Ashley Morgan, soprano, moved to Albuquerque in Fall 2011. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in both Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting at the University of New Mexico. At the university, Ashley performs in the Concert Choir, Recital Choir, and the Opera Theatre ensemble. In December 2011 she performed with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for their winter concert series, and in August 2012 she began singing with the Chancel Choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church, directed by Matthew Greer. Besides performing and attending academic classes, Ashley is a graduate assistant for Brad Ellingboe, Director of Choral Activities at UNM. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Ashley co-directed the Primary Chorus of the UNM Children’s Chorus program, where she aids children in learning and understanding music, as well as advocating the importance of music in a child’s education.
Before she moved from Telford, Pennsylvania, Ms. Morgan received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Messiah College in May 2011. Since the big move to the Land of Enchantment, Ashley has been given the opportunity to perform in The Beautiful Bridegroom as Laurentia, Sonia from The Merry Widow in the UNM Opera Theatre scenes, a nun of Suor Angelica, and the Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute. In April 2013, Ashley was the soprano soloist for Vivaldi’s Gloria in the UNM University Chorus performance of the work. Also, she sang the soprano solo, “Pie Jesu”, from Faure’s Requiem in the 2013 Quintessence Summer Choral Festival.
Upon graduation this coming May, Ashley will be deciding upon teaching, performing, or continuing her education to receive a Doctorate in Vocal Performance.