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Mar 29, 2015


  • ECICO Memorial Concert 7pm to 12:42pm @ St. Lawrence Catholic Church 820 E Charles St


    Group to Perform in Honor of Late Doris Faulkner Stewart, Muncie Music Educator


    Come see the East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra as they perform in honor of well-known Muncie music educator Doris Faulkner Stewart.  The concert will be held on Sunday, March 29th at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public, with parking being provided in the lot across from the church.


    Doris Faulkner Stewart was one of the first black instructors in Muncie Community Schools and worked for the school corporation for nearly four decades. Faulkner Stewart was the longtime coordinator of the annual Community Christmas Sing. She also was a longtime member and Minister of Music at the Bethel A.M.E. church and helped purchase the church’s first organ. Van Nelson, the director of the ECICO, added that Faulkner Stewart ended her 40-year tenure with Muncie Community Schools as Director of Fine Arts and is known for beginning the annual Thank Sing to raise money for the needy within in the Muncie community.


    The ECICO plans to honor the memory and work of this Muncie woman by joining the Planet Earth Singers in a performance of the evening’s featured piece, Theodore Dubois’ “Seven Last Works of Christ.” The orchestra will also perform two other short works: “Cavalleria rustica” by Pietro Mascagni and the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony Number 1.


    The ECICO is composed of around 30 musicians—both young and old—from around the area. The orchestra provides an opportunity for musicians who may not have majored in music in college to play in a small symphonic orchestra setting. The group receives support from the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, the Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana Public Radio. Nelson said there is even a small number of Ball State students—music majors and non-music majors—who participate in the group.