AU Music Presents Several Student Recitals and Faculty Recital in January

AU Music Presents Several Student Recitals and Faculty Recital in January

1/15/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Department of Music at Ashland University presents several student recitals and a faculty recital in January featuring vocalists, a percussionist and organist. All of the recitals are free and open to the public. 

The student recitals are held in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arts & Humanities Building), and the faculty organ recital is slated for the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel.

The student recitals begin on Thursday, Jan. 24. at 7:30 p.m. with a junior recital by soprano Kathryn Mounts. She will perform with pianist Deb Logan and fellow soprano Erin Lingenfelter including classical pieces from Rossini, Shubert and Debussy to contemporary works by Ricky Ian Gordon and Stephen Schwartz. Mounts is a graduate of Ashland High School and is a musical theatre and vocal performance major studying privately with vocal instructor Denise Howell. 

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m., soprano Katie Vargo will perform her senior recital with pianists Pavlina Draganova and Kyle Gould, and Maggie Rickard on oboe.  Vargo is a music education major and studies privately with vocal instructor Dione Bennett. She graduated from Riverside High School in Painesville, Ohio. 

At 4 p.m. on Jan. 27, University organist and instructor of music Dr. Timothy Guenther will perform a faculty recital on organ and harpsichord in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. In addition to serving as the University Organist since 1996, Dr. Guenther also 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, the University of Alabama, and The American Conservatory of Music. He frequently performs as keyboardist for both the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he currently serves as organist and director of music ministry at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbus. He is active professionally in the American Guild of Organists, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Hymn Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Reed Organ Society, the American Theatre Organ Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also performs regularly on the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.

Also on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m., percussionist Matthew Dawson will present his senior recital. Dawson is from Perrysville, Ohio, and is a graduate of Lexington High School. He is a music education major studying privately with percussion instructor Jeff Neitzke.

As a special note about the February recitals, patrons should change their calendars for Thomas Reed's faculty recital, which was originally slated for Sunday, Feb. 3.  Since that is Super Bowl Sunday, the recital has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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 ( 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.

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