Administration and Staff
Christopher Buddo, Dean
J. Christopher Buddo served as Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University from the summer of 2012 until June 2013 when he was named Dean. He came to ECU in 2006 as Director of the School of Music. Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also taught at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. 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.
DMA, Shenandoah University; MM, East Carolina University; BA, Rollins College. Dr. Jeffrey Ward is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Director of KidsMusic at East Carolina University. Additionally, he serves as Director of Traditional Music at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville and Artistic Director of the Greenville Choral Society. Dr. Ward has worked with singers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as a church conductor, conductor of community choirs, high school choral director, and guest conductor for county and regional honor choirs.Dr. Ward received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education (Conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Michael has a masters of science degree (MS) in instructional technology from the ECU College of Education, a masters (MM) of music degree in theory/composition from ECU, and and a bachelors (BM) in music theory/composition/music business from ECU. He regularly teaches online courses (often large section courses of 100+ students) for the ECU School of Music each year and has been a professional composer/songwriter for over 24 years.