I’m Ashlee and I am pianist and educator who leads people to find the excitement, passion and life force in music. I believe that music has the power to bring people together to recognize our shared humanity, if we let it. I support students in many ways including: one on one private lessons, group courses for adults, and through my YouTube Channel. My goal is to make classical music a less restrictive and exclusive space. This was the idea behind Connection Experiment﹘originally a concert series that I co-founded with my colleague, Stephanie Cooke. The concert series connects performers and audiences to music and each other by keeping the focus on humanity, emotion and education. Stephanie and I have expanded Connection Experiment and now offer group courses for adults as well as many pre recorded course options.
In the fall of 2020, I joined a group of like-minded pianists to work on a project titled, A Seat at the Piano﹘an advocacy group with a searchable database of piano works by composers forgotten in a history dominated by white men. A Seat at the Piano advocates for the inclusion, study, and performance of this more representative body of piano works.
I have an extensive background in performance and competitions. I haveplaced in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition, the Liberace Piano Competition, the VSA Arts International Young Soloist Award, the Coeur D’Alene Young Artist Competition, the Montana Association of Symphony Orchestras Competition, the State and Divisional Levels of the Music Teachers National Association, and went on to be one of only seven in the country to make it to the national level of the competition. I have performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.