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All Ashland University Music majors and minors are asked to...Read more
For all Ashland University students regardless of your major, Fall...Read more
Ashland University Department of Music presents a junior recital featuring...Read more

Department News

Ashland Area Chorus Accepting New Members

Entering its eighteenth season, the Ashland Area Chorus (AAC) is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is… Read more

Ashland Area Chorus Invites Locals to Sing in Abbreviated Summer Session

The Ashland Area Chorus, a non-auditioned mixed choir of 40-60 participants, invites local singers to join them for the short summer session and to perform… Read more

AU Choirs Touring Northern Ohio, WV and DC

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Ashland University alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend an upcoming concert of the Ashland University Choir and Chamber Singers as they travel close… Read more

Faculty Spotlight

Tricia Applegate
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...Read more

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Music at Ashland University

Whether you want to study music as a major or minor, or continue your involvement in music by performing in an excellent ensemble, the Ashland University department of music offers you many opportunities.

Degree Programs

We also offer music as a minor, to serve as a complement to other majors, especially theatre. For more information on Ashland's Music Theatre program, see the Department of Theatre's website.

Our Strengths

  • Outstanding, dedicated artist-teachers and scholars who encourage and inspire excellence and emphasize an accent on the individual.

  • Small class sizes and individual attention with an environment which is both challenging and supportive. The right combination for success.

  • Fine ensembles that are an active part of campus life and include both music majors and non-majors performing concerts on campus and touring regionally each year with regular tours abroad.

  • Events outside the classroom: domestic and international tours, visiting guest artist recitals, student field trips to hear performances by internationally renowned musicians, professional conference attendance.

  • Accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Visit the Department of Music

  • Prospective students can easily arrange to visit classes, have a lesson and attend rehearsals.

  • Email Cathy Rowland at to make an appointment for your visit.

  • The Office of Admission offers extensive information about the university and campus tours. Click here for more.

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