Asha Srinivasan (b. 3 July 1980, Logan, Utah) is an Indian-American composer and educator.
Dr. Srinivasan holds a DMA in composition from the University of Maryland; an M.Mus. in computer music composition and M.Mus. in music theory pedagogy, Peabody Conservatory; and a B.A. in music.
She has been involved with music since 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. When she was in India, at age 6, Asha started taking vocal lessons in Carnatic music (the classical music of Southern India).
After moving to the U.S., Dr. Srinivasan was introduced to Western classical music through the public school system. In high school, she had the opportunity to take her first music theory class. What was supposed to be theoretical part-writing exercises turned into compositional experiments and thus sparked her passion for creating music. She was enthralled by the possibilities of integrating aspects of the Carnatic style into the Western music idiom. Thus, she draws from her Western musical training and Indian heritage to create her compositional language.
In 2011, Dr. Srinivasan was named the winner of the Ruam Samai award at the Thailand International Composition Festival for her work Dviraag. Other credits include the BMI New Music Commission Competition, Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle call for scores, the Walsum competition, the Prix d'Ete competitions, and ASCAPlus Awards. She has had compositions performed at ICMC, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS, National Flute Convention, North American Saxophone Alliance, among others.
She is currently associate professor of music (theory/composition/electronic music) at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisc.
Works for Winds
- "Asha Srinivasan," Two Composers. Accessed 27 September 2016
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 484.