East Carolina University offers over 200 free, high quality performances each year for the enjoyment of area residents. Additionally, a wide variety of free or low-cost concerts are given throughout the year by different musical groups. A favorite is the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department’s “Sunday in the Park” series which features everything from classical to country to rock to bluegrass in an outdoor amphitheater setting.
Performing Musical Organizations
|Barbershop Choruses||ECU Percussion Players
|ECU Afro-Andean Ensemble||ECU St. Cecilia Singers
|ECU Chamber Singers||ECU Symphonic Band
|ECU Concert Band||ECU Symphony Orchestra
|ECU Contemporary Jazz Ensemble ||ECU University Chorale
|ECU Guitar Ensemble||ECU Wind Ensemble
|ECU Jazz Bones||Emerald City Big Band
|ECU Jazz Ensembles||Greenville Choral Society
|ECU Marching Pirates||Greenville Grass
|ECU Opera Theatre||Greenville Summer Pops Orchestra
|ECU Pep Band||Tar River Community Band
|ECU Percussion Ensemble||
East Carolina University Student/Faculty Recitals
Each semester the faculty and students of the School of Music at East Carolina University perform a variety of concerts that are free of charge. These concerts are usually performed by students as a requirement for a particular musical degree so they, therefore, present a great variety. There are recitals in voice, cello, violin, percussion, and many other instruments. The music played at these concerts has been rehearsed and sometimes composed by the student. These talented students have mastered their pieces and/or instruments and give excellent performances.
The concerts go on throughout each semester. A list of the concerts and their dates and times can be obtained online at www.events.ecu.edu/music/.
Billy Taylor Jazz Festival
The ECU Jazz Ensemble helps organize and serves as the host and clinic group for the annual Billy Taylor Jazz Festival held each spring. The Festival is a two- or three-day series of jazz workshops, clinics, and discussions culminating with a gala jazz concert featuring the ensemble with visiting guest artists. Past performers have included Greenville native Billy Taylor, for whom the series is named, Vanessa Rubin, and Melton Mustafa. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cfac/music/jazz/jazz-festival/index.cfm
The NewMusic@ECU Festival
The NewMusic@ECU Initiative is all about engaging our community in all phases of new music’s culture by commissioning composers, preparing new works for world premiere performances, creating archival recordings, and pursuing questions of cultural and aesthetic critique. For more information, use the following link:
Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival of Eastern North Carolina
The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, founded in 2000, brings the world’s most dynamic chamber musicians to eastern North Carolina to perform and interact with the community. The Four Seasons is unique as a festival in that it occurs at four different times during the year. During each residency, the guest artists and Artistic Director Ara Gregorian, conduct master classes for ECU and community students, present open rehearsals, and perform interactive concerts for young children in the region in addition to the concert that concludes each residency.
Tickets can be purchased at the Central Ticket Office at (252) 328-4788 or 1-800-ECU-Arts or online at www.ecuarts.com.