Ashtin Johnson

Pryor, Oklahoma

University of Cincinnati CCM DMA – 2026
University of Cincinnati CCM Artist Diploma – 2023
Florida State University Master’s – 2020
University of Missouri at Kansas City Bachelor’s – 2018

Ashtin is a current student at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music studying with Timothy Lees. She recently graduated with her Artist Diploma, and will begin doctoral work in the fall. She’s a graduate of Florida State University with a Master’s of Music learning from Dr. Benjamin Sung. And her Bachelor of Music is from University of Missouri Kansas City studying with Joseph Genualdi. In previous summers, Ashtin has attended Brevard Summer Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and National Orchestral Institute.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I have a strong background in sports. I could have gone to college in softball or swimming, but I chose music!

Name three of your favorite composers:
Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Get outdoors! Long walks, hikes and hammocking are my go to activities. Also anything related to coffee or ice cream!

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I hope to learn how to live well while making beautiful music in the mountains! I am grateful that there are so many good examples to follow at NRO. I don’t want to miss the chance to learn anything that will help my life as an artist going forward.