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Biography

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Violinist Ashley Rewolinski is an active soloist and orchestral musician based out of the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas.  Ashley can be seen performing with the symphonies of Kenosha, Racine, Fox Valley (Wisconsin), and Festival City (Milwaukee).  She performs regularly with national touring acts in arenas across the midwest with artists such as Josh Groban, Il Volo, and Michael Bublé.  Not afraid to step out of the classical genre and into the flames (literally!), she has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Disturbed. 

Ashley has quickly become a highly sought after electric violinist, performing for weddings, corporate, and other private events. She proudly plays a custom made 5 string 3Dvarius and loves exploring new repertoire on this unique instrument. 

In May 2021, Ashley was selected as the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director - the first in the orchestra's history. Ashley caught the "arts admin bug" when the Coronavirus pandemic hit  putting the future of local performing arts organizations at risk. The pandemic inspired her to create innovative virtual fundraising campaigns and has raised over $25,000 for non-profit performing arts organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin.  

 

In October  2022, her work as a violinist and arts administrator was recognized by Kettle Moraine High School (her alma mater) as a Trailblazer Hall of Fame Inductee.

Her passion for pencils (Blackwing, specifically) has led Ashley to serve as Orchestra Librarian for many orchestras throughout the state of Wisconsin. She began her career in Orchestra Librarianship with the Wisconsin Philharmonic where she worked as Librarian & Personnel Manager from 2018-2020. Shortly after diving into this unique field of work, she quickly found a passion for it and was eagerly looking for more opportunities to share her passion for Librarianship.  In 2019, she attended her first Major Orchestra Librarian’s Association annual conference and was extremely proud to be the librarian that got the Wisconsin Philharmonic voted in as a member organization. In 2020, she was selected as a Music Library Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. While the program went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was honored to work with the librarians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in weekly mentoring sessions.Her pencils have taken her to the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Racine Symphony, Kenosha Symphony, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

As an opera musician, Ashley has spent numerous summers in Miami as an opera orchestra fellow for the Miami Music Festival. In Miami, she has worked with conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, among others. Notable MMF performances include Act II of Die Walküre directed by Antoine Wagner, the great great grandson of Richard Wagner (2018), Dead Man Walking with composer Jake Heggie present (2017) and the debut performance of the Miami Wagner Institute including excerpts from Die Walkure with Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde (2016).  

Ashley had the unique experience of being Miss New Berlin 2016, a local title within the Miss America Organization. Her personal platform as Miss New Berlin was Music Matters! – a movement to make music accessible for all. During her year as Miss New Berlin, she made over 105 appearances, totaling over 250 hours of service. With her platform, she traveled to many schools throughout Waukesha county giving master classes and music presentations to over 1,000 students.Even though she no longer has the crown, she is still inspiring students with her music.  ​

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance Summa cum Laude from North Park University, and her Master of Music in Violin Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. She has participated in the 2011, 2013, 2015,  2017 and 2019  Starling-DeLay Violin Symposia on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School.  While at North Park, she appeared as a frequent soloist with the North Park University Symphony where she held the concertmaster chair for four years. Her solo performances with the NPU Symphony included: Otono Porteno from Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Bach's Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe with Naomi Bensdorf-Frisch, and Louis Spohr's Violin Concerto no. 8 in a minor.  She has also appeared as a soloist with the North Park Chamber Soloists performing numerous Vivaldi concerti including Summer from the Four Seasons, and the Concerto for Three Violins where she collaborated with David Yonan.

Last Revised: October 2022

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