North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose music at North Central College?

At North Central you’ll find all the performance opportunities you’ve dreamed about. Choose from more than 20 instrumental and vocal groups, including large and small ensembles, jazz combos, musical theatre and opera workshops. You’ll perform in a grand concert hall and in more intimate settings. Working closely with professionally active faculty, you’ll receive plenty of one-on-one attention in class and out.

In other words, you’ll receive all the tools and opportunities you need to carve your own performance niche.

You can also:

  • Shape your classes, lessons and performances around your particular areas of interest.
  • Enroll in a variety of music and music-related courses, ranging from conducting to composition to music theory, from a wide spectrum of choral and instrumental faculty.
  • Audition for ensemble scholarships.

To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as a music major, click here.


North Central College students showcase their talents in the musical comedy by Dolly Parton based on the 1970s hit movie “9 to 5.”
Assistant Professor of Theatre Jermaine Hill
North Central College’s theatre faculty set the stage for students’ futures with advancement of curriculum and experience from their own professional careers.
A math professor, musician and runner, Dr. David Schmitz recently completed his goal of running a marathon in every state.


Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in music have been accepted at:

  • Indiana University
  • Boston Conservatory
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of Missouri
  • Northeastern University
  • Vandercook College of Music
  • Washington University
  • Illinois State University


Recent graduates of music include:

  • Performance (vocal, instrumental, jazz, musical theatre)
  • Composition and arranging
  • Private studio teaching
  • Music library science
  • Arts management

Amanda never envisioned herself working in a cubicle. She wanted to travel and sing, and she chose North Central College to make her dream a reality.

“I’ve been playing music ever since I was little and could never see myself pursuing a traditional career. I wanted to gain all the knowledge and skills of a professional musician,” she says.

In addition to joining the Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz ensemble, Amanda attended weekly private lessons to help reach her goals.

“Spending an hour every week with an instructor really creates the opportunity to improve and flourish as a musician,” she says.

Venturing out of the classroom—and the country—Amanda studied abroad in England. She will...

Music major

Brian transferred to North Central College to major in music and was challenged by the rich opportunities that came his way.

A percussionist, he enjoys world music and performed with the College’s jazz ensembles. “But my real passion is composing,” says Brian, who plans to attend graduate school.  

At North Central, he found a perfect mentor in one of his professors, a composer and expert in electronic and computer music. “It was so great to find someone with his level of expertise and knowledge.”

Brian had previously attended the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. To finish his degree, he found what he was looking for in his hometown of Naperville and at North Central, where...

Music: Jazz Studies major

Performing, touring, conducting, composing. Taylor has done it all at North Central. He sang in two choirs, played bass in jazz ensembles, helped conduct the pit orchestra for a theatrical production and wrote a musical, which was staged as a student production.

“There are so many opportunities at a small school if you go after them,” says Taylor.

A highlight was a choir tour of Italy, during which he served as assistant conductor for performances in Vatican City, Venice, Siena and Florence. “I conducted a piece for the choir in three cathedrals where we performed. Those were very cool moments.”

Taylor also focused on composing, he co-founded a new ensemble that performs original student...

Music major

When it comes to music, Dominic likes to try new things. At North Central, it’s especially easy to experiment.

“You’ve got dozens of styles, hundreds of years and thousands of composers and artists to explore,” he says. “I see classmates switching from classical music to jazz and vice-versa. Some do both, including me—that’s what college is all about. You can take advantage of the highly experienced jazz department, the Mac labs equipped with music writing software and the finely designed Wentz Concert Hall.”

One of Dominic’s most influential experiences came from a summer jazz camp he attended on campus. It’s where he...

Music major

Sarah's love for diverse musical styles flourished when she came to North Central. She changed her musical pursuits from classical vocal study to jazz violin to classical violin. Nonetheless, she graduated in four years and managed to spend a full year at the University of Limerick's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Sarah was one of the College’s first music majors to focus on violin performance. She created her own course of study emphasizing string and violin and performed with the String Ensemble, Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Violin Jazz Combo.

She credits North Central’s faculty with helping her take her talent to a new level. "I gained an immense amount of knowledge and...