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School of Music ensemble-in-residence releases debut commercial recording

Cor Cantiamo CD cover: “Canticum: The Choral Music of Jaakko Mäntyjärvi”
NIU School of Music ensemble-in-residence Cor Cantiamo and founding Artistic Director Eric A. Johnson will celebrate their first commercial CD with Centaur Records with an official release this month in the United States and Canada. The album will be available internationally Tuesday, Aug. 12, on all major download and stream sites as well as on the…

Rich Holly receives grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation

Dean Rich Holly receives the grant check from Latricia Dawkins, board member of the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
Rich Holly, dean of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, has received a $2,500 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation for the second consecutive year. The funds from the grant will help in the partnership created with Arts Midwest to bring the Arts Midwest World Fest to DeKalb County during the upcoming school year. Working with…

NIU remembers longtime band director Gordon Bird

Gordon Bird
Gordon Bird, professor of music and director of bands at NIU from 1960 until his retirement in 1983, died June 16 at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center. He was 99. Bird held a bachelor’s degree from Drake University, a master of music degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate of education from Columbia University Teachers…

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