Ashley Hall is an internationally renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. From small rural villages in the developing world to grand concert halls, both personally and professionally Ashley has engaged in her passion for building community and inviting people into the experience of music as a tool for connection. Ashley served as the Interim Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 2016-2017, and has held collegiate teaching positions at St. Olaf College and the University of Dayton. With vast experience in Arts Education, Ashley served on the board of directors for the Rochester Symphony (MN), helping the Symphony reimagine its Educational Outreach programming. In collaboration with the Dayton Arts Institute, she and her husband developed “Art and Music: Making the Connection”—an educational program helping students to see the connections between visual art and music as they evolved over time. As the principal trumpet of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Ashley has been an integral part of the strategic planning for the highly successful Summermusik Festival. Through her most recent efforts featuring cross-discipline artistic collaborations in untraditional performance spaces that connect across sectors, she has seen the ability of the arts to transform communities in tangible ways. She has soloed with numerous brass bands, orchestras, and wind ensembles, and continues to present solo recitals in her relational, informal style.
Ashley resides in Boston, MA with her husband Nathan and two small children, Morgan and Kevin. She is currently the Manager of Career Coaching and serves on the trumpet faculty at the Longy School of Music. Ashley combines her passion for whole-person development with a methodical approach to trumpet improvement. Her teaching on respiratory mechanics, strategic practice planning, upper register development, and her personal stories of growth make her one of the most sought-after guest clinicians and educators on the trumpet.