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1966

Lynne Craig Cox, BM, Piano Performance. K-12 Certificate, 1992. School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, May 5, 2005. Taught in Belhaven and Beaufort County for 39 years. 2005 School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Renowned composer and creator of music for children. Creator and owner of the "Sea Zoo" company.

 

1966

Roger L. Stephens, MM, Voice Performance. Professor of Music and Director of the University of Tennessee School of Music, Knoxville, TN. Former School of Music Director at Ohio University, and former Director of Opera/Music Theater at the University of Nebraska, Washington State University, and The Ohio State University. Has received critical acclaim as a stage director, including regional directing assignments with Columbus Light Opera, Orlando Opera, Opera Columbus, Knoxville Opera, and Shreveport Opera. 2006 School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Web Page.

 

1969, 1970

Jane Birmingham Morlan, BM, Music Education; MM, Music Education, 1970. Music Educators National Conference Southern Division President-Elect, President, Past-President, 2004-2010. Since 1998, teacher of Choral Music, Advanced Placement Music Theory, Music Theory, Class Piano, Music Appreciation, at Hillcrest High School, Simpsonville, SC.

 

1970

H. Jac McCracken, BM Piano Performance. Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies in the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans. Website A student of Robert Carter, Ilonka Deckers-Kuzler, and Raymond Dudley, McCracken also studied with Byron Janis, Rudolph Ganz, and Guido Agosti. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study at L'Academia di Santa Cecilia from 1970-72. McCracken received a master's degree from the University of Cincinnati.

 

1971

Velton Ray Bunch, BM Music Theory and Composition. Student of Eleanor Toll and Brett Watson. Successful composer and song writer. Pianist and arranger for Ray Charles and Mac Davis. Television and film credits include scores for Magnum P.I., Hill Street Blues, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Pretender, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, and many others. Six Emmy nominations and one Emmy award (2004). Alumni of The Year in 1990 at East Carolina University. Emmy Award Winner 2004. Web Page

 

1972

Bruce H. Frazier, BM 1970, MM 1972, Music Theory and Composition. Student of Gregory Kosteck. Doctorate in conducting from the University of Southern California. Distinguished Alumni Award, ECU School of Music, 1999-2000. Currently the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in Commercial and Electronic Music at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. The Academy of Television Arts and Science have twice recognized him for his contributions to dramatic underscore and sound mixing for television programs. He has also been nominated for several Emmys for his role as music editor on the TV series Quantum Leap, and a Golden Reel nomination for his work on JAG. Frazier was the orchestra director and arranger for country singer Loretta Lynn for more than a decade. He has conducted for other artists including Ronnie Milsap and Mac Davis. Frazier was the music coordinator for Dolly, the ABC TV series starring singer Dolly Parton. Web Page

 

1973

Bonnie G. Mani, Ph.D., is a full professor at East Carolina University. She earned both master of public administration and Ph.D. degrees at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She worked for the Internal Revenue Service from 1973 to 1993.  There she served in various administrative positions including training and development branch chief, customer service coordinator, and internal management development consultant.  She went to East Carolina University in 1992 and since then she has published articles in Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Personnel Management, International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration, and Southeastern Political Review. She published two books: Women, Power and Political Change and Women, Men, and Human Capital Development in the Public Sector: Return on Investments. Her teaching and research interests include American national government; women, public policy and administration; women and politics; human resources management; productivity; and organization theory.

Kathleen Rountree, BM Piano Performance. MM Southern Illinois University, PhD, Florida State University. Formerly Head of the Piano Department and Graduate Music Dean at Louisiana State University. Former Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts at the University of Northern Colorado. 1999-2000 Fellow of the American Council on Education. Editor of the American Music Teacher. Currently Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at UNC-Greensboro. Website.

