School of Music’s Tom Bough to present at the world’s largest band and orchestra clinic

NIU School of Music faculty member Tom Bough has been chosen to present at the 72nd annual Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.  It is the largest band and orchestra clinic in the world. Bough is the director of athletic bands and...

New album featuring the Avalon String Quartet released December 7

A new album featuring NIU's artists in residence, the Avalon String Quartet, was released December 7.  "Matthew Quayle, String Quartets Nos. 1-3" is available on Naxos Records. “I am delighted to share the Avalon Quartet’s powerful rendition of my three string...

Value of versatile design skills a key message at 2018 Seek Conference

Advice, inspiration and humor were in large supply as a group of about 190, including 45 current NIU School of Art and Design students and a large number of young alumni attended the 2018 Seek Conference, November 12 at Morningstar in Chicago.  Attendees were treated...

From NIU to Hollywood: Music alumnus and film composer Jermaine Stegall

How do you compose a theme for a Star Wars project and make it "sound like Star Wars" without using any of John Williams' iconic score? That's a challenge NIU School of Music alumnus Jermaine Stegall took head on when charged with creating music for Lucasfilm's...

Kassel: In my city — A trip to After School Matters

Paul Kassel, Dean, NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts What do glass blowing, drum lines, poetry slams and jazz band have in common?  They are all programs in After School Matters, a Chicago Public School initiative that has been around since 2000.  Originally...

Opera Theatre open auditions December 4 and 6

The NIU School of Music has announced an open call for auditions, casting all roles in NIU Opera Theatre's spring 2019 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." Auditions will be held December 4 and 6 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. in Music Building Room...

NIU Jazz Orchestra presents a Swing Dance!

For one night only, the iconic Altgeld Hall Auditorium on the NIU Campus will be transformed into a jazz dance club as the NIU Jazz Orchestra presents a Swing Dance, Sunday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Everyone's invited to join the Jazz Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind evening...

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