Ashley Seward

JCRMP Composer

Ashley Seward


Ashley Renee Seward is a composer living and working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has recently finished a Master of Music in Composition at the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Dorothy Chang, Jocelyn Morlock, and others. In her music, Ashley enjoys exploring a specific brand of queerness through quirky forms and phrases as well as juxtaposition of lush triadic harmony and dimly-lit post-tonality. She enjoys writing for all instruments and ensembles, with a particular interest in small chamber ensembles and opera.

When not composing, Ashley likes to play Dark Souls and plan out her Magic: The Gathering decks. Sometimes, if she’s feeling frisky, she will put on an obscure audiobook and go for a walk in the woods. She has always wanted a cat (the photos here are of Juno, a wonderful fellow who unfortunately does not live with Ashley), so any commissioning payments will go towards getting a cat and housing and feeding a little guy.