Ashland University Music Majors Present Junior Recitals In February

2/7/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Department of Music at Ashland University presents two junior recitals in February featuring five music majors on a variety of instruments including woodwinds, brass, percussion and a vocalist. Both recitals will be held  in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.  


On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., the junior recital features two woodwinds and a soprano including music education majors Janet Ankomah on clarinet, Maggie Rickard on oboe and soprano Katie Vargo. They will be assisted by pianist Pavlina Draganova, and vocalists Sam Diemer, Jordan Black, Derek Jackenheimer, Matthew Dawson and John Fielding.


Ankomah, a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School (Mansfield, OH), will perform three movements from Melvin Solomon's Etudes to Spring (The Squirrel, The Duck and On the Road and Finale) along with Mozart's Adagio from Concerto for Clarinet, and Gaetano Donizetti's Concerto in B Major. A graduate of Riverside High School (Painesville, OH), Vargo will present a wide range of vocal selections from Mozart's "Un moto di gioja" to Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" and Billy Joel's "Lullaby." Rickard, a graduate of Cloverleaf High School (Lodi, OH), will perform two movements from Benjamin Britton's "Six Metamorphoses after Ovid" as well as Michael Head's "Elegiac Dance" and "Gavotte," and Telemann's Sonata in A minor.


Music education majors Ian Dively, trumpet and Matthew Dawson, percussion are joined by pianist Sue Gregg and the Ashland Trumpets for their junior recital on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m.  A graduate of Berlin Brothersvalley (Berlin, Pa.), Dively will perform Pierre Gabaye's "Boutade," Robert McIver's "Shall We Gather at the River," Giuseppe Torelli's Concerto in D Major, and "Overture in the Forest" by Spencer Johnson.  Dawson is a graduate of Lexington High School (Lexington, OH) and will present "March" from Elliott Carter's Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, William Kraft's "Morris Dance," Tim Huesgen's Triology for Vibraphone, and Michi for Marimba by Keiko Abe.


For more information about the junior recitals, 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 2012, 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.