A native of Philadelphia, Marie Ashley has been performing opera since the age of sixteen, when she performed the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors. While earning her Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, she performed in the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina, and Spoleto, Italy, including the role of La Novizia in Suor Angelica. She also performed the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi and Iris in Semele in Hartford, Connecticut. After completing her Master of Music in Opera at the Hartt School of Music, she joined the Palm Beach Opera as a Young Artist and performed lead and comprimario roles in Madame Butterfly, Tannhäuser, Tosca, Don Carlo, Rigoletto, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, Papageno, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Alice in Wonderland.Most recently, Mrs. Ashley was a featured soloist in several performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat in Belgorod-Dnistrovsky and Odessa, Ukraine, with a festival chorus of several American and Ukrainian choirs and the Odessa Opera Orchestra. She has also concertized as a soloist with Masterworks Chorus, the Lynn University Community Chorus, and the St. Lucie Chorale. Mrs. Ashley placed first in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) vocal competition in 1990 and 1993, is a recipient of both the Johnson and Thompson Awards, and placed first in the 1989 Freshman Vocal Competition in Princeton. She has held teaching posts in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida, including Lynn University, Saint Andrew’s School, and in her current position at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, and NATS, in which she holds an executive office with the Intracoastal Chapter. Mrs. Ashley resides in Boynton Beach with her husband, Dr. Carl P. Ashley, a conductor.