Barnhill wins Grand Prize at Orpheus
Todd Barnhill (BM ’12) won the grand prize at this year’s Orpheus National Music Competition for Vocalists, held on March 6-8. Todd is currently finishing his MM at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is singing the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. This summer, Todd will return to Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ Young Artist Program to cover the role of Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, and perform the role of Gobin in Puccini’s La Rondine.
Allison Gross, currently a senior at ECU, advanced to the semi-final round of the competition. Over 100 singers competed in the preliminary round. The semi-final round included 33 singers.
ECU singers win at NC NATS
East Carolina University School of Music students placed well at February's NC National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions, held at the NC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. ECU ranked among the top percentile in terms of winners at this year’s auditions. These talented singers are students of John Kramar, Jami Rhodes and Rachel Copeland.
Julia Becker/Michelle Lerch — Second Place (tie)
Arlie Honeycutt — Third Place
Amanda Whitmore — Second Place
Trey Scarborough — Second Place
Rebekah Shamberger — Third Place
Graham Leonard — Third Place
Eli Cole/Joseph Morris — Third Place (Tie)
Leary Davis — Honorable Mention
Lindsay Lehman — Honorable Mention
Hannah Riddle — Honorable Mention
Boswell, Ipock win Grammy.
East Carolina University alums Michael Boswell (BM ’94) and Harris Ipock (MM 2010) sang on the CD “Sacred Spirit of Russia” which won the 2015 Grammy for Best Choral Performance, performed by the choral group “Conspirare" on the Harmonia Mundi label. Boswell is on faculty at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ipock teaches at Harvard University.
Hopkins featured in Fiddler Magazine
East Carolina University School of Music alum Pattie Hopkins ('06) was featured in the fall edition of Fiddler Magazine. Hopkins began playing the violin at age four and received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy certification from East Carolina University, studying with Joanne Bath and Ara Gregorian. She has also studied with fiddling legends Bobby Hicks and Mark O’Connor.
Jacobs named ECU School of Music Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor
East Carolina University School of Music Professor Edward Jacobs has been named the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor in Music beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
The Jones Distinguished Professorship is one of the oldest endowed professorships at ECU. It is awarded for a three-year term and provides startup and/or continuing funding for important music performance initiatives that will significantly impact ECU, the School of Music and the region.
Jacobs is a professor of composition and music theory at ECU, and founder and director of the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, (formerly the NewMusic@ECU Festival), begun in March 2001. He was also founder of the Young Composers Project, a collaboration between ECU and middle-school general music teachers to make the creation of music a fundamental part of public education.
Jacobs was awarded a Charles Ives Fellowship for music composition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005.
The Jones Professorship award will fund the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative’s projects to establish a unique commissioning program involving students and faculty in all phases of the creation of new works; bring guest artists to ECU including performers, composers and critics; and explore alternative means of public engagement and programming formats.
School of Music welcomes two new faculty
The School of Music welcomes two new faculty members to start the 2014-2015 school year. Daniel Shirley joins the School as teaching instructor in the Voice Department and assistant professor Dr. Raychl Smith is the newest member of the School’s Music Education faculty.
Of his 2013 Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Concert Review noted, “Daniel Shirley’s voice soared over the large forces with strength and clarity.” The tenor continues to earn critical praise for his appearances in concert, opera, and musical theater. During the 2014-15 season he looks forward to debuting Candide and Anthony Hope (Sweeney Todd) with Madison Opera, and to more concert appearances including Carmina burana with the Alabama Symphony.
Recent seasons have brought debuts with Michigan Opera Theater, Opera Memphis, New York City Opera, Boston Baroque, Sugar Creek Symphony & Song, Madison Opera, and Intermountain Opera Bozeman. In concert, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York, and with the Pacific Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Indianapolis Symphony and Evansville Philharmonic.
Shirley trained in some of America’s most notable apprentice programs: Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Central City Opera and Chautauqua Opera. He is working towards the completion of the Doctor of Music from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned a Master of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music. His teachers have included Patricia Stiles, Jason Ferrante, Jonathan Retzlaff, and Gayle Shay.
Shirley is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and performs often with his wife, soprano Caitlin Shirley.
