Ashlyn Rock is a soprano classical vocalist. She was born in Boulder, Colorado, and moved at a young age to California and across the country to the East Coast where she currently resides in Sterling, Virginia. Ashlyn completed her Bachelors in Vocal Performance and a minor in English in the Fall of 2018 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has been quoted as “a lovely young lady with a beautiful soprano voice. She sings with a clear, bright sound and a good feeling for the text. Her language skills are good, and her singing is very expressive and heartfelt. Ashlyn has a wonderful attitude and a very good work ethic. She takes criticism to heart, and she works very hard to improve” (John Aler).
Before Ashlyn came to George Mason, she had not taken voice lessons or was familiar with the classical world of music and vocal studies. She started at Mason as an English major for her love of poetry and prose, but hoped to pursue a duel degree with Music after being inspired from singing in choir all four years of high school. It was not until her sophomore year at Mason did the School of Music fully accept her as a Bachelors in Music in Vocal Performance. Her growth since studying voice has been exponential.
During her first years in Music at GMU, Ashlyn has had the opportunity to study opera and classical voice in the D.C. area and abroad. She studied bel canto singing and performed Italian opera at the La Musica Lirica program in Novafeltria, Italy with Dr. Kathryn Hearden in the summer of 2017. Here she traveled to San Marino and local towns including Rimini, Sant’Agata, and Sant’Arcangelo to perform in Puccini’s La Boheme and Suor Angelica. Ashlyn recently went on a study abroad tour to Reykjavik, Iceland with George Mason’s University Singers to perform at the Hallgrímskirkja and the Grafarvogskirkja Church.
Ashlyn has participated in Master Classes with Metropolitan and internationally renowned Opera singers Danielle Talamantes, Ann Murray, Elizabeth Bishop, and most recently, Charlotte Hellekant. She has placed Honors and 3rd place in her categories at the National Association of Teachers of Singing State Competitions (NATS) and she recently placed 3rd in the 2019 Sue Goetz Ross Friday Morning Music Club Competition. In previous productions of Mason Opera, Ashlyn played the role of Celia in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, The Dew Fairy in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as in Opera Scenes and in G.C. Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. In her last year at George Mason she played the role of Emmie in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring and the title role in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
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