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ECU Voice Orpheus awards

Seven of ECU's singers were selected to compete in the semi-final round of this year¹s Orpheus Vocal Competition in Tennessee. Christopher Short, Bailey Sutton, Joseph Morris, William Edwards, Adam Gross, Laura Hutchins and Arianna Ford were selected from more than 100 applicants to win one of the 31 slots in the semi-final round.

Morris and Sutton made it to the final round of nine singers with Morris winning the Verdi Prize and Sutton winning the Donizetti Prize. Both prizes came with cash awards. ECU was the only school represented at the competition with multiple finalists.  Edwards received a special Encouragement Award from the judges for his singing in the semi-final round.

This year's ECU Orpheus semi-finalists are students of Dr. Jami Rhodes, Mrs. Nicole Franklin and Mr. John Kramar.

nelsonNelson receives textbook award

ECU professor Jocelyn Nelson won a Most Promising New Textbook award for "Gateway to Music" from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA).

Thirty-one textbooks have been awarded 2019 textbook awards by the TAA. Ten textbooks received Most Promising New Textbook Awards. The Most Promising New Textbook Award recognizes excellence in 1st edition textbooks and learning materials.

Nelson has taught music history, music appreciation, lute and guitar literature, and early guitar and lute performance at the ECU School of Music.

The awards will be presented during an awards luncheon at TAA’s 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2019.



dashiellECU's Dashiell honored by governor

East Carolina University’s Carroll V. Dashiell Jr. was among 50 African-American musicians, writers and artists honored by Gov. Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper in celebration of Black History Month.

Dashiell was among 13 musicians recognized during the event. He is associate professor of music at ECU, where he teaches string and electric bass and jazz in the School of Music. He is director of the award-winning ECU Jazz Ensemble A and founder and director of ECU’s Billy Taylor Jazz Festival. He is a recipient of ECU’s Robert and Lina Mays and Robert L. Jones Distinguished Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.
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ECU's Alford awarded by American Academy of Arts and Letters

East Carolina University’s Travis Alford is a 2019 recipient of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Two Goddard Lieberson Fellowships of $15,000 each, endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation, are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.

Alford teaches music theory and music composition at the ECU School of Music.

More information about the award is available at the link here




Hairston receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Music Therapy Association recognized Michelle Hairston with one of two annual Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Hairston has served as president of the American Music Therapy Association as well as in a variety of leadership positions at the state and regional levels. She is chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the ECU School of Music.

AMTA recognized the positive impact she makes on students and cited her “exemplary service and dedication to the profession of music therapy.”

Hazzard wins composition competition

Matthew Hazzard (BM Composition '12) won the 2018 True Concord Voices & Orchestra Stephen Paulus Emerging Composer Competition for American composers between the ages of 18 and 40.

Hazzard was the winner of the inaugural year of competition. His winning piece was among 40 submissions from around the country and was premiered in Tucson this spring.


ECU professor Jacobs receives Guggenheim

School of Music composition and theory professor Dr. Edward Jacobs has received a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. The foundation recognized Jacobs on April 4 for his work as a composer.

Granted by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Jacobs is the first ECU faculty member to receive a Guggenheim.

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