Steve Lewis (BM Theory/Composition 2010), has completed his third year as music director of the Midwest Chamber Ensemble. Robert Pherigo of KC Metropolis praised both Steve and the ensemble after a recent performance: "There was always careful and thoughtful shaping of phrases.... Lewis conducted with a clear beat and an obvious enthusiasm for the music which the players mirrored." The ensemble has recorded its first CD "Voices from the Middle: New Music from Kansas City" in conjunction with the William Jewell College Concert Choir lead by ECU school of Music alum Anthony Maglione which will be available late summer 2015.
Piano performance and pedagogy alumna Dr. Jessica Johnson (BM ’87) received the 2014 Article of the Year award for her August 2013 article, “Feeling the Sound: Reflections on Claiming One’s Own Musical Voice” in the American Music Teacher. Johnson heads the piano pedagogy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brenton O’Hara (BM ’13) is completing a master’s degree in Opera Theater at the University of S.C. He and partner Kate McKinney recently won a 2014 $20,000 Maxient Social Impact prize in USC Proving Ground’s entrepreneurial competition to support their non-profit organization Project Opera Camp.
Dr. Michael Silverman (BM ’00) was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Research Award by the American Music Therapy Association at their recent national conference. He serves as director of Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota.
Cheryl Stephenson (BM ’85) won the 2014 Outstanding Service Award from the American Music Therapy Association for her work and dedication to music therapy.
Tremayne Smith (2011), Director of Bands at Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, NC, received the 2013 ENCORE award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American School Band Director’s Association. The award recognizes select bandmasters with fewer than seven full years in the profession who have demonstrated great future potential as music educators and a desire to serve their district and state organizations.
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 email@example.com.
Colleen Hussion has been selected to play the bassoon/contra bassoon for the 2011 National Intercollegiate Band at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in July. Founded in 1947. the NIB will make its twenty-eighth appearance at the biennial national convention of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma honor fraternities.
Hussion was chosen from the more than 200 students who auditioned for chairs in 2011.
ECU guitar alumnus and Elliot Frank student Chris Adkins (BM 2006, MM 2008) won first prize at the Music Academy of North Carolina Guitar Competition on November 14.
This is the third straight year that an ECU alumnus has won the competition. Previous winners were Armin Abdihodzic (MM 2009), November 2009 and Adam Kossler (BM 2006), November 2008. ECU guitar students and alumni have won a total of six prizes at this competition.
Travis Alford (’05, BM Theory-Composition – concentration in Composition) is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Named in memory of eminent composer and conductor Morton Gould, who was ASCAP's President from 1986 to 1994, the award encourages developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.
"This recognition by ASCAP is quite a distinction; few are granted each year, and receiving an ASCAP award signifies a that a young composer has already established the elements of a unique, significant, and accomplished voice," said Ed Jacobs, ECU professor of theory and composition. “Travis is a very fine young composer with several distinguished experiences under his belt, from being a fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference and June In Buffalo, to his recent hire on the faculty of the Boston-area Gordon College.”
RaSheeda Waddell, MM vocal performance, won 2010 Miss Black North Carolina USA contest.
Meredith Harris won the 2009 Shinichi Suzuki/American Suzuki Foundation Teacher Training Scholarship. She took the Viola Supplemental Course and Viola Practicum, taught by Betsy Stuen-Walker.
, who graduated April, 2009 with an MM in guitar and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at UNT, has won first prize in guitar competitions at the Mississippi Guitar Festival in Hattiesburg, and at the Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro. In Greensboro the other finalists were from Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, and Columbus State University. This is the second year in a row that a recent ECU alum has won this competition, and the third year in a row that either current ECU students or alums have won prizes in the MANC competition. Abdihodzic was a student of Dr. Elliot Frank
AMTA is proud to announce the 2009 Arthur Flagler Fultz Research Grant winner:Michael Silverman, PhD, MT-BC. Dr. Silverman will receive a $15,000 Grant to fund his research project titled: "The effect of family-based educational music therapy on depression, satisfaction with life, and service utilization: A randomized effectiveness study with three month follow-up." Congratulations Dr. Silverman!
School of Music Alumnus Dr. Roger McVey (B.M. ’94, Piano Performance) has just released his first CD, “American Journey." The new recording consists entirely of music for piano by living American composers, and provides a diverse sampling of contemporary American music. Included are pieces by John Adams, Emma Lou Diemer, Marc Mellits, Lori Laitman. Earl wild, Bonnie Kiksch, and Phillip Glass. Mc Vey was a student of Dr. Henry Doskey while at ECU, and is a winner of several NC-area competitions, including the NCMTA Young Artists Competition and the Raleigh Symphony Competition. He has also won several other prizes in European competitions. His Master’s degree is from Indiana University and his Doctorate was completed at the University of Kansas. He is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – River falls. Read more at www.rogermcvey.com <http://www.rogermcvey.com> .