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 Collinswon 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.