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Wentz concert showcases venue, performers

'Explore the Sound' has become an annual tradition at North Central College.

Student musicians connect with high schools, university on spring tour

Concert Winds in rehearsal
North Central College’s Concert Winds embarked on its spring tour April 15-18, conducting clinics, performing at high schools, a university, on campus.

North Central College’s Concert Winds ensemble, involving some 90 students, embarked on a spring concert tour in mid-April. The tour included performances and workshops at several local and Indiana high schools, a combined concert with Trine University’s Wind Ensemble in Angola, Ind., and a final performance on North Central’s campus.  

North Central College presents Broadway musicals star Jason Forbach May 19

Singer/actor and veteran of Broadway shows Jason Forbach will perform “A New Leading Man,” a special evening of cabaret music May 19 at North Central College.

Singer/actor and veteran of Broadway shows Jason Forbach will perform “A New Leading Man,” a special evening of cabaret music May 19 at North Central College.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $35 and $30; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Wis works with choral musicians as guest conductor at festival

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, was guest conductor for Honors Music Festival at area school.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, was guest conductor for the Northwest Upstate Illini Conference (NUIC) Honors Music Festival held at Galena High School in Galena, Ill., March 22. Wis worked with nearly 100 choral musicians during the daylong conference and presented a public performance that evening.

Wis joined North Central’s faculty in 1994. She received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.M. from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy celebrates 20th Anniversary tour May 18 at North Central College

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is bringing its high-energy 20th Anniversary celebration tour to North Central College May 18.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is bringing its high-energy 20th Anniversary celebration tour to North Central College May 18.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $50, $40 and $35; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla performs May 17 in North Central College’s Madden Theatre

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Janice Borla performs an evening of classic and contemporary jazz May 17.

Acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Janice Borla performs an evening of classic and contemporary jazz May 17.

Mouse receives award for his work as jazz drummer, educator

Jack Mouse, adjunct assistant professor of music
Jack Mouse, North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, receives Aquarian Award of Achievement for contributions as jazz educator, performer.

Jack Mouse—North Central College adjunct assistant professor of music, coordinator of the jazz studies program and jazz drummer—received an Aquarian Award of Achievement, presented by Aquarian Drumheads in acknowledgement of Mouse’s contributions as a jazz educator and performer.

Founded in 1980 by famous drummer and clinician Roy Burns, Aquarian Drumheads is an international company with a number of innovative patented products and sells drumheads and other gear to artists around the world, including Chad Butler of Switchfoot and Rikki Rockett of Poison.

Taylor Martin '11

Taylor Martin is a graduate student in choral conducting at the University of Denver. He was this season’s Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern and was selected to participate in a Chorus America conducting master class in Cincinnati where he worked with conductors from across the country. The laboratory for this event was the Cincinnati Children’s Chorus and the focus for the conductor participants was gesture and pedagogy. “The experience of working on my craft for three days reminded me why I have chosen to pursue this career,” he said. “I left enriched and inspired.”

Third Coast Percussion headlines Sounds of New Music Festival at North Central College

Third Coast Percussion headlines the third annual Sounds of New Music Festival April 6 at North Central College.

Third Coast Percussion headlines the third annual Sounds of New Music Festival April 6 at North Central College.

Third Coast Percussion performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $15; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Wis presents session on choral conducting master class

Ramona Wis, Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music
Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor of music, gave presentation at the Illinois Music Education Conference.

Ramona Wis, North Central College Mimi Rolland Professor in the Fine Arts and professor and chair of music, presented a session titled, “Choral Conducting Master Class: Small Changes, Big Results,” at the 2013 Illinois Music Education Conference on Jan. 24 in Peoria, Ill.

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