Music Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS/Performing Arts Publicity & Events
149 CFA, Center for the Arts
419.289.5950
tapplega@ashland.edu
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

208, Center for the Arts
419.289.5114
rblackle@ashland.edu
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the university choir, chamber singers and 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 bands throughout his... Read More

Dr. Marla Butke

103, Center for the Arts
419.289.5140
mbutke@ashland.edu
Dr. Marla Butke is associate professor of music at Ashland University and serves as the coordinator of music education. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, a master’s degree in music education from Wright State University and a doctorate in music education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Butke has taught general and choral music in public and private schools in Dayton and... Read More

Dr. Christina Fuhrmann

207, Center for the Arts
419.289.5648
cfuhrman@ashland.edu
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. Her research focuses on theater music and imported opera in early nineteenth-century... Read More

Dr. Scott Garlock

104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134
sgarlock@ashland.edu
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

209, Center for the Arts
419.289.5116
epastor@ashland.edu
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
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu
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

Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
crowlan1@ashland.edu
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
419.289.5132
lsalvo@ashland.edu
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
419.289.5108
asanchez@ashland.edu
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

Stephanie Sikora

205, Center for the Arts
419.289.5128
ssikora@ashland.edu
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