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College among first in nation to present "The Phantom of the Opera"

North Central College students will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork "The Phantom of the Opera" Nov. 4-7.

College among first in nation to present "The Phantom of the Opera"

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of public relations, 630-637-5306

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

Meet the College's nine new tenure-track faculty

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Among the many new faculty and coaches this academic year are nine full-time, tenure-track faculty. They are Leila Azarbad, assistant professor of psychology; Suzanne Chod, assistant professor of political science; Kristin Geraty-Bonacci, assistant professor of sociology; Andrei Guruianu, assistant professor of English; Katherine Heller, assistant professor of mathematics; Kelly Howe, assistant professor of theatre; Jonathon J.


New faculty member in the news

New faculty member in the news

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Quad-Cities Online: “Pendulum swings with duets for sax and laptop” features new faculty member Assistant Professor of Music Jonathon Kirk and his electronic musical expertise using his laptop. He’s part of the instrumental duo Pendulum.


Ramona Wis presents workshops to directors, educators

Ramona Wis presents workshops to directors, educators

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Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts, professor and chair of music, presented a workshop to an international audience of artistic directors during the Sister Singers Network conference in Chicago in July. Her session was titled “Influence Changes Everything: How Conductors Can Create Momentum and Achieve Success (and still sleep at night).” More recently, Wis facilitated a workshop with the K-12 music educators of Indian Prairie School District 204. Held Aug.


Eliseo Martinez '10 and Amanda Broaddus '10

Music education majors Eliseo Martinez ’10 and Amanda Broaddus ’10 will achieve their dreams of teaching music next year.

Music education majors Eliseo Martinez ’10 and Amanda Broaddus ’10 will achieve their dreams of teaching music next year. Broaddus, the 2010 Outstanding Major in Music Education, will teach at the high school she attended, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley in Gibson City, IL. She completed her student teaching at York High School last fall and when her interviewers from Gibson City asked her to demonstrate her conducting skills, she returned to York to teach for a day.

Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

Brian Lynch touts fine arts season on radio

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Tune in to WERV-FM 95.9 "The River" before 9 a.m. today, Monday, Aug. 30, to hear Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch talk about the upcoming Sesquicentennial Fine Arts Season. Brian will be on the Scott Mackay in the Morning program as it broadcasts live from Tassos restaurant in downtown Naperville. Brian will talk about some of the artists performing this season, which features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Leann Rimes, Blues Traveler, Frankie Valli and much more.


Eliseo Martinez

Eliseo received two job offers upon graduation and he accepted a position teaching music at an Aurora elementary school where he student-taught.

His story began with North Central's professors and teaching opportunities, which he describes as second to none. "Our teachers look for potential in you, not just musical expertise, and they give you one-on-one attention and freedom to design your own individual program," he says. "I set my own goals and studied voice, piano, clarinet and conducting. I also loaded all my music education classes and ensembles into my first couple years so I could decide where I wanted to focus. At larger schools with larger classes, you don’t get the chance to customize your program or take lots of lessons."

Eliseo also gained significant teaching and mentoring experience by working with the Junior/Senior Scholars program, North Central’s yearlong college readiness program for disadvantaged youth in high-need communities. He was Golden Apple Scholar during his four-year North Central career.

Majors Minors and Programs : Music Education

Music chair Ramona Wis presents paper at conference

Music chair Ramona Wis presents paper at conference

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Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and chair of North Central's music department, is presenting her paper “Reframing Leadership” today at Northwestern University as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME). CSEME brings together music education faculty, doctoral students and center fellows to examine contemporary issues and foster collaborative research on music teaching and learning.


North Central music department chair presents paper at conference

Ramona Wis
Ramona Wis, chair of the music department at North Central College, presented her paper “Reframing Leadership.”

Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, tjslowik@noctrl.edu

June 11, 2010—Ramona Wis, chair of the music department at North Central College, presented her paper “Reframing Leadership” June 11 at Northwestern University as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Center for the Study of Education and the Musical Experience (CSEME).

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