Cor Cantiamo to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Cor Cantiamo, Northern Illinois University Ensemble in Residence will receive a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major...

Kerry Freedman, professor of art education wins national Ziegfeld Award

Kerry Freedman, professor and past division head of art and design education in NIU's School of Art and Design is the 2019 recipient of the United States Society for Education Through Art’s (USSEA) Ziegfield Award.  The award is named in honor of Edwin Ziegfeld, a...

Memorial and music celebration set for former Associate Dean Al O’Connor

Al O'Connor, a longtime professor of music, and the founder of the world-famous NIU Steelband, passed away June 9 in DeKalb at the age of 75.  A memorial visitation will be held Friday, August 2, at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb from 4-6 p.m., and a musical...

For two decades Cheryl Porter has been teaching kids in Italy to sing in English

Cheryl Porter, a Chicago native who studied opera in the NIU School of Music from 1990-1995, went to Italy in 1996 to "further [her] studies in music and opera."  She tells Public Radio International's Carol Hills that she had no idea there was "so much love for...

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