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 teaches Suzuki Music Theory at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a substitute violinist in the Erie Philharmonic, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Firelands Symphony Orchestra.

This year, Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from 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 was a full-tuition Presidential Scholar and received the General Excellence in Music Award and Plunkett Scholarship upon graduation.

At the internationally-recognized McDuffie Center for Strings, Ashley was afforded tremendous solo, chamber, and orchestral, and recording opportunities. Most recently, Ashley made her Carnegie Hall debut with the McDuffie Center for Strings Ensemble, recorded for the Orange Mountain Music label album “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra,” and performed as a soloist with the Mercer University Orchestra. While she was a student at Mercer, Ashley served as the String Coach and String Quartet Director of the Macon Youth Orchestra.  

Ashley began playing violin in the Suzuki Method at age 4 with teacher Holly Smardo. At age 15, Whittle moved from her hometown of Springdale, Arkansas, to study with Sarah Johnson at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ashley graduated 6th in her high school class and received a Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts Fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival School. In the summertime, Ashley has also performed in the Sarasota Music Festival, Rome Chamber Music Festival (Italy), Chautauqua Institution, Innsbrook Institute, and the Montecito International Music Festival, among others.