Ashley Schmidt is a first-year master's student at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She grew up in Southern California and was tricked into learning the horn by her best friend during Christmas 2003. While earning her bachelor of music degree from the University of Redlands, Ashley performed with numerous ensembles in the Southern California region, including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Jon Robertson, the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra under Maestro Maxim Eshkenazy, and the University of California, Riverside Orchestras under Dr. Ruth Charloff. Ashley has studied with Laura Brenes, Dr. Annie Bosler, and Franz Söllner.
During her first semester at IU, Ashley had the honor of performing with pianist André Watts and masetros David Effron and Arthur Fagen in the IU Philharmonic Orchestra. She is thrilled to be studying with Richard Seraphinoff on natural horn, as well as seven visiting modern horn professors while Jeff Nelsen is on sabbatical. They are Roger Kaza, Elizabeth Freimuth, Martin Hackleman, Alex Shuhan, Tom Sherwood, Luca Benucci and David Griffin.
Notwithstanding this unique learning opportunity, Ashley cannot wait to begin her fearless training with Jeff Nelsen in January 2014. During her free time, Ashley loves to eat great food and watch her favorite Chinese TV series trilogy, "The Legend of the Condor Heroes."