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North Central appoints new Director of Pep Bands

Langston Hemenway
North Central College has announced the hiring of new Director of Pep Bands Langston Hemenway, who will teach and conduct the Red Noise pep band.

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.

Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams to address North Central College Commencement

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps
Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Aaron S. Williams, director of the Peace Corps, will deliver the address June 9 at the 147th Commencement ceremony of North Central College.

Lucas Steidinger earns 2012 Clarence Juhnke Award for Outstanding Major in Music

Lucas Steidinger
Lucas Steidinger of Loves Park, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Clarence Juhnke Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.

May 21, 2012—Lucas Steidinger of Loves Park, Ill., was awarded the 2012 Clarence Juhnke Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College. The award recognizes the outstanding student majoring in music.

Steidinger is a junior majoring in music education with a focus on instrumental music and a minor in secondary education. He is the son of Bruce and Kay Steidinger and a graduate of Harlem Senior High School.

Architectural group honors North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center

North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center has received an award from the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

May 17, 2012—North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center has received the top design award in its category from the Illinois chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The facility was recognized with the AIA’s 2012 Mies van der Rohe Award in the category for innovative design. More than 140 entries in six service categories and 13 design categories were judged by architects. The 2012 AIA awards were announced April 13 in Springfield.

North Central College alumni honored for teaching excellence in Naperville schools

Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

May 15, 2012—Two alumni of North Central College’s music education program are being recognized by Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for excellence in teaching.

Nicholas Janssen, a 2005 graduate of North Central College, received District 203’s Outstanding Early Educator Award for his work as choral director at Naperville North High School. Emily Steffen, a 2010 graduate, received the district’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher Award  for her work at Naper and Ellsworth elementary schools.

Kirk gives talk, showcases original work

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music
Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, gave lecture on re-imagining Bach’s canons and premiered composition at Auburn University.

Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, gave a lecture titled “Strange Loops: Re-imagining Bach’s Canons” at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., April 23, as part of a short residency. His lecture looked at the unusual structures of three lesser-known canons by Bach—“BWV 1072,” “BWV 1074” and “BWV 1078”—and discussed issues of aural perception within various types of canonic writing. He also reflected on other concepts introduced in Douglas Hofstadter’s seminal book, “Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.”

Forensics team members claim national attention

2012 forensic team members
North Central College’s forensics team has traveled and competed nationwide and placed among the top teams and competitors in the country.

North Central College’s forensics team has traveled and competed nationwide during winter and spring terms and placed among the top teams and competitors in the country.

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

College hosts Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp, summer concert series

Jay Clayton and Janice Borla perform in "Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites"
The 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and “Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites” concert series will be presented at North Central College July 21-27.

The 24th annual Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and “Hot Jazz-6 Cool Nites” concert series will be presented at North Central College July 21-27. The overlapping events are jointly sponsored by the College’s Jazz Studies Program.

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