The Department of Musica and Dance sponsors several unique music festivals, regularly hosts events, and presents professional performing artists that serve to enhance students’ educational experience, as well as provide opportunities for them to interact with performers as entrepreneurs. Master classes, symposia, convocations and lecture-recitals are some of the events which are commonly presented throughout the year.
Most all of, the events are free of charge, but some may require registration. Check out the festival, company and program information below; but better yet, come see them for yourself!
The Chicago Chamber Music Festival
Founded in 2012 by Dr. Susan Tang, as the Chicago Piano Festival, the Chicago Chamber Music Festival, co-directed by Dr. Tang and Dr. Jaime Gorgojo, takes place each August and is geared toward piano and string students ages 12 through senior year in high school to assist with the development of their inherent musical talent and instincts. Days are filled with private lessons, coaching of chamber music ensembles, practice time, master classes and performances by faculty and guest artists, student recitals and more.
THE CHICAGO BRASS FESTIVAL
Now in its seventh year, the Chicago Brass Festival, founded by Dr. Travis Heath, hosts brass performers, ensembles, technicians, exhibitors and a competition over two days at Northeastern’s campus each March. In addition to performances, the festival includes workshops, master classes and clinics on all things related to brass instruments and playing.
The Chicago Clarinet Ensemble
Founded by Dr. Rose Sperrazza, The Chicago Clarinet Ensemble (CCE) is in residence at Northeastern Illinois University. The ensemble ranges in size from two to 35+ players, and has appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival, Looptopia Chicago, Simpson College, Chicago’s Merit School of Music, the University of Iowa, Clarinet Fest 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska, in numerous broadcasts on Chicago’s WFMT, and in many outreach concerts. Since its inaugural concert in 2007, the CCE has featured world-renowned soloists such as Stanley and Naomi Drucker, John Bruce Yeh, Anthony McGill, Charlene Zimmerman, Lawrie Bloom, Steve Cohen, John Hagstrom, and Elsa and Walter Verdehr. The CCE has commissioned eight new works for clarinet ensemble.
The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, under the artistic leadership of founder Dame Libby Komaiko, Associate Artistic Drector Irma Suarez-Ruiz and Executive Director Jorge Perez, is the premier Spanish Dance Company and Center in the United States in-residence at Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Music and Dance. The company’s mission is the preservation, presentation and promotion of the classical, folkloric, flamenco and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain. The Ensemble Español, founded in 1976 by Dame Libby, is comprised of 40 dancers, singers, musicians and guest artists.
Ruth Page Dance Series
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts has been training professional dancers, presenting and promoting the finest dance performances in the city, as well as mentoring small to mid-sized arts organizations who call the center home, for nearly 40 years. Founded by Chicago icon and internationally-renowned performer and choreographer, Ruth Page, the center reflects her vision of supporting dance excellence in Chicago.
Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Community Music Program
The Community Music Program offers lessons in piano, voice, woodwinds, and brass.
Community Dance Program
The Community Dance Program is a community-focused program that hosts classes for people of all ages and skill levels. The program runs each fall, winter/spring and summer, and offers classes for children that include Creative Movement – Pre-dance I & II; Ballet I-III; and Hip-Hop for Kids. Adult classes include Ballet I-III and Beginning Yoga. Classes are reasonably priced.
Dance Instructor and Preparatory Dance Program Coordinator
Department of Music and Dance Program