Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lewis Invited to Eastman's Wind Conducting Institute

Congratulations to Joseph Lewis, Ashland University Director of Bands, who is one 1 of 10 conductors invited to attend Summer@Eastman's Wind Conducting Institute (SWCI).  The Institute capitalizes on the relationship between the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, providing talented apprentice conductors the opportunity to conduct and rehearse highly skilled professional musicians. The course focuses on the relationship between conductor and ensemble, exploring how conductors can achieve their artistic intentions. Eastman professors Mark Scatterday and Donald Hunsberger will lead the SWCI and collectively have directed the Eastman Wind Ensemble for over 50 years. READ MORE

Friday, May 11, 2018

AU Choir's Unique Opportunity at Ohio State Reformatory

On day one of its 2018 choir tour, the University Choir toured the Ohio State Reformatory which was the site for the popular 1994 Academy Award nominated film Shawshank Redemption. While touring the site, they performed an impromtu concert in the facility's chapel. Listen here as the choir takes full advantage of the acoustics.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Choir Tour 2018: May 7-12

All alumni and friends of Ashland University are cordially invited to attend one of the University Choir's upcoming concerts as they travel close to you. The 2018 tour presents concerts scheduled at various churches and high schools in northern Ohio, western New York and Toronto. The following performances are free and open to the public.

Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway St., Shelby, OH

Tuesday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 N. Park Place, Painesville, OH

Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St., Williamsville, NY

Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Ave., Toronto, ON

Under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley, the 2018 tour program includes selections from throughout the 2017-2018 concert season. Pieces by living American composers Egil Hovland, Z. Randall Stroope, André Thomas, and Wendell Whalum are featured along with those of Philips and Lotti. The Ashland University Chamber Singers will contribute songs by Debussy, David, and Tate, as well as works from the Renaissance. Excerpts from Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb and some Moses Hogan spirituals will round out the program. There’s something for every choral taste!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

AU Choirs Singing with ASO

On Saturday, April 28, the Ashland University Choir and Ashland Area Chorus will combine into a choir of 110 singers to perform selections from Handel's Solomon with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra for their "Romantic April" program. The 48th season finale concert will also feature soloist Sarina Zhang on piano for Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, op. 25, G minor; and on cello for Saint-Saens' Violoncello Concerto, No. 1, op. 33, A minor. In addition, the Orchestra will perform Liszt's Les Preludes.

As ASO's Maestro Lipsky has been invited to be the guest conductor for the World-class Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra this week, the "Romantic April" concert will feature two guest conductors including AU Music's Dr. Rowland Blackley and Oberlin College's Raphael Jiménez.

Tickets are available through the ASO office at 419.289.5125 or their website at, as well as the AU Box Office at 419.289.5125.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2017-2018 Music Department Awards

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their exceptional accomplishments in the 2017-2018 academic year:

Music Department Academic Awards
Sophomore: Alli Lange (Mansfield)
Junior: Samantha Eron (Brighton, MI)
Senior: Hannah Wise (Hartville)

Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association (OCMEA) Leadership Award
Kailyn Buyok (Wooster), Grace Fumic (Avon), Rachel Parfitt Kelly (Columbus), Jennifer Wigton (Loudonville)

Outstanding Student Teacher
Jacob Poiner (Wellington)

Zach Spier Award for participation and contribution by non-majors
Corey Turpin (Ashland), Derek Rangel (Wooster), Emily Sycks (Bluffton)

Most Improved Music Major
Dominick Febbo (Avon)

Outstanding Performer
Rachel Parfitt Kelly (Columbus), Nik Psota (Hinckley)

Outstanding Music Major
Hannah Wise (Hartville)

Graduating Seniors
Dominick Febbo (Avon), Jacob Poiner (Wellington), Jake Riley (Wooster), Anna Rivero (Three Bridges, NJ), Hannah Wise (Hartville)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Choral Concert Features Four Choirs Including Loudonville High School

Three Ashland University vocal ensembles join forces with the Loudonville High School Symphonic Choir to present the university's annual spring choral concert on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities, will conduct the University Choir and Chamber Singers with Dr. Timothy Guenther accompanying on organ and piano. The University Choir will sing a pair of spirituals by Moses Hogan including Abide with Me and The Battle of Jericho.

The Chamber Singers will perform John David and Peter Knight’s uplifting song You Are the New Day, which was made famous by the world-renowned King’s Singers; Esto les Digo by Kinley Lange, a beautiful pair of verses from Matthew’s gospel translated into Spanish; Giselle Wyers' composition of Within the Circles of Our Lives with poetry by Kentucky's Wendell Berry; and Brian Tate's Gate Gate, a setting of a Buddhist mantra.

Directed by Ashland University alumna Julie Strebler-Renner and accompanied by Susan Gregg, the Women's chorus' selections will follow the theme of "What the world needs now...hope, truth, peace, love, justice.” Pieces will include the Beatles' Blackbird; Andrea Ramsey's The Rising; Vijah Singh's On Justice, Truth and Peace; and the Pentatonix arrangement of Take Me Home.

Under the direction of Michael Snyder, the LHS Symphonic Choir will sing Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby, Ola Gjeilo's Northern Lights, Andre Thomas' Swing Down Chariot, and their Women's Chorus will perform I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray, also by Thomas.

The University and LHS Choirs will also present Undine Smith Moore's arrangement of Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord as a combined number.

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Spring Honors Recital Performers

Congratulations to the 2018 Spring Honors Recital musicians who will be performing Monday, April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. These students have been selected for accomplishing exceptional work this semester: Kailyn Buyok (violin), Moriah Goldsmith (piano), Jed McFadden (piano), Rebecca Young (vocalist), Emily Schordock (horn), Gabby Carr (vocalist)