Music Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS Communications/Performing Arts
149 & 210a, Center for the Arts
Tricia Applegate has over 25 years of arts administration experience.  She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and held positions at other organizations such as the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), Renaissance Theatre (Mansfield, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Chautauqua and the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. She holds a B.A. in business... Read More

Dr. Rowland Blackley Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
208, Center for the Arts
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers.  He also founded the Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education. While he deals primarily with choral groups now, Dr. Blackley has conducted numerous orchestras and... Read More

Christina Fuhrmann Dr. Christina Fuhrmann
Professor of Music
207, Center for the Arts
Christina Fuhrmann received her B.A. in music from Marlboro College in Vermont and her Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches the music history sequence, basic musicianship and several music appreciation core courses, including Love Songs, Music and Drama Across Cultures and Music in World Cultures. She is the 2015 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research... Read More

Scott Garlock Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
Dr. Scott Garlock has taught at Newton Falls Schools, Cuyahoga Falls Schools, Mount Union College and Knox College, and now at Ashland University. Scott served as director of bands at Knox College for 13 years, overseeing a program that included a concert band, a big band, six combos and a Latin Jazz Conjunto. Though only a school of 1100, the Knox Jazz Ensemble won collegiate jazz festivals at Western Illinois... Read More

Elizabeth Pastor Elizabeth Pastor
Professor Emeritus, Trustees Professor of Music

Elizabeth Pastor is an outstanding pianist, educator and community leader with a distinguished history at Ashland University and in the music community. Elizabeth received her artist’s diploma at the age of eighteen from Boston’s Longy School of Music. She studied piano with Boris Goldovsky, Carl Frieberg, Beryl Rubinstein and Arthur Loesser. She made her debut at Town Hall, New York and has made solo appearances... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Ashland University He joined the faculty in 1986, and teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz. 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

Cathy Rowland 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.  

Stephanie Sikora Stephanie Sikora
Professor of Voice/Opera
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 22nd year as head of the voice area in the department of music at Ashland University where she teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers and Opera Workshop. She has sung over 100 performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, as well as... Read More