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Ninety-plus member Concert Winds presents Instrumental Invitational Festival

Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music Lawrence Van Oyen
North Central College’s Concert Winds hosts the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival with Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble Tuesday, Nov. 13.

North Central College’s Concert Winds, directed by Professor of Music and Director of Bands Lawrence Van Oyen, will host the annual Instrumental Invitational Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wentz Concert Hall.

The annual event features the 92-member Concert Winds and local high school ensembles. This year’s guest band is the Plainfield East High School Wind Ensemble, directed by David Lesniak ’99, who has served as an applied faculty member at North Central.  

North Central College students perform classic musical “Kiss Me, Kate”

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

North Central College students will perform Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning musical “Kiss Me, Kate” Nov. 8-11.

Six performances will be staged at 8 p.m. Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10-11 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Brian Riordan

Brian transferred to North Central College to major in music and was challenged by the rich opportunities that came his way.

A percussionist, he enjoys world music and performed with the College’s jazz ensembles. “But my real passion is composing,” says Brian, who plans to attend graduate school.  

At North Central, he found a perfect mentor in one of his professors, a composer and expert in electronic and computer music. “It was so great to find someone with his level of expertise and knowledge.”

Brian had previously attended the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba. To finish his degree, he found what he was looking for in his hometown of Naperville and at North Central, where he also learned from a Russian composer-in-residence. “He expected work from us at the level of graduate students. I enjoyed studying with him.”

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Jazz vibraphonist Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in Madden Theatre

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

Vibraphonist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Brad Stirtz performs Nov. 2 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Vibraphonist Brad Stirtz” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

North Central College recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2013

James Davidson, Michael Dooley and Thomas Andre are among student veterans.
North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

North Central College has been named a 2013 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year North Central College has earned the recognition.

Jazz guitarist John McLean performs Sept. 14 at North Central College

Jazz guitarist John McLean
North Central College presents an evening with acclaimed music faculty jazz guitarist John McLean on Sept. 14 in Madden Theatre.

Audience members will enjoy an evening of stellar jazz by a member of North Central College’s acclaimed music faculty when guitarist John McLean performs Sept. 14.

“An Evening With Jazz Guitarist John McLean” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

The Reverend Timothy Biel Jr. '97

The Reverend Timothy Biel Jr. was featured in a Faces of Faith article in the March 1 issue of the Southtown Star newspaper. At age 13 he took his first trip to Appalachia to help people in need. He was preaching at youth Sunday services at age 14 and at 18 began leading worship services on a regular basis. While attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he earned his master of divinity degree, Biel pastored inner-city churches in Boston and Chicago. In 2007, he was ordained at his denomination’s annual conference in St. Charles, IL.

Academic conference showcases scholarly pursuits of North Central College faculty

President Wilde delivers the keynote at the Excellence in Scholarship conference
A conference showcased the scholarly work of North Central professors, whose academic pursuits include conducting research, writing and creating artwork.

A North Central College conference showcased the scholarly work of professors, whose academic pursuits include conducting research, writing fiction and nonfiction and creating works of art.

“A Promising Start: Excellence in Scholarship” on Sept. 4 featured panel discussions, poster presentations and sessions during which nearly 40 faculty members shared stories and findings of their independent scholarly work.

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