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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.

Blanchet performs at Chicago’s Symphony Center

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, was part of a St. Patrick’s Day event “Make Them Hear You” at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, was part of a St. Patrick’s Day event, “Make Them Hear You,” at Chicago’s Symphony Center March 16. The celebration included Celtic entertainment with a narration by actor Martin Sheen and performances by Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir and Trinity Irish Dancers & Vocalists. Blanchet is the timpanist and principal percussionist with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Warfel performs in recital and choral festival

Jon Warfel, pianist and lecturer in music, maintains an active concert schedule, including recent performances in a recital series and a choral festival.

Jon Warfel, pianist and lecturer in music, maintains an active concert schedule, including his recent performance at the Choral Festival With Jon Warfel at Christ United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 26-27. His repertoire included five selections. He also performed as part of the Naperville Chamber Players with flutist Marie Bennett, lecturer in music, at the 2011 Jane Hampton-Chipman Memorial Recital Series at First Congregational Church in Elgin March 18.

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.

Jazz studies alum performs on “The Late Show with David Letterman”

Grant Gustafson, a 2010 graduate who majored in jazz studies, performed with Jessica Lea Mayfield on a network television show.


March 10, 2011—North Central alumnus Grant Gustafson recently performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Gustafson, a 2010 graduate who majored in jazz studies, appeared on the Feb. 25 broadcast playing electric bass behind up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. In this photo, he's the second from the left.

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

Junior places among elite performers in singing contest

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March 4, 2011—Tanner Smale ’12, majoring in musical theatre with a dance minor, placed second in the Musical Theatre Competition of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing held Feb. 19 at Northeastern Illinois University. With piano accompaniment, he sang these musical theatre selections: “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “She’s Got A Way.” Smale competed among 130 Chicago area college juniors and seniors.



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.

Students accompany Rivera, who gives talk on music therapy

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session on challenging behaviors in the classroom at faculty meeting in Chicago.

Nicole Rivera, adjunct assistant professor of psychology, presented a session titled “When Classes Get ‘Out of Tune’: Dealing with Challenging Behaviors” at the Old Town School of Music in Chicago on Feb. 13. The session was part of a combined meeting of faculty for the Old Town School of Music and the Illinois Association for Music Therapy.

Blanchet performs live on radio program

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed a new composition live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 on Jan. 24.

Feb. 18, 2011—George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, performed live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7 during an 8 p.m. show on Jan. 24 with Alicia Cordoba Tait on oboe. They performed a piece titled “Conversations for Oboe and Percussion” by Patricia Moorehead. The piece was inspired by and composed for Blanchet and Cordoba Tait who are engaged to be married. Blanchet teaches percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

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