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ECU presents opera in historic Washington theatre

East Carolina University's School of Music Opera Theater presents the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Iolanthe, a romantic comedy in two acts, at the historic Turnage Theatre in Washington, NC, on November 3 & 4.

The iconic Turnage Theatre was originally built as a vaudeville theater in 1913, and named after its owner, C.A. Turnage.

For more information on the opera, click here.


Alum White honored by NC Symphony

Christine Allen White (BM '95, MM '06)) has received the 2017 Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement from the North Carolina Symphony. The Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement is named for the Symphony’s former director of education in recognition of his longstanding service and commitment to young people in the state of North Carolina.

White has served as the music teacher at Banks Elementary School in Kinston, North Carolina,for the past 21 years. In addition to this position, she is the Fine Arts Lead Teacher for Lenoir County Public Schools.

(click here for the full story).

School of Music welcomes new faculty

The East Carolina University School of Music welcomes six new faculty members for the 2017-18 school year.

New faculty include Dr. Travis Alford, music theory/composition; Dr. Stephen Ivany, trombone/euphonium; Dr. Miguel J. Ramirez, music history/theory; Dr. Andrea VanDeusen, choral music education/conductor; Dr. Jarrod Williams, tuba; and Kwan Yi, piano. (click on name for bio and picture)

ECU student music educator Lewis honored by NAfME

East Carolina University senior music education major Lauren Lewis has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Professional Achievement Award. These recognitions are given to college members who have served their NAfME collegiate chapter in an exemplary manner with dedication to NAfME and music education.

Each year two graduating music education students are selected from a national pool for the Shannon Kelly Kane Scholarship. Lewis is ECU NAfME chapter president. (read more)

Alum Marshall receives Yale graduate Presser award

Florrie Marshall, East Carolina University alum (BM, Performance, '15; Certificate of Advanced Performance Study, viola performance, '16) and Yale University first-year graduate student in viola performance, has been awarded the Yale Presser Foundation Graduate Award.

The $10,000 Presser Foundation Award is awarded to an outstanding returning Yale student to advance his or her music education. The Graduate Award at the Presser Foundation is only given to one student at each of 12 exclusively invited schools of music.

(photo, left to right: Yale professor Melvin Chen, Marshall, Yale School of Music Dean Robert Blocker)

ECU student Short composes music for chancellor installation

The installation of Dr. Cecil Staton as East Carolina University chancellor on March 24 featured a world-premiere performance of a composition written for the ceremony by an ECU music student.

Sophomore Christopher Short was chosen in a commissioning competition among ECU student composers to write a piece to be performed by the ECU Chamber Singers at the installation. He adapted the lyrics from a poem by John Masefield, late British poet laureate, chosen by Staton. read more

ECU vocalists achieve at Orpheus, regional NATS

The ECU Department of Vocal Studies had an outstanding showing at the 2017 regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Auditions, with two first place participants, three second place participants, one third place participant, one fourth place participant and one fifth place participant.

In addition, soprano Amanda Whitmore won third place (the Richard Strauss award) at the Final Round of the Orpheus National Competition for Vocalists.

The award winning students come from the studios of Dr. Rachel Copeland, Nicole Fraley-Franklin, John Kramar and Dr. Jami Rhodes. read more


ECU alum Bullock wins third Grammy

East Carolina University alumnus Chris Bullock (BM Performance, Jazz Studies, 2003) won his third Grammy with the multi-genre band Snarky Puppy on February 12, 2017. This year's win was for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, which the band also won in 2016. They won for Best R&B Performance in 2014.

A multi-instrumentalist, Bullock performs on saxophone, clarinet, flutes and synths, and has interests in hip-hop and electronic music including deejaying, beat making and production.

ECU cellist Lavine wins American Protege prize

East Carolina University student cellist Scott Alex Levine was a second place winner in the American Protege International Piano and Strings Competition, placing second in the College and Professionals division. He will perform in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in NYC on April 22 as part of the Winners Recital. 

Levine is a student of Emanuel Gruber.

Alum Lewis' ensemble nominated for American Prize

The Midwest Chamber Ensemble, director Steve N. Lewis, Jr. (BM-Music Theory & Composition, '10),  has been named a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral performance and in performance in American Music for their  CD "Voices from the Middle: New Music for Kansas City."

The American Prize provides evaluation, recognition and reward to America's finest performing artists, ensembles and composers, based on recorded performances. The American Prize is non-profit and has awarded more than $40,000 in cash prizes since 2010.

Alum Maglione to compose for American Guild of Organists

School of Music alumnus Anthony J. Maglione (MM ’07, Choral Conducting, DMA ’10, UCLA) has been commissioned to compose a new 25-minute cantata for chorus, soli, organ and chamber orchestra for the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Convention to be held in Kansas City in July, 2018.

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