Alyce Claerbaut:  President -

A. Alyce Claerbaut served as an administrator at Northeastern Illinois University until her retirement in 2002. She completed her assignment as Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. During her tenure at Northeastern she held several managerial and program administrative positions. Among them were line positions requiring supervisory and fiscal responsibilities. She presently holds the position of President, Billy Strayhorn Songs, Inc. a family-owned music publishing company. In this role she, along with other Board members, interacts with music publishers, producers and educators, particularly in jazz.

Ms. Claerbaut's formal music training includes concentration in applied voice. She has sung professionally in many types of setting--jazz, classical, art song, popular song, with a specialty in choral repertoire.

As a jazz advocate and promoter, Claerbaut served as the president of the Northeastern Illinois University Jazz Society and was co-founder of the Skokie Valley Jazz Ensemble in the 1980's. She has been involved in the arts scene primarily in Chicago with membership on grants panels for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and as a panel member for the Illinois Arts Council. She served the Chicago Jazz Orchestra from 2003-2010, two years as Director of Public Relation an five years as Executive Director. Her professional memberships include educational and artistic boards and organizations.

Ms. Claerbaut was named "Chicagoan of the Year" in Jazz in 2011 by the Chicago Tribune. Her work as a jazz advocate and artistic manager was cited for this award.