 

1974

Wayne Cameron, BM, Trumpet Performance. He is a trumpet soloist, trumpet teacher, band director, orchestra conductor, chamber music coach, inventor, chamber musician, sportsman, church leader, sportsman, author, and the founder of a philanthropic charity. Teaches at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Peabody Preparatory, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Shepherd College (WV), and maintains a private studio. First trumpet of the Chesapeake Brass Quintet. He is married to Andrea Ratajczak. They have two sons, John and Jordan. 2004 School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

 

1974, 1975

Wendy Harmon Bissinger, BM, MM Music Therapy. Cellist and Suzuki teacher in Greenville. She has had a private studio for over 18 years with 28 students ranging in ages from 4 to 18.  Teaches at Parrot Academy in Kinston. She has been a guest clinician at workshops throughout the nation and recently conducted a concert at Constitution Hall in Washington DC.

 

1975

Cheryl Kay Newton, BM Music Education (Clarinet), MS Music Education, University of Illinois. Ed.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Music faculty at Oakton High School, Vienna, VA.

 

1975

John Randal "Randy" Guptill, BME 1975, MME UNCG 1996. Served as band director in Pender County (4 years), Lowe's Grove Junior High/Middle School in Durham (19 years, Teacher of the Year '96), Brogden Middle School in Durham (5 years). Currently serving as "Visiting Director" of the Wind Symphony at Duke University (4th year). Playing principal Euphonium with Triangle Brass Band and North Carolina Wind Orchestra, plus freelance trombone jobs as well as serving as clinician and judge for band activities. guptiljr@duke.edu

 

1976

Amy Boyce Haruska, BM Music Education, MM from Virginia Commonwealth University. MM from University of Richmond. Taught in private schools for 22 years. Director of two musical theatres in Richmond area, Choral Director at Henrico High School and soloist at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

 

1977

Robert Jackson, MM in Percussion Performance and Music Education. BM Music Education, Berklee College of Music, Boston. Professional performing musician, and public school teacher, high school and middle school from 1977 to present. (Massachussetts, Carteret, Duplin, Johnston and Wake Counties). Marching band, concert band, percussion ensemble and jazz band. Bands have received consistent superior ratings every year. Teacher of the year, all county clinician throughout North Carolina, author and active performing musician on percussion and jazz flute.

 

1977

Bill Reinhart, BM in Music Education (percussion). For many years was a professional percussionist with touring musical organizations and a professional recording artist. At present he is a business professional who is active in support of arts organizations and as a patron of the arts. Originator of the REINHART CHALLENGE GRANT from the Reinhart Family Foundation.

 

1977

N. Alexander Miller III, BM Music Education (Voice), MA History, NC State University. Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of ARTS NC STATE, the Visual and Performing Arts Program (Center Stage Professional Performing Arts Series, Crafts Center, Dance Program, Gallery of Art and Design, Music Department and University Theatre) at NC State University since 1997; Director of the University Scholars Program at NCSU since 1987. He also founded and is Co-Director of a Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy.

 

1978, 1983

Dee Anna Braxton-Pellegrino, BM Music Education, 1978; MM 1983. Additional study at the University of Colorado. Original second violinist in the Colorado String Quartet. Active career as music educator formerly in Charlotte, NC, now in Pitt County, NC. Free lance violinist. violist, and conductor. Teaches a large class of violin students in Eastern North Carolina. Formerly a faculty member at Elizabeth City State University.

 

1979, 1989, 2005

Susan Gwen Beck-Frazier, BM, MM, Music Education; EdD in Higher Education Administration awarded May, 2005. Formerly award-winning teacher in Pitt County Schools. Currently faculty and Assistant Director for Student Services, School of Music; also Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects, College of Fine Arts & Communication, ECU.

 

1980

Mary Jo White, BM Flute Performance, is a flute and theory Assistant Professor at UNC-W and principal flutist of the Wilmington Symphony. She has a doctorate in music from Boston University and a master's in music from Michigan State University. She has taught at Boston College, Central Michigan University, and Truman State University.

 

1980

Rich Holly, MM, Percussion Performance. Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University: WEB PAGE. Past President of the Percussive Arts Society. Percussive Arts Society.

 

1981

Mark Ford, BM Music Education. MM in Percussion Performance, University of North Texas, 1983. From 1987 to 1999 Assistant and Associate Professor of Percussion at East Carolina University. Since 1999, Coordinator of Percussion Activities at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

 

1981

William Congdon, BM Music Education and percussion, teaches band and music in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

 

1981

Terry Mizesko, BM Theory Composition, Trombone. Studied composition with Gregory Kosteck and Eugene Narmour. Since 1971 Principal Bass Trombone with the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh.

