As NIU and the world around us deals with a global pandemic, artists continue to find ways to express themselves. In the College of Visual and Performing arts the learning and teaching hasn’t stopped, it’s simply evolved to meet the needs and limitations of the situation. Over the coming days, we’ll be featuring how NIU students, alumni and faculty in the arts are continuing to do what they love.


Reggie Thomas and his wife Mardra Johnson Thomas participated in a Facebook Live Shelter in Place concert, Saturday, March 21. The concert also included NIU School of Music faculty members Liam Teague and Bobby Broom.


Shelter in Place Concert

Posted by Reginald J Thomas on Saturday, March 21, 2020


Reginald “Reggie” Thomas is Coordinator of the internationally recognized Northern Illinois University School of Music’s Jazz Studies program.

Thomas came to NIU from the Michigan State University College of Music, where he served as Professor of Jazz Piano. Prior to his position at MSU, he was Professor of Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and was SIUE’s Director of Black Studies.

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