Raychl Smith comes to the School’s Music Education faculty from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Smith holds the Ph.D. and M.M. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.M. from Appalachian State University. She was previously the program coordinator and assistant professor of music education at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
While completing graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Smith served as an instructor of music education at Elon University.
Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Smith taught in the public schools of North Carolina as an elementary general music teacher, choral director and middle school band director. She was selected as teacher of the year at Weddington Hills Elementary School while teaching in Cabarrus County
Smith’s research interests include Creative Motion pedagogy, innovative approaches to facilitating free improvisation, community music making, and music education and social justice.Her most recent article, published in the Journal of Creative Motion, explores the differences between external movement and internal motion within Creative Motion pedagogy.
Smith serves as the Second Vice President of the Creative Motion Alliance, a national organization that certifies teachers in Creative Motion pedagogy.
She teaches on the summer faculty of the Windswept Music Conference, which has previously been held on the campuses of William Jewel College and Ouachita Baptist University.
Student competition success
Mary Catherine Cox, junior violin performance major studying with Ara Gregorian, won both the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the Durham Symphony Orchestra concerto competitions in January 2014. Also, she recently won the 2013-14 ECU Concerto Competition Ron and Patty Allison Prize, and the opportunity to perform as soloist with the ECU Symphony Orchestra. She has been awarded All-State Honors Orchestra and has attended the Music Teacher’s National Association state auditions and international music festivals in France, England, and Italy. Last summer Cox was awarded a fellowship to study at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival in Wisconsin.
Cox will perform with the Raleigh Symphony February 23 and the Durham Symphony April 6.
ECU School of Music students placed well at the North Carolina Music Teachers Association competitions held at UNCW on Friday, October 8. ECU student cellist CJ Collins won first place and student cellist Hillary Flowers took third place and honorable mention, both in Young Artists Division. Collins and Flowers are students of Emmauel Gruber. Caroline Cox, student of Keiko Sekino, was named alternate in the Young Artist/College piano division. ECU's Dr. Kerry Carlin is chair of the state competitions.
Brooks named 2013 Distinguished Alum
Joli Brooks has been named the 2013 School of Music Distinguished Alumna.
Brooks began playing the violin as a sixth grader in the public schools of Sanford, NC. Brooks performed in the orchestra at Lee Senior High School and studied violin at the Duke String School with Dorothy Kitchen. As a student at ECU, she studied with Dr. Rodney Schmidt and earned her degree in Music Education in 1983. In 2003 she also earned a Master of School Administration from East Carolina.
She has taught orchestra in Lee, Harnett, and Onslow County school systems and has served as a clinician and adjudicator in North Carolina and Virginia. She has been host and chair of various state, regional and local activities for school orchestras. She is the former concertmaster of both the Lee County Community Orchestra and the Crystal Coast Community Orchestra, and continues to perform professionally with the Crystal Strings Quartet. Brooks is National Board Certified in the area of Early Adolescent through Young Adulthood Music, and from 2004-2008 worked part-time for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an evaluator.
Her school orchestras consistently earn high ratings at state orchestra and small ensemble festivals, and many of her students each year earn music awards and scholarships. Today, Brooks is the Director of Orchestras at Jacksonville High School, where she also teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory and International Baccalaureate Music, and serves as the director of the school's Creative and Performing Arts Academy.
In 2012, she was selected by her peers as the NCMEA Eastern Regional Director of the Year and in 2013, she was awarded the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement by the NC Symphony. She is currently a student at Boston University, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in music education.
Organ students achieve
Krista Melcher, senior, has been named "E. Power Biggs Fellow" by the Organ Historical Society. She will represent ECU at the national convention summer 2014 in Syracuse, New York.
Jordan Prescott, sophomore, won the Richard van Scriber scholarship in organ and church music from Metropolitan Music Ministries in Charlotte, NC.
Sharon Veitch, grad student first year, and Prescott both earned the Service Playing Certificate from the American Guild of Organists.
They are students of Andrew Scanlon.
McCaslin nominated for recording award
ECU tuba professor Tom McCaslin has been nominated for the International Tuba Euphonium Association Roger Bobo Award in the Solo Tuba category for his CD "One More Dance" released on the Potenza label in March, 2012.
