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North Central College showcases young talent Oct. 13 at Choral Invitational Festival

Vocal talents of local students are showcased at the annual Choral Invitational Festival at North Central College Oct. 13.

Vocal talents of local junior high and high school students, as well as North Central College’s choral ensembles, will be showcased Oct. 13 during the annual Choral Invitational Festival at North Central College.

Student groups performing during this year’s festival are Naperville’s Lincoln Junior High School Eighth Grade Chorus—under the direction of Ross Berkley—and the Rockford Christian Concert Choir. This is the first time a junior high ensemble has been invited to participate in the festival.

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla performs Sept. 23

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Janice Borla performs Sept. 23 in the Madden Theatre.

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Janice Borla performs an evening of classic and contemporary jazz Sept. 23 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

North Central alumni, students hone skills as they lead and teach at summer camp

Eighth-grade scholars solve math problem during Math Olympics
For the first time, North Central alumnae co-direct the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need schools.

July 21, 2011—For the first time, North Central alumnae served as co-directors of the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora and Chicago. Program Coordinator Jan Fitzsimmons recruited Cherrelle Blevins ’09 and Jill Bushman ’10 to serve as co-directors, along with four North Central alumni as coaches and 17 students as interns for the 2011 five-week summer program.

Faculty and staff recognized for outstanding service, teaching, scholarship

Six faculty and administrative staff members are recognized by for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service “above and beyond the call of duty.”

June 28, 2011—North Central College recently recognized faculty and administrative staff members for their outstanding teaching, scholarship and service "above and beyond the call of duty." Each was presented with endowed awards established in memory of two North Central College alumni—Clarence F. Dissinger, Class of 1921, and his sister Ruth C. Dissinger Althaus, Class of 1922. With the exception of the scholarship prize, awards were based on student, faculty and staff nominations.

The administrative staff award recipients are:

Wis has feature article in “Choral Journal”

“Influence Changes Everything” by Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, was the lead feature in American Choral Directors Association journal.

Ramona Wis—Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music—was recently published in the “Choral Journal,” the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association. Her article, titled “Influence Changes Everything: How Conductors Can Shape Motivation, Create Momentum, and Reframe the Musical Experience,” is the lead article in the publication’s March 2011 special focus issue. The American Choral Directors Association membership comprises more than 22,000 choral conductors representing some million singers.

Concert Choir immersed in Italian musical history and tradition

A first-ever European tour to Rome, Venice and Florence March 16-24 gave North Central’s Concert Choir an immersion in musical history and tradition. In addition to singing in world-renowned cathedrals, like St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City in Rome and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the choir visited Cremona, home of the Stradivarius violin, and Florence. “The whole experience was geared to music students and so it was very special for us,” says Professor of Music Jeordano Martínez, director of the Concert Choir.

Wis is guest clinician at choral classic

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was guest clinician for the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic.

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was a guest clinician for the Wheaton Warrenville South Choral Classic on March 12. The event featured a high school competition with 18 show choirs and concert choirs and brought together hundreds of singers throughout the Midwest for performances, adjudications and clinics in the choral and show choir genres.

Concert Choir takes first-ever European tour

The Concert Choir will embark on its first tour in Italy March 16-24 and sing at concerts in Florence, Venice and Siena and masses at the Vatican in Rome.

March 4, 2011—North Central College’s Concert Choir will embark on its first-ever European concert tour March 16-24. Some 36 students of the nearly 60-voice mixed choir have raised their own financial support and will participate in the American Celebration of Music tour to various sites in Italy.

Directed by Professor of Music Jeordano Martínez, the Concert Choir will sing during Catholic masses at St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City in Rome and at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and at concerts in Florence, Venice and Siena.

Education alumni share advice with current students

Shane Gillespie, Class of 2004, English teacher
Four alumni of North Central College's undergraduate and graduate education programs share their expertise and advice with students.

March 7, 2011—Students majoring in education at North Central College get to learn from excellent faculty members on a daily basis and from highly respected teachers in the field. Recently, four alumni of North Central’s undergraduate and graduate education programs returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with students in the 242 Classroom Management Techniques in Secondary Education class taught by Kristine Servais, associate professor of education.

Master pianist Andreas Klein shares pizza, advice with music students

Music students at North Central enjoyed a master class and informal conversation over pizza with classical pianist Andreas Klein.

Feb. 21, 2011—Music students at North Central receive individualized instruction from world-renowned faculty, experience opportunities to perform in world-class venues, and sometimes are able to work with musical masters.

When acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. He even joined them for a pizza dinner in the concert hall lobby.

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