Ashland University Music Presents Several Student Recitals in November

10/24/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Department of Music at Ashland University is presenting a full slate of student recitals in November including senior and junior recitals as well as student ensemble performances. All of the student recitals are free and open to the public and are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building).

The student recitals begin on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. with a senior recital by Margaret Rickard on oboe. She will be accompanied by pianist Pavlina Draganova and joined by guest musician Margaret Couts on oboe. Couts is a graduate of Cloverleaf High School (Lodi, OH), and is an instrumental music education major studying privately with oboist Andria Hoy.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m., clarinetists Alex VanScoy and Katie Stone will present a joint junior recital. They will be accompanied by pianist Pavlina Draganova and joined by guest clarinetists Robin Wolf and Janet Ankomah. VanScoy and Stone are music education majors and both study privately with Music Professor Thomas Reed. VanScoy graduated from Huron High School (Huron, OH) and Stone graduated from Riverview High School (Sarasota, FL).

Also on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Janet Ankomah will perform her senior recital on clarinet. She will be accompanied by pianist Pavlina Draganova and joined by her applied Music Professor Thomas Reed on bass clarinet, and clarinetists Robin Wolf, Alex VanScoy and Katie Stone. Ankomah is a native of Erie, Pa., and a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School studying music education with an instrumental emphasis.

The Jazz combos and percussion ensemble will present a student ensembles recital on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of instructors Jeff Neitzke and Ashley Summers, these  ensembles will perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary pieces.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., the student chamber ensembles will each perform a selection of chamber music. The ensembles include the brass under the direction of Michael Metcalf, clarinets with Music Professor Thomas Reed, flutes with Jane Berkner and strings with Jane Reed.

The last student recital for the month is a senior recital with oboist Margaret Couts on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. She will be accompanied by pianist Pavlina Draganova and joined by guest musician Margaret Rickard, English horn. A graduate of Delaware Hayes High School (Delaware, OH), Couts is an instrumental music education major studying privately with Andria Hoy.

For more information about the music department and a full events schedule, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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.