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Cheng Hou Lee
For musicians, perfecting their craft is a lifelong symphony. Those best prepared to hit the right notes are dedicated, lifelong learners. Cheng-Hou Lee, associate professor in the NIU School of Music, sets the stage for his students’ success. “I tailor what I tell each student. I try to find the most efficient way for them...
NIU Jazz Lab Band
NIU and DeKalb-area high school students join instructors from the School of Music every year for a trip to the annual Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. The all-state event promotes life-long learning and leadership among music enthusiasts. In attendance are those widely considered the who’s who of high school and collegiate music programs across...
Paul Bauer
A retirement party for Paul Bauer, longtime director of the NIU School of Music, is planned for 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 19, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall lobby. Bauer, who joined NIU in 1986, holds a D. M. in trombone performance from Northwestern University. He has taught applied trombone, euphonium and tuba,...
Reginald Thomas' hands on the piano
Reginald “Reggie” Thomas has accepted the position as coordinator of the internationally recognized Northern Illinois University School of Music‘s internationally renowned Jazz Studies program. Thomas 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...
Avalon String Quartet
The Avalon String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the NIU School of Music, recently concluded a short tour of California, and performances at The Music Guild garnered a terrific review in Stage and Cinema. In the review, entitled “I Found my Love in Avalon,” Tony Frankel calls the Avalon Quartet “one of the most meticulously amalgamated ensembles...
Liam Teague
Liam Teague, head of steelpan studies and an associate professor in the NIU School of Music, has been named the 2014 Laureate in Arts and Letters by the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards For Excellence. Launched in 2005 by the ANSA McAL Foundation, the awards are the English-speaking Caribbean’s leading recognition program in arts, sciences...
Paul Bauer
Paul Bauer, director of the NIU School of Music, is one of two outstanding and internationally recognized brass performers and educators named to the  to the adjudication panel for the U.S. Open Brass Band Championships. The annual one-day invitational puts traditional brass bands from around the nation – and around the world – in competition. This year’s event...
Fazioli Pianoforti Model F278
In September 2012, the NIU School of Music began to host a beautiful Fazioli F278 Concert Grand. The piano previously was owned and loved by a retired doctor who had purchased it with the goal of becoming a better pianist – at age 85. Declining health necessitated moving to his son’s condo in Chicago, but...
Close-up photo of a trumpet's valves
NIU School of Music faculty Mark Ponzo and JeongSoo Kim will open Joliet Junior College’s seven-concert Musica Viva concert series with a free performance 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in the school’s Fine Arts Theater, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. “Drs. Ponzo and Kim have internationally respected reputations and tour nationally as a performance duo,”...
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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...
The NIU School of Music is now the proud owner of a remarkable Italian Fazioli F278 9-foot grand piano, thanks to a $100,000 grant check received today from the Dr. Agnes Varis Trust. NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Richard Holly authored the grant at the urging of NIU alumnus and valued patron...
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U.S. music schools are steeped in the tradition of helping students to maximize their artistry as musicians. But there is another side to the music industry. The business side. NIU is among the few schools in the country to offer students practical training in the dollars-and-cents aspect of music before they begin to earn a...
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