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Local bands to celebrate associate professor’s birthday

By Deanna Frances | January 23, 2013

Music is the universal language of the world. This is especially true for bringing all kinds of people together--particularly for a musician’s 50th birthday celebration. A birthday party for NIU School of Music faculty member Fareed Haque will start...

School of Music to host ‘Opera Theatre Scenes’

By Deanna Frances | November 27, 2012

The School of Music’s Opera Theatre will be performing Opera Theatre Scenes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The program features scenes from many different operas like Carmen and Romeo and Juliet. The cast...

NIU to host New Music Festival this week

By Katie Finlon | November 6, 2012

Modern musicians push the boundaries of how the art form is defined, often by creating music in very unconventional ways. NIU’s New Music Ensemble, directed by assistant percussion professor Greg Beyer, will host its third New Music Festival today and...

Community jazz band rocks out over the weekend

By Kevin Bartelt | October 29, 2012

The Community School of the Arts Jazz Band members nodded their heads and tapped their feet as they jammed to some powerful tunes this weekend. The performance was at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building. Christopher...

B. Michael Williams, seen here in this undated press photo, will be the special guest of the NIU Percussion Ensamble at 8 p.m. tonight in the Music Buildings Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

Percussion Ensemble explores world music theme

By Jessica Cabe | April 1, 2012

Percussionists are often in the background, felt more than heard. The Percussion Ensemble changes that. By placing only percussion instruments on the stage, the ensemble pushes the boundaries of the audiences’ preconceived notions of what these instruments...

Two high-definition robotic cameras have been installed at
Huskie Stadium to eliminate the use of aerial lifts and platforms
when filming football practices.

Dual purpose high-tech installations hit Huskie Stadium

By Dave Gong | November 17, 2011

Two robotic cameras were installed at Huskie Staduim in order to improve safety and provide quality footage for NIU football coaches to use for training purposes. According to a press release, the new cameras will replace the use of aerial lifts and platforms...

(From left) Laura Barger and Ning Yu, the pianists of Yarn/Wire,
sit opposte of Ian Antonio and Russel Greenberb, the percussionists
of the group. Yarn/Wire will be performing at 11 a.m. today and 8
p.m. tonight and Wednesday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in
the Music Building

New Music Festival to promote living artists

By Jessica Cabe | October 31, 2011

Move over, Beethoven.The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Greg Beyer, associate professor in the School of Music, will deliver the second annual New Music Festival, a 7 p.m. lecture and 8 p.m. concert, tonight and Wednesday in the Boutell Memorial...

NIUs Latin Jazz Ensemble played at Latin Dance Party in the
Diversity room of the Holmes Student Center Tuesday night.

Dip your partner in salsa

By Jessica Cabe | October 5, 2011

Students itching to put on their dancing shoes had the opportunity Tuesday night at the Latin Jazz Dance Party. Sponsored by the School of Music, the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies, the Campus Activities Board and the Latino Resource Center,...

Northern Star file photo - Wesley Carr, 21 Rochelle, plays 17th
century composer John Dowlands, Frog Galliard, on his 1959
classical guitar.

Music building to get the axe

By Connor Rice | September 28, 2011

DeKalb guitarists don't have to study abroad to get a taste of world music. The School of Music is sponsoring the All-Styles Guitar Day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the music building. Guitar players of all types and ability levels are invited by Fareed Haque,...

NIU receives largest grant in university history

By Jacqueline Evans | September 14, 2010

NIU received a $68.5 million grant Tuesday for broadband network development, the largest grant in NIU history. The grant will affect NIU and DeKalb, as well as a substantial part of northwest Illinois. According to an NIU news release, the network will...