 

1981

Jim Roberts, BM 1981 Percussion, East Carolina University; MM 1984 Northern Illinois University, Audio Technology 2000 SAE Institute. Since 1995, Producer, Studio Owner, Session player, Nashville, TN . Web Site

 

1982

Tim Haley, MM Percussion Performance. Studied percussion with Harold Jones. Since 1983, music faculty at Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC. Tim wrote on 10/23/05: "My wife Lori is a seventh grade math teacher . . . Some of my proudest accomplishments over the past 23 years have been seeing my students, who could not have majored in music without first attending Sandhills CC, graduate with a Bachelor of Music Degree . . . We have three children: Matthew is a junior civil engineering major at NC State, Lauren is a freshman communications and journalism major at Carolina, and Josh is a high school senior wanting to pursue a music degree-possibly at ECU."

 

1983

Ronald Dean Payne, MM 1983 Music Education and Tuba, Band Director in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, Schools

 

1983

Elaine Bernadette Butler (Godwin), 83' Magna cum laude graduate in Music Education. Formerly taught public school music in Harnett County, Dunn, NC. Presently teaching public school music In Johnston County, Four Oaks, NC. Obtained K-6 Elementary Education certificate from Cambell University in 1989. Obtained National Board Certification in 2003. Working to complete masters in music education Summer 2006 through ECU online masters program. Married 20 years with two daughters, Emily and Sarah Catherine.

 

1987

Susan Boykin, soprano, BM Vocal Performance, has performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series and with the American Chamber Players at the Paris Opera, the Frick Collection in NY City and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She is a native of Wilson and now resides in Maryland with her husband, violist Miles Hoffman.

Sally Copeland Wright (BM 1987) completed her graduate degree at Florida State University in 1989 where she was the second to receive the Master of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy.  She has worked for the music department of Old Dominion University since graduation teaching piano, sight singing/ear training, and theory and was appointed as Director of their Community Music Division in 2004.  Sally has received permanent certification through MTNA and is an active member, Chairperson, and judge for the American College of Musicians.  She started three audition centers for her students and colleagues with the piano guild- Tallahassee, FL, Norfolk (Academy), VA and Old Dominion University, VA.- and has enjoyed hosting guest judges Dr. Kerry Carlin and Dr. Richard Lucht in past years.

Sally married husband Bob (1987, 1990)in June of 1990. They recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary and revisited Greenville. On weekends they can be found in Swan Beach, NC as volunteer firefighters and assisting with the Corolla Wild Horses.  Sally is the pianist of the historic Corolla Chapel and occasionally does solo recitals for the Whalehead Club.

Kexi Liu, MM Violin Performance, came to US in 1984 from Beijung, China, received his MM from ECU in 1987, his DMA in 1993 from UNC-G. He is the first person to receive a doctorate in violin performance in the UNC system and is also the first from Mainland China to receive such a degree. He is on the music faculty at Missouri Southern State University and a member of the Southern Piano Trio.

 

1987, 1990

Bob Wright, BM 1987; MM 1990, is currently working in the music department at Old Dominion University.  He teaches several courses covering many audio engineering topics such as Post Production DAW Techniques, DAW Tracking Fundamentals, Live Audio Engineering, Music for Film and Radio (film scoring/songwriting) and Music in History and Culture.  Recently Mr Wright composed a piece entitled 'Crosswalk' for the dance department at ODU.  A member of the Audio Engineering Society and The Recording Academy (a division of the Grammys), Mr. Wright supervises the ODU Student Organization for Audio Engineers.   He has composed various music for organizations in the Hampton Roads area and is currently working on an album entitled 'Wave@Me' that will be released in the fall of 2010.



1990

Bridgette Cooper-Anderson, 1990, received her Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from East Carolina University where she was awarded outstanding College Students of America. She studied at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Her debut CD, "Heavenly Grass: Great American Art Songs," is available on Amazon.com, Tower Records, Best Buy, Walden Books and Apple iTunes. Bridegtte was named New Teacher of the Year 2001, Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Ward Seven in Washington DC, where she received a grant from the DC Commission of Arts and Humanities to teach opera to inner city chldren. She will appear in the upcoming season of the HBO Series "The Wire." 

