New Music Popping up Everywhere – Even in Beautiful, Scenic Murfreesboro


MURFREESBORO – Chowan University is pleased to announce that James Guthrie of the Music Department faculty has been chosen as an ASCAP Plus Award recipient for 2013. Guthrie is the Associate Professor of Music, the Meherrin Chamber Orchestra Director, and the Music Industry Coordinator at Chowan University.

These awards, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, reflect the organization’s continuing commitment to assist and encourage ASCAP composers. Awards are granted by an independent panel and are based upon the unique prestige value of each writer’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances in areas not surveyed by the Society. In making these grants, they join with our educational institutions in supporting the growth and development of our nation’s musical future.

“The Music Department is proud of Dr. Guthrie and his achievement,” stated Interim Music Department Chair J Brabban. “Though this is not a competition or contest, a panel of independent distinguished music experts has deemed his compositions, his catalog, and his performances as prestigious.”

Join Chowan University in congratulating James Guthrie on being selected for this musical honor!

Ranked the fastest growing university in North Carolina in terms of percentage growth for the last six years, Chowan University, a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1848, enrolls more than 1,300 students each year and is located in the Historic Inner Banks community of Murfreesboro in Northeastern North Carolina. The university is in close proximity to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Chowan’s park-like campus features 390 acres including Lake Vann, the beloved “Squirrel Park” and the original McDowell Columns Building, erected in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Chowan offers over 80 undergraduate academic programs among The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education and The School of Business, and offers Masters Degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Several departments are also individually accredited, such as Teacher Education Program’s accreditation by NCDPI and NCATE, as well as the Music program’s institutional accreditation by NASM. Chowan offers 15 varsity sports, as well as co-ed cheerleading, with 11 programs in the CIAA conference and all with dual-affiliation in the NCAA D-II and NCCAA.

For more information about Chowan University, click here or call 1-888-4-CHOWAN.

Note: This November 5, 2013, article is reprinted with permission of its author, J. E. Barker, University Relations, Chowan University.

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