The installation of Dr. Cecil Staton as East Carolina University chancellor on March 24 will feature a world-premiere performance of a composition written for the ceremony by an ECU music student.
Sophomore Christopher Short was chosen in a commissioning competition among ECU student composers to write a piece to be performed by the ECU Chamber Singers at the installation. He adapted the lyrics from a poem by John Masefield, late British poet laureate, chosen by Staton.
Masefield's poem was written for the 1946 installation of the chancellor of the University of Sheffield in the aftermath of and as a reaction to the events of World War II, and it celebrates the university as an enduring seat of knowledge, truth and learning. Short's composition and adapted text from the poem is titled "The Thinker and the Seeker."