Ashley Whittle

Violin Teacher

Ashley Whittle

SAA Member


Cleveland, OH

Violinist Ashley Whittle is an Artist in Residence at Judson Manor and a graduate scholar at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is pursuing her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy in the studio of Dr. Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler and serves as pedagogy assistant for Ms. Kimberly Meier-Sims.

Ashley teaches applied violin lessons at the Cleveland School of the Arts and is a substitute teacher at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ashley plays frequently in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and is a contracted musician in the Akron, Canton, and Firelands Symphony Orchestras.

Ashley began playing violin in the Suzuki Method at age 4 with teacher Holly Smardo. At age 15, she moved from her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, to study with Sarah Johnson at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon graduation, Ashley received a presidential full-tuition scholarship to attend the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University where she studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen, and Distinguished Artist Amy Schwartz Moretti. At Mercer, Ashley also participated in the Great Books program and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

In the summertime, Ashley has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival (Italy), Chautauqua Institution, Innsbrook Institute, and the Montecito International Music Festival, among others.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys watching art films, thrifting, and hosting dinner parties for her friends and neighbors.