I’m from Georgia (with just a hint of a southern accent).
Music has always been a part of my life. Those early experiences singing in children’s choirs, organizing and directing musical ensembles with my brothers and sister, and volunteering in my church’s music program inspired me to become a church musician and music educator.
I’ve served churches in Georgia, Massachusetts, and New York and gained lots of valuable experience in worship planning, directing and accompanying adult and children’s choirs, directing handbells, and providing organ and piano music in worship. I also have several years of teaching experience in community music schools, private studio settings, and at the college level. I love creating new opportunities for music education, finding ways to make music more accessible, and cultivating engaging worship experiences for all ages.
I currently serve as Director of Worship Arts at the United Church of Pittsford and teach piano at the Harley School. I live in Rochester, NY with my husband, Steve (also a musician) and our rescue dog, Rory.
A music educator, pianist, and church musician, Ashley received her B.A. in Music from the University of Georgia and completed an M.M. and Ph.D. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She also received the Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership. Currently, Ashley works as a church musician and piano teacher in Rochester, NY.
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