School of Music

Next Generation Residency I

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This unique Next Generation residency spans two weeks and brings ECU faculty artists, ECU Next Gen Alumni artists and selected current ECU students to Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville and Durham to interact with selected participants from each city in intensive side-by-side rehearsals and performances, master classes, open rehearsals and career-relevant discussions.

October 20-21, 2016 - Greensboro (Greensboro Day School) 
October 22-23, 2016 - Charlotte (St. Ann's Catholic Church) 
October 24-26, 2016 - Greenville (A.J. Fletcher Music Center)
October 28-30, 2016 - Durham (North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics)

Greensboro: October 21, 2016 - 7:30PM - Greensboro Day School (Free admission)
Charlotte: October 23, 2016 - 5:00PM - St. Ann's Catholic Church*
Greenville: October 26, 2016 - 7:00PM - A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall (Free admission)
Durham: October 30, 2016 - 4:00PM - North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics (Free admission)

Next Generation residencies feature world-renowned guest artists and ECU faculty artists performing alongside selected current ECU students, ECU Next Gen Alumni Artists and music students from communities throughout the region. Next Generation Residency I takes place in Greensboro, Charlotte, Greenville and Durham and includes intensive side-by-side rehearsals and performances, master classes, open rehearsals and career-relevant discussions for students in these areas. Participation is free and all are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline to participate in Next Generation Residency I is October 7th, but participants are accepted on a rolling basis. Four Seasons encourages interested students to apply as soon as possible.

Contact or 252-328-6019 with any questions.

*The Next Generation Concert in Charlotte is part of the Gadium-Musicae Concert Series. Tickets can be purchased at

ECU Faculty Artists

Keiko Sekino, piano 

A 2001 Presser Music Award recipient, Sekino has performed with members of the Peabody Trio, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and the Mendelssohn Quartet. She has appeared at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Persimmon Hall (Tokyo), Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria (Spain), Castello Caetani (Italy), and at festivals such as Ravinia, Kuhmo, Santander and Norfolk. Sekino is Associate Professor of Piano at East Carolina University. View Full Bio

Ara Gregorian, violin 

Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gregorian made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has appeared in cities throughout the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and performed at the Casals, Storioni, Bard and Bravo! Vail festivals. He has recorded for the Bridge and Kleos labels and performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio

Hye-Jin Kim, violin 

Winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. She made her Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and has appeared at the Four Seasons, Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo and Seoul Spring festivals. Kim is Assistant Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio



Jorge Richter, viola 

ECU Symphony Music Director and Conductor Jorge Richter is Associate Professor of Music at East Carolina University. He holds a B.M. in violin performance from the Parana State School of Music and Fine Arts in Curitiba, Brazil, an M.M. in conducting from Andrews University, and a D.M.A in conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Richter has held similar positions at Truman State University, Oklahoma State University and The University of Tennessee. He has served as guest conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies and the Espirito Santo Philharmonic Orchestra. View Full Bio

Emanuel Gruber, cello 


Former principal cellist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Emanuel Gruber was awarded the Pablo Casals Prize by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and won the Concert Artists Guild Auditions. He participated in the Musical Spring Festival and the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and was on the jury of the 2nd Davidoff International Cello Competition. Gruber has been on the faculty of the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv and is currently Professor of Cello at East Carolina University. View Full Bio


Christopher Buddo, bass 

J. Christopher Buddo was named Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. As a bassist, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony. He has also appeared at the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival and the Bedford Springs Music Festival. He holds a BM from James Madison University and both an MA and DMA from the University of Iowa. View Full Bio