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Explore the Sound

Watch how in the fourth annual Explore the Sound concert, music ensembles performed in every location to demonstrate the acoustics of Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central College’s Jan Fitzsimmons honored by education professionals

Educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Feb. 21, 2012—North Central College educator Janis Fitzsimmons is being honored by peers for her achievements in helping prepare young teachers to pursue careers serving children in high-need schools.

Fitzsimmons will receive recognition April 16 during the annual Honoring the Profession gala hosted by School of Education at Dominican University. The gala recognizes a select group of educators who continue to serve students and young people in the United States through the education profession.

North Central faculty present instrumental recital

College music faculty play trombone, alto and soprano saxophone, the euphonium and piano in instrumental faculty recital Feb. 17 in Wentz Concert Hall.

North Central College music faculty will present an instrumental faculty recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Wentz Concert Hall.

Jonathon Kirk, assistant professor of music, will play the euphonium and trombone, and Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, will play alto saxophone. They will be accompanied by other North Central faculty—Joann Cho and Jon Warfel on piano and Mitch Paliga on soprano saxophone. Admission is free.

Van Oyen and Warfel perform in saxophone recital

North Central music faculty Lawrence Van Oyen and Jon Warfel
North Central College Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen and Lecturer of Music Jon Warfel perform in “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University.

Lawrence Van Oyen, professor of music and director of bands, and Jon Warfel, lecturer in music, performed in a program titled “Saxophonia II” at Eastern Michigan University Feb. 3. The event’s theme focused on World War II and included 15 performances by nine different musicians.

North Central takes lead in national curriculum research

New national academic standards aim to raise the achievement of K-12 students in the United States to a world-class level. And North Central will play a lead role in helping teachers at high-need schools better prepare students for more rigorous standards in mathematics.

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Alumnus lectures, performs in Beijing and is guest on WONC

Mike Krieglstein ’10
Musician, world traveler Mike Krieglstein ’10 is lecturer at university in Beijing and guest artist with WONC’s music night series Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Musician, world traveler and 2010 alumnus Mike Krieglstein will be the featured guest artist Feb. 7 as part of WONC’s Tuesday music night series. Listen to WONC-FM 89.1 from 6 to 8 p.m. to hear a live interview with Krieglstein about his recent adventures in China where he gave a lecture and performed. After the radio interview, Krieglstein will give a free live concert at 8 p.m. in the basement of the Rolland Center Boilerhouse Café.

Snow Bowl fundraiser Feb. 3 for Tyson Resource Center at North Central College

Snow Bowl benefit in 2011
Join night of bowling, fundraiser Feb. 3 to support resource center for North Central education students and chapel service Jan. 24 in memory of Lora Tyson.

Community members are invited to join an evening of bowling, networking, fun and fundraising to support a valuable resource for North Central College education students.

WFMT to broadcast Rachel Barton Pine concert recorded at North Central College

On April 20, WFMT-FM 98.7 will broadcast a concert by violinist Rachel Barton Pine recorded last year in Wentz Concert Hall.

On April 20, 98.7WFMT—Chicago’s classical and fine arts radio station—will broadcast a concert by renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine recorded last year in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 and may be heard on the radio in the Chicago area at WFMT-FM 98.7 or online anywhere at

Jazz guitarist John McLean performs March 30 at North Central College

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member John McLean performs March 30 in the Madden Theatre.

Audience members will enjoy an evening of stellar jazz by a member of North Central College’s acclaimed music faculty when guitarist John McLean performs March 30.

“An Evening with Jazz Guitarist John McLean” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

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