 

1990

William Mitchell, BM 1990, Music Education and Tuba, active free-lance tubist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area, principal tuba with the Abilene (TX) Symphony, adjunct faculty at East Texas Baptist University, DMA candidate at Univ. of North Texas.

 

1990, 1991

Chris Dunn, BSBA in Marketing, BA in Music (trumpet), Executive Director of the Arts Council of Moore County in Southern Pines, NC.

 

1990

Charles Maxwell, BM 1990, Vocal Performance, Big performing career in Europe, one of the most sought after countertenors on the continent.

 

1990

Kenneth Bodiford, MM Music Education and Wind Ensemble Conducting. Since 1994, Assistant Professor and Director of Bands, Jacksonville State University, AL. Executive director of the JSU SPIRIT Drum and Bugle Corp.

 

1992

Russ Tinkham, BM. MM at University of Akron, then assumed position with the faculty brass quintet there (tuba prof. unable to play due to health issues), also currently Music Librarian, University of Akron School of Music.

 

1992

Cedric Hairston, BM Music Education, 2000 MS Longwood University, Education Administration and Supervision, Director of Bands Dan River High School School 1996 Ð 2003. Assistant Principal - Chatham Middle School in Chatham Virginia.

 

1992, 1994

Elizabeth Norville Ulffers, BM, Piano Pedagogy, MM Accompanying. Award winning teacher at Wintergreen Elementary, Greenville, NC. Adjunct faculty, East Carolina University.

 

1992

Calvin Braxton, BM Music Education, Voice and Clarinet, recently joined Cirque du Soleilas a singer.

 

1992

Alan Forrest, BM Music Business and Euphonium, MM, Music Performance, currently serves as a Systems Manager in the Department of Computer Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Information and Library Science.

 

1992

Selim Giray, MM Violin Performance, North Carolina Symphony Fellow. Received DMA in Violin Performance from Florida State University under Elliot Chapo. Since 2002 Assistant Professor of Violin at Pittsburgh State University, Kansas.

 

1992, 1994

Michael Dixon, BM Composition, MM Composition and Music Technology. Currently working towards MS in Instructional Technology, East Carolina University. Currently full-time Instructional Technology Consultant, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University. Also serves as adjunct instructor for the ECU School of Music teaching  "American Popular Music" online.

 

1992, 1995

Valanda Nelson, MM, MT-BC, CCAS, CCS, currently is the Director of Perinatal Services at the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Greenville, NC. She continues to play the bassoon in various groups including the Wilmington Symphony, the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tar River Symphonic Band, and the Wilson-Barton College Symphony Orchestra.


1992

Tracy Randazzo Dixon, BA, currently serves as accounting technician for Eastern Radiologists, Inc. (Greenville, NC).

 

1993

Sylvia Bradley Sutter, MM Church Music. BME, ECU, 1969. Currently music faculty at Chowan College, Murfreesboro, NC. Minister of Music at Nashville Baptist Church.

 

1993

Laura Avery, BM Music Education and Clarinet Performance, received Masters in performance from University of Michigan and has just returned to the area as band teacher at Chaloner Middle School in Roanoke Rapids.

 

1993

John Brian Heath, BM in music education (1993) East Carolina University; BA in religious studies (1997) Ambassador University; MM in music education (2000) Appalachian State University; EdD in educational leadership (2005) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Recently received principal and superintendent certifications and is currently applying for school administrative positions in North Carolina.

 

1994

Roger McVey, BM Piano Performance, MM from Indiana University, DMA in piano from the University of Kansas. He was a Semi-Finalist in the 2002 International Liszt Competition in Poland, where critics praised his "passionate artistry and electrifying virtuosity", and has recently performed in New York, Florida, Texas, and Indiana. Mr. McVey has studied with internationally acclaimed pianists Jack Winerock, Menahem Pressler, Anton Nel, Herbert Stessin, and Henry Doskey, and has coached with artists such as Claude Frank, Ann Schein, Nelita True, Janos Starker, Yuval Yaron, William Warfield, Eugene Rousseau, and the Emerson Quartet.

