Violinist Ashley Odom enjoys a varied musical career – from playing chamber music in Rome, Italy to performing in Carnegie Hall. Ashley joined the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 2022 and has played regularly with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2019. She has performed in the Greenville, Akron, Canton, and Charleston Symphony Orchestras; and under the batons of Robert Spano, Yoel Levi, and Larry Rachleff.
Recent festival engagements include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sarasota Music Festival, Rome (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, and Nashville Chamber Music Society. Ashley can be heard on Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label album “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra.”
For the last two years, Ashley has maintained a full teaching studio at North Atlanta Talent Education. She is registered to teach Suzuki Books 1-10 and served as Pedagogy Assistant for Kimberly Meier-Sims.
Ashley received her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While at CIM, Ashley held the role of Artist in Residence at Judson Manor in Cleveland, OH. She lived within a retirement community and gave frequent recitals in exchange for housing. Her next-door neighbor was 100 years old!
Ashley graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Music from the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University where she also studied in the Great Books program. Primary teachers include Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler and Stephen Majeske. Other influential instructors include Alex Kerr, David Halen, and David Kim.
Ashley lives with her husband Aaron Odom and their fluffy cats.