Jazz at the Nest, Spring Honors & Student Ensemble Recitals Announced

Jazz at the Nest, Spring Honors & Student Ensemble Recitals Announced

4/10/19 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Department of Music at Ashland University will host a variety of recitals to close the 2019 spring semester including Jazz at the Nest, the semi-annual Honors Recital showcasing the exceptional work by selected vocalists and instrumentalists, and a small ensembles recital that will feature brass, string and woodwind ensembles as well as a jazz combo. All of the concerts are free and open to the public. 

The best of Spring 2019 will be showcased at the Honors Recital on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Students who accomplished exceptional musical work during the semester will showcase their vocal and instrumental talents as selected by their private teachers. Performers will include vocalists Michael Cowan, Maggie George, Alli Lange, Maya Rickard and Rebecca Young; while instrumentalists are Kailyn Buyok (violin), Ariane Hill (flute), Jed McFadden (piano), Jacob Moses (clarinet), Christine Shelton (piano) and Eric Watts (composer, tuba).

On Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Eagles’ Nest located in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will perform in a club-like atmosphere where audience members can grab a snack, enjoy a beverage and relax to the live music. The Monday Madness Jazz Combo will provide pre-concert music beginning at 7 p.m. with Michaela Wood (flute), Jared Metz (saxophone), Alex Kwan (piano), Torin Dunn (guitar), and Molly Willard (drums).

AUJO’s portion of the program will offer an eclectic mix of old and new arrangements including Belly Roll by Quincy Jones, Wind Machine by Sammy Nestico, The Chicken by Pee Wee Ellis, Backyard Blues by Matt Harris, Big Dipper by Thad Jones and many more. 

The AUJO roster includes saxophonists Michael Spalding, Jacob Moses, Lauren DeBracy, Erika Wright and Ariane Hill; Nick Lawwill, Branden Barber, Jennifer Wigton and Nathan Roblin on trumpet; trombonists Satch Garlock, Frank Stanek, Eric Watts and Emily Schordock on horn; while the rhythm section consists of Alex Trotter on piano, Emily Ebert on bass, Molly Willard on drums and vocalist Gracie Fumic.

On Tuesday, April 23, at 8 p.m., several student ensembles will perform in a joint recital including a jazz combo, woodwind, brass and string ensembles under the direction of Dr. Thomas Reed, Joseph Lewis Jr., and Jane Reed, respectively.

For more information about the music department and a full events schedule, visit the Web site at www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, 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 (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###