Ashi Day is a composer and educator working in Washington, DC, interested in exploring unconventional intersections between music and theater, using the voice as a compositional tool, and creating meaningful works for all ability levels and ages. She also writes a lot of songs about animals.

Ashi creates vocally driven works created as much for the experience of the performers as the listeners. Recently, she has been a festival artist at the NEO Voice Festival, New Music DC, Opera From Scratch, the Music by Women Festival, and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She has collaborated to co-create theatrical works for Cultural DC’s Source Festival and the Capital Fringe Festival. Pieces have been commissioned or performed by choirs, ensembles, and individuals from Florida to Alaska, including Whistling Hens, Calliopes’s Call, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Cantate Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women’s Chorale, Connecticut Yankee Chorale, Bucknell University, Mat-Su Community Chorus, and Anthology Quartet. She is also a past winner of the New York Treble Singers Composition Competition. 

Ashi earned a B.M. and M.M. in Composition respectively from Bucknell University and Westminster Choir College.  Composition teachers include William Duckworth, Jackson Hill, Stefan Young, and Joel Phillips. Equally dedicated to education, Ashi was a teacher in public and charter schools for half a decade, gaining licensure in both music and elementary education. She later earned her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was named an Urban Scholars Fellow. She now works in arts education administration, creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience, explore, learn through, and train in music and opera. As a soprano, she is an active choral and church musician, and regularly holds section leader positions for professional octets or quartets in various church choirs.

Ashi is readily available for all Christmas caroling and car-trip-round-singing needs.

Upcoming/Recent Performances

Calliope’s Call:  Sounds of Unity
Open Your Mouth, art song (winner, call for scores)
November 2, 2019, 7:30 p.m., Old West Church, Boston, MA
November 3, 2019, 4 p.m., Old North Church, Marblehead, MA

2019 Research on Contemporary Composition Conference
October 26-27
University of North Georgia
Oakwood, GA

Whistling Hens at District New Music Coalition's New Music DC
September 14, 2019, 8 p.m.
Catholic University
Washington, DC

N.E.O. Voice Festival New Exploratory Oratorio
Nothing New Under the Sun, part of a collaboratively composed new oratorio
August 10, 2019
First Congregational Church of LA
Los Angeles, CA

Whistling Hens: Music by Women at MilkBoy ArtHouse
April 10, 2019, 7 p.m.
MilkBoy ArtHouse
College Park, MD

Bruce McKaig Artist’s Exhibit:  A View from the Inside Out
April 1, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Georgetown University Lauinger Library
Washington, DC

Love Songs and a Kangaroo: American Art Song Recital
TAMU-CC Music Faculty Recital, Hope Fairchild Thacker, mezzo-soprano, and Cheryl Lindquist, piano
March 31, 2019, 3 p.m.
Aft Museum of South Texas
Corpus Christi, Tx

College of the Holy Cross College Choir: Finding Your Place
Even So, Lord, Quickly Come, SATB choir
March 1, 2019, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford, CT
March 3, 2019, Little Flower Parish, Bethesda, MD
March 5, 2019, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, NY
March 5, 2019, Church of St. Francis Xavier, New York, NY

StageFree Music: StageFree 2.4: Bytes and Booze
Eelgrass, fixed media (modified soprano voice)
February 22, 2019, 7 p.m.
Studio Gallery, Dupont Circle
Washington, DC

Juventas New Music Ensemble:  Freedom of Speech
Open Your Mouth, art song (winner, call for scores)
February 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
First Church Boston
Boston, MA

Senza Nome:  Of Miracles and Dreams: celebrating our country of immigrants and the wondrous birth of a child
Open Your Mouth, art song
December 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
St Luke's Mission
Washington, DC

District New Music Coalition's New Music DC
For Whom the Dog Tolls:  a 10-minute opera
September 15, 2018, 2 p.m.
Washington, DC

Opera From Scratch
August 19, 2018
Halifax, NS

Music by Women Festival
March 1-3, 2018
Columbus, MS

American Art Songs, Arias, and tunes from the Great American Songbook
Melissa Mino, soprano, with Brad Clark, piano
March 3, 2018
Alexandria, VA



Narrative the Build We, The Source Festival

...a gentle and even jaunty reminder of how we rush to fill in storytelling blanks...
— The Washington Post

The Washington Post




I Thought the Earth Remembered Me, banished? productions, Capital Fringe Festival’ll leave I Thought the Earth Remembered Me with a sense of childlike wonder that you may not have felt since you graduated from the third grade and a peace you may never have felt during waking hours...
— DCist


DC Metro Theater Arts

DC Theatre Scene

Washington City Paper

The Washington Post


"The Dove Pursues the Griffin", Cantilena, a women's chorale

...refreshingly vivid, guttural experience... dramatically successful...
— The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Better than Press

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