Ashlee Hardgrave has been characterized as a "vocal powerhouse" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times) and "well sung" (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune). Concert work includes soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem (Vox 3 Collective) and Choi's Kandinsky (Constellation/Roosevelt University). Her new music premieres include James Syler's Three Places in Jazz, Sam Krahn’s Leave A Message, Robert Steel’s Lobster Stew, Adam Gustafson’s Morning Commute and The Rumi Cycle, and Matthew Lawton’s Sonnets. Favorite opera roles include Sharon Graham/Master Class (Theo Ubique Theatre), Mum & Sphinx/Greek (Chicago Opera Vanguard), Esther/Democracy (Vox 3/Eclipse Theatre), and Estelle/No Exit (COV).
Active in recital, chamber music, and cabaret, her past collaborators include the New Century Saxophone Quartet, the University of Illinois-Chicago Wind Ensemble, Chicago Gay Men's Chorus, the Chicago Cabaret Project, Midwest New Musicals, and Anaphora Ensemble. She can be heard on three albums (Green Genes, Spirit Within and New Song), and has been broadcast on WLUW, WBEZ, WFMT, and WOCH.
Ashlee’s 2015-16 highlights included three cabarets with Vox 3 Collective, an alumni recital at Arkansas Tech University, a solo recital on the inaugural Liederstube series with pianist Dr. Eugenia Cheng, and Chess with Porchlight Music Theatre. Her most recent work as a scriptwriter, My Kind of Town, was performed by the Chicago Gay Mens Chorus at Chicago’s Harris Theater.