Instructor - Voice
Musical Styles: Opera/Classical, Musical
Specialized Skill Levels: All
Affiliations: The American Guild of Musical Artists
Accepting Adult students!
Born in Colorado, Ashlyn moved to California and across country to the East Coast. She started her undergraduate as an English major but was compelled to take voice lessons her sophomore year with John Aler. She completed a Bachelor of Music with an English minor at George Mason University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦΒΚ). She finds opera and art song contain the poetry and prose she loves in English, and believes classical music is the perfect pairing of her two major passions. While at GMU, Ashlyn performed in the D.C. area and abroad in Italy, and Berlin, Germany. She toured Reykjavik, Iceland to perform at the Hallgrímskirkja and Grafarvogskirkja. She performed twice at Carnegie Hall with John Rutter and in Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living.
Ashlyn has studied with Ruth Falcon in New York and with Danielle Talamantes in the DMV area between her degrees. She graduated summa cum laude with her Masters at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with William McGraw and Tom Baresel. There she completed her degree as a full scholarship student and recipient of the Graduate Incentive and Emilie Dieterle Scholarship awards. This Spring she made her debut as Marie Celeste/Duchess Christina in Philip Glass’s Galileo Galilei with CCM Opera, and performed in Cincinnati Opera’s Aida. Currently, Ashlyn is in the Artist Diploma Program in Opera: Vocal Performance at CCM, where she will sing Sister Constance de St. Denis in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites this November, as well as Miss Lightfoot in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers in the spring of 2023.
Teaching Philosophy: “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren
Ashlyn states: As a teacher, I am inspired by all those who have taught me. I hope I can be a vessel to assist in a person’s curious desire to learn something they are passionate and interested in practicing- whether it be a new passion, an old one, or an ingrained part of one’s personal image. I love teaching beginners, intermediate, and advanced students of all ages and walks of life. Whether you are looking to sing for fun, learn a new skill, or are a committed musician, you are welcome in my studio.
Singing lessons are not just about learning music or learning how to sing better. Lessons are a way for you to express yourself emotionally through song and discover parts of yourself and your identity. You should know that lessons are a safe space for you to express your interests, feelings, and emotions. We’re here to explore, to discover, to work, and to play!
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