Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Successful 2015 Choir Tour!

The Ashland University Choir had an incredibly busy, productive and rewarding tour last week with appearances beginning in Millersburg, Ohio, to New York City and ending in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. Alumna Emily Scaife King ('05) sent us a photo of the choir performing at Leechburg High school (Leechburg, Pa) and several alumni witnessed their concert at NYC's Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Among their many performances, they were able to take in the culture and history in the Big City!  Congratulations and thank you for representing AU well!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Choir Tour 2015: May 11-17

The Ashland University Choir will tour Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York from May 11-17 at the following locations. All concerts are open to the public. Please join us!

Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Millersburg United Methodist Church
5395 Twp Rd 336, Millersburg, OH
330.674.2641

Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Dutilh United Methodist Church
1270 Dutilh Rd, Cranberry Township, PA
724.776.1094

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church
140 E Orange, Lancaster, PA
717.394.6854

Sunday, May 17 at 9:45 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
3832 Gibsonia Rd (Rt. 910), Gibsonia, PA
724.443.8110

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

2014-2015 Music Department Awards

Last night after the Spring Honors Recital, several students were recognized for their excellence within the music department.

A member from each class was recognized for their Academic Honors including sophomore Jaylynn Buchmelter, junior Shayne Smith and senior Devyn Renninger.

OCMEA Leadership Awards went to Jessie Barnhouse, Rachel Crow, Hannah Phillips an DR Haught.

Other departmental awards included:
  • Julie Bontempo, Zach Spier Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution by a non-Music Major
  • Devyn Renninger, Outstanding Student Teacher
  • Hannah Phillips, Most Improved Music Major
  • DR Haught, Oustanding Performer
  • Devyn Renninger, Outstanding Music Major

Monday, April 27, 2015

Variable Winds Band Concert, Sunday, May 3

Ashland University Department of Music concludes an eventful 2014-2015 academic year on Sunday, May 3, 4:00 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Variable Winds Band Concert. The Ashland Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Leonard Salvo, and the Ashland University Concert Band directed by Kenneth Will will perform and senior Concert Band members will be recognized for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program. Admission to the concert is complimentary and open to the public.

The Ashland Community Concert Band will open the concert with selections celebrating American tunes including the first three movements (Intrada, Chorale and March) of Clifton Williams' Symphonic Suite, Clare Grundman's American Folk Rhapsody No. 3, Samuel Hazo's Southern Hymn and Savannah River Rhapsody by Robert Sheldon.

After a brief intermission, the University Concert Band will perform a program of different cultures with a Amparito Roca, a Spanish pasodoble from  Jaime Texidor, Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish DancesSeal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre and conclude with Morton Gould's American Salute.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

2015 Spring Honors Recital Announced

On Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, the honors recital will feature the best of Spring 2015.  Students who accomplished exceptional musical work during the semester will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as selected by their private teachers. The concert is free and open to the public.

Instrumentalists will include Shayne Smith, baritone saxophone; Nik Psota and Hannah Phillips, trumpet; Jaylynn Buchmelter, trombone; Nicolas Bartulovic, violin; Emily Minns and D.R. Haught, flute.

Vocalists performing are baritone Deric Dove; sopranos Abigail Brady, Rachel Gollhardt, Fatima Imani Smith and Leslie Childers.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus & Surround Sound Perform Combined Concert

The Ashland University Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and a cappella ensemble Surround Sound present their final spring concert on Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.  The performance is free and open to the public.

Dr. Rowland Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the Chamber Singers as they perform The Seasonings by fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach. This famous oratorio is a musical satire of Joseph Haydn's The Seasons. The piece will feature soloists as well as common and uncommon instruments.

Dr. Marla Butke, Associate Professor of Music, will direct the Women's Chorus with accompaniment by pianists Rachel Crow and Eddie Carney; DR Haught on flute; Jane Reed, violin; and Tyler Watson, percussion. The program for the Women's Chorus will include Mozart's Dona Nobis Pacem, the art songs Will There Really Be a Morning and Untraveled Worlds, and John Rutter's The Lord Bless You and Keep You which will feature the senior women.

The student-led a cappella ensemble Surround Sound will perform three tunes including Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers' Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, the jazz standard Solitude, and Katy Perry's E.T.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fairy Tales & Opera Join Forces This Weekend

Ashland University Department of Music presents two evenings of opera scenes which will feature scenes from fairy tales and more.  The performances which are free and open to the public are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Stephanie Sikora, Professor of Music and Head of the Voice Area in the Department of Music at Ashland University, this annual event features vocal performances from student singers. This year's female cast includes sopranos Abigail Brady, Rachel Gollhardt, Maria Cardona, Fatima Imani Smith, Grace Keller and Hannah Wise along with mezzo-soprano Sarah Napier. Male singers include tenor Corey Turpin, and baritones Deric Dove, DR Haught and Jake Riley.

With scenes from seven different operas each evening, the program presents scenes from fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel along with Donizetti's Elixir of Love, Delibes'Lakme, Bucci's Sweet Betsy from Pike (A Horse Opera), Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and The Tenderland by Aaron Copland.