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Piece by piece by piece

Mosaics are intricate works of art comprised of glass, ceramic tile and other textiles. Fitting each seemingly dissimilar piece of tile to form a stunning composition often takes careful planning and creative ingenuity. This art form is symbolic of the Women’s Studies mosaic project that artist and MFA candidate Danielle Dobies is leading this summer. Her project is…

NIU steelpan maker, artist Cliff Alexis selected for 2013 Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

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NIU’s Cliff Alexis, steel drum builder and tuner and co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steel Band, is among four prominent percussionists chosen for induction to the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. The induction of the quartet, all important figures who have shaped the percussion world through their innovations, performances and scholarly work, takes place Thursday,…

NIU School of Music boasts five alums on roster of quarterfinalists for Music Educator Award

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When the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation announced the quarterfinalists for its Music Educator Award, five alumni of the Northern Illinois University School of Music were on the list: Peter Barsch (MM 2004) Barsch teaches at Oswego East High School, Oswego, Ill. Gordon Krauspe (BM 1982, MM 1992) Krauspe teaches at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Wheaton, Ill. Charles “Chuck”…

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