Music Series


The Second Friday of each month!

Cost: Free

Location: Emerge Gallery & Art Center, 404 S. Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858

Artistic Director: Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr.

7:00 pm First Set
8:30 pm Second Set

Next Concert Date: Friday, January 12 - This concert will feature musical guests  Soloman Howard, Deb Nansteel, and John O'Brien

Soloman Howard

soloman howard A recent graduate of Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman Howard garners high praise from the press for his vivid performances on the great opera and concert stages of the world. The bass' voice is described as "sonorous" by The New York Times, "superhuman" by The Denver Post, and "a triumph" by The Guardian.

Deb Nansteel

DebNansteel Mezzo-soprano, Deborah Nansteel was born in Okinawa, Japan, and raised in Havelock, North Carolina. Ms. Nansteel, is a graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in music and graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she earned an Artist Diploma in Opera and a Master of Music in Voice. In 2007 she premiered the role of Lucinda in the Santa Fe Opera Festival's world premiere production of Cold Mountain during the summer. The opera is based on Charles Frazier's 1997 novel of the same name. Nansteel has also performed with the American Opera Initiative; the Seattle, Dayton and Merola opera companies; and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan.

John O'Brien

johnobrien John O'Brien was born into a musical family, he studied piano with his father from the age of five until graduating from high school. He began his undergraduate studies as a double major in violin and piano performance studying. Dr. O'Brien was awarded the DMA in accompanying from the University of Southern California. There he studied with Gwendolyn Koldofsy and Jean Barr. While at USC he also studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and harpsichord with Malcolm Hamilton. Dr. O'Brien has been on the faculty of East Carolina University since 1985. He has been the Professor of Accompanying, Chairperson of the Department of Vocal Studies and Director of the ECU Opera Theatre.


  • January 12, 2018 - Soloman Howard, Deb Nansteel, and John O'Brien
  • February 9, 2018 - Christie Dashiell
  • March 9, 2018 - Dr. Ira Wiggins
  • April 20, 2018 (3rd Friday in April) - Part of the Billy Taylor Jazz Festival.
  • May 11, 2018 - Brian Miller

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    The North Carolina Arts Council, Pitt County Arts Council, Greenville-Pitt Convention & Visitor's Bureau has named Carroll V. Dashiell, Jr. Artistic Director of a new series, The African American Music Series.  Carroll Dashiell is a native of Washington, DC. A graduate of Howard University, with citations in Who's Who in Music and Down Beat Magazine, Carroll has been recognized for excellence in the music industry as a bassist, musical director/conductor and also as a composer/arranger. Affectionately known as CVD, he has been involved in academia for more than three decades serving as professor of music at the Saint Mary's College of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia and East Carolina University in North Carolina. CVD is the producer and writer of A Tribute to Motown Records, (a stage show and concert that celebrates some of the African-American's cultural contributions to the music industry, staged in the tradition of the famous touring Motown Review) that is selling out theaters and venues nation-wide. In addition to composing, writing and arranging, CVD is continuing performance as jazz bassist and is very humbled to be the Founder and Director of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Festival, named in honor of his mentor.

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