The Chattanooga Music Teachers Association will host Dr. Bruce Ashton from Southern Adventist University, along with his daughter, Ellen Francisco and grandson, Nathan, in a program about chamber music and the piano on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. Crutcher Pianos, 6223 Lee Highway.
The program, Pipes, Strings, and Keys, is open free of charge to the public. All are welcome.
Dr. Ashton has served the students and community of Southern Adventist University since 1968, primarily as a professor of piano, music theory and music history.
Dr. Ashton holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music from American Conservatory in Chicago. Recognized as a soloist and appreciated as an accompanist, Dr. Ashton is in continuing demand to assist students and support colleagues.
He also directs the 40-voice Master Chorale, an adult choir which regularly presents choral worship services for various local Seventh-day Adventist congregations.
As a composer and arranger, Dr. Ashton has written many works for choir, for wind symphony or for various chamber ensembles. His voice has become familiar to listeners of WSMC as creator and host of the on-going series Gentle Hour of Inspiration, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fridays (repeated each week at 5 p.m. on Saturdays). He and his family organize and operate two chamber music festivals each summer, both for personal enjoyment and to promote the delight of intimate musical fellowship.