Invitational High School Choral Festival Slated for Nov. 17

10/30/12 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Department of Music at Ashland University is hosting its annual Invitational High School Choral Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17, which culminates in a public concert at 3:45 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

Three Ohio high schools will engage in a day of musical and educational activities led by Dr. Rowland Blackley, professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, and Dr. Marla Butke, associate professor of music and coordinator of music education at Ashland University.

Participating choirs include Loudonville High School directed by Michael Snyder, Coventry High School (Akron) directed by Julie Strebler-Renner, and Lutheran West (Rocky River) directed by Ronald Muth. For the public concert, musical selections will be performed by each high school choir followed by a combined piece performed by all of the choirs and the Ashland University Choir.

For more information about the music department or the choral festival, 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.