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Through its excellent curriculum, interaction with great professors, and many performance opportunities, Chowan's Department of Music can help you maximize your potential and attain your goals as a musician.
Graduates of our program have gone on to be:
Youíll be given a firm foundation in music through the study of:
Youíll study in at least one of these applied music areas:
Chowan offers you the opportunity to perform in the following major ensembles:
If thatís not enough, we offer the following minor ensembles as well:
Different career paths = different degree plans. Music majors can prepare to work in different musical fields through Chowanís B.A. in Music which offers you twenty hours of free electives to tailor your degree to your needs. In our B.A in Music with Music Industry Emphasis, you get fifteen hours of courses that include Survey of Music Business, Recording Studio Techniques, and an internship in a music-related business to prepare you for an exciting career in the music industry. If you want to be a public school music teacher, then the B.S in Music Education will help you get there! Our music education curriculum is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Also, Chowan is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, which means that our program meets national standards in content and delivery. You can be proud of your degree from Chowan University!
Music majors have the opportunity to participate in two music-related organizations that allow you to pursue your professional interests, make connections with others in your field of study, and build your resume.
"The Department of Music strives to provide an atmosphere of learning and development. To us, 'Faith in Your Future' means that we believe that those students who complete their degrees in music at Chowan University are well prepared for success in their career. The Department of Music also encourages prospective students to learn about the wide range of opportunities available to all students of the university, whether as a major in music, a minor in music, or a member of one of our many ensembles."
Mr. Butrico received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and the Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He joined the faculty of Chowan University in 2007.
Awards and Honors:
Commission & Publications:
Sanford Soliloquy: for Trombone and Piano. Commissioned and performed by Michael Butrico, trombone. Music by James Wehr. World Premier March 11th, 2003 - Seminole State College of Florida. Wehr’s Music House Publishing.
Ballad for My Other Brother: for Trombone, Piano, and Narrator. Commissioned and performed by Michael Butrico, trombone. Based on the poetry of Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright. Music by James Wehr. World Premier Sept. 27, 2005 – Seminole State College of Florida.
Sailing the Seas: A Tone Poem for Solo Trombone. Commissioned by Michael Butrico. Music by Greg Barker. Spirit Song Music Publishing 2004.
Two Songs by Matalonis, Op. 6. Michael Butrico, trombone. Recorded July 2006. Wehr’s Music House Publishing.
James M. Guthrie
“The music industry program at Chowan provides hands-on audio engineering training; we record and master dozens of concerts each year. Many of our music industry students enroll in Applied Composition in order to create music in a variety of styles - from classical to electronica to pop. As a composer, I find the Chowan community to be open to the free expression of new musical ideas. Student compositions are often featured on our popular New Music concert series.
For recreation, I perform as principal fiddler of a local ensemble known as the Potecasi Creek String Band. The band specializes in local Old-Time music, though, as an LSU graduate with years of exposure to Cajun music, I recently introduced Cajun fiddle music into the repertoire.”.
Dr. Guthrie received the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Composition from Louisiana State University. He joined the Chowan University faculty in 2005.
Awards and Honors:
Gregory B. Parker
"I love teaching at the college level! Being a part of the growth and development of students like you during this critical time in your life is both stimulating and rewarding to me. At Chowan, you can receive a quality education in music through personal interaction with faculty members. This allows us to be more attentive to your needs and learning style and allows you to be successful. "
Dr. Parker received the Bachelor of Music Education degree and the Performer's Certificate in Voice from Samford University. He received the Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He joined the Chowan University faculty in 2004.
Awards and Honors:
Bruce Allan Moser
"Studying in a tight-knit, supportive community, Chowan’s music students get the opportunity to engage with the approachable faculty in small-group learning environments while also getting the chance to participate in countless ensembles, choirs and groups. Because of this, students graduate from Chowan with experience in many areas, their well-rounded music educations making them more marketable in an increasingly tough job-seeking environment."
Courses Taught or Teaching:
Paula B. Pressnell
"Chowan's Music Department gives students the opportunity to perform, compose, and learn the latest music technology in a caring environment. I enjoy working with students and getting to know them personally."
Paula Pressnell earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance cum laude from Salem College. She joined the Chowan University faculty in 2005.