College of DuPage Music Department Faculty Perform Oct. 18 at the MAC

Faculty Performers

By Angela Mennecke

Faculty performers from the College of DuPage Music department will be highlighted at a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in the Playhouse Theatre at the McAninch Arts Center on the Glen Ellyn campus, 425 Fawell Blvd.

Faculty members Alexander Djordjevic, Steve Havens, Jim Martincic, Lucille Mok, Beth Murphy, Dave Rice, Karol S. Reddington and Salvatore Siriano will perform an eclectic program of chamber music and beyond.  

“Our faculty showcase offers a variety of styles from classical to original music to jazz performed by our outstanding music faculty on various instruments,” said COD Applied Music Coordinator Deb Zelman.

Tickets are $6 and may be purchased online or by calling the MAC Box Office at (630) 942-4000.

About the Faculty Performers

Alexander Djordjevic has been a member of the College of DuPage piano faculty since 1995. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has performed throughout the United States, Germany and Hungary. In 2010, “Gray Clouds,” his recording of Liszt’s late piano works, won the coveted Hungarian Liszt Society’s Franz Liszt International Grand Prix du Disque. He is the president of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the American Liszt Society and serves on the Board of Directors for the national American Liszt Society. Highly sought as a teacher, performer, competition judge and lecturer, Djordjevic has taught piano at the University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, University of Notre Dame, Wheaton College, Benedictine University, and currently at the Music Institute of Chicago, the College of DuPage, and at his private studio. For more information, please visit his website at

Dr. Steven L. Havens has been on the faculty at College of DuPage for 18 years, and was selected as one of the outstanding COD faculty members in 2005.  He has also been affiliated with Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich. Havens received his musical training at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Iowa, and the Hochschule fur Musik (Mozarteum) in Salzburg, Austria as a Rotary International Scholar. In addition to numerous venues throughout the Chicago area, Havens has performed at Mount Saint Clair College, Quincy Conservatory, Luther College, Coe College, as well as locations in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Dr. Jim Martincic earned his doctorate in trumpet performance from the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music and his master’s in trumpet performance from Illinois State University. Martincic has studied trumpet with Niel Dunlap, Nick Drozdoff, Al Pearson, Bill Adam and Ron Modell. He has performed with Chicago ensembles, including Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra, Rob Parton's Jazz Tech Big Band, Jim Guter Big Band and Royal Trumpet Works. Currently, Martincic is an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage and Joliet Junior College. For more than 20 years, he has been an active member of the International Trumpet Guild where he has had more than 40 reviews published.

Lucille Mok is an assistant professor of music at the College of DuPage. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (Hon. B.Mus, 2008) and her doctorate from Harvard University. Her research interests include piano performance, sound and visual technologies, and jazz criticism. Mok has presented her research at various international and national meetings, including the annual conferences of the Society of American Music, the Canadian University Music Society and the American Musicological Society. She is the recipient of the SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award for Writing in Canadian Music. Her research has been supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Elizabeth Murphy has a master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. She has been a member of the music faculty at College of DuPage since 1995 and was recently honored as one of College of DuPage’s Outstanding Faculty Award winners. Her performance experience includes The Britten Pears Festival in Aldeburgh, England, Chautauqua Institution in New York and Blossom Festival in Ohio. In addition to solo work with local orchestras and ensembles, Murphy’s Chicago area performances includes work with Chicago Opera Theater, DuPage Opera, Illinois Opera for the Young and Light Opera Works.

Dr. Karol Sue Reddington has performed and held faculty and administrative positions in the U.S., Hong Kong, Bermuda, Paris, Fontainebleau, Zurich, Moscow, Prague, Reykjavik and Tokyo. She received her doctorate degree in musical arts at the College Conservatory of Music where she studied with artists Eugene Pridonoff, Alfonso Montecino, Mairon Hall MacFayden and Soulima Stravinsky. Reddington’s 2002 Carnegie Hall debut was shared with violinist Mathias Boegner. Her College of DuPage Liberal Arts Lecture/Performance Grant was also subsequently invited for presentation at the 2010 Bangkok Fine Arts International Conference at Srinakharinwirot University. As a COD adjunct piano faculty member, Reddington involves students in the MTNA AiM program, serves as an international examiner of the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music, directs the Berkley-Pendell Piano Competition, and was selected as the area’s 2014 MTNA ‘Member of the Year’.

Dave Rice began studying piano at age six and has played professionally since age 16. After playing in bands and singing in choir and music productions throughout school, he received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Rice traveled on the road extensively through the ‘70s and ‘80s. In 1992, he began touring with Otis Rush. On tour, he played shows with Ko Ko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Luther Allison. He has warmed up for artists such as George Benson, Buddy Guy, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Page, Herbie Hancock and Robert Plant. He released an album in the 1990’s called Locution. He also has played with Donna Lori, the Cryan Shames, Gloria Newlun, Bobbi Wilsyn, Carlos Johnson, Pistol Pete, Dan Hayes Orchestra, Buddy Rich Band and many others. Rice teaches in the Valley View School District in Bolingbrook/ Romeoville and at College of DuPage, as well as plays music full time. Most recently, he has organized and runs an open jazz jam session at Shanahan’s Food & Spirits in Woodridge on Thursday nights. He continues to play nightly throughout the Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin areas.

Salvatore Siriano is a music educator and composer in the Chicago area. Siriano earned his bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University studying composition with Robert Lombardo and Patricia Moorehead. He earned his master’s degree in music composition from Northern Illinois University with Robert Fleisher and David Maki. His works have been performed in the Chicago area including at Northwestern University, the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College. Reflections for Trumpet and Sampled Electric Guitar is his first electroacoustic composition. The piece incorporates several dozen short recorded samples of him on guitar grouped into seven continuously generating streams. The streams vary in output from completely random pitches, rhythm and velocities to several more organized arrays providing thematic and harmonic content. Salvatore currently teaches music in Cicero and has been an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage since 2008.

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