Events

Apr
22
Ashland University Department of Music presents the Award-winning Ashland University... Read more
Apr
23
Meet with the Administrative Director Sarah M. Wells for an... Read more
Apr
23
Ashland University Department of Music presents the best of Spring... Read more
Apr
24
The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for graduating... Read more
Apr
27
What better way to encounter the culture of Latin America... Read more

Adjunct Faculty

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Amanda Bekeny, Trumpet


419.289.5100
abekeny@ashland.edu
Dr. Bekeny is the trumpet instructor at Ashland University and The College of Wooster. From 2010 through 2012, Dr. Bekeny was asked to take a visiting position overseeing the trumpet studio at The Ohio State University, where she was responsible for trumpet instruction and directed the trumpet ensemble. While at Ohio State, Dr. Bekeny maintained a busy schedule of teaching, conducting and performing. She led the... Read More

Dione Bennett, Voice


419.289.5100
dbennett@ashland.edu
Dione Parker Bennett’s voice has been heard in recitals, operas and guest appearances across the country and beyond. She has performed operatic roles such as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Bess in Porgy and Bess; Mimi in Puccini's La Bohéme; Suor Genevieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica ; Gertrude in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel; and Lucy in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha. Her oratorio performances include Handel's Messiah... Read More

Jane Berkner, Flute


419.289.5100
jberkner@ashland.edu
An engaging and charismatic flutist, Jane Berkner has been delighting audiences with creative and diverse programs for over twenty years, both from the stage and as a concert presenter. She has been on the Ohio Touring Artist's Roster since 1992, first with the flute and harp duo Berkner & Bell and later as a solo artist, performing in recital series and school concerts across the state. Working with guitarist... Read More

Pavlina Draganova, Staff Accompanist


419.289.5100
pdragano@ashland.edu
Pavlina Draganova holds degrees in piano performance from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and “Pancho Vladigeroff” State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. She was a lecturer at The Academy of Music, Dance and Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and an accompanist for the vocal department, “Pancho Vladigeroff” State Academy of Music, Sofia. She is an active performer as a soloist and in collaboration with... Read More

Susan Gregg, Staff Accompanist


419.289.5100
sgregg1@ashland.edu
Susan Gregg is a native of Ashland. She graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami (Ohio) University, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master of Music degree from Boston University. Additional work has been completed at the University of Cincinnati, Oberlin College, Capital University and Ashland University. She taught Suzuki violin and piano for 10 years and... Read More

Timothy Guenther, Organ, Music Fundamentals


419.289.5100
tguenthe@ashland.edu
Dr. Timothy Guenther has served as University Organist and Adjunct Instructor in Music at Ashland since 1996. He teaches applied organ and harpsichord, as well as courses in fundamentals of basic musicianship, and serves as accompanist as needed for the University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Ashland Area Chorus. He holds degrees in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (B.... Read More

Denise Milner Howell, Voice


419.289.5100
dmilnerh@ashland.edu
Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, is equally at home on the opera, musical theatre or concert stage. Her solo engagements include performances with Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, Red {an orchestra}, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Tanglewood Festival, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Sounds of Sousa Band, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Additionally, Ms. Howell is a founding member of the vocal chamber... Read More

Andria Brennan Hoy, Oboe


419.289.5100
ahoy@ashland.edu
Andria Brennan Hoy holds a Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the renowned oboist John Mack. Prior to her studies at CIM, she attended Louisiana State University as a student of Linda Strommen. Ms. Brennan Hoy is currently Principal Oboe of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, plays regularly with the Mansfield and Youngstown Symphony Orchestras and as extra with the Akron and... Read More

Ian Hoy, Bassoon


419.289.5100
ihoy@ashland.edu
Ian J. Hoy is currently Principal Bassoon with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Bassoon with the Mansfield Symphony. Previous posts include Co-Principal Bassoon with the Yucatan Symphony Orchestra in Merida, Mexico. Locally, he appears regularly with The Cleveland Pops and Youngstown Symphony. In addition to teaching privately, Mr. Hoy is the bassoon instructor at Ashland University. Mr. Hoy... Read More

Angela Leonard, Assistant Director of Marching Band


419.289.5100
aleonar1@ashland.edu
Mrs. Leonard currently serves the Music Department of Ashland University as the Assistant Director of the Eagles Marching Band. She is also the principal drill-writer for the ensemble. She joined the faculty of Ashland in 2006. Angela received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Miami University and her Master’s of Music in Education from the University of Akron. A clarinet major, she has studied with... Read More

Mary Louise Metcalf, Music Fundamentals


419.289.5100
mmetcalf@ashland.edu
Mary Louise Metcalf is an adjunct instructor in the music department at Ashland University, where she currently teaches Principles of Music Making. This course includes instruction in piano skills, elementary recorder skills and the basics of singing. She has previously taught piano class to both music majors and minors, and individual piano lessons to university students.   Mrs. Metcalf graduated from Ashland... Read More

Michael Metcalf, Brass Ensemble, French Horn


419.289.5100
mmetcal1@ashland.edu
Michael Metcalf is adjunct instructor of horn and brass ensemble. Metcalf holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Ohio Northern University and a Masters degree in music education (conducting emphasis) from Bowling Green State University. Metcalf is owner and sole proprietor of Mike's Music Corner, a local retail musical instrument store, and is principal horn of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He... Read More

Jeff Neitzke, Percussion


419.289.5100
jneitzke@ashland.edu
Jeff Neitzke is the Adjunct Percussion Professor at Ashland University and at Mt. Union College, and is also coordinator of the Canton Symphony Steel Band and Percussion programs. As a performer, Jeff has been a member of such orchestras as the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the principal timpanist of the Ashland Symphony... Read More

Lynette Peffley, Music Fundamentals


419.289.5100
lpeffley@ashland.edu
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


419.289.5100
nposs@ashland.edu
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

Jane Reed, Music Fundamentals, Strings


419.289.5100
jreed@ashland.edu
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

Adam Sarata, Guitar


419.289.5100
asarata@ashland.edu
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

Libby Slade, Music Fundamentals


419.289.5100
eslade@ashland.edu
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