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Students travel during spring break to serve, build, perform, compete

North Central College students use their spring break to travel nationwide to serve others, build homes, help communities, sing and train for spring sports.

While some students may relax on a sunny beach during North Central College’s spring break, many will embark on service trips across the nation. Nearly 60 students will build homes, serve food at a homeless shelter and serve communities in Detroit, New York City, West Virginia and other locations. Some 48 Concert Choir members will perform in venues in Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. Six athletic teams also head to warmer climates for competition.

Renowned soprano Lisa Vroman and Brian Lynch perform with DSO

North Central College and DuPage Symphony Orchestra cosponsor two “Broadway Spectacular” concerts March 15-16 with featured artists.

North Central College’s fine arts department and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra are cosponsoring two “Broadway Spectacular” concerts March 15-16 in Wentz Concert Hall, featuring vocal performances and music from Broadway classics.  

The featured vocalist is internationally renowned soprano Lisa Vroman. One of America’s most versatile voices—from Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert—she also will perform two songs with North Central’s Fine Arts Director Brian Lynch.

The 2014 “Explore the Sound” theme is Of Spirits and Places

North Central College hosts the sixth annual “Explore the Sound” concert series on Feb. 20 and 21 with some 130 choral and instrumental musicians.

North Central College hosts the sixth annual “Explore the Sound” concert series with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20 and 21, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

The concert features some 130 choral and instrumental musicians in a seamlessly staged, theatrically lit performance from every part of Wentz Concert Hall. The performers include the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers, Woodwind Quintet and Chamber String Ensemble with piano, string and jazz solos or small groups.

Students and alumni music educators connect at Illinois Music Educators Association conference

A record number 60 North Central College music education majors, 23 music education alumni and faculty attended the annual IMEA All-State Conference.

Each year, North Central College students, faculty and alumni attend the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-State Conference where they host an exhibit and attend workshops, classes, rehearsals and performances.

Some 60 North Central music education majors and 23 music education alumni—the largest turnout ever for the College—attended the 2014 conference, held Jan. 22-25 in Peoria. All the music education alumni, from class years 1996 to 2013, are currently employed as music educators.

SEA Conference features four keynotes, workshops by successful artists

North Central College hosts the 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 to help aspiring artists become successful entrepreneurs.

North Central College’s 14th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Feb. 21-22 will help aspiring artists learn to become successful entrepreneurs.

The SEA Conference provides educational resources to help aspiring artists gain entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain careers as independent artists. The conference features performances, workshops, panel discussions and other activities tailored to actors, filmmakers, musicians, painters, sculptors, writers and other artists.

North Central among top 4 percent in accepted proposals at NCUR

Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

North Central College will send a record 44 students to the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 3-5 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Forty proposals submitted by these students were accepted for presentation.

Common, king of conscious hip-hop, keynotes North Central’s MLK Week

Common, keynote speaker for Martin Luther King Jr. Week
North Central College’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week features keynote address by Grammy-winning artist and actor Common, art, music, panel and more.

North Central College welcomes Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common as Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.

Called the king of conscious hip-hop, Common will speak on “Greatness!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Pfeiffer Hall. A Q&A will follow. Admission is free to North Central students, faculty and staff with a College ID. Tickets for the public are $10/person; call 630-637-7469 or visit   

MLK Week features Jan. 23 panel “Music as a Means of Protest”

FM Supreme, hip-hop artist
North Central College hosts panel of faculty and Chicago hip-hop artist FM Supreme in discussion about artists who use music as a means of protest.

North Central College hosts a panel discussion “Music as a Means of Protest,” featuring three North Central faculty members with hip-hop artist FM Supreme, as part of the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Week celebration.

Salvador Garza '12

Salvador Garza is a rehearsal assistant at Lyric Opera of Chicago after previously serving in similar positions with the Santa Fe Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jazz saxophonist Mitch Paliga performs Jan. 31 at North Central College

Saxophonist Mitch Paliga, a member of North Central College’s acclaimed jazz faculty, performs Jan. 31 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

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