AU Music Recitals Include Thomas Reed's 30th Faculty Recital

AU Music Recitals Include Thomas Reed's 30th Faculty Recital

1/15/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Department of Music at Ashland University has scheduled its January slate of recitals including the celebration of Dr. Thomas Reed’s 30th annual faculty recital, a junior recital featuring two saxophonists and a guest artist recital with mezzo-soprano Sandra Ross.

All of the 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).

Beginning Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the first recital of the year features junior instrumental music education majors and saxophonists Shayne Smith and Jessie Barnhouse as they present their junior recital accompanied by pianist Sue Gregg. Smith is a graduate of Bellevue High School and Barnhouse graduated from Cambridge High School. They both study privately with Dr.Thomas Reed. The concert program will include pieces by Vivaldi, Paladilhe, Telemann, Singlelee and Bencriscutto.

On Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Reed, music department chair and professor of music, celebrates a milestone as he performs his 30th annual faculty recital at Ashland University. His first recital was held on May 9, 1985, when he performed with pianist Jennifer Byers, trumpeter Doug Huey and guitarist Kevin Miller. The following year marked the first of many collaborations with pianist Liz Pastor. Every year after, he designed a new program of music, working with old and new musical acquaintances in a variety of repertoire. 

For his 30th consecutive annual recital, he will perform on clarinet and saxophone with fellow musicians Susan Gregg, piano; and the Ashland Symphony Quartet including Michelle Abraham and Jane Reed, violin; Monica Reineck, viola; and Miles Richardson, cello. The program includes pieces by J. S. Bach, Paul Creston, Astor Piazzolla and W. A. Mozart's Quintet.

The final recital in January presents vocal guest artist, mezzo-soprano Sandra Ross on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. She joins pianist Emily Grabinski to perform a concert of Debussy, Dvorak, Ives and Weill.

Ross has appeared with numerous opera companies including the Cincinnati Opera, Opera North, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Sorg Opera and most recently with the Ohio Light Opera. Internationally, she appeared as Madame Giry in the German production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. On the concert stage, Ross has appeared as mezzo-soprano soloist in L.v. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Alexander Nevsky, W.A. Mozart Requiem and the Antonio Vivaldi Gloria as well as others.

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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