Asha Srinivasan

Asha Srinivasan is an Indian-American composer and Assistant Professor of Music (Theory/Composition/Electronic Music) at Lawrence University, Appleton, WI.

Asha has been involved with music since her early childhood in India. Her extended family on both of her parents’ sides are musical. Her mother Lalitha is currently a professional singer of Indian film songs and sings all over the U.S.  At age six, Asha started taking vocal lessons in Carnatic music. After moving to the U.S., she was introduced to Western classical music through the public school system. In high school, Asha had the opportunity to take her first Music Theory class. What was supposed to be theoretical part-writing exercises turned into compositional experiments for her and thus sparked her passion for creating music.

In 2006, Asha was named the winner of the BMI Foundation’s first Annual Women’s New Music Commission Competition. Other credits include the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle call for scores, the Walsum competition, the Prix d’Ete competitions, and ASCAPlus Awards. She has had electronic pieces performed at ICMC, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS, Spark, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, Electronic Music Midwest, and The Women in New Music Festival. Commissions include Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle, Sequoia Chamber Players, clarinetist E. Michael Richards, among others. Her electro-acoustic opera, The Fallen Nutcracker, was premiered by Landless Theatre Company in Washington, D.C for a run of sixteen performances in 2003.