Ashley Nepomuceno
Ashley: Uganda/GLI


What brought you to CU Denver, specifically to the College of Arts and Media?

I was researching Colleges with an Audio Production major and this website had CU Denver listed as one amongst 10. I noted that it was a public university which meant lower tuition and Colorado seemed like a cool place to move to and experience living.

Why did you want to become part of the CAM Ambassadors group? What do you think it will do for you and the school?

I wanted to become a part of the CAM Ambassadors group for the experience of traveling and becoming involved with the world outside of the US. I hope to grow from this and I hope to make positive impressions on the people I meet which in turn creates a positive impression of the school.

What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?

My favorite part of being in CAM is the people and their passion for music. Being around people who’s there to do what they love creates a strong energy for all of us to thrive and become better students.

What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?

I’m quite fond of the neighborhood I live in – Capitol Hill. I really enjoy biking or walking around and taking my dog to Cheeseman Park.

What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why?

I lean towards songwriting and producing music – the creative elements of making something out of nothing. I love artistic expression. The technical stuff behind audio production also intrigues me and keeps my left and right brain balanced.

What helps you get inspired?

Listening to great music by great artists helps me get inspired because I strive to be excellent like them.

Do you have any rituals to get yourself motivated when you work?

I have a solo pep talk in my head that usually includes thinking about where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I’m going. Having that thought process builds appreciation for my current life circumstances and motivates me to work.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My parents – they worked hard in their lives and careers to give my sister and I the best lives they could possibly give us. That gives me inspiration to do my best to show appreciation for all they’ve done for me.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for your art? Do you regret it?

The weirdest thing I’ve ever done for my music is – believe it or not – make a music video. I started off with a really raunchy concept but snapped back to reality when I realized I wasn’t Chris Brown or Lil Wayne. Still, making a music video is weird because you have this artsy concept in your head that you act out in front of the camera and in front of people.

Where is the best place to see art, in your opinion?

The best place to see a musical performance is, hands down, Red Rocks.

What would you say to yourself five years ago?

Five years ago, I would have told myself to end the relationship I was in immediately and focus on music.


Born in San Diego, California, Ashley grew up immersed in SoCal beach culture developing a love for sunshine, good vibes and good music. At the age of 10, Ashley’s mother enrolled her in classical piano lessons. Around the same time, Ashley developed an interest in playing guitar and utilized the internet to learn how to play along to her favorite Avril Lavigne songs. As the teen years approached and the music skills improved, Ashley started writing songs in her notebooks for the love of it, dreaming of a life of songwriting for a livelihood.

Ashley attended two years at the University of California Santa Barbara before deciding to join the Navy. After 6 years of honorable service, she decided to invest her time and energy into pursuing music full time. In 2016, Ashley started attending University of Colorado Denver to earn a degree in Music Recording Arts and improve upon her music production knowledge and expertise. She became actively involved in CAM by joining the Student Agency, participating in the PITCH business competition, working as a Student Docent at the Next Stage Gallery, and being a Lynx Leader for session one of the 2017 Lynx Camp. Ashley dreams of owning and operating her own resort mountain recording studio in Colorado.

Read about Ashley’s Uganda/GLI experience here.