Biography

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 New Music DC, Opera From Scratch 2018, the 2018 Music by Women Festival, and the 2017 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, churches, and individuals from Florida to Alaska, including 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

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

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

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

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

 

Press

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

...you’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

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

Compliments from children

 

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