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North Central College announces star-studded 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of many big-name artists who will perform at North Central College during 2014-2015.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Natalie Cole and Jars of Clay are just three of the big-name artists performing at North Central College during its 2014-2015 Fine and Performing Arts Season.

Catherine Smith earns Outstanding Major in Music Education Award

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during North Central College’s 2014 Honors Convocation.

Catherine Smith, of Oak Lawn, was awarded the Outstanding Major in Music Education Award during Honors Day May 13 at North Central College in Naperville.

A senior, Catherine is majoring in music education at North Central College and is a member of the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and education honor society Kappa Delta Pi. She served as a first-year mentor on the Orientation staff and her name has regularly appeared on the Dean’s List.

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.”  

Educators are among first to complete College’s new principal-preparation program

Six candidates are the first to complete North Central College’s newly redesigned principal-preparation program.

Heather Schild learned a lot about leadership and the responsibilities of being a school principal while she studied for her master’s degree in education (MAEd) at North Central College.

For two years while enrolled in North Central’s principal-preparation program, Schild worked as an Instructional Coordinator in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and reported directly to Naperville North High School Principal Kevin Pobst.

“I thought North Central’s program was rigorous and provided a lot of authentic experiences,” Schild says.

Van Oyen and Wilders present workshop at teachers association meeting

Professors Richard Wilders and Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central professors Lawrence Van Oyen and Rich Wilders lecture on the formal systems in math and music at West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting.

North Central College faculty Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Richard Wilders, Marie and Bernice Gantzert Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of mathematics, together lectured on the formal systems in math, music and art at the West Suburban Music Teachers Association meeting in April.

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.

Kirk gives presentation at TED-like talk about The Argus Project

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music
Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, copresented “Subaquatic Sound Art” about innovative, electronic music.

Jonathon Kirk, North Central College assistant professor of music, copresented at a TEDx talk in February at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Kirk presented alongside Dr. Lee Weisert, assistant professor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Four North Central College choral ensembles present concert April 10

April 10 choral concert venue, Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church
North Central’s Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Cardinal Chorus present concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

North Central College’s choral ensembles will perform a special concert at the Fourth Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut St. and North Michigan Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Students travel during spring break to serve, build, perform, compete

North Central College students use their spring break to travel nationwide to serve others, build homes, help communities, sing and train for spring sports.

While some students may relax on a sunny beach during North Central College’s spring break, many will embark on service trips across the nation. Nearly 60 students will build homes, serve food at a homeless shelter and serve communities in Detroit, New York City, West Virginia and other locations. Some 48 Concert Choir members will perform in venues in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. Six athletic teams also head to warmer climates for competition.

Renowned soprano Lisa Vroman and Brian Lynch perform with DSO

North Central College and DuPage Symphony Orchestra cosponsor two “Broadway Spectacular” concerts March 15-16 with featured artists.

North Central College’s fine arts department and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra are cosponsoring two “Broadway Spectacular” concerts March 15-16 in Wentz Concert Hall, featuring vocal performances and music from Broadway classics.  

The featured vocalist is internationally renowned soprano Lisa Vroman. One of America’s most versatile voices—from Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert—she also will perform two songs with North Central’s Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch.

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