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Hailed by the NY Times as "striking and resourceful,"“handsomely brooding,” Lash's music has been performed widely in such venues asthe Times Center, Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, HarvardUniversity, The Chelsea Art Museum, and on the American Opera Project's stagein New York City. She has received commissions from The Howard HansonFoundation's Commissioning Fund and Case Western Reserve's University CircleWind Ensemble, among others; she has written pieces for such artists andensembles as Yolanda Kondonassis, harpist, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, TheJACK Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, the Arditti Quartet, Alarm WillSound, and Ensemble NEM.

Lash has received numerous honors and prizes, including the BarnardRogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize inComposition, and Honorable Mention in BMI's International Women's MusicCommission. Her recent orchestral work, "Furthermore", was selectedby the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings.

NY Times music critic Steve Smith praised Lash's work for the JACKQuartet: "Frayed:" "Ms. Lash's compact sequence of pale brushstrokes, ghostly keening and punchy outbursts was striking and resourceful; youhoped to hear it again..." A performance of Lash's song cycle "FromFive Tzu-Yeh Songs" was acclaimed by the Chicago Sun Times: "Lash'ssongs were...worldly, sending Bentley [the soprano] into huge, perilous leapsagainst austere accompaniment from Barbara Butler's trumpet and MichaelBurritt's percussion. At times, Butler's muted trumpet took on a film noirishquality floating behind Bentley's often-whispered words like a distant breezerustling across rain-soaked streets." Esteemed music critic Bruce Hodgespraised Lash's piece "Stalk" for solo harp as being"appealing...florid, and introspective."

In addition to performances of her music in the USA, Lash's music isknown internationally. In April of 2008, her string quartet "FourStill" was performed in Kyev in the Ukraine's largest international newmusic festival: "Musical Premieres of the Season," curated by CarsonCooman.

Lash obtained her Ph.D in music (composition) from Harvard Universityin 2010. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow),Yale University (Teaching Fellow), and Alfred University (Adjunct Professor ofComposition).

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Lash - 16 Aug 2010
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