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Interesting Employment Article

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This article is from USA Today, supporting what we've often believed - arts majors are very employable, even in today's market.

Art History Professor Receives Major Grant

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Composition Professor's Work Included in International Broadcast Series

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Dr. Robert Fleisher, coordinator of composition and music theory in the NIU School of Music, is one of 25 international composers whose work was recently selected for an internet broadcast series in Argentina entitled “Air/Ear.” His electro-acoustic composition, Altro Alfresco, was heard on July 19. Premiered at the 2011 SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) festival in Miami, Altro Alfresco was most recently heard as part of the Audiograft festival online "Jukebox," curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARE) at Oxford Brookes University (UK). The sound sources in Altro Alfresco are similar to those heard in its shorter “sibling” works, Loretto Alfresco, premiered during the 2009 New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, and Loretto Alfresco (piccolo), premiered during the 2010 International Computer Music Conference: multi-speed “found” percussion -- consisting of pots, pans, pipes and other objects. Altro Alfresco features two additional …

School of Art Sponsors Art Walk

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Please join us for a "mini" Art Walk on Wednesday, July 10, in downtown DeKalb. NIU School of Art professor Bart Woodstrup has organized appearances by several of his time arts students in locations throughout the downtown area (click on the map above for a larger version).

There are several restaurants near the art locations, so we encourage you to make an evening of it! Congratulations to the student artists for creating their work and working with the City of DeKalb to make this a reality.

NIU's Steel Pan Icon Inducted into International Hall of Fame

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The NIU School of Music's Clifford Alexis, world-renowned steel drum tuner, builder, arranger and performer and co-director of NIU's noted Steel Band, was recently notified that he's being inducted into the Percussive Arts Society's Hall of Fame.

The Percussive Arts Society is the world's largest organization of percussionists, with headquarters in the United States and chapters in more than 30 countries.

Our friends at NIU Today have written a very nice article about Cliff and his induction into the PAS Hall of Fame - please read their article here.

Congratulations, Cliff!

Dean Holly Appears at International Festival

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Rich Holly with members of the Fundacion Cultural Patagonia Percussion Ensemble
Rich Holly, Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, recently returned from performing at a week-long percussion festival in General Roca, Argentina.

The 11th Patagonia International Percussion Festival featured performers from the United States, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina. Hosted by Angel Frette, head of percussion studies at the Instituto Universitario Patagonico de las Artes and sponsored by the Fundacion Cultural Patagonia, the festival attendees were treated to several workshops and concerts each of five days, June 25 through 29.

Dean Holly was the first presenter of the festival, offering a drum set workshop on June 25. He performed the evening concert on June 26, assisted in 2 other concerts, and was a featured performer at the final evening's concert which was open to the public and was attended by a standing-room-only crowd of mor…