Music Graduate Student Featured at Bishop's Ordination


NIU School of Music graduate student John Boehlefeld is currently completing his third NIU degree in vocal performance, studying with voice professor Myron Myers. In addition to his tireless work at NIU, John serves as the Music Director at St. Mary/St. Patrick Catholic Church in Durand, Illinois. Due to his level of artistry and familiarity with the music of the Catholic Church, John was chosen to be the cantor at yesterday's ordination of the new Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, David Malloy.

There is a nice article on the website of television station WREX - you can read it here.

During his years at NIU, John has performed with the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and primarily with Opera Theater. At NIU John also participated in master classes with noted singers Frank Lopardo and Roy Smith.

At the Bishop's ordination, in addition to John, the NIU School of Music was very well represented. Also performing was School of Music Coordinator of Admissions Lynn Slater, the NIU Student Brass Quintet (Garth Anderson, Paige Anderson, Kate Swope, Ian Fitzwater, and Matt Poulos), Vicki Long on bassoon, Penelope Turgeon on flute, and Daniel Eastwood on timpani.

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