Ashley Shabankarehhas over 10 years of experience in music education, coupled with a background in the Music Industry and non-profit sector. She received her M.M. from Loyola University, New Orleans, with a concentration on conducting and brass instruments. Ashley is a certified K-12 music educator and spent her early years in New Orleans working not only as an after-school music teacher at places such as St. Paul's Episcopal school, but also as the General Music Instructor at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School. After deciding to take a break from music instruction, she served as a consultant and aided in the creation the curriculum and program guidelines for the Tulane University Music Rising Program. As a musician, Ashley has performed alongside acts such as Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Jimmy Buffett, Theresa Andersson, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Flow Tribe, The Toasters, and in her own projects, Marina Orchestra and The Asylum Chorus. Ashley currently serves as the Board President for the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), Membership and Outreach Chair for the Loyola University, New Orleans Alumni Association Board, Board Chair for Electric Girls, and Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Vice President for the Jazz Educators Network (JEN). Named Director of Programs of the Preservation Hall Foundation in 2011, Ashley strives to push forward programming that empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education and mentorship, while preserving and protecting the cultural heritage that is such an integral part of New Orleans. In 2016, she was named a Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, a New Orleans Hero by the Times-Picayune, and a Woman of the Year by New Orleans City Business. In 2017, she was named a Top Millennial in Music by the Spears Group and I Heart Media.