Ashland University Music Department Presenting Several Recitals in January

1/5/11 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University begins the spring semester in January with several student and faculty recitals that will be held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall, and are free and open to the public.

The semester kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. with an honors recital featuring performances from the department's student musicians who accomplished exceptional work in the fall semester.

On Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., trombonist John Grimm presents his senior recital accompanied by Megan Barth. A native of Dublin, Ohio, John is a music education major.

Fellow senior trombonist Christopher Simmons performs his senior recital on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. Accompanied by Megan Barth, his guest performers include trombonists John Grimm, James Slike and Associate Professor of Music Scott Garlock along with percussionist Aaron Hill.  Christopher is an instrumental music education major and 2007 graduate of Catholic Central High School in Steubenville, Ohio.

January's performances conclude on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a faculty chamber music recital featuring soprano and Associate Professor of Voice Stephanie Sikora. Pavlina Draganova will accompany the recital on piano while several fellow faculty members assist, including Jane Berkner, flute; Stephen Aron, guitar; and Scott Garlock, trombone.

Sikora 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 on Tour, as well as appearing in Cleveland Opera's main stage productions of "The Merry Widow," "Hansel and Gretel," "Mikado," and "Die Fledermaus."

She has been a guest soloist on four occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Festival, including "An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan," under the baton of Robert Page; "Bernstein's Broadway," conducted by Leonard Slatkin, and most recently in July 2000, the world premiere of "Song in Sorrow" by Augusta Reed Thomas, conducted by Jahja Ling, commemorating the Kent State University 1970 uprising.

Recent engagements have included the soprano soloist in Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Mansfield Symphony in May 2007, a "Spring Forward for Opera" concert in Lewiston N.Y., and performances in Paris, Nice, and Frejus France of Bach's Kaffee Kantate with the Association pour le Developpment de la Musique Baroque in June 2007.

For more information about these recitals, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.