Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Summer Music Ed. Mini-Conference

Ashland University Department of Music is offering a summer graduate mini-conference for general music teachers on July 21 to 25 in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts.  The 5-day conference offers an exciting and unique format including daily eurhythmics and a variety of 3-hour workshops.

Organized by Dr. Marla Butke, coordinator of music education, other clinicians for the conference include Rachael Fleischaker, Gail Kopetz, Janelle Roshong and Megan Routh.  The clinicians will lead workshops focusing on Dalcroze, Kodaly and Orff methodologies; special learners; assessment and folk dancing.


Cost for the conference for three graduate credit hours is $825 or $300 for non-credit.  Registration can be made online through the Summer Graduate Workshop link at www.ashland.edu/founders/professional-development-services, or by contacting Dr. Butke at mbutke@ashland.edu or 614.581.4746.  Registration is due by July 1 while payment is due the first day of the workshop.

Friday, June 6, 2014

KEN WILL APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF BANDS

Ashland University Department of Music announces the appointment of Ken Will as the Director of Bands. In this position, Ken will direct the Ashland University Marching and Concert Bands.
 
With a Master’s of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from Ohio University, he served as the graduate conductor for the The Ohio University Marching 110, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and University Concert Band in addition to assisting with undergraduate conducting classes.  While pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at Ohio University, Ken was a member of the Marching 110 drumline. He also served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Lakewood High School where he taught the Lancer Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and elementary music. 

Ken continues to work with high schools and colleges as an arranger for band/choir and as a brass/percussion clinician. He has been published in the Teaching Music Through Performance series and holds memberships in National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

Monday, May 5, 2014

CROWD GATHERS FOR MR SALVO'S FINAL AU CONCERT

Ashland University Director of Bands and Professor of Music Leonard Salvo received a warm and well-deserved send-off during the Variable Winds Band Concert in Hugo Young Theatre on Sunday, May 4.  Many alumni, friends from out-of-state, family and community members presented Mr. Salvo with a standing ovation, well wishes and thank you's as he begins his retirement.  These photos of the concert from a musician's perspective are compliments of graduating music education major Stephen Morsher.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

OUTSTANDING MUSIC STUDENTS HONORED

Ashland University Department of Music recognized its outstanding students for 2013-2014 including: 

Honors Recipients: 






(l-r) Andy Bartelhiem, Morgan Mirtes, Caleb Stout, Grace Keller, Andrew Shaffer, Jacob Poiner, Eddie Carney, Katie Mounts, Katie Metz. Not Pictured: Alex VanScoy, Steve Morsher, Erin Lingenfelter, Paige Arthur

Spring Honors Recital Performers    
 















(front l-r) Caleb Stout, Andrew Shaffer, Deric Dove(back l-r) Emily Minns, Jacob Poiner, Katie Metz, Jaylynn Buchmelter, Katie Mounts, Rachel Crow, Kelsey Bowens, Samantha Diemer

Sunday, April 27, 2014

SALVO CELEBRATED AT FINAL UNIVERSITY BAND CONCERT AFTER 26 YEARS ON THE ASHLAND PODIUM

Ashland University Department of Music concludes an eventful 2013-2014 academic year and the 26-year tenure of Professor Leonard Salvo as Director of Bands on Sunday, May 4, 4:00 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre with the annual Variable Winds Band Concert. Under the direction of Salvo, the Ashland University Concert Band and Ashland Area Community Concert Band will perform a program including pieces of celebration and song along with an opportunity to recognize senior Concert Band members for their dedication and contribution to the AU Band program. Admission to the concert is complimentary, open to the public and is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate Mr. Salvo on his retirement. 


The concert begins with the Ashland Area Community Concert Band performing John Williams' Midway March which was composed for the classic World War II motion picture Midway, followed by James Curnow's Freedom Road which is a set of variations based on the spiritual "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd." The third piece, Shenandoah, is described by composer Frank Ticheli as the "mood ranges from quiet reflection, through growing optimism, to profound exaltation." The Community Band concludes its portion of the concert with Songs of Earth, Water, Fire and Sky by Robert W. Smith who drew upon authentic Native American dances and chants as inspiration. 


