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Ashley Jackson


Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic range, harpist Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career as a highly sought-after musician and collaborator in New York and beyond.

As an orchestral harpist, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, the Qatar Philharmonic, and is the principal harpist of NOVUS NY, the contemporary music orchestra of Trinity Wall Street led by Grammy-nominated conductor Julian Wachner.

Ms. Jackson has appeared on stages in New York and around the world including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Park Avenue Armory, Sala São Paulo, Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China.

As a passionate advocate for developing new works within the classical music genre and across artistic disciplines, Ms. Jackson has premiered works by Timo Andres, Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Peri Mauer, Danielle Eva Schwob, and Nina Young.  She also premiered a mixed-medium immersive performance curated by Roya Sachs titled What Did Freud Dream About,  performed at New York Fashion Week, and was featured in the fashion and style blog, Swagger New York.

Throughout her academic and professional careers, Ashley has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion within higher education and the performing arts, firmly believing that a deeper understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity is critical to intellectual and artistic development. As a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award, she pursued her doctoral research on black female composer Margaret Bonds and her collaboration with Langston Hughes, and presented her findings in lectures at the Studio Museum of Harlem, WMP Concert Hall, and the University of North Carolina. She is currently on faculty at Vassar College, and serves as the Deputy Director of The Dream Unfinished, a diverse collective of classical musicians and activists who promote NYC-based civil rights and community organizations through concerts and presentations.

She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

Articles by Ashley Jackson:

Articles April 5 2017 | By Ashley Jackson
Speak Now: How Classical Music Got Me Woke

Ashley Jackson's research and writing have focused on how 20th-century African-American artists and composers navigated a sharply segregated society through their cultural practice. "It is to their artistic bravery that...