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A.J. Fletcher Music Center

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This building is East Carolina University's music center. It is the home of East Carolina University's school of music that has roughly 250 undergraduate students and 70 graduate students in the program as of the fall semester 2016. The school is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is very active in other national associations. The building was built in 1966 at the price of 1.25 million dollars. The building has a gross square footage of about 58,950, in that includes private practice rooms, a conference room, 2 studios, classrooms, couple auditoriums, and the largest music library east of Raleigh.

A picture of A.J. Fletcher "A.J. Fletcher." Free Enterprise Heros Hall of Fame. Accessed November 22, 2016. http://freeenterpriseheroes.org/hero/a-j-fletcher/.
Current picture of A.J. Fletcher Music Center "A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall." East Carolina University Events. Accessed November 22, 2016. http://calendar.ecu.edu/aj_fletcher_recital_hall#.WDSX72QrIUu.
A photo of Leland Herbert Carter "Herbert L. Carter." ECU Digital Collections. Accessed November 22, 2016. https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/23228.
A.J. Fletcher Music Center 1974 "Fletcher Music Center." ECU Digital Collections. Accessed November 22, 2016. https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/22872.

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The music building was not always located at A.J. Fletcher Music Center, before the building was erected, the music program used to be located in another building that was formerly a library. As the program grew, the more serious the school became in dedicating a space just for music students that was brand new. In 1966, the building was built by architects at A.G. Odell Jr. and Associates.1

Originally the building wasn’t named after anyone in particular until Leo Jenkins, East Carolina's President (1960-1978), had noticed A.J. Fletcher's accomplishments in the music industry.In 1971, the music building was dedicated to A.J. Fletcher. Fletcher never taught at East Carolina but he had donated money to the university for the music program.2 Fletcher was born in Ashe County, North Carolina and he had attended Wake Forest College and their law school. He was active in many North Carolina special boards and was the editor for Mooresville Enterprise and The Apex Journal. In 1948, Fletcher had founded the the National Opera Company and then in 1955 he founded the National Grassroots Opera Foundation in 1955. Shortly after that he also founded the A.J. Fletcher Educational Foundation in 1961. In addition to creating all of these foundations Fletcher, was also a member of the North Carolina Arts Council, a trustee of North Carolina School of Arts, and the author of "Opera Premier". Fletcher was a recipient of distinguished citation from the National Federation of Music Clubs in 1957. 3

The most current foundation from Fletcher is the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The foundation is known for supporting organizations in North Carolina that helps improve the lives of North Carolina citizens.  The Fletcher Foundation focuses on the Triangle area of North Carolina as well as public schools and elementary schools. They work with many partners throughout the state to help improve make an impact on as many people as possible.4 It is unknown if the foundation has donated any resources to East Carolina University. 

One of the most known East Carolina University's music icons is Herbert L. Carter. Inside the building there is an auditorium dedicated to Carter. Carter served as the band director for several decades and he made a large impact on those that came through the doors of the music school. Before coming to ECU in 1956, Carter served in the military and then went on to study at Columbia University and continued hit studies to Juliard. Carter helped improve the program and started at just two bands in the program and then expanded it to at least six bands during his time. Along with the auditorium in his name, there is also a scholarship in honor of him and his wife that is available to student musicians. 5

Sources

1[Bid for New Music Building, 1965].  Records of Leo Jenkins’ Tenure as President and Chancellor.  UA02-06,  University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Ferrell, Henry C. No Time for Ivy: East Carolina University, 1907-2007. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University, 2006.
pg. 112
3[Fletcher Biography].  
Records of Leo Jenkins’ Tenure as President and Chancellor.  UA02-06,  University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
4 "Home - A.J. Fletcher Foundation." AJ Fletcher Foundation. Accessed November 08, 2016. http://ajf.org/.    
5"Herbert Leland Carter." Digital Collections at ECU. Accessed November 7, 2016. https://digital.lib.ecu.edu/ecu-icons/carter    

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102 A.J. Fletcher Music Center
Greenville , North Carolina 27858
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252.328.6851
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This location was created on 2016-11-22 by Haley Shoemaker , East Carolina University; Instructed by Anne Whisnant.   It was last updated on 2017-04-04 by DRW, East Carolina University; Instructed by Anne Whisnant.

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