Ashley Crawford is a junior violin performance major at Shenandoah Conservatory. In 2019, Ashley was the principal second violinist in the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra, and went on to win the senior division of PVYO’s 2019 concerto competition. That same year, she completed two teaching internships with local youth orchestras, ranging from elementary to high school aged students. As a teacher, Ashley had her first private student win an award for most improved string student. Ashley concluded high school having won numerous musical awards and chose to attend Shenandoah Conservatory. As a student at Shenandoah, Ashley has been delving deeper into her studies in orchestral, musical theatre, chamber, and solo repertoire. In 2020 and 2021, she was the principal second violinist in the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and was featured as a soloist in SU’s production of The Last Five Years. She also competed as a finalist in the 2021 North American Virtuoso International Competition, and was awarded a silver medal. Ashley has attended multiple summer music festivals including the Eastern Music Festival, Frostburg’s Summer Music Academy- where she took a fourth place finish in the 2018 Telford International Competition- the National Music Festival in Chestertown, and the National Philharmonic Senior String Institute. Ashley has had masterclasses and coachings with artists such as Tchaikovsky competition winner Eric Silberger and members of the National Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet. Ashley has studied the violin with Jessica Tai, Shu-Ting Yao, Aubrey Holmes, Patrick Shaugnessy, Avi Nagin, and currently studies under Akemi Takayama.
You can find Ashley’s performance here.