About Standing Ovations

In 2013, East Carolina University began a new focus on publishing news on activities within the School of Music, as well as the College of Fine Arts and Communication where it is housed. That new focus includes feature stories highlighting activities and achievements within the ECU School of Music, as described in the links below. Below the features are the popular Treasured Tunes podcasts from performances by School of Music faculty members.

Spring 2018

Ed Jacobs Guggenheim Fellowship

Jacobs Receives Guggenheim Fellowship
School of Music professor becomes first ECU Guggenheim fellow
East Carolina University School of Music composition and theory professor Edward Jacobs has received a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. The foundation recognized Jacobs on April 4 for his work as a composer.

Fall 2017

Chris Short

Pirate Profile: Chris Short
Chris Short is a junior from Apex and is double majoring in vocal performance and music theory/composition at East Carolina University. He is involved in the ECU Opera Theater, ECU Chamber Singers, ECU Students for National Association of Teachers of Singing and is vice president of ECU chapter of the Society of Composers Inc.

Summer 2017

Florrie Marshall

Alum Marshall awarded 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.

Lauren Lewis

ECU music education major selected for national achievement award
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.

Jacob Brown

ECU International Summer Guitar Festival's 22nd year ...
Classical guitar performers, instructors and students from around the world will converge in the A. J. Fletcher Music Center at East Carolina University in Greenville for the ECU International Summer Guitar Festival starting July 15 through 18.

Spring 2017

Christopher Short

ECU student composes music for installation
The installation of Dr. Cecil Staton as chancellor on March 24 will feature a world-premiere performance of a composition written for the ceremony by an ECU music student.

Spring 2016

Serving Through Music

Serving Through Music
ECU alumni provide vital service in Army bands
From reveille to taps, music is an essential part of military service, and alumni of East Carolina University play a vital role in providing musical inspiration to the U.S. Army.

Alexandra Fee

ECU Freshman Wins Best Vocalist
A first prize for best overall undergraduate woman performer highlighted a strong showing for East Carolina University vocalists at the 2016 North Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions.

Stranded Silver

ECU Quartet to Perform at National Convention
The Stranded Silver Flute Quartet has been invited to perform at the 2016 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego, California, on August 13.

ECU cellist and pianist release CD

ECU cellist and pianist release CD
East Carolina University faculty members Emanuel Gruber, cello, and Keiko Sekino, piano, have released a CD of Robert Schumann's music titled "Fantasy and Romance" on the Delos label.
February 2016

Fall 2015

Travis Alford

Alum wins 2015 American Prize in Composition
East Carolina University School of Music alum Travis Alford (BM, ’05) is the winner of The American Prize in Composition 2015....
December 2015

Banded Together
Marching Pirates to perform at Panthers game – as a family.
November 2015

Pirate Profiles: Florrie Marshall
This Pirate leads and connects through music.
October 2015

Summer 2015

Premiere Role
ECU graduate stars in opera version of 'Cold Mountain'
August 2015

Lighting a Fire
20th Guitar Festival and Workshop brings guitarists to ECU
July 2015

With SoloDuo, Rene Izquierdo
ECU Guitar Festival celebrates 20th year
June 2015

Competition Winner
ECU student tuba player wins Yamaha international performance award
June 2015

Spring 2015

Power of Music
ECU students use music therapy to help Vidant Medical Center patients
April 2015

Pursuing a Passion
ECU alumnus crafts violins
Apri 2015

'A True Honor'
ECU Chamber Singers win international choral competition
Apri 2015

Winter 2015

A 'Pop Up' Performance
ECU alumnus plays at Todd Dining Hall
January 2015

A Season for Music
Winter Workshop draws musicians from around the world to ECU
January 2015

Summer 2014

Composition Competition
ECU music students write new opening theme for Public Radio East show.
June 2014

Pirate Profiles

Pirate Profile: Zachary Crissman
This Pirate wants to spread his love of music to future generations.
Spring 2014

Pirate Profile: Arlie Honeycutt
This Pirate is proud to be the 75th Miss North Carolina.
Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Chamber Singers win in International Competition
The ECU Chamber Singers were named one of the winners of the international Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain.
Nov. 4, 2013

Under the Lights
Marching Pirates hit the field in new uniforms
Sept. 11, 2013

Spring 2013

Opera takes flight
'Insectaphobia' premiere engages young audience
March 28, 2013
Rising to new levels
Four Seasons 'Next Gen' program engages musicians at home and on the road
February 5, 2013
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TREASURED TUNES: 2011 - 2013

Welcome to East Carolina University's Treasured Tunes, a podcast series in which professors from the School of Music offer commentary about selected musical compositions and performances. From state-of-the-art facilities, to world-renowned music professors, the School of Music is one of the premier music schools in the Southeast. Let Treasured Tunes offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of ECU's musical prowess. Please sit back and enjoy the music.

Subscribe to the podcast series on ECU's iTunes U.
Stream the podcast, read a Q&A with each professor, and access transcripts below:

Episode 11
featuring Emanuel Gruber

published on 10/11/2013

Emanuel Gruber, professor of cello and chamber music, offers insight about his lifelong love of classical music and comments on selected works of three composers.

Episode 10
featuring Andrew Scanlon

published on 02/19/2013

Andrew Scanlon, professor of organ and sacred music at the ECU School of Music, and organist-choirmaster at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, shares his commentary and performance.

Episode 8
featuring Christine Gustafson

published on 8/21/2011

Christine Gustafson, professor of flute at East Carolina University, shares a jazz-inspired duet between flute and piano.

Episode 7
featuring Scott Carter

published on 7/21/2011

Scott Carter, director of the School of Music Symphonic Wind Ensemble, shares and conducts a composition inspired by Superman comics.

Episode 1
featuring Elliot Frank

published on 1/18/2011

Dr. Elliot Frank, guitarist and music professor at ECU, shares his thoughts about a recital of classical guitar pieces written by South American composers.

Episode 3
featuring Jocelyn Nelson

published on 2/23/2011

Professor Dr. Jocelyn Nelson, who specializes in renaissance guitar performance, offers commentary on a selection of pieces from her most recent CD, Ma Guiterre je te chante.

Episode 5
featuring Catherine Garner

published on 4/5/2011

Dr. Catherine Garner, professor and pianist, leads the way in sharing the accomplishments of women composers throughout history.

Episode 2
featuring Tom McCaslin

published on 2/7/2011

Tom McCaslin, professor of tuba and euphonium, shares his commentary and performance on a piece written by one of his mentors.

Episode 4
featuring Mark Richardson

published on 3/11/2011

Professor Dr. Mark Richardson, teacher of music theory and composition, sheds light on the inspiration behind his composition Moonscape.

Episode 6
featuring Christopher Ulffers

published on 5/3/2011

Christopher Ulffers on bassoon, along with the East Carolina University Chamber Singers, premiered a piece written by Norwegian composer Egil Hovland.