Ashlee is a dynamic pianist and educator who spends a good portion of her days helping people find the excitement, interest, passion, fun, and life force in music. She believes that music has the power to bring people together to recognize our shared humanity, if we let it.
Ashlee’s goal is to make classical music a less restrictive and exclusive space. This was the founding idea behind The Connection Experiment---a concert series that Ashlee co founded alongside her colleague, Stephanie Cooke. The concert series aims to connect performers and audiences to the music and each other by keeping the focus on human themes, emotion, education and connection. Ashlee and Stehanie plan to begin offering group piano classes through The Connection Experiment in 2021, and a podcast is also in the works.
In the fall of 2020, Ashlee 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 composers and piano works forgotten by a history dominated by white men. A Seat at the Piano promotes and advocates for the inclusion, study, and performance of a more equitably representative body of piano works.
Ashlee has an extensive background in performance and competitions. She has placed 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. She has performed at the Kennedy Center as well as Carnegie Hall. She currently resides in Oregon, where she performs, teaches her private studio, gives workshops, and is the piano head at Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus.