A native of Mount Union PA, Alexander Ashman is thrilled to become the Music Director at Second Presbyterian Church! Upon receiving his Undergraduate Degree in Music Education at Messiah College in 2017, Alex entered the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University to study with Renée Anne Louprette, where he graduated in 2019 with a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance. In addition to his graduate studies, Alex served as Director of Music at St. Saviour Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, NY in conjunction with serving as the Assistant Director of Liturgical Music at Fordham University, Bronx, NY. Alex also was a rehearsal pianist with the American Repertory Ballet and the Princeton Ballet School, located in Princeton NJ.
Alex’s musical endeavors have brought him to perform at notable venues such as St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the Church of St. Agnus in Rome, Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, various churches in the NYC metro area, and the Forum in Harrisburg. In collaboration with famed composer Joseph Martin, Alex has performed at Mount Gretna for their Summer Tabernacle Concert Series.
Private teachers include: Renée Anne Louprette, organ; Dr. Rebecca Cypess, harpsichord; Dr. Shawn Gingrich, organ; Dr. Patrice Ewoldt, piano; Linda Tedford, conducting; and Beverly Tilson, piano. Alex is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Beyond church music, Alex loves big band music of the 1940’s and 1970’s classic rock. He also tinkers on antique cars from the 1940s and 1950s. Currently he is working on a 1958 Oldsmobile. Alex and his fiance Kate, a music teacher at Parkville Elementary, live with their two cats, Tippy and Slim (who weighs 30 pounds).