The Roger Bobo, Harvey G. Phillips, Clifford Bevan Awards, and Jim and Jamie Self Creative Award were established by ITEA to foster, encourage, and recognize excellence in the fields of recording, composition, and research. These awards recognize the very best artists, composers, and researchers who have produced work of the highest distinction and are indeed given to those whose work illustrates the highest level of artistry and scholarship, regardless of popularity or other factors.
"One More Dance" is available at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-more-dance/id584622478 or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/One-More-Dance-Tom-McCaslin/dp/B00AHHQLCM
ECU flute students win performance auditions
Willie Santiago has been awarded a Fellowship in Flute as a performer for the National Music Festival for summer 2014. NMF Fellowships are awarded through a competitive process.
Jackie Traish has been accepted by competitive audition as a performer to The Panoramic Flutist Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. Distinguished faculty include Christina Jennings, Lisa Garner Santa and Carol Wincenc.
They are students of Dr. Christine Gustafson.
ECU guitar students place in competition
ECU guitar students distinguished themselves at the Appalachian Guitar Festival's International Solo Competition in April, 2014. Justin Lindley and Aaron Beck were chosen as two of the six semifinalists. Aaron was selected as a finalist and won the second prize.
They are students of Dr. Elliot Frank.
Sarah Cox wins ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week competition
Congratulations to School of Music sophomore Sarah Cox for winning first place for her presentation in the undergraduate Humanities category of the 2014 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week competition, held April 2, 2014. The title of her presentation was: "The Multi-Faceted Cultural Attainments of the Twelfth-Century Renaissance."
Her faculty mentor was Dr. Kevin Moll.
ECU Music Therapy Club wins Spirit Award
The ECU Music Therapy Club was awarded the Spirit Award for the Southeastern Region (11 states) of the American Music Therapy Association in March 2014. This is the highest award students can receive in the association. Nine music therapy students accepted the award at the luncheon in Mobile, Alabama at the regional conference.
The award is based on the most service projects in the community, the number of members in AMTA, attendance at conferences and the level of visibility in the community.
President: Gina Gerrard
Vice President: Randi Lee
Treasurer: Brianna Henderson
Secretary: Anna Margaret Brown
Historian: Becca Dideum
Parliamentarian: Katie Nolan
Voice students compete at Orpheus
Five ECU voice majors were invited to compete in this year’s Orpheus Voice Competition in Tennessee on March 8 and 9, 2014. Sopranos Kimberly Watson and Caroline Vaughan, mezzo-sopranos Martha Hensler and Olivia Johnson, and tenor Ashton Humphrey advanced to the semi-final round from an initial pool of over 200 singers. Kimberly Watson advanced to the final round in the student category — one of only nine finalists in an initial group of over forty semi-finalists. She was awarded fourth place, including the “Donizetti Prize” which included a handsome cash prize.
Kim, Martha, and Olivia are students of Dr. Jami Rhodes. Caroline and Ashton are students of John Kramar.
Music grad wins ECU thesis award
Joanna Pepple (MM '12, Theory-Composition) was selected as 2014 winner of the ECU Humanities & Fine Arts Master’s Thesis Award. The award includes a cash prize of $500 and a certificate of achievement.
Her thesis advisor was Dr. Amy Carr-Richardson.
Each ECU college was invited to nominate a thesis in the Humanities and Fine Arts category for consideration. Her thesis was selected by a committee of faculty and administrators based on its (1) impact in the chosen field of study; (2) the compelling case it makes for new approach to a problem of significance; (3) the quality of writing and clarity of its message; and (4) the originality of the work.
ECU voice students win North Carolina NATS awards
ECU's participants in the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions were very successful in February! Congratulations to the following winners:
First Place — Freshmen Women
First Place — Junior Women
Second Place — Junior Women
Second Place — Senior Women
Third Place — Junior Women
Third Place — Senior Women
All of the prize winners above qualified to advance to the Regional Auditions in April.
Singers who also qualify to advance to the Regional Auditions in April:
The competing students from ECU are students of Jami Rhodes, Rachel Copeland (Meghan Dewald), and John Kramar.
