Contact Us

Contact Us

Our main office is located in Room 132 in the Music Building and our phone number is (815) 753-1450. There are parking meters available on the north end of Gilbert Drive as well as on-street parking near Annie's Woods and on the roads to the east of the building. 

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Deborah Booth

Deborah Booth ( has been the director of the program since 1992. She came to the job after working in the continuing education area of the university for a number of years. Before that, she was a journalist for a newspaper in England and a producer for a public television station in Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College and a master's degree in English, with a film emphasis, from NIU. She has two children, both alums of the NIU Community School of the Arts.


Amanda Fawcett-Lothson

Amanda Fawcett-Lothson ( started work in the office as program assistant in August of 2012 after earning a master's degree in historical musicology from NIU.  Before getting a master's she earned a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Indiana University and currently teaches violin for the community school. Her role in the office includes managing program registrations, working with teachers and students, website updates, and maintaining our social media.


Doris Grubbs

Doris Grubbs handles the budget work for the office. Doris recently retired as office administrator from the College of Education. 

Mailing address:

Office of External Programs
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1450
Fax: (815) 753-8372