Biography

Violinist Ashley Rewolinski is an active soloist and orchestral musician based out of the greater Milwaukee and Chicago areas. She has 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.

Ashley is the  Personnel Manager and Music Librarian of the Wisconsin Philharmonic, where she has been a member of the violin section since the beginning of their 2016-2017 season. This summer, she attended the 2019 Major Orchestra Librarian's Annual Conference in Atlanta, where the Wisconsin Philharmonic was voted in as a member of the organization.  While continuing her work with the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Ashley has recently taken on another Personnel Manager position with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra to begin with their 2019-2020 season.  Ashley can be seen performing regularly with the symphonies of Fox Valley (Wisconsin) Kenosha, Festival City (Milwaukee), and Racine, the Bel Canto Chorus & Orchestra, as well as a substitute violinist for the Milwaukee Ballet. She holds the position of Music Director with two ensembles: the Milwaukee School of Engineering Orchestra and the orchestras of Greater Milwaukee El Sistema. 

A passionate opera musician, Ashley spends her 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).  

​​During graduate school, Ashley was chosen as one of the inaugural Lyric Opera University Ambassadors. As an ambassador, she worked closely with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to creatively promote their upcoming productions with students in her university and beyond. Her passion for social media marketing led her to become a Social Media Insider, where she is often invited to preview and live tweet upcoming Lyric productions. See her social media marketing skills in action where she can be found on most social media platforms as @arviolin.

​Ashley often steps out of the classical genre to give some very unique performances.  In August 2014, Ashley worked with fashion designer Timothy Westbrook (Project Runway, Season 12) on a fashion show titled, #HipstersOnSafari where she walked  the runway in a piece from Westbrook's 2014 Gala collection and also provided music for the show performing with DJ Jason Samonik of FAUX NOIR.

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 numerous 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. An active member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic education committee, she has created new education programs to benefit students in Waukesha County including instrument petting zoos, master classes, and a unique presentation giving students a behind the scenes look at an upcoming performance.  ​

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. She has participated in both solo and chamber music master classes given by Gary Levinson, Andres Cardenes, Yuriy Bekker, Joseph Smirnoff, the Ying Quartet, Roger Chase, Mathias Tacke, cellist Hans Jorgen Jensen, pianist Stewart Goodyear, among others.

Last Revised August 2019