Ash Stemke was a violinist in the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2007 to 2009 and is now a college professor and composer!
Universities attended and degrees earned: BM, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013) MM, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2016) DM, Florida State University (2019)
Current occupation: Assistant Professor of Music
Current Employer: Murray State University
What do you remember most about your WSYO experience? Joyfully making music with my friends. Preparing for the rigor of university-level symphony orchestras. The magic feeling of performing one of my own compositions as part of the WSYO, under Dr. Errante's leadership. Oh...and the snacks!
What have you been up to since you left WSYO? I am currently enjoying a career as a college professor and composer! I serve as Assistant Professor of Music at Murray State University in Murray, KY, where I teach courses in music theory, aural skills, composition, and digital music. Recently, my compositions have been performed by yMusic, the Riverside Symphony, the Boston New Music Initiative, and the San Francisco Choral Artists.