Dr. Ashley S.

Viola, Violin, Strings Instruments Teacher

A Texas native, Dr. Ashley S. recently completed her DMA in viola performance through the University of North Texas. She earned MM from UNT (2011) and BM from Sam Houston State University (2009) and her primary teachers include Susan Dubois, Cynthia Roberts, Paul Leenhouts, and Lisa Burrell. While living in North Texas, she performed frequently with regional symphony and theater orchestras. In addition to modern viola engagements, she also participated regularly with various Baroque ensembles including Dallas Bach Society, Denton Bach Society Players, La Novella Baroque, La Follia (Austin), and the Orchestra of New Spain.  Through her Baroque experience, Ms. Ashely S. has participated in the Victoria Bach Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Cervantino Festival of Mexico, and Siglo d'Oro Festival in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Salinas currently performs with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Long Beach/Los Angeles and Concerto NoHo of North Hollywood. 


Dr. S. has also participated in various summer chamber music festivals including Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Marian Anderson String Quartet’s Chamber Music Institute, and Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary.  During her undergraduate studies, her string quartet was selected to perform a concert tour in China and Mexico and she also featured as a soloist with the SHSU Chamber Orchestra and Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble in 2008. Pursuing chamber music as both a violist and violinist has not only allowed her the opportunity to travel abroad (China 2007, Mexico 2008 and 2012), but has also greatly enhanced research interests in the availability of standard and non-standard literature in our digital world.


From 2006-2009, she served as Coordinator/Conductor of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra where she assisted in the expansion of the program to three orchestras and established a solo and chamber music component for advanced students. Dr. Ashely S. was awarded a Teaching Fellowship teaching undergraduate string classes at UNT and also maintained a private studio in the Dallas area until moving to Los Angeles in May 2016. After moving to California, she taught for Esperanza Azteca Orchestra Los Angeles (EALA) as the Beginning Strings Instructor, assisting other teachers and staff with several elements of the program, such as leading sectionals, coaching the string orchestra, and event planning. Her primary objective was to create a working strings curriculum that aimed to provide a sustainable recruiting system, in which new students were incorporated into the full orchestra within four to six months of beginning their musical training. In addition to teaching music fundamentals and instrumental techniques, she also helped to promote EALA’s core values – teamwork, discipline, loyalty, honesty, excellence, and respect – in encouraging those students to impact their diverse home communities. 


Dr. Ashley's teaching philosophy highlights identifying each student’s individual needs for successful short- and long-term goal planning, exposure to classical and non-classical genres, and understanding the physical and emotional elements involved with learning music in a holistic manner. Her experience as a performer has trained Dr. S. to ensure the highest quality instruction for each student. Although her degrees have focused on performance, she have maintained a strong commitment to current and historical research, as well as string instrument pedagogy. Her dissertation pertains to the non-compositional reasons (i.e. race, gender, religious affiliation, etc.) which have resulted in the omission of lesser-known composers within twentieth-century standard repertoire.