Thursday, March 19, 2015
Alexander Gelman, Director of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, has been re-elected to the University/Resident Theatre Association Board of Directors as Treasurer.
The URTA board consists of six directors and four officers elected from member schools, with elections conducted in the fall. The board has responsibility for the governance of the association and, as a collection of experts in the areas of theater and theater training, has considerable influence in guiding URTA’s ongoing services and new programs. URTA is the nation's largest association of professional, graduate theater training programs and related professional theater companies, consisting of 39 influential universities (38 in the United States and one in the United Kingdom) and 15 partnered theater companies.
Gelman was elected by a unanimous vote, along with new Directors Jacob Pinholster, director of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and Steve Broadnax, head of Penn State’s master of fine arts acting program.
“This unanimity indicates the depth of support for Jacob, Steve and Alex. URTA members expect — and appreciate — the considerable investment of time, effort and care made by colleagues serving on the board,” said URTA Executive Director Scott Steele.
Monday, March 2, 2015
The NIU School of Music is pleased to announce the upcoming "Principal Trumpet-Fest" which will take place Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4. The event is being hosted by Professor Mark Ponzo and will feature performances and master classes by Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet Chris Martin and Lyric Opera Orchestra Principal Trumpet William Denton, as well as concerts by the award-winning Illinois Brass Band and several noted NIU trumpet alumni.
Northern Illinois University
William Denton – Chicago Lyric Opera
Chris Martin – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 3
Master Class – William Denton
3:00 – 5:00 Recital Hall
Recital – William Denton
8:00 Recital Hall
Saturday, April 4
Master Class – William Denton and Chris Martin
10:00 – 11:30 Concert Hall
Master Class – Chris Martin
2:00 – 3:00 Concert Hall
Concert – Illinois Brass Band
3:00 – 4:30 Concert Hall
Concert – NIU Alumni Trumpet Recital
5:00 – 6:30 Concert Hall
Recital – Chris Martin
7:00 Concert Hall
All events are free and open to the Public
Chris Martin is supported by Yamaha International
Thursday, February 26, 2015
We are pleased to announce that the NIU Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of professor Rodrigo Villanueva, and the Rosebud Jazztet, under the direction of professor Reggie Thomas, earned top honors from their recent performances at the noted Elmhurst Jazz Festival.
The judges also bestowed special recognition to soloist Lenard Simpson, alto saxophonist in the Jazz Lab Band.
Congratulations to all involved!
Friday, February 20, 2015
The just-released book Contemporary American Printmakers (Schiffer Publishing) features 75 printmakers and 30 print shops nationwide. We're pleased that Professor of Printmaking Michael Barnes of the NIU School of Art and Design is one of the featured artists.
About the book, the publisher states "Printmakers today are sustained both by their traditions and by their willingness to embrace new technologies, new mediums, and innovative processes. Over 500 beautiful color images display the innovative work of 75 talented printmakers and 30 print shops.
Traditional printing techniques featured include lithography, intaglio, screen print, and relief, while newer techniques include installation, digital, and fiber, among other forms of new print media. The artists speak for themselves, revealing why they create their art. Consequently, the readers will gain a deeper understanding of their world. These assembled prints reflect the talent of this time and in this place. The artists’ mediums, patterns, images, and environments also capture our culture and attempt to foretell our future. This book will be a treasured resource for anyone who appreciates the printmaker’s art."
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Several faculty, alumni and current students of the steel pan program in the NIU School of Music were participants in this year's Panorama, the annual competition for calypsoes in Trinidad and Tobago, the finals of which was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, February 14.
We are pleased to announce that NIU folks provided significant contributions to the competition:
Professor Liam Teague arranged for PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars that won Third Place in the large band category. Panorama is largely considered to be the most prestigious and fiercely contested steelband
competition in the world. The band played Liam’s arrangement of “Edwin’s Legacy” – a composition of Alvin Daniell and Barnett “Preacher” Henry, and was sung by Eunice Peters. The piece paid homage to Silver Stars’ former leader and arranger, the late Edwin Pouchet, who handpicked Liam Teague to be his successor.
Alumnus Seion Gomez arranged for NLCB Buccooneers that won Second Place in the medium band category and Solo Harmonites in the large band category.
Alumnus Barry Mannette arranged for Tokyo in the medium band category and Xpress 21 in the small band category, alumnus Khion De Las arranged for Cordettes in the medium band category and Kalomo Kings in the small band category, while alumna Jeannine Remy arranged for Hatters in the medium band category.
NIU alums Abram Breiling and Mike Schwebke, and current student Todd Jelinek performed with Liam Teague and Silver Stars. Other alums performing included Josanne Francis and Mia Gormandy.
World-renowned pan tuner, builder, performer and arranger and co-director of the NIU Steel Band Clifford Alexis was one of the commentators for Panorama 2015 (large band category) on CTV.
Congratulations to all!
Luis Sahagun is a third-year MFA student in the NIU School of Art and Design. During his time with us, Luis has been extremely active not only creating new works but also as a leader in the school and as a curator of exhibits.
In addition to his MFA show in Gallery 214 in Arends Hall (reception Feb. 26, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.), Luis will have a solo show at Kruger Gallery Chicago - which is owned and operated by one of our MFA graduates, Mikelle Kruger.
The Chicago show is entitled Escombros - Spanish for rubble, and will be on display March 20 through May 2. Luis uses his experiences as an undocumented immigrant growing up in Chicago Heights to inform his work.
We invite you to see Luis' work at either or both shows!
Lenard Simpson, a saxophonist and jazz major in the NIU School of Music, has made it to the finals of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Competition. The finals will take place at Buddy Guy's Legends, the noted club in Chicago (700 S. Wabash).
The competition takes place Wednesday, February 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you're able, please attend and support Lenard!