion in the musical “Annie” at Paramount Theater through December.

George Blanchet, North Central College percussionist and lecturer in music, plays percussion in the family musical “Annie,” which runs Nov. 21-Dec. 30 at Paramount Theater in Aurora. Blanchet has performed for other musical productions at the Paramount, as well as the Chicago Sinfonietta and Metropolis Symphony Orchestra.

Blanchet has been teaching percussion at North Central since 1998 and directs the Percussion Ensemble.

Student jazz ensembles perform Nov. 14

North Central College presents the fall “Great Evening of Jazz” featuring student jazz ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central College presents the fall “Great Evening of Jazz” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Wentz Concert Hall with compositions and arrangements by Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Bobby Troup, Ornette Coleman, Janice Borla and many more.

Ninety-plus member Concert Winds presents Instrumental Invitational Festival

Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College’s Concert Winds hosts the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival with Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble Tuesday, Nov. 13.

North Central College’s Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music and Director of Bands Lawrence Van Oyen, will host the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wentz Concert Hall.

The annual event features the 92-member Concert Winds and local high school ensembles. This year’s guest band is the Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Lesniak ’99, who has served as an applied faculty member at North Central.  

North Central College students perform classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate”

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

Six performances will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. 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.

Brian Riordan

Brian transferred to North Central College to major in music and was challenged by the rich opportunities that came his way.

A percussionist, he enjoys world music and performed with the College’s jazz ensembles. “But my real passion is composing,” says Brian, who plans to attend graduate school.  

At North Central, he found a perfect mentor in one of his professors, a composer and expert in electronic and computer music. “It was so great to find someone with his level of expertise and knowledge.”

Brian had previously attended the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. To finish his degree, he found what he was looking for in his hometown of Naperville and at North Central, where he also learned from a Russian composer-in-residence. “He expected work from us at the level of graduate students. I enjoyed studying with him.”

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Jazz vibraphonist Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in Madden Theatre

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

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