Ashley Cooper is the Instructor of Violin at Texas Luheran University. Professor Cooper moved to Austin,Texas from Houston in 2011 and in 2012, she won positions in the First Violin sections of both the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera orchestras. She is a tenured member in both orchestras and also plays with the Austin Ballet. She enjoys a multifaceted career that allows her to share her passion for music with children and adults alike.
Ms. Cooper is an experienced, passionate educator, investing her time in leading local high school sectionals, coaching string ensembles through the Austin Chamber Music Center, teaching music fundamentals classes for young children, and maintaining a selective private violin and piano lesson studio in South Austin.
Ashley has taught and performed at numerous music festivals, including the Victoria Bach Festival (TX), Mozart Festival (TX), the Grand Teton Music Festival (WY), the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival (VA), Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts Camp (MA), PhoenixPhest Chamber Music Festival (MI), and SXSW. An active chamber musician, she has also collaborated with Austin Eurythmy Ensemble, Austin Chamber Ensemble, Artisan String Quartet, Classical Music for the World, Round Rock Symphony Chamber Music, and Da Camera of Houston.
Some of the recording projects Ashley has been a part of include: Film Soundtracks to The Vessel and The Knight of the Cups, Austin Stone Church’s “The Reveille Vol. II”, Kensington Community Church’s “Open Wide”, Son of Adam’s “Waiting for the Radio”, and the Grammy Award Winning CD: William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and of Experience.”
Ms. Cooper received a Master of Music degree from Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Her principal teachers include Aaron Berofsky, Yehonatan Berick, Sergiu Luca, and Kenneth Goldsmith.
When she’s not playing or teaching, Ashley enjoys hiking and exploring with her husband Dr. Joseph Cooper, a professional musician and faculty member at the University of Texas San Antonio and Texas Lutheran University.