 

1994

Abigail Pack, BM Horn Performance. MM 1996 from University of Iowa and DMA in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is in her third year as horn professor at James Madison University. She has held teaching positions at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, and Western State College in Gunnison, CO. Has performed with the Barton Symphony Orchestra, Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. She currently performs as a member of the Madison Brass, Montpelier Winds, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, the Southwest Chamber Orchestra, the Roanoke Opera, and with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Winds of Wintergreen (WOW). She serves as the Virginia State Area Representative of the International Horn Society, on the advisory board of the Southeast Regional Horn Workshop, and on the advisory board of the American Hunting Horn Society.

 

1994

Rebecca Robertson Dunn, BM in Music Therapy, Preschool teacher at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Southern Pines, NC.

 

1994

Cheryle Naberhaus, BM Horn Performance, received her MM from SMU, Dallas, TX, and is successfully freelancing and teaching in the southwest Fla. Area. She is Principal horn in the Southwest FL Symphony in Ft. Myers and Assistant/Utility horn in Naples, FL and teaches quite a few students in the Miami area.

 

1994

Michele Erich, MM, MT-BC. Music Therapist and Director, Healing Arts Network, New Hanover Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.


1994

Selim Giray (MM 1994) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Violin in String Music Education and Pedagogy at Wichita State University, School of Music, a position previously held by the venerable Jacquelyn Dillon. Giray recently performed at the Carnegie Hall in January of 2012.

 

1995

Jeremy Bolich, BM Vocal Performance, is the lead singer of Alias, a seven-member group from the Richmond area. He also works at Capital One in Richmond and was a Fredericksburg Idol finalist in radio station 99.3 WYSK's 2002 competition.

 

1995

Sharon Boyle, MM, MT-BC Assistant Professor Music Therapy, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, IN

 

1995

Bryan Adkins, BM Horn Performance, received his MM from Arizona State and is performing in orchestras, including opera, in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

 

1996

Jonathan Kuhn, BM Music Education. Currently a Narcotics Detective with the Washington Police Department. Plays with the Tar River Symphonic Band and in a local brass quintet.

 

1996, 1998

Claire Murphy, BM Vocal Performance, MM Music Education. Teacher in Pitt County Schools. Formerly Elementary Music Education Chair, Barton College, Wilson, NC. Currently adjunct faculty, ECU.

 

1996, 1998

Michael Weaver, BM Music Education, MM Suzuki Pedagogy. DMA viola performance in 2002 from Florida State University. Assistant Professor at Elizabeth State University, Elizabeth City, NC.

 

1996, 1998

Bryan Richards, BM Music Education, MM Music Theory, Ph.D. candidate in Music Theory, Florida State University.

 

1996

Chris Grymes, MM Clarinet Performance. DMA (ABD) at Michigan State University. Assistant Professor of Clarinet, ECU. Fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Has performed with the Boston and Utah Symphonies. Principal clarinet of the Winston-Salem Symphony.

 

1996

Melody (Edwards) Parker; MM in Vocal Performance 1996, MLIS (Wayne State University) 2005, spent 1999-2006 working with the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program at the Michigan Public Health Institute, eventually culminating as a program coordinator. Was recently hired (summer, 2006) as a Research Librarian for international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in their Atlanta, GA office. Program at the Michigan Institute of Public Health (1999-Present).

 

1996, 2003

Lori McLelland, BM, MM, Music Education and Voice. Formerly faculty at the Wake County Magnet School for the Arts, Raleigh, NC. Now teaching in Jacksonville, NC. President, ECU School of Music Alumni Organization.

 

1997

Reiko Ishi, MM Piano Performance, in DMA program at Florida State University.

 

1997

Erik Harris, BM Music Education, teaching in Nash County, NC.

 

1997

Kathryn Grim, MM, MT-BC. Substance Abuse Counselor, W. B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center, Greenville, NC.

 

1998

Christopher Ellis, BM Violin Performance. MM in violin performance from Florida State University. Teaches violin in Pitt County area, NC.

