North Central College - Naperville, IL

Music education program receives Collegiate Chapter Growth Award from NAfME

Concert Choir
North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recognized for membership growth by the National Association for Music Education.

North Central College’s music education program and its student chapter were recently recognized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the professional organization for music educators.

The North Central College chapter was presented with a NAfME Collegiate Chapter Growth Award for 2013-2014. Awarded to chapters that increase their membership over the previous year, the distinction recognizes programs that have “demonstrated a high level of dedication and effort to the benefit of members’ professional development.”  

North Central choirs meet with British composer Bob Chilcott

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, and Bob Chilcott
North Central College’s choirs met with renowned British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott during a workshop in April.

Members of North Central College’s choirs met with renowned British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott during a workshop April 30.

Chilcott worked with the College’s Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorale. He came to Naperville as part of the upcoming Young Naperville Singers 30th Anniversary Concert held on campus May 4 at Wentz Concert Hall.

Four North Central College choral ensembles present concert April 10

April 10 choral concert venue, Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church
North Central’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Cardinal Chorus present concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

North Central College’s choral ensembles will perform a special concert at the Fourth Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut St. and North Michigan Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Students and alumni music educators connect at Illinois Music Educators Association conference

A record number 60 North Central College music education majors, 23 music education alumni and faculty attended the annual IMEA All-State Conference.

Each year, North Central College students, faculty and alumni attend the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Conference where they host an exhibit and attend workshops, classes, rehearsals and performances.

Some 60 North Central music education majors and 23 music education alumni—the largest turnout ever for the College—attended the 2014 conference, held Jan. 22-25 in Peoria. All the music education alumni, from class years 1996 to 2013, are currently employed as music educators.

Wis is guest conductor at Illinois Music Educators Association festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the IMEA District IX Festival.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and chair and professor of music, was Honors Chorus Guest Conductor for the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) District IX Festival held Nov. 23 at East Aurora High School. Wis rehearsed the 306-voice chorus, chosen by audition from among 50 high school choral programs in the western and northwestern Illinois area, and then conducted the ensemble in a culminating concert, which also featured the Honors Band and Honors Chorus of District IX.

Warfel is featured pianist in two Fox Valley Orchestra performances

Jon Warfel, lecturer in music
Jon Warfel, North Central College lecturer in music, performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” as guest pianist with the Fox Valley Orchestra.

Jon Warfel, North Central College lecturer in music and staff accompanist, was guest pianist with the Fox Valley Orchestra in two concerts titled “American Rhapsody,” featuring works by Gershwin, Dvorak and Dohnanyi.

Warfel performed “Rhapsody in Blue” by American composer George Gershwin on Sept. 21 at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles and on Sept. 22 at the Crimi Auditorium in the Institute for Collaboration at Aurora University in Aurora.
 

Blanchet and O’Connell tour with Camerata Chicago in Europe

George Blanchet and Dan O’Connell, music instructors
George Blanchet, North Central College percussion instructor, and Dan O’Connell, French horn instructor, performed with Camerata Chicago on European tour.

George Blanchet, North Central College percussion instructor and lecturer in music, and Dan O’Connell, French horn instructor and lecturer in music, were part of a successful European tour, June 15-23, with the chamber orchestra Camerata Chicago. The Chicago-based orchestra performed under the leadership of Maestro Drostan Hall in the cities of Prague, the Czech Republic; Paris, Tulle and Marseille, France; and Milan, Italy.

Marisa Miko earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Marisa Miko received the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during the 2013 Honors Convocation at North Central College.

Marisa Miko, daughter of Lori and Gary Miko, of Naperville was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 14 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Marisa is majoring in instrumental music and choral music at North Central College. She is a graduate of Naperville North High School.

Marisa has been active on a number of the College’s musical ensembles, including the Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and Concert Winds and has participated in a student composition showcase.

Wis works with choral musicians as guest conductor at festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was guest conductor for Honors Music Festival at area school.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was guest conductor for the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference (NUIC) Honors Music Festival held at Galena High School in Galena, Ill., March 22. Wis worked with nearly 100 choral musicians during the daylong conference and presented a public performance that evening.

Wis joined North Central’s faculty in 1994. She received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.M. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Mouse receives award for his work as jazz drummer, educator

Jack Mouse, adjunct assistant professor of music
Jack Mouse, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, receives Aquarian Award of Achievement for contributions as jazz educator, performer.

Jack Mouse—North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, coordinator of the jazz studies program and jazz drummer—received an Aquarian Award of Achievement, presented by Aquarian Drumheads in acknowledgement of Mouse’s contributions as a jazz educator and performer.

Founded in 1980 by famous drummer and clinician Roy Burns, Aquarian Drumheads is an international company with a number of innovative patented products and sells drumheads and other gear to artists around the world, including Chad Butler of Switchfoot and Rikki Rockett of Poison.

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