After a brief intermission, the Ashland University Concert Band begins their portion of the concert with James Curnow's Fanfare and Flourishes for a Festive Occasion which is based on Marc-Atoine Charpentier's "Te Deum."  The concert continues with Gustav Holst's Second Suite in F for Military Band performed in four movements.  The first movement is a march using several English folk tunes followed by the ballad Song Without Words for the second movement, and Song of the Blacksmith for the third.  The fourth and final movement, Fantasia on the Dargason, is based on an English country-dance tune with each section of the band exchanging the tune back and forth in variation.  The AU Concert Band will then perform Edwin Franko Goldman's The Chimes of Liberty, one of the great patriotic marches of our time; and conclude with Chorale and Shaker Dance including variations of the well known Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts.

Leonard Salvo has served as director of bands at Ashland University since 1988. During that time he grew the Eagle Marching Band from 17 members to 85, and founded the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. In addition to his work with the University concert band, wind ensemble, community concert band and marching band, he taught courses in conducting and music education.

Before coming to Ashland, he held positions at Indiana State University as assistant director of bands, and as assistant band director for the University of Toledo.  Mr. Salvo also spent 17 years in the public schools of Michigan. During that time, bands under his direction gained a national reputation through performances for the Mid-West International Band & Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), The Mid-East Conference on Instrumental Music (Pittsburgh), The Midwestern Conference on School Vocal and Instrumental Music (Ann Arbor) and the Eastern Michigan Contemporary Music Festival, Karel Husa composer/conductor (Ypsilanti, MI).  Ensembles under his direction have received critical acclaim from some of the nation’s most respected composers and conductors including Robert Page, Donald Erb, Anthony Iannaccone, Claude T. Smith, William D. Revelli, H. Robert Reynolds, John Whitwell, Harry Begian, Mark Kelly and Karel Husa.

With a Bachelor of Music Education from Eastern Michigan and a Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan, Mr. Salvo was also honored by The Music Department of Eastern Michigan University as an Outstanding Alumnus and was invited to serve as visiting lecturer and conductor. An active member several professional organizations he has twice been elected to serve as president of the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association. He takes an active role in campus life and has been recognized as the Outstanding Advisor for Student Organizations at Ashland University for his work with the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and university bands.  At the 2013 Ashland University Homecoming, Mr. Salvo was presented the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel by the State of Kentucky by former band members Jay & Kim Hartz as representatives of the State of Kentucky.  Commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Kentucky Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

LARGE VARIETY OF INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES PERFORM ON TUESDAY

The Department of Music at Ashland University is presenting two student ensembles recitals on Tuesday, April 29.  Both of the concerts are free and open to the public and are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building). 

The first recital begins at 7 p.m. and is comprised of the string ensemble instructed by Jane Reed, brass ensemble led by Michael Metcalf, a sax quartet taught by Thomas Reed, and Jeff Neitzke instructing the percussion ensemble.  

At 8:30 p.m., the recital features a flute duo instructed by Lindsey Goodman, a low brass ensemble taught by Scott Garlock, and jazz combos directed by Garlock and Neitzke.

Friday, April 18, 2014

VOCAL ENSEMBLES PERFORM A CHORAL CONCERT OF LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

The Ashland University choral program collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences Symposium Against Indifference to present a concert of a variety of Latin American musical selections for voices. Featuring the Ashland University Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus, and the student a cappella group Surround Sound, the concert will be held on Sunday, April 27, 4:00 p.m. at 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 Ashland University Chamber Singers singing in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin with some pieces including instrumental accompaniment.  With D. R. Haught on guitar, the Chamber Singers will perform Albert Hernandez's modern interpretation of a Venezuelan calypso, Goza Mi Calipso; while percussionist Jake Lange plays percussion on a variety of other pieces including Edmund Hughes' arrangement of the Brazilian folk song Eu e Voce.  The Chamber Singers will also present the first movement of Kyrie from "Missa ego flos campi" by the Mexican Renaissance composer Juan Gutierrez Padilla; and Fransisco Mignone's arrangement of the traditional Brazilian poem about a lovely woman with chestnut eyes, Morena, Morena.  

With recent graduate Jordan Black as the guest conductor and Holly Allan as accompanist, the Women's Chorus will perform the gently flowing "Barter" by Rene Clausen based on the poem written by Sara Teasdale; and the popular Mexican song Cielito Lindo.  The Women's Chorus will also present Alberto Favero's Te Quiero featuring a trio comprised of Stephanie Rankin, Marguerite Tryling and Elizabeth Papantonio. 

The Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus will perform as a combined ensemble for Ernanu Aguiar's "Salmo 150," a modern setting of the 150th Psalm.