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.
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.