Steelpan in The Last Jedi influenced by NIU’s Liam Teague

A distinctive part of the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the steel drum on the music that played during the movie’s scenes on the planet of Canto Bight.  That influence, it turns out, can be traced back directly to NIU’s Liam Teague, Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan Studies.   But it wasn’t until last year’s release of The Last …

GENTRI performs at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center

The Egyptian Theatre and Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital hosted a private concert at the Cancer Center in DeKalb on Saturday, February 10 to over 80 attendees. GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio held a public concert at the Egyptian Theatre Saturday night but took time during the day to perform at this special event for patients of the Cancer Center along with …

NIU to Host 9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

NIU is holding its 9th annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day on April 18th 2018. Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day is an annual showcase and celebration of the outstanding research and artistry projects that undergraduate students have participated in throughout the academic year. Projects include independent study, capstone projects, SEF, EURA, USOAR, SROP, Research Rookies or any other related research/artistry …

DeKalb High School Band Begins Efforts to Replace Aged Uniforms

DeKalb, IL — The DeKalb High School marching band recently began a campaign to update the ensemble’s exhausted uniforms. Chicago; Dublin, Ireland; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA, are just a few of the places the DeKalb High School Barbs have performed in the last dozen years, always in their distinctive black, orange and white uniforms. The current uniforms have lived …

New Community Choir – Looking to Grow

Have you, or a loved one had a stroke? Come join our choir! The Northern Illinois University Communication Disorders Department is conducting a study to determine if group singing is an effective way to increase communication and quality of life for people who have had a stroke. Existing research shows that singing can support language after a stroke, and any …

Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra Receives a Superior Rating

The Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra received a Superior Rating at the IGSMA State Contest on Saturday, April 29th. They qualified for a spot at State by receiving a Division I Rating at the IGSMA District 9 Contest back in March. The ensemble performed for three judges and participated in a clinic immediately following their performance. The Chamber Orchestra is composed …