Arts Calendar


Music teachers
come to campus


he once-every-three-years Orff-Schulwerk program for music teachers of students in grades K–8 will run June 21–July 2 in the ECU School of Music. The instructor will be Vivian Murray Caputo. The workshop combines music, drama, speech and movement into lessons that resemble child’s play. Linda High of the ECU music school’s music education program expects about 25 teachers to participate. For more information, call her at 252-328-4277 or send e-mail to


Band Camp
  This year it’s June 13–18 for students in grades 6–12 with full concert band, small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. Special coaching will be provided in jazz performance techniques. The camp ends with a concert June 18 at 7 p.m.

Summer Choral Camp  Designed for teachers, church musicians, graduate students and other aspiring conductors, the workshop consists of daily seminars, conducting master classes, discussions, peer interaction and ensemble singing. The camp is for rising seventh grade through 12th grade singers. The two programs run June 20–25.

Suzuki Institute  Scheduled for July 4–9, the camp offers training for students and teachers that includes private lessons and small master classes, as well as group repertory for all levels from Book 1 through advanced study. Separate instruction in orchestra, chamber music, fiddling and cello are offered. The program will conclude witha concert July 9 at 3 p.m.

Vocal Pedagogy Institute  This summer’s institute runs July 12–13 and will feature Clifton Ware, professor emeritus of vocal pedagogy at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, whose theme will be “Explorations: Discovering Your Authentic Voice.”

Guitar Workshop  This workshop, scheduled July 23–26, combines instruction with performance, and this year sees the return of popular Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli, who perform as Soloduo. American guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform, as will Stephen Aron and Duo Spiritoso, Andrew Zohn and Jeffrey McFadden. Mitch Weverka and Isaac Bustos, former ECU solo competition winners, will appear in a duo recital, and last year’s solo competition winner, Chad Ibison, will play.



Staff and faculty crowded the Willis Building for a reception honoring Wanda Scarborough (above, right), who is retiring after a 40-year career with the university. She began as a teller in the Student Bank, then joined the staff of the Student Supply Store in 1971. She progressed through the ranks, becoming director of the student store in 1996, managing the bookstore on Main Campus and the medical bookstore at the Brody School of Medicine. She also oversees souvenir and merchandise sales at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Minges Coliseum and Clark-LeClair Stadium. Bryan Tuten, who had been associate director under Scarborough, was appointed interim director.

Michael Bassman
was named the first Distinguished Honors Professor in the Honors Program, soon to become the new Honors College. He will design and teach honors seminars, advise honors students and work closely with the Dean of the Honors College, to be hired by summer 2010, in the design of curriculum and service-learning programs.

Melani Duffrin, assistant professor of nutrition, was the College of Human Ecology’s winner of this year’s Scholar- Teacher Award. The award recognizes faculty members who effectively integrate research and creative activity in classroom teaching. Duffrin and other Scholar-Teacher Award winners presented their research at a symposium on campus.

Michael F. Rotondo, professor and chair of surgery at Brody School of Medicine and director of the Center of Excellence for Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, was appointed chair of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

Katie Walsh, athletic training program director in the Health Education and Promotion Department and one of the first females to work full time in men’s professional athletics, was named the most distinguished athletic trainer of the year by the National Athletic Trainers Association, the professional membership association for 30,000 certified athletic trainers worldwide.

Roanoke Island Festival

you’re vacationing near Manteo this summer and already have seen The Lost Colony many times, be sure to drop by the Roanoke Island Festival Park to take in the live theatre and drama performances by ECU’s Loessin Summer Theatre and the arts departments at seven other UNC system schools.

The series provides university performing arts programs the chance to present summer productions in both a small indoor theater and a larger outdoor amphitheater. Students are on stage, backstage and working throughout the festival through a summer internship program run by the state.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

ECU Performance Schedule

The Fantastics
June 15–17 at 7 p.m.
“Meet the cast” June 15 at 2 p.m.
“A La Carte Afternoons”
June 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Dance: Moonshine and Molasses
June 22–24 at 8 p.m.
Outdoor Pavilion
“Meet the cast” June 22 at 2 p.m.
“A La Carte Afternoons”
June 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.

