Ashley Schmidt '13
Two proud alums helped bring Ashley Schmidt to the University of Redlands.
“I came to Redlands because both my junior high and high school band directors came to Redlands, married each other, and taught me, and they said, 'You're going to Redlands,'" she said. “I fell in love with the school and campus and ended up here.”
The Brea, California native majored in music performance, French horn, and was part of almost every musical ensemble, minus the choirs.
“I was in the Feast of Lights, the operas, and all of the concerts this year,” she said. “We had our first annual wind conducting conference that Dr. [Eddie] Smith hosted, which brought in conductors from all over the country to come hone their craft. It was a real treat, and a lot of work.”
Working with Dr. Smith was a highlight for Schmidt.
“It’s been a real honor to work with Dr. Smith and the wind ensemble,” she said. “He expects nothing but the best from his students, which is why it’s one of the top groups on this campus.”
Schmidt will continue her graduate studies at Indiana University, with the ultimate goal of performing in an orchestra and possibly teaching at the university level. As she prepared to apply for graduate school, she had help from her fellow University of Redlands musicians.
“This year while preparing for grad school auditions, a few seniors gathered and performed together to practice our audition repertoire,” she said. “The sense of professionalism and personal critiques from each other helped us all get into the grad school we wanted.”