With varied experience as a recitalist, teacher, church musician and academician, André Lash, organ, brings to UNCG a wealth of musical viewpoints. A finalist in organ competitions in both France and the United States, in addition to standard repertoire of all periods he has extensive experience with rarely performed works of the Spanish Baroque, which he studied with José-Luis Gonzalez Uriol in Zaragoza, Spain. He holds the degree Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where his teacher was Russell Saunders; his dissertation topic was “The Facultad Orgánica of Francisco Correa de Arauxo: Certain Aspects of Theory and Performance”. Earlier, he earned the Master of Music degree in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; undergraduate studies were at Pittsburg State University. He also studied privately for two years under Arthur Poister, with extensive masterclasses under Anton Heiller and Marie-Claire Alain. He continues to research and publication in 17th-century Iberian organ music. Dr. Lash previously held positions at the University of Georgia as teaching faculty in Music Theory and as a staff accompanist. Earlier he taught Music Theory, Organ and Harpsichord at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is currently organist at Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro. Lash has performed at numerous solo venues in the United States, Russia and the Republic of Korea, and has presented for Music Teachers National Association, regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and for Festival Internacional de Música de Tecla Española. He has contributed articles on Spanish repertoire and interpretation for The Organ and Early Keyboard Journal, and recently contributed a comprehensive list of current editions of Iberian organ music for the national website of the American Guild of Organists, in which he has long been active as a chapter Dean and state and regional officer.
Pianist Cipa Dichter studied at The Juilliard School as a student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne and made her first joint appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1972. Since then, Mrs. Dichter has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout the world and has brought to the concert stage many previously neglected works of the two-piano and piano-four-hand repertoires. They include the world premieres of Robert Starer's Concerto for Two Pianos, the first movement of Shostakovich’s two-piano version of Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar), and Mendelssohn's own four-hand setting of his “Seven Songs Without Words,” Op. 62 and Op. 67, commemorating the composer's 200th birthday. Cipa Dichter's North American engagements have included recitals in all of the major cities in the United States and Canada, as well as appearances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Abroad, Mrs. Dichter has performed in the music capitals of France, Germany, Holland, Spain, and Switzerland. Mrs. Dichter performs regularly at many leading summer festivals, including Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Caramoor, and the Mann Center. Following a concert by the Dichters at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, The New York Times declared: "One was struck not only by the synchronism of their musical impulses but also by the vigor and elegance of the execution." Mrs. Dichter was born in Brazil of Polish-Russian parents and had her first piano lessons at the age of six. She made her professional debut at 16 with the Symphony Orchestra of Brazil and came to the United States to study at The Juilliard School shortly thereafter. Mrs. Dichter lives in New York City and has two grown sons.
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