Thursday, April 5, 2012


The end-of-the-semester rush begins with numerous student recitals presented by the Ashland University Department of Music.  From senior recitals to various student ensembles and an honors recital, all of the following recitals will be held in the Center for the Arts’ Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.  All recitals are free and open to the public.

Beginning on Sunday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m., a senior recital will feature mezzo-soprano Lauren Massaro who studies with vocal instructor Dione Bennett.  Accompanied by pianist Pavlina Draganova, Massaro will perform works by Franz Schubert, Giovanni Pergolesi, Robert Schumann, Edward Elgar, John Ireland and more.  She is a graduate of Norwayne High School (Creston, Ohio), and is a vocal music education major. 

Also on April 15 at 7:30 p.m., pianist Kara Mitchell-Mumea will present her senior recital under the direction of Trustees Professor Elizabeth Pastor.  Kara is a piano performance and philosophy major from Butler, Ohio.

The Ashland University percussion ensemble directed by Jeffrey Neitzke and various jazz combos directed by Scott Garlock will perform a joint recital on Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Soprano Chanae Curtis presents her senior recital on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m.  A vocal student of Dionne Bennett, Chanae is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School.

On Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m., the University brass, string and woodwind ensembles will present a joint recital at the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium.  Michael Metcalf directs the brass ensemble while Lindsay Brown leads the strings and Tom Reed directs the woodwinds.

The spring honors recital is slated for Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. which showcases the department’s student musicians who accomplished exceptional work in the spring semester.

The final performance of the semester will be performed by the University's newest music ensemble Surround Sound on Sunday, April 29 at 8:30 p.m.  Advised by Rowland Blackley, Surround Sound is a student vocal a cappella organization that was formed last year. 

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