Ash Mach

Ash Mach

Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory

Professional Biography

Ash Mach serves as Adjunct Instructor in Music Theory at the Lamont School of Music and Adjunct Instructor in Viola/Violin at Arapahoe Community College. They are finishing their MA in Music Theory and completed their MM in Viola Performance and Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy at the Lamont School of Music in 2023. They earned their BM with Honors in Viola Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2020. Their musical interests revolve around timbre and orchestration, community music-making, music pedagogy, and the intersections between the three.

Ash has presented their music research for the International Conference on Timbre, Society of Music Theory Timbre and Orchestration Interest Group, Filipino American National Historical Society Conference, Dialogues: Analysis and Performance Workshop and Conference, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium, Mountain-Plains Music Library Association, and the Lamont Quarterly Colloquium. During their time in graduate school, they served as a graduate teaching assistant in music theory, ethnomusicology research assistant, and field researcher for Levitt Pavilion Denver. As a community engagement fellow for DU’s Center for Community Engaged Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), they co-developed the Director of Education and Community Engagement position for the Nebula Ensemble and assisted in establishing a long-term partnership between Nebula and the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs.

As a contemporary music performer, Ash made their solo debut in June 2022, performing Ed Bennett’s Strange Friction with Domaine Forget’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Under the direction of Dr. Chappell Kingsland, Ash recorded what will be the first commercial recording of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji’s Il tessuto d'arabeschi (A Tapestry of Arabesques), which will be released by BIS Records. They have premiered an upwards of 50 works and have been featured in residencies at the University of Wyoming, Regis University, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and University of Colorado- Colorado Springs. They have collaborated with musicians from Ensemble Paramirabo, Domaine Forget’s New Music Program, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) and the Playground Ensemble. In December 2023, alongside Lamont faculty/student Chris Thompson and John Griffin, Ash will premiere 50 clarinet, viola, and piano trios as part of a worldwide project titled “Towards a Shining Light: ’50 for 50’ Global Composers Project.”

Ash is a tenured section violist for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs with the Fort Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Arapahoe Philharmonic. As a group violin teacher for City Strings as well as a private instructor for nine students ages 7-77, they hope to pay it forward in honor of those who have mentored and supported Ash throughout their musical journey.