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Blanchet joins Chicago Sinfonietta in special concert

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, played with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in a farewell concert for Maestro Freeman.

George Blanchet, percussionist and lecturer in music, played with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago in the “Maestro Freeman’s Farewell Concert: Women in Classical Music” performance on June 23. This event, which was broadcast live on the classical music station WFMT-FM 98.7, was the final concert for the Chicago Sinfonietta’s founding conductor Paul Freeman. Blanchet teaches percussion and directs the Percussion Ensemble at North Central.

Harold and Eva White Champions of Higher Education

The generosity of Harold ’35 and Eva Anderson ’35 White has touched nearly every aspect of campus during the past three decades, including international programs, forensics, music, education, the sciences and faculty development. Their legacy is an endowed professorship in the liberal arts, a building named in their honor and a First Citizen of the College Award presented at Commencement to someone who represents “the best” at North Central.

LeRoy Roesti 1965

LeRoy Roesti shared his memories after learning about the passing of music professor Paul Warren Allen: “Who can forget where you were when Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963? We [North Central students] were in a bus outside a high school waiting to give a concert. Some of our girls cried. Dr. Allen calmly said we’d give the concert and dedicate it to Kennedy and we did. ... Professor Allen encouraged me most as a composer by conducting three of my choral pieces ...

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.

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.

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