The Rose of Tralee has been as amazing experience for me, and will be with me for the rest of my life. Traveling to Ireland for the first time with my family was a fantastic experience for all of us, and was the beginning of many more trips to come. After my year as the Southern California Rose, I could not have predicted what would be next, how could I top 2005? After my second visit to Ireland to reunite with the Roses and Escorts of 2005, the New Orleans escort and I became the next rose and escort love story. Chris is one of the reasons why I have grown so much in regards to appreciating Irish culture. His family and friends welcomed me into their homes, overwhelming me with gratitude for the unexpected gifts of being a Rose. This last summer I was granted a student work visa, and for three and a half months I lived and worked in the Dublin city centre. I had the privilege to work with Ireland’s top opera coach, who was introduced to me by the County Claire Rose. In addition, I performed with the SouthBay Youth Orchestra as one of three featured soloists at Christchurch Cathedral. As Rose Kari Ann always says, “The Rose of Tralee Family is a tight knit family.” I can testify to the magnificence of the festival’s ability to unite the Irish community throughout world. I am forever indebted to the Rose of Tralee festival for its impact in my life.
Soprano Ashley is a Southern California native and graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Ashley has performed with Long Beach Opera, the Pacific Lyric Association and the Los Cancioneros Master Chorale. She has performed as the featured soprano soloist in the Mozart Requiem, the Faure Requiem, John Rutter's The Mass of the Children and the Vivaldi Gloria. In 2005, Ashley was selected to represent Southern California at the Rose of Tralee International Festival in Ireland. She was interviewed and performed live on RTÉ, as a part of the festival featuring women of Irish descent from around the globe.
Ashley is thrilled to return to the cast of “An Irish Christmas” and to continue with the Kerry Irish Productions Inc. 2016-2017 season.