Ashley Cooper is a tenured member of the First Violin sections in the Austin Symphony and Austin Lyric Opera orchestras. Mrs. Cooper received a Master of Music degree from Rice University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers include Aaron Berofsky, Yehonatan Berick, Sergiu Luca, and Kenneth Goldsmith. She enjoys a multifaceted career that allows her to share her passion for music with children and adults alike.
An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with Austin Eurythmy Ensemble, Austin Chamber Ensemble, Austin Chamber Music Center, Artisan String Quartet, Classical Music for the World, Round Rock Symphony Chamber Music, and Da Camera of Houston. Some of the recording projects Ashley has been a part of include: Film Soundtracks to The Vessel and The Knight of the Cups, Austin Stone Church’s “The Reveille Vol. II”, Kensington Community Church’s “Open Wide”, Son of Adam’s “Waiting for the Radio”, and the Grammy Award Winning CD: William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience.”
Ashley Cooper previously held positions as Instructor of Violin at Texas Lutheran University and Adjunct Professor of Violin at Concordia University. She has taught and performed at numerous music festivals, including Austin City Limits, SXSW, Victoria Bach Festival (TX), Mozart Festival (TX), Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival (VA), Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp (MA), and PhoenixPhest Chamber Music Festival (MI).
When she’s not playing or teaching, Ashley enjoys family time with her husband, Joe and their daughter, Abigail.