Each season, the Colorado Music Festival invites 3 world-class American composers to participate in an audience-driven competition where votes are cast by donating $10 to the program. At the end of the six-week Festival, the winning composer is announced and commissioned to write a new work to be premiered the following season using the funds collected.
For 2016, CMF will add a dynamic, week-long composer residency program featuring Hannah Lash, the winning composer from the 2015 Festival. The residency will be a focal point for the overall six-week Festival, with the world premiere performance of Ms. Lash’s work as its centerpiece. Two additional concerts during the week will include works already in existence by the composer (one symphonic, one chamber work).
In addition to lectures, panel discussions and educational workshops, Ms. Lash will mentor a select group of graduate student composers. Students will work with Ms. Lash, have existing symphonic compositions read and recorded by the CMF Orchestra, and have a new chamber music work performed on a Festival subscription concert.
Defined by musical openness and an adventurous spirit, the Colorado Music Festival is deeply committed to supporting and presenting new works. As Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni states, “I firmly believe in the importance of working with living composers, from the perspective of both the musicians performing the works and for the listeners in the audience. Both are challenged to hear music in new ways, to expand their understanding and experience. Strong relationships between composers and artists, as well as composers and listeners are essential to the vitality of the art form.”
Hannah Lash is hailed by the New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding.” Her music has been performed at the Times Center in Manhattan, the Chicago Art Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, Harvard University, The Chelsea Art Museum, and on the American Opera Project’s stage in New York City. Commissions include The Fromm Foundation, The Naumburg Foundation, The Orpheus Duo, The Howard Hanson Foundation’s Commissioning Fund, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.
Lash 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. Her orchestral work Furthermore was selected by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2010 Underwood New Music Readings. Her chamber opera, Blood Rose, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX in the spring of 2011.
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.
Past Click! winners include Patrick Zimmerli, (Festival Overture, 2011), Daniel Kellogg, (The Gates of Paradise, 2012), and Kristin Kuster, (Devil’s Thumb, 2013).