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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.

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.

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.

Wis presents session on choral conducting master class

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, gave presentation at the Illinois Music Education Conference.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, presented a session titled, “Choral Conducting Master Class: Small Changes, Big Results,” at the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference on Jan. 24 in Peoria, Ill.

Women’s Chorale tours, sings in Ireland

Some members of the group at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
The North Central College Women’s Chorale travels to Ireland June 12-19 on second tour abroad, along with music faculty and Chorale alumnae.

Some 36 members of the North Central College Women’s Chorale embarked on the ensemble’s second trip abroad, to Ireland, June 12-19. The women traveled to Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Bray and gave performances in historic cathedrals like St. Patrick’s in Dublin and enjoyed seeing the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and the Ring of Kerry.

Follow the adventures of the Women’s Chorale members and view photos at nccwomenschorale.blogspot.com.

Wis is presenter at in-service workshop, guest clinician at festival

Ramona Wis, professor and chair of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, gave in-service workshop for teachers, was guest clinician at music festival.

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, gave an in-service workshop presentation titled “Best Practices in the Choral/General Music Classroom” for the vocal/general music teachers in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 on  March 2.

Wis gives keynote address, leads session at conference of music educators

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts
Ramona Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was keynote speaker and session presenter at conference.

Ramona M. Wis, North Central College’s Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was keynote speaker and a session presenter at the British Columbia Music Educators Association conference, titled “Forte 2011: Growing Strong in Music Education,” in Richmond, British Columbia, Oct. 20-22.

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.

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