DeKALB – The Northern Illinois University School of Music will welcome Harold Kafer back to the campus for a program of songs and dances for the keyboard at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Recital Hall. Kafer will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Ginastera and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public.
Kafer retired from NIU in 2010. He served NIU as director of the school of music, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and as deputy provost. Before joining NIU, he was head of the music department at Auburn University in Alabama and held faculty positions at community colleges in Arizona and Texas.
Kafer began studying piano at age 14. He won a concerto competition and a scholarship as a high school senior, and completed degrees at the Peabody Conservatory, Arizona State University and the University of North Texas. He has performed nationally and internationally in solo and chamber music settings and in recitals with his wife, soprano Cecelia Kafer. He was the founder/conductor of the Cooke County (Texas) Symphony and Chorale and was conductor of the Auburn University Symphony Orchestra. He is also a published author and composer.