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Faculty Composer's Works Featured

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L to R: Robert Fleisher, pianist Johanna Kosak, Parkland College composer Tim Schirmer, cellist Stephanie Iovine, University of Illinois composer Zack Browning, and violinist Song-A Cho
Works by NIU School of Music composition faculty member Robert Fleisher were recently heard in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Midwest. His solo piano composition, Gig Harbor, was performed by Carl Rosser on March 8 during a conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Gig Harbor was one of 42 works selected from more than 250 submitted by 132 composers representing 37 states and Canada. Dr. Fleisher’s electro-acoustic composition, Dans le piano, was heard on March 21 during a conference of the College Music Society (CMS), at Metropolitan State University in Denver, CO. Most recently, his Variations and Soliloquies for violin, cello, and piano received its first performances on April 14 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaig…

Renowned Performer and Educator to Lead Jazz Studies at NIU

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We are extremely pleased to announce Reginald "Reggie" Thomas has accepted the position as Coordinator of the internationally recognized Northern Illinois University School of Music's Jazz Studies program. He succeeds the esteemed jazz educator Ronald Carter, who is retiring after 20 years at NIU.

Thomas comes to NIU from the Michigan State University College of Music, where he has served as Professor of Jazz Piano. Prior to his position at MSU, he was Professor of Jazz Studies at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville and was SIUE's Director of Black Studies. He has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, Poland, Senegal, and England, and his recordings include work with Clay Jenkins, Kim Richmond, Clark Terry, and Mike Vax, as well as recordings as a leader and with his jazz vocalist wife, Mardra. Thomas is Co-Author with Wynton Marsalis and others on the important jazz teachers' resource Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, (GIA Publications).…

Time Arts Professor Earning National Kudos

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Bart Woodstrup, assistant professor of Time Arts in the NIU School of Art, has two current projects that are earning wonderful recognition for him.

Bart's work currently is featured in the Spring Show at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL. Bart has received word that his work, "Dig Yourself," has earned "Best in Show."

Dig Yourself

Simultaneously, Bart's work is touring the U.S. as part of the performances of The Sarajevo Haggadah, a new music composition by Merima Kljuco. These performances have received noteworthy reviews by PBS, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Dallas Morning News, the Times of Israel and the Boston Globe.

Congratulations, Bart!

Art Education Professor Earns National Distinction

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We are pleased to announce that Richard Siegesmund, Professor and Head of the Art+Design Education division in the NIU School of Art, has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (NAEA).

According to the NAEA handbook, "Distinguished Fellows of the National Art Education Association are members of the NAEA recognized for their leadership and service to the Association and to the profession. They all demonstrate a reasonable profile of accomplishment that extends across several criteria." The several criteria include a strong record of publications, presentations at national and international conferences, serving as an editor of a visual journal, research activities, and the like.

Richard joins NIU Art+Design faculty members Kerry Freedman and Doug Boughton as NAEA Distinguished Fellows.

Congratulations, Richard!