There's no shortage of talent when HBCU students gather each year for the grand
concert. Elizabeth City State University's Music Department hosted the 54th annual
Intercollegiate Music Association (IMA) conference for three days last week. From
big band to classical music, the conductors had something special in mind for the
audience who attended the IMA Grand Concert on February 8. The audience was not disappointed.
Afterwards, students, staff and faculty exchanged hugs and handshakes then posed for
pictures. ECSU students and Dr. Walter Swan, gathered on stage of the Mickey L. Burnim
Fine Arts Center to celebrate another memorable conference. This year's conference
included over 125 students and music faculty and staff from 9 of the 11 member institutions.
The IMA Symphonic Band, Choir, String Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble performed for an
audience of more than 100 attendees from the Elizabeth City area and beyond.
"The Intercollegiate Music Association Conference provides a real life experience
for our students as future music educators and performers. By participating, the
students are challenged under new instructions to apply the daily skills taught within
the music departments," Swan said.
"The conference further allows the students the opportunity to received confirmation
of knowledge presented by their current instructors, builds confidence in the student's
abilities to interact and execute their skills based on taught lessons.
For many, the conference serves a forum and provides a platform for each participant
to actively execute the basic principles of music and musicianship."
Guest clinicians for the 2014 IMA Conference included ECSU faculty members, Tomisha
Brock, Dr. Mary Hellmann, Douglas Jackson, and Dr. Christopher Palestrant who conducted
workshops as a part of the conference's Professional Development Series. The guest
conductors included: Mr. Eddie Ellis (South Carolina State University), Dr. Eric Poole
(St. Augustine's University), Dr. Timothy Holley (North Carolina Central University),
and Mr. James Holden (Virginia State University).
In addition to the grand conference, The IMA Royzell Dillard Scholarship Student Recital
was held at First United Methodist Church (201 S. Road St) on February 7. Three IMA
participants performed solo works for the audience.