Music Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS/Performing Arts Publicity & Events
149 CFA, 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

Amanda Bekeny, Trumpet

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

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

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

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, 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
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

Pavlina Draganova, Staff Accompanist

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

Dr. Christina Fuhrmann

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. Her research focuses on theater music and imported opera in early nineteenth-century... Read More

Dr. Scott Garlock

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

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, 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, Voice

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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, Percussion

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

209, Center for the Arts
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