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Ambassador from Trinidad and Tobago Visits CVPA

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CVPA Dean Rich Holly with Ambassador Dr. Neil Parsan


On November 19 and 20, the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts hosted the Ambassador to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Neil Parsan. In addition to attending the NIU Steel Band concert and providing words of encouragement and support to the NIU community, Ambassador Parsan met with CVPA Dean Rich Holly, steel band co-directors Clifford Alexis and Liam Teague, significant steel band donor Lester Trilla and several NIU dignitaries during his time on the NIU campus.

Dr. Parsan is extremely passionate about finding ways in which NIU can partner with entities in Trinidad and Tobago to further the exposure and reach of the steel pan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. As a result of several hours of meetings and conversations, we’ll be looking to create internships for NIU steel pan students to perform with the major steel bands in Trinidad and Tobago, work toward scholarship opportunities for more Trinida…

Art History Division Announces Guest Lecturer

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Stephen Eskilson of Eastern Illinois University will join the NIU Art History Division to provide his lecture entitled "Détournement—Subversive Visual Communication." The lecture takes place on Wednesday, November 16, at 6:15 p.m. in Gabel Hall room 126.

Professor Eskilson’s lecture springs from an exhibition he curated this autumn at Eastern Illinois University. The exhibition takes as its starting point the visual and conceptual strategies of the Situationist Internationale (SI), the French avant-garde group that “officially” existed between 1957 and 1972. Led by Guy Debord after 1962, members of the SI produced theoretical tracts along with ironic examples of what they termed détournement, the subversion of elements of the mass media. Détournement literally means “to deflect or redirect” and suggests a strategy of turning known ideas or images into something new and different with the intent to communicate subversive ideas in a familiar guise. Debord and Gil J. Wolman …

Art + Design Educators Create City at STEMFest

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The NIU Art + Design Education Division student chapter of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) hosted "Build a Lego City" at Northern Illinois University’s STEMfest 2011. Visitors to "Build a Lego City" explored the integration of engineering and art through the creation of skyscrapers and other urban architectural structures with Lego building blocks. They also explored architectural design and engineering concepts in the digital realm using Lego Digital Designer software.

Please visit the STEM-City.com website to see documentation of the event, including video, photos, and a slideshow.

Here is one video from the event:

CVPA Earns International Awards

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The NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts is very proud to announce that we have won two significant campus-wide awards. At a reception honoring international education at NIU on Monday, November 14, the NIU School of Music was honored to receive the sole award for “Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU" for 2011.

The School of Music has nearly one-third of its faculty hailing from countries other than the United States, and enrolls students from throughout the world. The School's commitment to world music and ethnomusicology studies, along with it's ground-breaking use of Internet2 technology to extend the reach of our faculty and to bring the world to NIU through state-of-the-art technology, were noted during the presenter's remarks at the award ceremony.

We're just as proud that NIU School of Art ProfessorJon Ashmann won the International Educator of the Year Award at the same ceremony. Jon has led study abroad programs to nume…

Chamber Choir Performs at National Convention

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Dr. Johnson and members of the Chamber Choir with Alice Parker


Dr. Johnson and Dr. Arania


NIU Chamber Choir in rehearsal at Colorado State University


On Friday, November 4, the Northern Illinois University Chamber Choir once again took the stage to perform at a National Collegiate Choral Organization National Convention. The group traveled to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, to share their talents with the nation's finest collegiate choral conductors and programs. The Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Eric A. Johnson, performed selections of Israeli choral music and NIU voice faculty member Orna Arania lectured on important historical and compositional trends of Israel. The lecture and concert were extremely well-received, noting the high musicianship of the choir, refined conducting, and compelling delivery of information.

While attending the convention, our students also had the opportunity to attend many concerts and interest sessions. Highlights include…

Percussion Alum Performs Philip Glass Concerto

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Conductor Julian Kuerti, Dick Jensen, Philip Glass and Patrick Schleker


Patrick Schleker, a 2004 alumnus of the NIU School of Music and now the Principal Timpanist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, performed as soloist on Philip Glass' "Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra" with the CSO and with Mr. Glass present.

Performing the 2nd timpanist part was CSO Assistant Principal Timpanist Dick Jensen. The work features the two soloists performing on 14 timpani!

There is an excellent review of the concert here.

Congratulations, Patrick!