About the Artist

Ashley Rescot profile with acoustic violin
Photography by Rachel Kabukala

Ashley Rescot is a professional violinist, educator, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. She ran her own violin studio for a decade before accepting the position of children’s choir and strings director, as well as foreign language instructor, at Trinity Lutheran School.

In 2021, Ashley published two works of music fiction, The Chronicles of Music Majors, and A Change in Tune that depict the lives of musicians while weaving in famous historical works of music. She has also released two Christmas albums. An aficionado of music, pedagogy, family, faith, and language, she writes about her life as a musician.

Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance
Master of Arts in French Literature

At the age of two, Ashley began violin under her mother’s tutelage. Family performances with her mom, four sisters, aunts, cousins, and grandmother comprise her fondest childhood memories.

Her senior year in high school, Ashley served as concertmaster of her youth symphony in Kansas and won the youth talent concerto competition to solo with the orchestra. Afterward, she moved to Texas for college where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and minors in French and English.

In addition to violin, Ashley developed a passion for French, especially French music. She spent a year abroad in Paris, France as a Fulbright scholar where she taught English and collaborated with local musicians. The experience opened her eyes to another culture which influenced her perspective as a creative artist and educator.

She returned to the Midwest to teach collegiate French language courses and earn a Master of Arts in French literature. After graduation, she moved to the greater Chicago area where she taught French at a regional university and grew her private violin studio. She was a participant on a reading committee and voted in the Prix Roblès, an award for first-time French novelists. Ashley enjoyed attending the award ceremony in Blois, France in 2013 where she met the winning author who had written a music novel set in Europe during World War II.

In Spring, 2021, Ashley published a collection of short stories The Chronicles of Music Majors, followed by her debut novel A Change in Tune in the fall of the same year.

In November, 2022, Ashley realized her lifelong dream to release a Christmas music album. Classic Christmas Carols is now available for streaming!

Today, Ashley loves to work with her students, perform with family and friends, and write about all things music and French. She especially enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She is blessed to teach Spanish, French, and music at her children’s school She is also a member of her family group Uptown Violins, the Blackwater String Ensemble, the SSA music teachers’ society, the ACFW writers’ association, and is an active musician at her church. As a veteran performer and pedagogue, she strives to pass on her love of music and language to the next generation.