Thursday, September 11, 2014

Save the Date: Madrigal Tickets Go on Sale Monday, Sep. 22

39th Annual Madrigal Feaste Tickets on Sale Sept. 22Tickets for the 39th Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, Sept. 22, at 12 p.m. 
Patrons are reminded that this is a very popular event and the box office will be incredibly busy. For immediate service, the box office recommends that patrons come to the box office window located in the lobby of Hugo Young Theatre at the corner of College Avenue and Grant Street or order online at www.ashland.edu/tickets  (additional fees apply for online orders). Patrons can also call the box office at 419.289.5125, but phone lines are expected to be busy. Discounted tickets can only be purchased directly through the box office and not online.
Ashland University Department of Music produces the annual Madrigal Feaste, which is slated for Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 19 – Nov. 23. All performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall on the AU campus.
Directed by Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities, the Madrigal Feaste is a dinner theater based in 16th-century England with constant entertainment provided throughout the evening. The Ashland University Chamber Singers perform ceremonial music, Christmas carols and madrigals while the Madrigal Players present a new comedic play along with improvisational theatrics.
The rest of the cast for the evening is comprised of fanfare trumpeters, the Court Jester and Butler. Performer costumes are designed as authentic reproductions of period apparel and the four-course meal culminates in flaming bread pudding. 
The 2014 Madrigal Feaste Chamber Singers feature Andrew Shaffer as the King and Emily Springer as the Queen along with their court including Julie Bontempo, Abbie Brady, Deric Dove, D.R. Haught, Grace Keller, Danny Lawson, Allie Newhouse, Rachel Parfitt, Derek Rangel, Jake Riley, Cory Turpin and Hannah Wise. Zach Manthey will lead the Madrigal Players as the Jester.
Tickets for the event are $26 for adults; $15 for children under 12; and $23 for groups of 10 or more. A special $11 ticket is available to Ashland University students for the Wednesday performance only. A vegetarian option is available upon request at the time of ticket purchase. Due to preparation of meals, tickets are not available at the door.

Monday, September 8, 2014

AU Marching Eagles at Home Opener

Check out photos of the AU Marching Eagles at the home opening football game. Even Tuffy joined the band!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Music Scholarship Audition Postcard Showcases Department's Students & Alumni

The Department of Music will soon be mailing their newest scholarship audition postcard to prospective majors, minors and participants.  The photo collage featured on the postcard shows the variety of programs and ensembles offered throughout the department.  From the AU Eagle Marching Band to the annual Madrigal Feaste and work in the theory classroom -- AU Music has something for everyone. 

Who do you recognize in this collage and who do you know that will make a great addition to a future postcard?  Auditions begin in January and more information is available online at www.ashland.edu/music.

Monday, August 11, 2014

ASHLAND AREA CHORUS & COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCE FALL SCHEDULES

Two community music ensembles at Ashland University [Ashland Area Chorus (AAC) and Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB)] announce their fall schedules including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.  Beginning Monday, August 18, Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts. Initially meeting on Tuesday, September 2, the Community Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Center for the Arts' Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.
 
Entering its seventeenth season, the Ashland Area Chorus is a mixed choir of about 50 singers from Ashland and surrounding counties.  The fall semester’s repertoire will include pieces by Bernstein and Whitacre, several sixteenth-century madrigals, and arrangements of traditional carols.  The chorus will participate in the Ashland University Fall Concert, October 12, and the annual Festival of Lights on December 7. Though no formal audition is required for membership, AAC members must be pitch accurate (sing 'on key') and be able to learn and perform their parts successfully. Previous choral experience is helpful. 
 
The Ashland Area Community Concert Band begins its twenty-second season and is for those that loved playing in band in high school or college and want the opportunity to play again. Performances for the ensemble this fall include a performance at the University with the Ashland University Concert Band on Saturday, December 6. Requirements for membership are the ability to play a wind or percussion instrument (no need to be a virtuoso); an interest in playing for enjoyment; desire to play a wide variety of music for the public; an interest in meeting new people who share a common interest and availability for rehearsals on Tuesday evenings. 

Membership in AAC and AACCB is open to all adults. Students still in high school may also participate with the permission of the ensemble's director.  A nominal membership fee of $25 is requested and payable by the fourth week of rehearsals to continue participation in either ensemble for the semester. For further information, contact the Chorus’ director Libby Slade at eslade@ashland.edu or (419) 685-5460; or Community Band director Leonard Salvo at 419-289-5132 or lsalvo@ashland.edu.

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.