Ashland University to host OPCICA honors concert, jazz band performances

01/10/20 ASHLAND, Ohio –The Ashland University Department of Music is honored to host the 2020 Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductors Association Honors Festival, culminating with a free, public concert on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Hugo Young Theatre. The 2020 OPCICA Festival is organized by  association President John Packard of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, along with Ashland University hosts Joseph Lewis and Dr. Scott Garlock.

OPCICA represents the instrumental music programs in Ohio's private colleges and universities, whose primary purpose is sponsoring an annual honors festival. This year's festival will involve 111 student musicians and 25 band directors representing 17 schools including Ashland University, Bluffton University, Case Western Reserve University, The College of Wooster, Defiance College, Heidelberg University, Kenyon College, Malone University, Marietta College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Muskingum University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Northern University, Otterbein University, the University of Findlay, Wittenberg University and Walsh University. 

Participating students have been nominated by their university band directors for their exceptional musicianship. All participating students and directors will arrive on the Ashland University campus on Saturday to rehearse with the OPCICA Honors Concert Band or Honors Jazz Band. The bands will then perform at Sunday afternoon's concert. 

The OPCICA Honors Concert Band will perform  Joyce’s 71st N.Y. Reg’t March (conducted by Joseph Lewis of Ashland University), Early Light (conducted by Roy Couch of Bluffton University), Cloudburst (conducted by Tom Roblee of Walsh University), Divertimento (conducted by Michael Kruger of Notre Dame College), and Danza Final from Estancia (conducted by Chris Schletter of Marietta College). 

The OPCICA Honors Jazz Band's program will include performances of The Star-Spangled Banner, Thinking, Doin' the Things, Tones for Joan's Bones, Armando's Rhumba and Minor Bop II conducted by Jason Wyse of Malone University; Jordan Reed of Marietta College; and Jack Taylor of the University of Findlay.

Ashland University students selected for the honors bands include Emma Graves, flute; Jacob Moses, Matt Roth, Hannah Smigel and Sydney Muller on clarinet; French horn players Jacob Bodnar and Bethany Leggett and Eric Watts, bass trombone.

In addition to the OPCICA honors bands, the Ashland University Symphonic Band will perform as the host ensemble. Its selections include Sousa's Semper Fidelis, the world premiere of Dr. Stefan Swanson's Women of World War II, Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, as well as The Golden Age of the Xylophone featuring guest soloist Elizabeth Procopio.

For more information about the concert, contact Joseph Lewis, Ashland University director of bands, at or 419.289.5132.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply 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. ###