Ashley Garofalo


Ashley Garofalo

Pianist Ashley Garofalo is active as a collaborator, chamber musician, and studio teacher. A James M. Barnett Jr., Foundation Scholar, Ashley received her B.A. in Music, cum laude from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia. She recently completed an M.M. in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and received the Certificate in Arts Leadership from Eastman's Institute for Music Leadership. Ashley has collaborated with vocalists and instrumentalists in lessons, performances, competitions, and auditions. In her first year of study at Eastman, she participated in two graduate-level trios, accompanied singers for masterclasses with Håkan Hagegård and Tony Arnold, participated in the Women in Music Festival, and premiered a new composition entitled, "Back Lot" for mezzo-soprano, piano and clarinet on the Warren and Pat Benson Forum for Music Creativity. <p>As a writer and lyricist, Ashley's work has been hailed as "stark [and] crystal clear" by The Kansas City Independent. Reflecting on the work, "Green Mountains," The Kansas City Independent wrote, "[the] images of fragrant morning chill and small-town America are something most of us can connect with." Ashley's collaborations with celebrated composer, Steve Danyew have produced several choral works, which have garnered many prestigious awards and received numerous performances in communities across the country. Ashley is the recipient of the Heyward Endowed Music Scholarship, the John and Linda Lyon Van Voorhis Memorial Fellowship, the Hazel M. Goodrum Memorial Scholarship, the Phi Kappa Phi Award, the Presidential Scholarship of Wesleyan College, and the John H. Dorminy Scholarship. She has studied piano, organ, and voice under the direction of Dr. Jean Barr, Edward Eikner, Dr. Evgeny Rivkin, Louise Barfield, Dr. Fletcher Anderson, Dr. Jolene Davis, and Dr. Liana Valente. In past summers, Ashley participated in a 10-day European chamber choir tour with the University of Georgia and Songfest, an international summer art song festival held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. In Europe, Ashley performed as a Soprano soloist, ensemble and chamber choir member in Berlin, Leipzig, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Salzburg, Vienna, Mödling, and Munich with the opportunity to play the organs in the Spitalkirche of Mödling and St. Anna's of Munich. At Songfest, Ashley performed as a Piano Fellow on masterclasses with Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Paul Sperry, John Harbison, Amy Burton, and composer-in-residence, John Musto. Additional experiences include masterclasses with George Shirley, Nadine Whitney, Liana Valente, Norman McLean, and Victor Rosenbaum, and study with Dr. Thomas Schumacher. Recently, Ashley completed two grant-funded internships: one with the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival and one with the Center for Music Innovation of the Institute for Music Leadership at Eastman. Currently a self-employed piano teacher and Director of Music at the First Congregational Church in Westminster, Ashley's interests include: studio teaching, chamber music performance, community music education, and innovative concert programming.

Articles by Ashley Garofalo:

Vision 2020: The Future of Music
October 3, 2019