André Lash

Organist • Composer • Conductor • Educator


About André Lash

André Lash brought a wealth of musical experience when he came to Greensboro in 2005 as Organist and Director of Instrumental Activities at Christ United Methodist Church, where for 12 years he presided over the C.B. Fisk organ, Op.82, and conducted an active handbell program. He is now retired from full time work in church music

Before coming to Greensboro Lash had held positions at the University of Georgia, Oklahoma Baptist University and Brewton-Parker College in organ, harpsichord, music theory, and as a staff accompanist. 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.

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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 with 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.  He has performed at numerous solo venues in the United States, Russia, and the Republic of Korea.

A Fellow of the American Guild of Organists (FAGO), Lash has served as a chapter Dean, District Convener in both North Carolina and Georgia, and as Coordinator for Professional Concerns for the Southeast Region. 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 and organ and flute for conventions of the Music Teachers National Association.

In November 2017, Lash was one of two Americans invited to serve as performers and lecturers at the International Festival of Baroque Music in Beijing, China, under the auspices of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He also was a participating organist in February of 2018 at Festival XII of the Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca in Mexico.

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.

To hear five recently recorded examples of the Great 18 chorales of J.S. Bach, as well as other works by Bach, Brahms and F. Couperin, please click on the Media link!