Thursday, September 13, 2012


2011 Madrigal Singers directed by Dr. Rowland Blackley.
Tickets for the 37th Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, September 24 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 (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.

Ashland University Department of Music produces the annual Madrigal Feaste which is slated for Wednesday through Sunday, November 28 – December 2.  All performances begin at 6:30 PM in Redwood Hall. 

Directed by Dr. Rowland Blackley, director of choral activities, the Madrigal Feaste is a dinner theater based on the period of Queen Elizabeth I of England around 1600.  With entertainment provided throughout the evening, the event includes Christmas carols, ceremonial music and madrigals  performed by the Ashland University Chamber Singers while the Madrigal Players present a new play each year along with other theatrical stunts throughout the evening. Performer costumes are designed as authentic reconstructions of period apparel; and the Feaste includes a four-course meal culminating in flaming bread pudding. Vegetarian meals are available upon request at the time of ticket purchase.

The 2012 Madrigal Feaste Chamber Singers feature Jordan Black as the King and Katie Vargo as the Queen along with their court including Bret Cowden, Matthew Dawson, Sam Diemer, Christopher Goffos, D. R. Haught, Derek Jackenheimer, Emily Jeppesen, Erin Lingenfelter, Courtney McCreary, Emily Plank, Jacob Poiner, Brandy Riha, Andrew Shaffer, Emily Springer and Alex VanScoy.  Led by Eddie Carney as the Jester, the Madrigal Players will be announced at a later date. 

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.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Ashland University Department of Music and the Ohio Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America is offering several Dalcroze workshops throughout the year beginning September 22.  Information about the workshops including their content, dates, times and prices are listed below with the complete registration form available here.  

Registration should be submitted by September 15 to:
Ohio Chapter of DSA, c/o Karen Dhyanchand,7464 Angel Dr, North Canton, OH 44720. 

Marla Butke, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Music, Ashland University
Dalcroze Society of America Ohio Chapter President
Dalcroze Certified Teacher
Dalcroze Society of America Research Chair
Cell 614-581-4746 •

September 22, 2012
Stephen Neely, Carnegie Mellon University
“Exploring Eurhythmics” & High School Choral Demonstration Class (Hugo Young Theatre)
January 26, 2013
Dr. Marla Butke, Dr. Ron Blackley, Ashland University
“Solfege and Piano Improvisation for All Music Classrooms” (Redwood Hall)
April 13, 2013
Mary Dobrea-Grindahl, Baldwin-Wallace University, “The Dalcroze Approach” (Redwood Hall)
$95 for all 3 workshops and membership to Dalcroze Society of America ($40 value) OR
$25 for each individual workshop OR
$10 for each individual workshop – college students
1 hour of graduate credit for $195 (not due until April 13/payable to Ashland University)
Must attend all 3 workshops plus reflection session on September 22, 1 pm-1:30 pm
Assignments: Reflection papers and 2 lesson plans