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Wis has feature article in “Choral Journal”

“Influence Changes Everything” by Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was the lead feature in American Choral Directors Association journal.

Ramona Wis—Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music—was recently published in the “Choral Journal,” the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association. Her article, titled “Influence Changes Everything: How Conductors Can Shape Motivation, Create Momentum, and Reframe the Musical Experience,” is the lead article in the publication’s March 2011 special focus issue. The American Choral Directors Association membership comprises more than 22,000 choral conductors representing some million singers.

Blanchet performs at Chicago’s Symphony Center

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, was part of a St. Patrick’s Day event “Make Them Hear You” at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, was part of a St. Patrick’s Day event, “Make Them Hear You,” at Chicago’s Symphony Center March 16. The celebration included Celtic entertainment with a narration by actor Martin Sheen and performances by Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir and Trinity Irish Dancers & Vocalists. Blanchet is the timpanist and principal percussionist with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra.

Wis is guest clinician at choral classic

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was guest clinician for the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic.

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was a guest clinician for the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic on March 12. The event featured a high school competition with 18 show choirs and concert choirs and brought together hundreds of singers throughout the Midwest for performances, adjudications and clinics in the choral and show choir genres.

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.

Kirk performs, presents at music conference

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music, performed and presented his custom interactive sound processing software at a conference on improvisation.

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music, performed and presented his custom interactive sound processing software at the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) conference, titled Improvisation and Cross-Cultural Creativity: Fostering Connections Through Spontaneous Musical Art. The conference was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Dec. 2-5.

Wis is featured speaker at music educators conference

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, was the headliner at Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association Conference.

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, was the headliner for the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association (OCMEA) Conference in Columbus, OH, on Nov. 6. Wis presented several sessions to undergraduate music education students from Ohio State, Miami University of Ohio, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Marietta College and other institutions in the state, covering topics of Music Education Philosophy, Rehearsal Design, Collaborative Teaching Techniques, and Repertoire Choice and Concert Programming.

Wis is featured speaker at music educators conference

Wis is featured speaker at music educators conference

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Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, was the headliner for the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association (OCMEA) Conference in Columbus, OH, on Nov. 6. Wis presented several sessions to undergraduate music education students from Ohio State, Miami University of Ohio, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Marietta College and other institutions in the state, covering topics of Music Education Philosophy, Rehearsal Design, Collaborative Teaching Techniques, and Repertoire Choice and Concert Programming.



Faculty select Steve Oliveri as 2010 Lincoln Laureate

Interactive media studies and broadcast communication major Steve Oliveri named Lincoln Laureate for his excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306, nadunker@noctrl.edu

Nov. 8, 2010—Steve Oliveri of Crystal Lake, Ill., has been named North Central College’s 2010 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. North Central faculty selected Oliveri as the College’s top senior for his excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.

"Christmas with Aaron Neville" presented Dec. 5 at North Central College

A legendary New Orleans soul and R&B singer stars in “Christmas with Aaron Neville” Dec. 5 at North Central College.

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

Oct. 12, 2010—A legendary New Orleans soul and R&B singer stars in “Christmas with Aaron Neville” Dec. 5 at North Central College.

The holiday performance showcases Neville performing with his quintet featuring his brother Charles. The two are among four siblings who founded The Neville Brothers in 1977.

Music education program receives national award

North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC.

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

Oct. 11, 2010--North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC with an award for outstanding growth.

In the announcement to the College, MENC's North Central president remarked, "Your dedication and commitment to the young students studying to be teachers is such a contribution to our profession. Your guidance and knowledge both inspire and mentor these young people."

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