 

1998, 2003

Suzanne Eulalia Ayers, BM Music Therapy and viola, MM in Suzuki Pedagogy. MM Florida State University, Music Therapy, 2000.  Currently a private teacher in Greenville, NC.

 

1998

 Darren Holbrook, MM, MT-BC. Music Therapist:  Clayton County Schools, Jonesboro, GA

 

1998

Richard Ramirez, MM Music Technology. Currently an Instructional Technology Consultant, East Carolina University.

 

1999

Nancy Hammond, MM, MT-BC. Music Therapist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Practicum Supervisor for Duquesne University.

 

1999

Patrick Howle, BM Voice performance, received his MM in Voice Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2001. He has performed for three consecutive seasons with Ohio Light Opera, and participated in several recordings with that opera company: Gilbert and Sullivan's The Grand Duke, and most recently, Robin Hood.

 

1999

Jeff Ward, MM Choral Conducting, currently teaching choral music at Great Bridge High School, in Chesapeake, VA.

 

1999

J. Phillip Hulsey, MM Music Technology, Currently a programmer in the New Technologies, Information Technology Group, East Carolina University. 

 

Mark Pacoe (MM '98), is Director of Music and Organist at the historic St. Malachy's Church - The Actors' Chapel in Times Square, NYC. Mark has performed as soloist and accompanist domestically and abroad including Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai, the Sydney Opera House, Konzerthaus in Vienna (International Haydn Festival), St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles and St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.

1999, 2004

Stacie Proctor, BM, MM Music Therapy and Vocal Performance, MM-BC, Music Therapist, MT Service Providers, Gaithersburg, MD.

 

1999, 2004

Phillip Proctor, BM Music Education, MM Music Education and Instrumental Conducting. High school band director, Ocean City, MD.

 

1999

Anna Hubbard Tiesler, BM Music Education. MM Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music Performance, Eastman School of Music, 2001. She has taught elementary music in New Mexico, and Illinois, and is currently teaching K-12 music (general, band, choir) in the Gaston School District outside of Portland, OR.

 

2000

Donny Allen BM '94, MM '00. Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. DMA candidate in Conducting at the University of Memphis.

 

2000

Susan Gindt, MM Accompanying and Choral Conducting, completing DMA in accompanying at the University of Minnesota.

 

2000

Jon Johnson, BM Organ Performance ECU, MM Eastman School of Music. Was a teaching fellow in the DMA program at Eastman. Currently completing a second MM degree in Choral Conducting at ECU.

 

2000

Monty Moncrief, BM Cello Performance. MM Music Education from The University of Akron. Currently serving as 1Lt United States Air Force.

 

2001

Jami Rhodes, BM Voice Performance, doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University in vocal performance. She recently won an encouragement award in the Metropolitan Opera Competition. She has sung the leading roles of Jo in Little Women, and Charlotte in Werther with LSU Opera. She will sing as a studio artist this summer with the Central City Opera. Last summer she sang the title role in Bizet's Carmen with Opera in the Ozarks. A former teaching fellow, Jami got her MM in voice performance from University of South Carolina in 2003, and taught High School in Jacksonville, NC before starting her doctoral work last fall.

 

2001

Sean Berg, MM Choral Conducting, is currently working in New York City for Mid America productions, where he books ensembles to perform at Carnegie Hall.

 

2001

Chuck Capps, BM Music Education, currently Director of Bands at Eastside High School in Greenville, SC. Going for National Boards.

 

2001

Thomas McNeely Hobson, MM-MT-BC. Music Therapy. Music Therapist / Child Life Specialist, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, Memphis, TN.

 

2001

Sharon Miller, MM Suzuki Pedagogy. Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA.

 

2002

Matt Driscoll, MM Trombone Performance, in doctoral program at the University of Iowa.

 

2002

Peppie (Jose) Calvar, BM Music Education (Choral). Currently director of choral activities at the High School for the Performing Arts in Charlotte, NC.

 

2002

Cara DeFrank, BM Vocal Performance, just received her MM from University of Texas, Austin

 

2002

Jessica Baldwin, MM, MT-BC. Music Therapist, Cerebral Palsy Center, Miami, FL.

