School of Music

August 18, 2017
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January 20, 2018
February 10, 2018
February 24, 2018*
March 17, 2018

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ECU voice students achieve at NC NATS

School of Music voice students won numerous awards at the NC National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in Winston-Salem in February.

First place winners included:
1st Place Graduate Women - Kerby Baier; 1st Place Senior Women - Gina Falk; 1st Place Junior Women - Alex Fee, 1st Place Junior Men - William Edwards; 1st Place, Sophomore Women – Arianna Ford; 1st Place Freshman Men – Jacob McCain (click here for a complete list of winners)

Jacob McCain was also selected as overall outstanding male singer.

They are students of Jami Rhodes, Nicole Franklin, Daniel Shirley and John Kramar.


ECU student composer Green's works featured

School of Music graduate composition student Brittany Green (MM ’18) has four of her compositions selected for multiple performances in Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Georgia in spring 2018.
Performances of her works will be featured at 52 Weeks of Flute in Chicago; the Group for New Music at the University of Illinois Compose-a-thon in Champaign, Illinois; the BGSU Graduate Music Conference in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Ossia Commission Project in Boston; the Crossing Border’s Women Composers Around the World Concert Series at two venues in Illinois; and a performance by the Berry College New Music Ensemble in Mount Berry, Georgia.

Additional works are featured in ECU’s NC NewMusic Initiative Premiere Performances in March and April in Greenville.

Green is a composition student of Dr. Ed Jacobs.


Shirley to reprise role in acclaimed opera

ECU School of Music voice faculty tenor Daniel Shirley will rejoin the touring cast of the critically acclaimed opera “We Shall Not Be Moved” in March at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam.

Named one of the top classical music performances of the year by the New York Times, “We Shall Not Be Moved” chronicles in operatic format the real-life 1985 incident in which Philadelphia police bombed a rowhouse occupied by a group of black separatists.

 Part of the original cast when the opera premiered, Shirley performs as John Little, a white or mixed-race youth who self-identifies as black.

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Nelson publishes music textbook

ECU School of Music faculty member Dr. Jocelyn Nelson has published the music appreciation textbook "Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions" with Cognella Academic Publishing.

The textbook, geared for the nonmajor undergraduate student, explores American vernacular music, Western art music and musical traditions throughout the world beyond the US and Western Europe, beginning with music most familiar to American students and radiating outward to the least familiar musical traditions. Each musical example explores musical elements, performance practices and cultural contexts.

School of Music faculty member Bo Newsome contributed images to the musical elements appendix to help students understand basic musical concepts.

Nelson has taught music history, music appreciation, lute and guitar literature, and early guitar and lute performance at ECU.


Franklin nominated for Grammy

ECU School of Music voice faculty member Dr. James Franklin has been nominated for a 2018 Grammy for "Best Choral Performance" as a member of the South Dakota Chorale. The nominated album is "Tyburg Masses," and it is also nominated in engineering and surround sound categories.

Franklin is director of choral activities, director of the award-winning ECU Chamber Singers and teaches conducting at ECU.


Jacobs presents at 2017 NASM conference

Dr. Ed Jacobs presented on entrepreneurship for the 21st century music student at the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 2017 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November.

The session focused on the various ways in which the music curricula can be adapted to meet the contemporary needs of the 21st century. The presentation/panel discussion also considered what curricular elements constitute a successful program.

Jacobs teaches theory/composition at ECU and is founder and director of the NC NewMusic Initiative.


Wagoner semi-finalist for national educator award

Dr. Cindy Wagoner is a semi-finalist for the 2017 Music & Arts Educator of the Year Award. The top 25 national semi-finalists were announced November 3. Winners will be announced at Music & Arts’ Annual Midwest Reception on December 2 in Chicago.

Wagoner has presented at regional, state, and national stages on music genre recognition, collaborative research design, and professional music teacher identity. She is active as a guest conductor and adjudicator in North Carolina and Indiana. Wagoner is a member of MENC, Society for Music Teacher Education, Instrumental Music Teacher Educators, Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and North Carolina Music Educators Association. (read more)



Richardson's composition to be performed at festival

Dr. Mark Richardson's orchestral piece “Prairies Ablaze” was picked for performance at the 2018 Missouri State University Composition Festival in Springfield, MO, in February.

The 2018 composition festival will bring students and faculty together with distinguished performers and composers in a four-day event. The events will include recitals featuring guest artists and composers, the composition competition and performances.

Richardson teaches music composition and music theory at ECU.



ECU cellist Lavine wins MTNA 2017 NC prize

East Carolina University sophomore cellist Scott Alex Levine won first place in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist North Carolina strings competition on October 28 in Raleigh, NC. He advances to the MTNA Southern Division competition in Lynchburg, VA, on January 12-15.

The MTNA National Student Competitions are the most successful and prestigious student competitions in the country. Each year, thousands of students compete for top prizes and national recognition.

Levine is a student of Emanuel Gruber.


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 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.

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.

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