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Andrew Glendening selected as new director of the School of Music

Andrew Glendening selected as new director of the School of Music

Andrew Glendening, currently the dean of the School of Music and professor of music at University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., has been selected as the next director of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.  Glendening will begin his new post on July 1.  Eric Johnson, professor of music and coordinator of choral activities at NIU has been serving as acting director since the fall, after the previous director, Janet Hathaway accepted the position of acting associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at NIU. (more…)

School of Music’s Mathias Tacke spent his spring break in Germany

School of Music’s Mathias Tacke spent his spring break in Germany

Nonnenwerth Island

Nonnenwerth Island

Mathias Tacke, Professor of Violin and former second violinist in the world renowned Vermeer Quartet, made the most of NIU’s recent spring break.  He returned to his native Germany where he taught chamber music master classes for a week at the Convocational College for Music in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria.  He also performed as part of a trio in Dinkelsbühl on March 22 and in Nonnenwerth, Bonn on March 24. (more…)

Maestro Murry Sidlin, the man behind The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

Maestro Murry Sidlin, the man behind The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín

On Sunday, April 28, the NIU School of Music will mount a production of The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, featuring the NIU Concert Choir, the NIU Philharmonic, Cor Cantiamo, Voices in Harmony, and the McHenry County College Chamber Choir. The performance will be conducted by Maestro Murry Sidlin and soloists include Sara Gartshore (soprano), Susan Platts, (mezzo-soprano), Andrzej Stec (tenor) and Samuel Handley (bass). (more…)