Adjunct Faculty

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Jane Berkner Jane Berkner

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

Gary Ciulla Gary P. Ciulla
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
As Director of Bands, Gary Ciulla directs the Ashland Eagle Marching Band, the AU Wind Ensemble and the AU Concert Band. He holds an Master of Music Education degree from the University of Akron, and a Bacholor of Music Education degree from Kent State University. Mr. Ciulla recently completed a 35 year career as Director of Bands at Medina High School in Medina, Ohio. During his tenure at Medina the Symphony Band... Read More

Susan Gregg Susan Gregg
Staff Accompanist

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 Timothy Guenther
Organ, Music Fundamentals

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 Denise Milner Howell

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 Andria Brennan Hoy

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 Ian Hoy

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

Michael Metcalf Michael Metcalf
Brass Ensemble, French Horn

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 Jeff Neitzke

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 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

Jane Reed 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

Sandra Ross Sandra Ross
Voice, Opera Scenes Director
205, Center for the Arts
Equally at home on both operatic and musical theater stages, Ms. Ross has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera North, Sorg Opera and nine seasons with the Ohio Light Opera. Some of her favorite roles have been Orlovsky, Carmen and Cherubino. In Hamburg, Germany Ms. Ross appeared for 2 years as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera... Read More

Leonard Salvo Leonard Salvo
Professor Emeritus, Director of Ashland Area Community Concert Band
, Center for the Arts
Leonard Salvo served as director of bands at Ashland University from 1988 to spring of 2014 when he retired. He remains involved with AU Music as the director of the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. During his full-time tenure at Ashland, he took an active role in campus life and was recognized as the Outstanding Advisor for Student Organizations at Ashland University for his work with the Kappa Kappa Psi... Read More

Susan Schoeffler Susan Schoeffler
208, Center for the Arts
Susan received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Vitya Vronsky-Babin and Sergei Babayan and was the recipient of the Sadie Zellen Prize in Piano. She has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the last decade she has collaborated frequently with... Read More

Libby Slade Libby Slade
Director of Ashland Area Chorus, 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