Wednesday, September 11, 2013


2012 Madrigal Players
Tickets for the 38th Annual Madrigal Feaste go on sale to the public on Monday, September 23 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 20 – November 24.  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 in sixteenth-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.  Fanfare trumpeters, the Court Jester and Butler round out the cast. Performer costumes are designed as authentic reproductions of period apparel; and the four-course meal culminates in flaming bread pudding.

The 2013 Madrigal Feaste Chamber Singers feature Derek Jackenheimer as the King and Erin Lingenfelter as the Queen along with their court including Sam Diemer, Deric Dove, Christopher Goffos, DR Haught, Emily Jeppesen, Grace Keller, Jacob Markley, Christian Neely, Courtney Patton, Jacob Poiner, Andrew Shaffer, Emily Springer, Katie Stone, Caleb Stout and Alex VanScoy. Led by Hilary Rheinheimer as the Jester, the Madrigal Players are Mason Adams, Kim Lennox, Zach Lindesmith, Zach Manthey and De’Andre Peterson.

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.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Ashland University Department of Music and the Ohio Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America is offering several Dalcroze workshops throughout the year beginning this Saturday, September 7. 
September 7       Terry BoyarskyTeaching Artist for Young Audiences
                             "Dalcroze and Quick Reaction Exercises

January 11          Dr. Marla Butke, Dr. Ron Blackley, Ashland University
                             "Improving Aural Skills Through Eurhythmics”
April 12               Larry Doebler, ret. Director, Choral Activities, Ithaca College
                             “Connecting to the Music Through Dalcroze Eurhythmics”
                             featuring a demonstration choir

COST:  $95 for all 3 workshops and membership to DSA OR
               $25 for each individual workshop OR             
               $10 for each individual workshop – college students

GRADUATE CREDIT: There is an additional fee of $200 for 1 hour of graduate credit (due on April 12/payable to Ashland University). Must attend all 3 workshops plus reflection session on September 7, 1:00-1:30 pm. Assignments: Reflection papers and 2 lesson plans

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration can be submitted in advance 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 •

Sunday, September 1, 2013


The Department of Music at Ashland University begins its fall semester concerts at the Ashland County Fair with the University Marching Band leading the Parade of Bands at the grandstand on Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. under the baton of Leonard Salvo, Director of Bands.

Also in September, the Department of Music is pleased to present a guest artist recital with the Iron Toys saxophone and woodwind quartet on Monday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.  Founded in 2004 by Tom Reed, Rich Shanklin, George Shernit and Howie Smith, the quartet performs a diverse repertoire blending classical, jazz and avant-garde styles. Because of the doubling skills of its members, the group has over twenty instruments available for any given performance. This concert is free and open to the public.
For more information about the music department and its performances, visit the Web site at or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or Also available is the College of Arts & Sciences 2013-2014 ARTS GUIDE offering a comprehensive listing of the year's music, theatre, Spectrum and Coburn Gallery events.