Music Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Lynette Peffley, Music Fundamentals

Lynnette Peffley, adjunct professor at Ashland since 1999, teaching Principles of Music Making, Musical Style and Teaching Music in Early Childhood. Graduate of Bethel College, St. Paul, MN, BA in Music Education, 1967, Graduate work at Youngstown State University, MA in Choral Conducting, Ohio State University, 1979, and continuing education at Bowling Green University. Music Director at First Presbyterian Church,... Read More

Nicholas Poss, Music Appreciation

Nicholas Poss received his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and his M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the Ohio State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology at Ohio State where he also teaches courses on world music, rock, jazz, and other topics. His research has focused on the music of Hmong people living in the United States, including traditional music,... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed
206, Center for the Arts
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the department of music at Ashland University where he has taught in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory and jazz studies. He joined the faculty in 1986. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet) and Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on... Read More

Jane Reed, Music Fundamentals, Strings

Jane Reed has a BM in music education from the University of Iowa and an MM in violin performance from the University of Akron. In addition, she studied string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, and has certification in Suzuki violin and Orff. She taught in the public schools for 6 years, and currently has a private studio. Jane also works with the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and gives educational concerts for the... Read More

Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
Ms. Cathy Rowland joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the department of music in August 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of music, art and theatre. She also serves as organist and choir accompanist for her church, Jeromesville United Methodist. Ms. Rowland lives in Jeromesville with daughters, Anna and Josie.  

Leonard Salvo

106, Center for the Arts
Leonard Salvo has served as director of bands at Ashland University since 1988. In addition to his work with the University concert band, wind ensemble, community concert band and marching band, he teaches courses in conducting and music education. Before coming to Ashland, he held positions at Indiana State University as assistant director of bands and as assistant band director for the University of Toledo. Mr.... Read More

Dr. Alex Sanchez-Behar

105, Center for the Arts
Alexander Sanchez-Behar received his B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, M.M. in music theory from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University. He teaches the music theory and aural skills sequence and music composition. Prior to his arrival at Ashland University, Dr. Sanchez-Behar taught courses on musicianship, harmony and form at Phoenix College, Florida... Read More

Adam Sarata, Guitar

Adam Sarata is currently a guitar instructor at the University of Mount Union, Ashland University, and the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Sarata studied classical and jazz guitar with James Piorkowski, Dean Newton, and Stephen Aron. He received a full scholarship for graduate studies which he completed at the University of Akron in 2001. An active teacher, Sarata has guided his students... Read More

Stephanie Sikora

205, Center for the Arts
Stephanie Sikora, soprano, has been sharing her musical talents with audiences throughout Ohio and the Midwest for numerous years. As professor of music, she is currently in her 19th year as head of the voice area in the department of music at Ashland University where she teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Opera Workshop and directs the Women’s Chorus. She has sung over 100 performances with Cleveland Opera... Read More

Libby Slade, Music Fundamentals

Elizabeth Slade holds a B.A. in Music and French from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. from Harvard University where she studied choral conducting with Constance Defotis and served as Choral Administrator for the Harvard Choirs under the direction of Jameson Marvin. During her time at Harvard, Slade was a member of the professional Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and a soprano soloist in and... Read More