NIU’s arts college holds Winter Convocation

February 14, 2017 GMT

DeKALB – On Monday evening, the first Northern Illinois University College of Visual and Performing Arts Winter Convocation was held at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

More than 100 students from the CVPA participated in the event. The CVPA has three schools: the School of Music, the School of Theatre and Dance, and the School of Art and Design.

Paul Kassel, the CVPA’s dean, said that the goal of the event was to celebrate students’ work and to generate a sense of community within the college.

“Our work is bettered by interaction with one another,” Kassel said. “It exposes the entire college to all forms of art, allowing students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni to come together and see each others’ work.”


The convocation began at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, during which attendees mingled, ate hors d’oeuvres and viewed an art exhibit with paintings, reclaimed chairs, sculptures, jewelry, 3-D fabrication and ceramics.

The show began at 7 p.m. and featured eight performances, including the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet,” a pas de deux ballet performance and “Twa Tanbou” by Sydney Guillaume, performed by the NIU Chamber Choir.

The keynote address by Aaron Dworkin, the dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan, concluded the event.

Daniil Krimer, a gradate student in the master of fine arts in acting program and member of the Actors Equity Association, performed a scene from “Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck during the show.

“An event like this is fun because it brings all of the different kinds of art to the forefront,” Krimer said. “It celebrates the diversity of arts in the university.”

Paula Frasz, a professor of dance at NIU, choreographed dance selections from Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” They were performed during the convocation.

“The selections are entertaining, but they also show the students’ acting ability and their range as dancers and performers,” Frasz said. “This is the first time the schools in the college are performing for each other. We’re all in different buildings on campus, and this event is a wonderful way to share what we do with others and see what everyone else does.”