Hunter College has appointed Dr. Ashley Jackson to its faculty as both an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies. As assistant professor at the New York City school, Jackson teaches performance related courses, chamber music classes, private lessons, and music history. As director of undergraduate studies, she serves as primary advisor for all undergraduate students, makes sure that students are on track to complete their degree programs, and meets with all prospective students. Jackson says that during the pandemic, her role instantly expanded. She says she “approaches teaching with empathy first” and uses that skill in her director role to help students navigate the emotional and financial implications of the pandemic.
Jackson serves as principal harpist with NOVUS NY and performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolis Ensemble, the Qatar Philharmonic, and the Harlem Chamber Players. As an advocate of new music, she has premiered works by Timo Andres, Brad Balliet, Danielle Eva Schwob, and Nina Young. Jackson’s doctoral research was centered around black female composer Margaret Bonds and her collaboration with Langston Hughes. Her writings have been featured in the International Journal of Women in Music and NewMusicBox. Dr. Jackson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.
To learn more about Jackson, visit her website.