Bruce Ashton

Professor Emeritus of Musicbruce ashton


Office: Mabel Wood Hall 366
Phone: 423.236.2885


B.Mus., Capital University
M.Mus., American Conservatory of Music
D.MA, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Music in the Christian Church
Orchestration and Arranging
Compositional Techniques


Bruce Ashton retired from Southern Adventist University in 2006, after serving the university for 38 years. Prior to his career at Southern, Dr. Ashton taught at Mount Vernon Academy in Ohio, and Walla Walla College in Washington.

He holds three degrees in Piano Performance: a Bachelor of Music degree from Capital University, a Master of Music degree from American Conservatory of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.

An acclaimed soloist, Dr. Ashton’s repertoire includes concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninoff and Moszkowski.  Dr. Ashton is also a consummate accompanist, and frequently performs with guest artists, colleagues and students in recital.

He is an enthusiastic and accomplished violist, having played with the Southern Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years.

Dr. Ashton is a highly regarded composer and arranger, with numerous choral, chamber, and percussion works to his credit. He has produced many hymn arrangements for diverse instrumental configurations from solo piano through full symphonic band and orchestra.  His “Proclaim His Grace” was selected as the Theme Song for the 2010 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists session in Atlanta, Georgia.

His talents extend to conducting, as well. He has conducted the Master Chorale, a community choir at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, since 1999.

He continues to be an active contributor to the academic life of the School of Music, teaching Music in the Christian Church, Orchestration and Arranging, and Compositional Techniques.