The ECU Chorale was recently ranked in a tie for 25th place in the Mixed Chorus Division by Interkultur, the largest organizer of amateur choir contests in the world. Annually, Interkultur ranks the top 1,000 choirs in the world that compete in various categories. The ECU Chorale tied with a choir from Latvia. Only four other choirs from the U.S. were ranked higher than ECU.
Our strong piano program prepares students to be performers, accompanists and piano teachers, as well as providing a thorough and solid musical base for pianists going on to advanced studies in graduate school. In addition to weekly lessons, classes are offered in piano literature, accompanying, and piano pedagogy, and there are many performing opportunities with weekly studio classes, departmental recitals, studio recitals and juries, and events in the community. Pianist students also have the opportunity to accompany and teach private students, gaining valuable job experience.
The Department of Music provides a general music education foundation for all students, individual professional preparation for selected major fields within the department, and cultural enrichment for both the campus and community.