Ashley Nicole Powers
Ashley is a soprano and harpist in Baltimore, Maryland. She has studied voice with Carol Westcott at The Voice Within Studio in Baltimore, Maryland, and has studied harp with Lori Flemming Peters in her private studio in Parkville, Maryland. Ashley is proud to be a part of the distinctive lineage of Salzedo harpists begun by the world-class harpist and composer Carlos Salzedo.
Ashley’s musical interest began to grow as she participated in community musical theater at a young age. Since then, she has branched out and sampled every genre that caught her interest, and is pleased to claim a diverse range of expertise, from jazz vocals to medieval harp. Ashley delights in paying tribute to the classics as well as covering modern pop, and especially loves to apply her colorful musical background to current projects to create a harmonious fusion of passion, discipline, and innovation.
Ashley has enjoyed experiences in pit orchestras, cathedral choirs, harp ensembles, a cappella groups, and Christian worship bands, as well as solo work. Ashley’s vocal experience began with a children’s production of The Princess and the Pea, and her harp career was started in a high school orchestra, with a performance of movements four and five of Mahler’s Second Symphony. From that initial moment of walking into an audition at age five in a t-shirt, to the first time sitting down behind a harp in a formal dress in front of an audience of hundreds, Ashley has always met challenges and new experiences with determination and exhilaration.
Ashley performs with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra in Harford County, Maryland, and has been a guest artist with the D.C. Concert Orchestra in Washington D.C. She is a cantor at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, and is active in the parish community of St. Isaac Jogues in Parkville, where she directs and leads a youth worship ensemble for weekly services.