Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra rehearsing Hannah Lash's Chaconnes.
Hannah Lash in rehearsal with the Interlochen Arts Orchestra.
On June 5, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra will perform at Lincoln Center for the New York Philharmonic biennial. Between now and then, the composers, choreographer and guest conductor will be working with students here at Interlochen, preparing the program for their trip to New York.
This week we talked to composer Hannah Lash, who was on campus to work with students on her newly commissioned piece Chaconnes.
Hailed by the New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” composer Hannah Lash has been commissioned by Interlochen to write a world premiere for the NY Phil Biennial. She has received numerous honors and prizes, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize in Composition, the Barnard Rogers Prize in Composition, the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize in Composition, and numerous academic awards. Lash obtained her Ph.D in Composition from Harvard University in 2010. She has held teaching positions at Harvard University (Teaching Fellow), at Alfred University (Guest Professor of Composition), and currently serves on the composition faculty at Yale University School of Music.
We invited her to IPR’s Studio A to talk with Meg Gruits about her desire to compose from an early age, her musical voice and Chaconnes. She also performed a work of her own composition, Stalk.