NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
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.
ECU School of Music student Jordan Prescott performed a public recital on the West Point Military Academy Cadet Chapel's famous Moller Church Pipe Organ on October 9 in West Point, NY.
Prescott, a student of Andrew Scanlon, was awarded the 2015 E. Powers Biggs Fellowship by the Organ Historical Society and is serving a two-year appointment as organ scholar at the Duke University Chapel in Durham, NC.
East Carolina University faculty pianist John O’Brien performed with University of North Carolina soprano Louise Toppin at President Obama's Freedom Sounds dedication of the Smithsonian's new African American History Museum on September 24 in Washington.
Conceived and presented in festival fashion, Freedom Sounds' programming included musical performances, spoken word, oral history activities and evening concerts. The three-day music festival presented artists who represent the numerous cultural threads encompassing African diasporic histories and traditions.
O’Brien and Toppin were invited to present a program entitled “Songs of protest: then and now" to celebrate the musical contributions of African American composers. For more information.https://nmaahc.si.edu/visit/faq
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.
Graduates of ECU’s School of Music are finding not only professional success but also personal fulfillment serving their country and fellow soldiers as members of Army bands across the country and world. (Read more.)
Gabriel DiMartino has joined the ECU School of Music as assistant professor of trumpet.
DiMartino has performed as a member of The Wichita Symphony, The New Columbian Brass Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band.