Soprano Ashley Winters, a founding member of Octarium, has “a voice as sparkling-clear as a chilly mountain stream” (Paul Horsley, The Independent Insider). She has sung professionally with the Kansas City Lyric Opera, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, St Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Kansas City), and the Kaw Valley Community Chorus. She has also had the honor, in a choral setting, to sing under the batons of John Nelson, Ronald L. Shirey, Sigrid Johnson, Paul W. Wiens, and Mary Hopper.
While studying with John Stephens at the University of Kansas, Winters performed several roles, including the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and Mable in Pirates of Penzance. She received her Master of Music degree with Honors in 2004 and her Bachelor of Music Degree from The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in 2001. Winters was the winner of the 2000 Wheaton College Solo Competition, and in 2003 was honored to be selected as the vocal soloist for the annual Collage Concert at the University of Kansas.