Ashley McKinstry is a Chicago based soprano whose operatic roles include: Rosalinda/Die Fledermaus, Lady Liberty/The Proposal, First Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Arminda/La finta Giardiniera, Ruth Putnam/The Crucible, La Fortuna/L'incoronazione di Poppea, Jeannie/The Reformed Drunkard, & Mrs. Gobineau/The Medium. She has also performed in several children's operas including Jody Juggler/Signora/Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing by Malcolm Fox & Race Car/The Velveteen Rabbit by Albert T. Viola's. As an ensemble member, McKinstry has sung Puccini/La bohème with MIOpera, Respighi/La bella dormente nel bosco, Stravinsky/The Nightingale, & Vaughan Williams/Riders to the Sea with the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, Strauss/Die Fledermaus & Mozart/Die Zauberflöte (staring distinguished American bass Samuel Ramey as "Sarastro") with The Sounds of South Dakota, & Purcell/Dido & Aeneas with the University of South Dakota Opera. Ashley has attended several young artist programs including: MIOpera in 2019, Opera Steamboat in 2018, Chicago Summer Opera in both 2017/18, & the 2016 OperaWorks: Advanced Artist Program in Los Angeles, CA where she appeared as Ashley Phelps, a Westboro Baptist Church member attending a rally sponsored by then Presidential candidate Donald Trump, in their final show Get Trump'd: We're Making Opera Great Again


Ashley has also sung several performances as a professional ensemble member including: MiOpera presents Musical Delights on TapOpera & Organ with the FUMC: The Chicago Temple featuring American bass-baritone Mark S. Doss, Verdi/Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin with the Chicago Philharmonic, Beethoven/Symphony No. 9 Mendelssohn/Midsummer Night's Dream with the Chicago Civic Orchestra as well as  Vaughan Williams/A Sea Symphony, Video Games Live, Mozart/Requiem, & Holst/The Planets with the Sioux City Symphony. As a soloist, McKinstry appeared with the USD Concert Choir in Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. Ashley has been asked to sing the United States National Anthem at several events including the Roosevelt University Commencement Ceremony at the historic Auditorium Theater in Chicago. As a recitalist, Ashley enjoys performing song cycles such as Libby Larsen's Try Me Good King & Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs.

McKinstry not only loves to perform but also inspiring life-long music lovers. She taught Orchestra, AP Music Theory, and General Music at Nicholas Senn High School. She also gives private instruction in Voice, Piano, Violin, Viola, and Ukulele at Alex's Music Studio.

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Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, McKinstry holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University where she studied with Cynthia Clarey. While there she worked as the choral assistant under Cheryl Frazes-Hill & Mark Crayton. In 2016 she served as the president of the Mu Phi Epsilon, Alpha Omicron chapter. McKinstry received her Bachelor's degree in K-12 Vocal Music Education from the University of South Dakota where she studied with Tracelyn Gesteland.


Ashley is currently a student of Allan Glassman & has worked with several celebrated musicians including Ann Baltz, Dana Brown, Scott Gilmore, Andrew Eggert, Richard Stilwell, & Judith Haddon. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, Kevin, & their two cats: Dimple & Dakota.


Photo Credit: Elliot Mandel, Stylist Credit:Lillian Sakamakin


Photo Credit: Elliot Mandel, Stylist Credit: Angela Brasington

Photo Credit Vanessa Hohwieler


Dimple                                                                                  Dakota

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