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North Central music department chair presents paper at conference

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Ramona Wis

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June 11, 2010—Ramona Wis, chair of the music department at North Central College, presented her paper “Reframing Leadership” June 11 at Northwestern University as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME).

CSEME brings together music education faculty, doctoral students and center fellows to examine contemporary issues and foster collaborative research on music teaching and learning. Through her involvement with CSEME, Wis contributed to the book, “On the Nature of Musical Experience,” and her current paper is to be included in a book published by the CSEME commemorating its 25th Anniversary Conference.

Wis, of Naperville, holds the Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts endowed chair at North Central College. She was named the chair's first recipient in 2002. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Illinois, a master of music degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University.

A member of North Central’s faculty since 1994, she founded the Women's Chorale and Women's Chamber ensembles and in 2009 led the Women's Chorale on a tour of Europe that included performances in Paris, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.

She is active as a festival conductor, clinician, writer and public speaker, specifically in the areas of leadership and rehearsal techniques, and authored the book, “Conductor as Leader: Principles of Leadership Applied to Life on the Podium.”

North Central’s comprehensive undergraduate music program offers degrees in music, music education (choral and instrumental) and jazz studies. Music faculty are successful performers, accomplished conductors, leading scholars and experienced teachers. Students have opportunities to participate in 18 different choral, instrumental and jazz ensembles. Visit to learn more about North Central’s music program.

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching”; as “a college for high-achieving students” by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges; and as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes. For more information about North Central College visit