Pianist Megan Barth Presents Faculty Recital at Ashland University

10/20/10 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University presents a faculty recital featuring pianist Megan Barth this Sunday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
A native of Mt. Gilead, Ohio, Barth is quickly establishing herself as both a versatile performer and a pedagogue. She recently received her master's of music in piano performance from Kent State University under the tutelage of Donna Lee and Joela Jones, where she was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda for her accomplishments. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Ashland University under Elizabeth Pastor.

As a soloist, Barth has studied and performed in several music festivals throughout the country, including the Brevard Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. She has also participated in master classes for Francisco Alvarez, Spencer Myer, Laura Bossert, Kate Boyd and Victor Santiago Asuncion. As an active chamber musician at Kent State, Barth participated in coachings with members of the Miami String Quartet.  In the spring of 2009, Barth continued her passion for chamber music by becoming a member of the Osud Piano Trio, which performs 20th century and contemporary repertoire in the form of lecture recitals.

As a collaborator, Barth still serves as an active accompanist for students in the vocal, string and woodwind studios at Kent State University. Currently, she also holds the position of adjunct accompanist at Ashland University, specifically for the vocal and low-brass studios. Other collaborative positions include the principal keyboardist of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra, as well as the accompanist for the Ashland University Women's Chorus, the Ashland Symphonic Youth Chorus, the Drop of a Hat Players at Ashland University, and most recently the Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus. Further opportunities include serving as the music director and organist for the First Congregational Church in Ravenna, as well as serving as a pianist for Panache Entertainment in Cleveland.

Apart from performing, Barth is an active pedagogue in both the classical and jazz mediums.  Since the fall of 2007, she has taught Class Piano at KSU and has participated as one of the apprentice teachers in the Teaching Institute Program under Donna Lee and Jerry Wong.  Additional teaching experiences include instructing Adult Class Piano at the Richland Arts Academy in Mansfield, and adjudicating for the Ohio Federation of Music Club competitions.  Currently, Barth is establishing her own piano studios in both the Kent and Ashland areas where she teaches a wide variety for students from preschool through high school grades.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music<http://www.ashland.edu/music> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu<mailto:tapplega@ashland.edu>.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) 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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