Ashley Venegas earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2017. Currently, she is working on her Master’s Degree in Horn Performance at UTEP as well.
She is currently principal horn in the UTEP Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra. She has been profoundly involved in the UTEP Horn Choir since its beginnings in 2015 under the direction of UTEP horn professor, Mr. Lambrecht. She was previously involved in the ever-loved UTEP Marching Regiment, which once traveled to Anaheim, California to perform at Disneyland. In addition, she was a member of the UTEP Ceremonial Brass that performed for UTEP graduations, celebrations, and outreach performances to many high schools in El Paso, Texas.
During her studies at UTEP, she has had the opportunity to attend and participate in several conventions and clinics such as the Texas Music Educators Association (2014, 2018) under the direction of Dr. Ron Hufstader and Dr. Brad Genevro in the UTEP Wind Symphony. The UTEP Wind Symphony has caught much attention from its live TMEA performances (2014 and 2018), gaining a positive reputation in the musical world in Texas. Under the direction of Mr. Richard Lambrecht, the UTEP Horn Choir has performed at TMEA, the Texas Bandmasters Association (2016), and at the Midwest Clinic (2017). The UTEP Horn Choir has also garnered optimistic attention due to the horn pedagogy clinics given by Mr. Lambrecht and the horn choirs performances that were the talk of the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, her responsibilities have included: Aural Skills/Music Theory tutoring, teaching, and grading, editor of the UTEP National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Review, Horn Choir assistant, UTEP Music Inventory TA, individual lessons to all enrolled (F) horn students, and assisting the UTEP Marching Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra directors.
Ashley was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society) in the Spring of 2018 and is an Honorary Graduate member of Kappa Kappa Psi as of 2018 as well.
She has received several private horn lessons from Carsten Williams, 4th horn in the London Philharmonia Orchestra, while he was present in El Paso from 2015 to 2018. In addition, she has subbed for the El Paso Winds Symphony, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and was one of the UTEP guest performers for the United States Air Force Band.