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Biography of a SingingActor

Ashlyn Rock is a soprano classical vocalist. She was born in Boulder, Colorado, and moved at a young age to California and across the country to the East Coast where she currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sterling, Virginia. Ashlyn started her undergraduate as an English major but was compelled to take voice lessons her sophomore year under the instruction Grammy award-winning tenor John Aler. She completed a Bachelor of Music with an English minor, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦΒΚ), America's oldest and most prestigious honor society. She finds opera and art song contain the poetry and prose she loves in English, and believes classical music is the perfect pairing of her two major passions.

Ashlyn performed at La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy (2017), Reykjavik, Iceland at the Hallgrímskirkja and the Grafarvogskirkja (2018), and in Berlin, Germany (2019). She has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in choirs with John Rutter (2015) and in 2019 where she covered the soprano solo to Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living.

 

Ashlyn graduated summa cum laude with her Masters at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with William McGraw and Thomas Baresel. She completes her Artist Diploma at CCM with Amy Johnson in May of 2024. Ashlyn has also studied with Ruth Falcon, Danielle Talamantes, and Elizabeth Daniels.
 

Her awards and honors include: Judges Special Award and Finalist, Partners for the Arts Competition (2023); First Prize, DC Chapter, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Vocal Awards, National Society of Arts and Letters (2023); 3rd place Washington, DC Chapter, Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Vocal Awards, NSAL (2020); 3rd place Sue Goetz Ross Friday Morning Music Club Competition (spring 2019); Honors and 3rd place, National Association of Teachers of Singing State Competitions (NATS 2015-16).

 

Roles include Celia (Iolanthe), The Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), chorus in G.C. Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Emmie (Albert Herring), and the title role in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. She has covered and role studied La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Monica (The Medium), and High Priestess (Aida). She has also sung Marie Celeste/Duchess Christina in Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. In 2022, Ashlyn performed in Cincinnati Opera's Aida. More recently, Ashlyn performed as Sister Constance de St. Denis (Dialogues des Carmélites), Miss Lightfoot (Fellow Travelers), and Micaëla (Carmen) with Bel Cantanti Opera. She recently sang John Mackey's Songs from the End of the World  for soprano and wind symphony and coached the piece with John during his residency in Cincinnati. 

With years of experience, Ashlyn teaches private voice lessons. When she is not studying music, Ashlyn enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, biking, writing poems and working on publishing her own book.
 

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