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Ashley Leigh

Ashley R. Leigh is currently the Principal clarinetist of the Palm Beach Symphony. She has also served as the Assistant Principal, Second, and Eb Clarinet with the
Naples Philharmonic for seventeen years. Ashley has performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, the Round Top Festival Institute, Musica Riva Festival, (Italy) and the Tanglewood Festival.

Ashley was awarded the grand prize by Stanley Drucker at the 2006 Buffet-Crampon

Young Artists Solo Clarinet Competition in New York. Additionally, she has been a finalist for the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Principal) and the Nashville Symphony (Principal).

In 2023, Ashley joined the MasterWorks faculty for the first time, where she performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto as a solo guest artist.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied with Paul Garner. She spent a semester abroad in Paris, France, where she had the opportunity to study with her favorite clarinetist, Alessandro Carbonare. She has also completed additional graduate studies at the University of

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Richard Hawley.

Ashley is also a Christian songwriter and producer. Under the artist name “Ashley Ruth,” (Ruth is her middle name) she plans to release her first full length album in 2024. Her first single “Leaning” currently has nearly a million streams on Spotify. She is grateful for this artistic outlet, and enjoys combining the Contemporary Christian Music genre with her experience in classical music.

Ashley’s husband, Dr. Jeff Leigh, is a violinist and composer. He currently serves as a pastor at their church, Calvary Chapel Naples. Together, they have three children.