Ashley began her classical music training at age 4. She quickly progressed through the Suzuki repertoire and performed her solo debut at age 7 with the Salt Lake Symphony. At age 14, she was invited by James Glazebrook to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the New River Valley Symphony. Another highlight of her early training was her time spent in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra where she had the opportunity to play under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, Alasdair Neale, and Herbert Blomstedt. She has since performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist throughout Europe, the United States, and parts of Africa.
Her studies have given her the opportunity to play in several orchestras. She served as concertmaster for six of these and also was invited to serve as guest concertmaster for the Nebo Philharmonic for performances of Scheherazade. Her teachers have included Michael and Irina Tseitlin, James Stern, Igor and Vesna Gruppman, Ronda Cole, Jeanne Grover, Monte Belknap, Eugene Gratovich, and Nathan Cole. She holds a BM and an MM in Violin Performance from Brigham Young University. Professionally, she has recorded with the LA East Orchestra in Salt Lake City for clients such as Non-Stop Music, ESPN, and the Today show. She also recorded for the Lord of the Rings Online video games 10th anniversary soundtrack and has worked for several orchestras throughout central and southeast Texas. She also enjoys chamber music and most recently worked for Chamber Music Unlimited and Harmony Strings.
Ashley’s health had slowly been deteriorating since grade school and in 2018 she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness. After her diagnosis, she began receiving medical treatment for her condition and her health is now improving. She is learning to manage life with her disease, exploring new limits, and enjoying the freedom of good days.
In her spare time, Ashley enjoys dancing, decorating, spending time with her family, and composing.