Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Communications Coord., CAS/Performing Arts Events
149 & 210a, 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

Jane Berkner 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

Dr. Rowland Blackley Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
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 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

Gary Ciulla Gary P. Ciulla
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
419.289.5132
gciulla@ashland.edu
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

Dr. Christina Fuhrmann Dr. Christina Fuhrmann
Professor of Music
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. 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
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

Susan Gregg 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 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 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 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 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

Michael Metcalf 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

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
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

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

Lynette Peffley 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

Dr. Tom Reed Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
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 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

Jane Reed 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

Sandra Ross Sandra Ross
Voice, Opera Scenes Director
205, Center for the Arts
419.289.5128
sross11@ashland.edu
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

Cathy Rowland 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.  

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