Ashlyn is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (with a Bachelor of Music). She shares a glimpse of her musical childhood, and hopes and plans for the future.
What influenced your choice to embark on a musical career? Do you remember the first time you performed in front of an audience?
I have always had a strong interest in singing and music making. From the age of seven I began classical singing lessons and my voice teacher entered me into my first Eisteddfod – I sang ‘Castle on a Cloud’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Les Misérables to my first real audience!
How would you describe your musical journey so far?
I followed an active music schedule throughout high school where I received scholarships in both percussion and voice and was Music Prefect in my final year. At seventeen I moved to Melbourne to pursue further vocal training and completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. After a year of performance training at The Opera Studio Melbourne I then focussed on competitions and furthering my repertoire. I am now at an exciting stage and will be headed for London in just a few short weeks! I am about to commence a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music.
Which role/piece of music have you enjoyed performing most, and why?
Each new piece opens up new opportunity to grow as an artist, this is the beauty of music and singing – it is limitless!
At the moment I am loving working on the piece I will perform for the first time with orchestra at the Joan Carden finals – Mahler’s Ich bin der Welt. I am also working on a lot of oratorio repertoire including Handel, Elgar and Bach which really moves me.
Where do you hope to be in five years?
Europe/UK travelling, amongst friends and family, exploring, creating and enjoying a career in vocal performance!