Kramar releases voice CD
John Kramar (Chair, Department of Vocal Studies; Director, ECU Opera Theater) has had a new compact disc recording released on the Albany Label. “The Collected Songs of Alva Henderson” is a 2-CD set featuring 26 songs by the award-winning California based composer Alva Henderson. Kramar has been associated with Mr. Henderson for the past 20 years. Henderson first engaged him to sing a New York recital featuring premier performances of four songs written to texts by the former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia. The collaboration has been a fruitful one, with Kramar continuing to champion Henderson’s works in numerous recitals around the country, including several workshop performances of Henderson and Gioia’s opera, Nosferatu, where he sang the title character. The current recording was made during August of 2012 on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Kramar is partnered with soprano Melanie Emilio, and pianist Louise Lofquist – both of whom are members of the music faculty at Pepperdine. For further information about the recording, go to www.albanyrecords
Kim releases violin CD
Assistant Professor of Violin Hye-Jin Kim has released a debut CD with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute on the Concert Artists Guild label entitled “From the Homeland.” Kim takes an emotional and personal journey through four works, exploring Sibelius’ thought that “Music begins where the possibilities of language end.” The album includes violin sonatas by Debussy and Janacek and rarely heard works by Sibelius and Smetana. The CD can be downloaded at www.cdbaby.com/cd/hyejinkim.
The East Carolina University School of Music welcomed Christopher Ulffers as director beginning January 2, 2014.
Ulffers replaces Christopher Buddo, who was named Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication in June 2013. The School of Music is one of the four schools that comprise the college.
Ulffers came to the School of Music in 1992 and has served continuously since, both as associate director and professor of bassoon. Ulffers’ duties as associate director included undergraduate admissions and scholarship administration, the assignment of faculty loads, course scheduling and assets management for the Fletcher Music Center.
“I am thrilled that Chris will be leading our school,” said Buddo. “His years of service as associate director have prepared him well to take on the challenges of directing the School of Music—he has worked with all levels of university administration and is uniquely qualified to advocate for our outstanding school, and he possesses the vision to carry the school to new levels of excellence.
“Thank you to Scott Carter for his strong and dedicated leadership during the interim period. His service as interim director kept the School of Music functioning at the highest level and has positioned us well for moving forward.”
In addition to teaching bassoon, Ulffers taught a variety of courses in music history, music literature and music appreciation prior to his administrative appointment. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Robert and Lina Mays Award for Teaching Excellence awarded by the ECU Alumni Association.
“It is with great humility and honor that I become the next director of the School of Music,” said Ulffers. “ECU has been and will continue to be a beacon of musical excellence in the region, and I am well aware of the tradition we have to uphold.”
Ulffers has been published in The Opera Journal and he presented papers at the ECU Conference on Renaissance Studies and the Conference on Renaissance Studies at Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.
He has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, was a bassoonist and staff librarian with the National Repertory Orchestra for five summers and was on the artist/faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC. He is currently the principal bassoonist of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and has appeared several times as concerto soloist. He has also appeared as concerto soloist with the ECU’s wind ensemble, symphony orchestra and chamber singers. Ulffers’ appearance with the Chamber Singers at the 2009 New Music@ECU Festival featured the American premiere of the Bassoon Concerto by Norwegian composer Egil Hovland. This performance led to the first commercial recording release of this work in 2010 on the Gothic recording label, distributed by Naxos. He was contrabassoonist with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera from 1993-2003, appearing with the orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and on several recordings. He is frequently called upon as an extra musician by orchestras throughout the region and he performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony in educational, pops and classical series concerts.
He received a Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1989 and continued his studies as a graduate student at Indiana University where he received a Master of Music degree in 1991.
He resides in Greenville with his wife Beth and their three children.
Scanlon releases organ CD
Andrew Scanlon, ECU's professor of organ has released a new compact disc recording, "Solemn and Celebratory," on the Raven label. The album, recorded on The Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville, features a wide variety of organ literature designed to showcase the versatility of the Fisk pipe organ. School of Music faculty member, Travis Garrison, was the recording engineer. The C.B. Fisk organ is the primary teaching and performing instrument for ECU's organ and sacred music students. Details about the instrument may be obtained here.
The CD is available at Amazon.com or RavenCD.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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> .