Thursday, August 27, 2015

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 24, 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 8, 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 eighteenth season, 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 fall, the chorus will participate with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra in "A Joyful Opening" of the new Robert M. & Janet L. Archer Auditorium on Saturday, September 12. The chorus will also perform in Ashland University's performance of Handel's Messiah on November 22, and at the annual Festival of Lights on December 13.

The Ashland Area Community Concert Band begins its twenty-third 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 12.

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. The membership fee is payable at the Ashland University Box Office via phone at 419.289.5125 or online at

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rebecca Wilson: Aria Competition Finalist & Award Winner

Photo by Gwen Juarez
AU Music graduate and former student of Stephanie Sikora, soprano Rebecca Glass Wilson (2000) recently was awarded a grant from the Gerda Lissner Foundation in the 2015 Wagnerian division and was a finalist in the 2015 Lois Alba Competition. In July, Rebecca will be singing the role of Venus in La púrpura de la rosa with Le Château de la Voix. Rebecca is thrilled to be joining Union Avenue Opera this August as Gutrune in their production in Götterdämmerung.

Also, Rebecca has been heard as soloist with the Baroque Artists of Champaign, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Choir and Orchestra, Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and Wheaton Symphony.

 Other Honors and Credits include the following: 3rd Place Finalist in 2007 Bel Canto Foundation, Bravo Award Winner in 2005 Bel Canto Foundation, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Mimi in La bohème, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, 2nd Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro, La Countessa Le Nozze di Figaro, Pat Nixon in John Adam’s Nixon in China, the title role in Finding Yolanda (based on Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta) and WFMT’s Solo Recital Fazioli Salon Series in Chicago.
Video Credits:
Dich, theure Halle from TANNHAUSER by Wagner
Rebecca was accompanied by Maestra Janice Fehlauer
with HD Video provided by Robert Land Productions

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dalcroze Summer Training Workshop

Dr. Marla Butke and Dr. Kathy Thomsen are leading the Dalcroze Eurhythmics summer training workshop at the Ashland University Columbus Center this week. From June 22 through June 26, the week-long workshop is focusing on Dalcroze Eurhythmics, solfege, and piano improvisation. The workshop is also addressing applications for the music classroom/studio, curricular designs, and assessment. The workshop is sponsored by Ashland University Department of Music and the American Eurhythmics Society.

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

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

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

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

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.