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NIU School of Music perform electroacoustic music during festival

By Caleb Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | November 4, 2022

Music and technology collided as enthusiasts gathered Wednesday for the opening night of NIU School of Music’s Tenth Year Anniversary New Music Festival. The three-day event was helmed by Gregory Beyer, director of percussion studies and the new music...

An orchestral violin section performing at a concert. (Courtesy of Getty Images)

NIU’s tenth ‘New Music Festival’ to feature guest performers

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | November 1, 2022

DeKALB – For its ten year anniversary celebration, the NIU Music Festival will host three evenings of music from Nov. 2-4. At 7 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Music Building Recital Hall, the first event will be held. There will be live electroacoustic music...

NIU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble hosted their first concert of the semester on Oct. 6 in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

NIU Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble ‘travel’ the world through music

By Nick Glover, Lifestyle Editor | October 10, 2022

The NIU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra held their first concert of the fall semester on Thursday.  Led by professor Rodrigo Villanueva Conroy and graduate teaching assistant Austyn Menk, the Jazz Ensemble started the concert with “Hay Burner,”...

James E. Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome held a lecture on Wednesday in the Recital Hall in the Music building where they discussed their work in illustration and childrens books.  (Madelaine Vikse | Northern Star)

NIU Avalon String Quartet set to perform piece from Shakespeare’s ‘Seven Ages of Man’

By Colin Kempsell | September 7, 2022

DeKALB — NIU’s Avalon String Quartet is set to perform an original theatrical performance Wednesday night at the Music Building Recital Hall. The performance, “Seven Ages of Man”, is an original interpretation of a famous speech from the play...

School of Music hosts New Music Festival

By Northern Star Entertainment Staff | November 13, 2019

The NIU School of Music hosted the New Music Festival from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 in the Music Building. Five concerts were shown over the course of four days and the Northern Star Entertainment Section sent multiple reporters to cover this event. Day 1- Parker...

Mason Wheaton performed his senior recital in February of 2016. 

School of Music demonstrates talent

By Northern Star staff | November 11, 2016

Mason Wheaton performed his senior recital in February of 2016. 

School of Music to hold flute, percussion concert

By Northern Star staff | April 25, 2016

The School of Music will hold a concert of new music for flute and percussion at 8 p.m. today in the Music Building, Recital Hall.The program will feature guest artist Stefanie Abderhalden accompanied by graduate percussion student Kyle Flens. Abderhalden will...

(From Left) Trent Snyder, Will Kirby, Billy Kokinis, Danny Cozzi, Jeremey Orbach, Clayton Mutert, Adam McNeil and Patrick Price perform a capella in Stevenson dining hall, October 25, 2011.

Huskie Hunks to perform

By Beth Schumacher | March 7, 2013

If you can’t get enough a cappella, you’re in luck. NIU’s very own a cappella group, Huskie Hunks, will be performing 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the NIU school of music, Room 173. A cappella is when a person or group sings without instrumental accompaniment....

Jazz Combo Fest rocked the House Cafe Wednesday

By Katie Finlon | October 28, 2012

Play a little jazz, hang out with some cool cats, learn something new about music. The School of Music hosted a free Jazz Combo Fest at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway. The event featured six combos, all part of the jazz...

Five high school orchestras participate in String Day

By Jessica Cabe | February 26, 2012

The School of Music strung some potential students along Thursday. But deception was hardly the program’s aim. Five high school orchestras filled Boutell Memorial Concert Hall with their best sound. The performances were just one part of String Day,...