About André Lash
André Lash has brought a wealth of musical experience to Greensboro in his capacity as Organist and Director of Instrumental Activities at Christ United Methodist Church, where he presides over the C.B. Fisk organ, Op.82, and conducts an active handbell program. A finalist in organ competitions in both France and the United States, he has extensive experience with the standard organ solo repertoire, as well as with rarely performed organ works of the Spanish Baroque and chamber music for organ and cello. Noted teachers have included José-Luis Gonzalez Uriol of Spain, and Russell Saunders and Arthur Poister in the U.S. In addition he has studied and performed in workshops of Anton Heiller and Marie-Claire Alain.
Before coming to Greensboro in 2005, Lash held positions at the University of Georgia in music theory and as a staff accompanist, and previously at Oklahoma Baptist University and Brewton-Parker College in music theory, organ and harpsichord. In addition he has served as a church musician in North Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma and has performed at numerous solo venues in the United States, Russia, and the Republic of Korea. He also currently serves as a Lecturer in organ at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A holder of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, he also possesses the Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; his undergraduate studies were at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University.
A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO), Lash has served as a chapter Dean, a District Convener in both North Carolina and Georgia, and as Coordinator for Professional Concerns for Region IV. He has presented and performed at regional conventions of the AGO; most recently, at the 2014 national convention in Boston he presented the scholarly paper “Pescado, Paella, Piripiri: Contrasts of Taste in Seventeenth-Century Iberia”, exploring subtle differences in the organs and resulting repertoires of Castile, Catalonia and Portugal. In the past he has also presented music for organ and cello at a national convention of the Music Teachers National Association with cellist Alan Black.
Besides his love of the organ literature, Lash has a passion for the art of the organ as a catalyst for Christian worship, believing that its power, grace and beauty, the depth of its historic literature and its ability to accompany and enhance Christian hymnody are reflective as well as communicative of the common truths running through all of the great Christian traditions.