George M. Cohan Review
June 29–July1 at 8 p.m.
Outdoor Pavilion
“Meet the cast” June 29 at 2 p.m.
“A La Carte Afternoons”
June 30 and July 1 at 2 p.m

Throughout the season, music and theater programs from East Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina University, N. C. A&T University, Elizabeth City State University and N. C. Central University will perform free of charge. ECU will present a musical play, a dance program and a musical revue.

The play is The Fantasticks, with performances June 15–17. A week later, June 22–24, a full-length jazz dance work by ECU’s Tommi Galaska, Moonshine and Molasses, will be presented. The Fantasticks, a popular musical by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, was part of the 2006 Summer Theatre series.

The ECU portion of the Roanoke Island series will conclude June 29–July 4 with a musical revue based on the songs of George M. Cohan. Jeff Woodruff, managing director of the ECU summer theatre program, says the final details on the revue were being decided by artistic director John Shearin and Michael Tahaney, assistant professor and BFA coordinator for musical theatre.

The ECU performances will rely on local actors and technicians drawn mainly from the university community, “and we will have at least as many of our students involved as we usually do, though we probably will be using fewer stagehands,” Woodruff says, mainly because the productions are smaller in scale. The Fantasticks, for example, will have seven performers on stage and two musicians; the other two productions might have as many as 15 on stage.

Galaska’s jazz dance piece will be set to music by the Uncle Mountain band. Woodruff says Roanoke Island officials discussed the university’s participation “a long time ago about whether we could do some productions one day, and this year, that’s what we’ll be doing. They are basically hiring us to do the shows.” Woodruff says the chance to perform away from the home stage should benefit the students. “It sharpens the whose students’ skills when they work in a different place,” he says.

Two summers ago the Loessin Summer Theatre performed at the renovated Turnage Theater in Washington while improvements were under way at Messick Theatre on campus. Last summer, because of budget considerations, the summer series scaled back to one large production, Big River, but offered more performances than the usual summer play or musical.

He also says ECU would not rule out undertaking similar programs in the future. “We might do one big show in Greenville and a smaller show on the road, in Washington or in Manteo,” he says. Additional information on the summer series in Manteo can be found at

—Steve Row



Murder as an art form


s a child growing up in Rhode Island, ECU associate theatre professor Gregory Funaro suspected that the statues surrounding his grandfather’s pool came alive at night. Decades later, the idea of sculptures as living beings would form the basis of Funaro’s first novel, The Sculptor.

The murder mystery introduces readers to Sam Markham, an FBI agent with a knack for tracking down serial killers. Markham is tasked with his most puzzling case yet: A missing professional football player has been found murdered, posed like a famous statue by Michaelangelo. With art historian Cathy Hildebrant by his side, Markham must find the so-called Michelangelo Killer before he strikes again.

The Sculptor has earned accolades from masters of the mystery/thriller genre, including New York Times bestselling authors Gregg Olsen and Kevin O’Brien. S ome have drawn parallels between Funaro’s novel and Thomas Harris’ Silence of the Lambs. Already, German and Russian language rights to the book have been sold.

Funaro has a prequel to The Sculptor due out next January. H e also has just finished a third novel, a family saga set in the 1940s that he wrote before The Sculptor and recently rewrote completely.

Around ECU, Funaro is known chiefly for his work in the School of Theatre and Dance, where he teaches, acts and directs. He wrote The Sculptor in the hours between those duties, usually getting by on four or five hours sleep. “I just felt like I was on fire doing it,” he recalled. “I was just really excited about the story. I look back, and I don’t know how I did it with that little sleep. There are literally portions of the book that I have absolutely no memory of writing.”

Had he known the travails a first-time novelist faces when trying to get published, Funaro said, he might never have written that first book. “Just to get an agent to read even the first 25 pages, the first chapter, was almost impossible. At least it seemed next to impossible, for me,” he said.

His experience as an actor influences his writing, he said, and helps him develop characters, craft dialogue and overcome writer’s block. “I would find myself acting out characters as I was writing, especially in the second book, the prequel to The Sculptor, Funaro said. “I would find myself talking the way the characters talked, trying to look around my office and see things the way the character might see things.”

Becoming a first-time novelist differs from acting in one important respect, however: the lasting nature of the written word. “In the theatre, if you’ve got a night that doesn’t go very well, you can make it up the next night,” he said. “This an entirely different process. It’s new and exciting and scary at the same time.”
Karen Shugart

The Sculptor

352 pages in paperback Kensington Publishing Corp./
Pinnacle Books $6.99