AU Music Presents Several Recitals in April

AU Music Presents Several Recitals in April
Members of the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra pose for a photograph in the Student Center.

4/6/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Department of Music at Ashland University announces numerous recitals to close the spring semester including a senior flute recital, a concert from the a cappella ensemble Surround Sound, student ensembles recital, Jazz at the Nest and the spring honors recital. All of the recitals are free and open to the public and are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall with the exception of Jazz at the Nest, which is held in the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.

On Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m., music education major DR Haught will present his senior recital assisted by pianist Susan Gregg along with fellow flutists Jane Berkner, Emily Minns and Devyn Renninger. His program of classic and contemporary pieces will include Greg Pattillo's Three Beats for Beatbox Flute. DR is a graduate of Wooster High School and he studies privately with Jane Berkner.

The student-led a cappella ensemble Surround Sound presents its annual concert on Sunday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature a variety of popular tunes including “When I'm Gone” and “The Cup Song” from “Pitch Perfect,” selections from Katy Perry, Boys II Men, Cold Play, several arrangements by the Pentatonix and more. Ensemble members include Ashland residents Cory Turpin, Ruth Chilcote and Danny Lawson along with Emily Sparks (Plymouth), Hayden Coey (Greenwich), DR Haught (Wooster), Seth Morrison (Millersburg), Julie Bontempo (North Olmsted), Karissa Magnacca (Wadsworth), Eryn Tramel (Medina) and Deric Dove (Newark).

Several student instrumental ensembles will present a student ensembles recital on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.  Ensembles range from woodwinds to strings, percussion and brass.

On Tuesday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Scott Garlock will conduct the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra for its final concert of the year at the Eagles’ Nest in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center.  Audience members are welcome to grab a snack, enjoy a beverage and relax to the live music of AUJO at the Nest. Members of the AU Jazz Orchestra include vocalist Fatima Imani Smith and saxophonists Michael Byndas, Jason Wolf, Derek Rangel, Jessie Barnhouse and Shayne Smith. The brass section includes trombonists Jaylynn Buchmelter, Frank Stanek and Chadwick Applegate along with Hannah Phillips, Alex Sandwisch, Nick Psota and Tyler McFarland on trumpet. The rhythm section is comprised of DR Haught, guitar; Ben Bushong, bass; and Dan Shade, drums.

The final recital in April features the best of Spring 2015 at the Honors Recital on Monday, April 27, at 7:30p.m. Students who accomplished exceptional musical work during the semester will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as selected by their private teachers.

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

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