 

2002

Brad Langhans, BM 1991, MM 2002 from East Carolina University. Member of ASBDA and NC Bandmasters Association. Received National Board Teacher certification in 2003. Currently director of bands at West Craven HS in Vanceboro, NC. Secretary for NCBA Ð Eastern District, 11/12 NC Honors Band Auditions Chairperson, and Secretary for the ECU School of Music Alumni Society. Director of the Craven Community Concert Band in New Bern, NC. Married with two children, Griffin and Hunter.

 

2003

Ron Carpenter, BM Music Education, tuba, pursuing MM at University of North Texas in tuba.

Kenneth Tice, '03, BM Music Education, Zeta Psi '00, finished his Masters in Choral Conducting at the University of Houston in May, 2010. In the fall semester 2010 he will start working on a DMA in Choral Conducting at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio.


2004

James "Aaron" Hardwick, class of 2004, has been named a Yale Distinguished Music Educator.  The award is presented biennially by the Yale School of Music to participants of the Symposium on Music in Schools.  The award honors fifty music educators from across the country that are selected for their outstanding accomplishments teaching music in public schools.  Mr. Hardwick was one of more than 300 nominees representing 45 states.  He attended the four day symposium and award ceremony held at Yale University in June.  Hardwick is the director of orchestras at Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He oversees the Falcon Chamber Orchestra, Falcon Concert Orchestra, and the Cox High School Quartet.  He has also been recently appointed as the new conductor of the Bay Youth Orchestra of Virginia; Virginia's premier youth symphony orchestra.  He holds of Bachelor of Music Degree from East Carolina and is a former viola student of faculty member Ara Gregorian, and conducting student of Dr. Scott Carter. He currently resides in Chesapeake, VA with his wife Christina, also class of 2004.  Feel free to contact him via email at director@coxorchestra.com.


2006

Mezzo-soprano and conductor Erica Washburn (MM '06) has been named Director of Choral Activities at New England Conservatory. Washburn, who has been serving as Interim Director since fall 2009, has led NEC performances of the Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saens' Oratorio de Nöel, works of Irving Fine, Charles Ives, and a premiere by Anthony Maglione (MM '07) based on Edgar Allen Poe's Spirits of the Dead. She has also prepared the choruses for the NEC Symphony's fall 2010 performances of Brahms Schicksalslied and Nänie, and is currently preparing a late April musical celebration in honor of Lorna Cooke deVaron's 90th birthday. Ms. deVaron served the NEC as founder and director of the choral program from 1947 – 1988


2007

Rodney Garrison,  (MM Theory 2007) and in vocal performance prior to 2007, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Music Theory/Musicology at the University of Buffalo and has completed the requirements for the doctorate.  His dissertation is entitled "Schenker's Ausfaltung Unfolded: Notation, Terminology, and Practice," and his major professor at Buffalo is Dr. Charles Smith—a well known music theorist and scholar of Schenkerian analysis.  He will present a paper on his research in March in NYC at the Music Theory Society of NY.   He began his teaching experience here at ECU and continued with a graduate teaching assistantship for several years at Buffalo.  He continues teaching as an adjunct instructor of music theory at SUNY Fredonia and will be applying for a tenure-track position in music theory or postdoctoral programs.

2009

Casey Whaley (M.M. 2009), Holds the Colleague Certificate (CAGO) from the American Guild of Organists. In April of 2009, she was the first place winner of the RichardVan Sciver Scholarship in the organ division of the Metropolitan Music Ministries Competition. Casey is the current secretary of the Greenville AGO, and serves on the East Carolina Musical Arts Education Foundation board. She currently serves as Organist & Coordinator of Music Ministries at First Christian Church in Wilson, NC and maintains a regular schedule of private teaching and accompanying.

Aaron Brooks, (BM 2009, Composition )was accepted into the 2013 Wellesley Composers Conference. The Wellesley Composers Conference and Chamber Music Workshops, guided for nearly 40 years by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Mario Davidovsky, provides a unique opportunity for a number of young, emerging composers to immerse themselves in an intense two-week composition workshop as well as showcase one of their compositions in a live, professional concert.