4/27/12 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Dr. Thomas Reed, professor of music, has been named recipient of Ashland University’s second University Excellence in Scholarship Award. Reed was awarded the University Medallion and a check for $5,000 during a Scholarship Luncheon held today. Dr. Reed provided the keynote address at that luncheon.
Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Ashland University, where he has taught in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory and jazz studies. He joined the faculty in 1986.
He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet), Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band, and the Jazz Unit.
He has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield and Ashland symphonies and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra. His clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Akron.
The selection committee for this award was comprised of trustees’ distinguished professors, which included Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, Dr. Jane Piirto, Dr. Dan Lehman, Elizabeth Pastor and Dr. David DeSilva. There were three finalists for the position, which included Dr. Deborah Fleming, professor of English; and Dr. Stephen Haven, professor of English.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, 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.