Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bach Vesper Service, Jan. 20

Choral and instrumental musicians from Ashland University and Trinity Lutheran Church join forces to present the 15th in a series of Bach Vesper services, patterned after the order and flow of a Lutheran service from Bach's day on this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran, 508 Center Street, Ashland.

Music for this service includes Bach's Cantata #124 for the Sunday after Epiphany, I Will Not from Jesus Leave, and Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, popularly known as the Christmas Concerto.

Featured musicians from Ashland University include Dr. Rowland Blackley directing the choir and orchestra, Dr. Timothy Guenther as the organist, soloists Gracie Fumic (soprano) and Ethan Tingler (bass), Jane Reed and Kailyn Buyok (violins).

The service is open to the public. A freewill offering will be received. A reception will follow. Staffed child care for children ages four and under will be available. The church building is ground level and accessible.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Chamber Singers Perform National Anthem at Ohio Senate

The Ashland University Chamber Singers were invited by Senator Larry Obhof, the new President of the Ohio Senate, to sing the National Anthem for the opening of the 133rd General Assembly on Monday, Jan. 7. Here is a video of the performance and a picture of the singers in the front of the Senate Chambers.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Chorus Rehearsals Begin Jan. 7

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC), under the direction of Libby Slade, announces their spring schedule including rehearsals, concerts and membership requirements.

Beginning Monday, January 7, Ashland Area Chorus rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts.

Founded by Dr. Rowland Blackley in 1998, the AAC is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is open to all singers from Ashland and surrounding counties and includes Ashland University faculty, staff and students as well as other singers from the wider community. 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.

This semester the Chorus will perform choruses from Verdi's Il Travatore, La Traviata, Nabucco and Aida with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra at their April 13 concert at Archer Auditorium.

Membership in AAC 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 for adults and $15 for high school students is requested and payable by the fourth week of rehearsals to continue participation in the ensemble for the semester. The membership fee is payable at the Ashland University Box Office via phone at 419.289.5125 or online at by clicking on the "Buy Single Tickets" icon.

For further information, contact the Chorus’ director Libby Slade at or (419) 685-5460.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Spring 2019 Music Events

A full listing of Ashland University Department of Music events for the Spring 2019 semester is now available online at From rehearsals for the Ashland Area Chorus and Ashland Area Community Concert Band to the Annual Maplerock Jazz Festival -- the listing includes many performances which are free and open to the public.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Festival of Lights, Dec. 9

Ashland University will officially begin its observance of the holiday season with the 28th annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 9 in Ashland University’s Jack and Deb Miller Chapel, located at the intersection of King Road and College Avenue.

The 7 p.m. candlelight service, which is free and open to the public, symbolizes Christ coming into the world. The story is communicated in verse and song. It will include Scripture readings by Mark and Cathy Britton, traditional carols, and seasonal choral music by the Ashland University Choir and Women’s Chorus, and the Ashland Area Chorus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Ashland University Choir is under the direction of Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities and professor of music, while Elizabeth Slade directs the Ashland Area Chorus and Julie Strebler-Renner, the Women’s Chorus. Dr. Timothy Guenther and Susan Gregg will accompany the choirs on organ and piano.

Musical selections will feature original works and settings of carols by a variety of composers including Victoria, Biebl, Whitacre, Leavitt, Powell and Whalum.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Winter Festival Band Concert, Dec. 8

The Department of Music at Ashland University presents its annual Winter Festival Band Concert on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The concert will feature the Ashland University Symphonic Band directed by Joseph Lewis, Jr., Ashland University Director of Bands, and the Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) under the direction of Leonard Salvo. The concert will offer a program of classic compositions for concert band along with some holiday favorites. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Ashland University Symphonic Band is comprised of the outstanding wind and percussion students at the University. The Symphonic Band's portion of the program includes James Curnow's Fanfare and Flourishes, David Holsinger's On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss along with two holiday classics: Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival and Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed which is based on the ancient Russian Christmas carol, Carol of the Little Russian Children.

After a brief intermission, the 65-member Ashland Area Community Concert Band takes the stage. Established in 1993, the ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the Ashland community to continue their musical study and creative activity.

The Community Band's program begins with two pieces by Robert Sheldon including Savannah River Rhapsody and Dances of a Shimmering Spirit, which was commissioned for the Ashland High School Band in memory of Christina Lattanzi, followed by the first movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' most famous work for military band, English Folk Song Suite: Seventeen Come Sunday. AACCB concludes their portion of the program with two holiday medleys including In the Christmas Mood by John Wasson and It's Christmas by Warren Barker.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Jazz Concert, Dec. 6

The Ashland University Department of Music will present an Ashland University Jazz Concert on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm in Hugo Young Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Scott Garlock, the concert will offer pre-concert music from the Mellow Work Chicken jazz combo with Bridgid McDonald and Jared Metz on saxophone; Molly Winnard, drums; Torin Dunn, guitar; Emily Ebert, bass and Alex Kwan, piano.

The 3rd annual AUJO Alumni Big Band will perform selections beginning at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra's (AUJO) program of jazz standards and holiday favorites including Auld Lang Syne, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas and Let It Snow.

The 2018-2019 AUJO roster includes saxophonists McDonald, Michael Spalding, Lauren DeBracy, Erika Wright and Ariane Hill; Nick Lawwill, Branden Barber, Jennifer Wigton and Nathan Roblin on trumpet; Matthew MacDonald, Satch Garlock and Eric Watts on trombone; Emily Schordock on horn; while the rhythm section consists of Ebert, bass; Winnard, drums; Alex Trotter, piano; Oliver Dewey, guitar and vocalist Gracie Fumic.

AUJO will have their holiday CD recording "AUJOy to the World" featuring vocals by Cathi Muckle available for purchase at the concert at $10 each.