Orchestral and Chamber Ensembles
Lish served as acting principal flutist with the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra from 2008 up to the disbandment of the orchestra in 2010 and was piccoloist with the orchestra beginning in 2005. Masterworks concerts with Lish as piccoloist were broadcast via Philadelphia's WHYY radio 90.9 FM. She is flutist with the wind quintet 5 for Dinner, Lynn Welshman's Mixed Wind Quintet, and Play By Heart Ensemble and has performed on both flute and piccolo with the Harrisburg, Lancaster and Ambler Symphonies, Reading Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Strauss Symphony of America, Sheep Island Ensemble, Sinfonietta Nova, Favore String Quartet, Philadelphia String Quartet, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Masterworks Orchestra, Center City Opera Theater, New York Opera Exchange Orchestra, Opera Libera Orchestra, Rittenhouse Orchestra, Video Games Live Orchestra, Paramus Community Orchestra, and Pocono Flute Choir.
Lish won an opportunity to work with other interested musicians across the country via distance collaboration. The TwtrSymphony project grew out of musicians who are connected via Twitter and has opened another possibility for music making. Recording for the first piece written by TwtrSymphony's music director, Chip Michael, is in post-production. The first track, "The Hawk Goes Hunting" from Symphony No. 2 was released in July 2012.
Lish won a fellowship position and scholarship to perform at the 2013 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in NYC. She was offered a flute/piccolo position with the Rome Festival Orchestra's summer festival via international audition and was a scholarship recipient to the International Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence Festival and the C. W. Post Chamber Music Festival at Long Island University. She was chosen as an alternate for the Texas Music Festival and was a finalist/runner up in the Opera Company of Philadelphia's auxiliary flute/piccolo audition. She recorded for a NASCAR documentary on bass flute and piccolo and recorded a piccolo piece with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for the cd, Music for Haiti.
Lish began playing with the Eastern Wind Symphony in 1999 (Todd Nichols and Adam Warshafsky, conductors-Dr. William H. Silvester, music director emeritus) and is currently piccoloist with the ensemble. EWS has provided the opportunity for Lish to collaborate with guest soloists such as Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic principal trombone), Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic principal clarinet, retired), Brad Garner (Yamaha Performing Artist, flute), and Phil Smith (New York Philharmonic principal trumpet). She made her Carnegie Hall debut as solo piccoloist with the ensemble. EWS recorded a new CD for Klavier Records in June 2013. The release date is slated for December 2013.
Other current ensembles include Colorful Winds, an ensemble that performs without a conductor, and the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, where Lish is a substitute.
She has performed and/or recorded under the direction of Alfred Reed, Clark McAllister, Dr. William H. Silvester, Andre Thomas, and other prominent wind symphony conductors. She can be heard on at least 14 CDs of symphonic band music which are often broadcast on Philadelphia (Temple 90.1) and Princeton (WPRB 103.3) radio stations. EWS recordings have been included on the radio program Wind and Rhythm (KWTU Classic 88.7 Tulsa) as well.
Past wind ensembles also include the Wind Symphony of Southern NJ (Dr. Bob Streckfuss, music director) and the Tri-County Symphonic Band (Dr. Ron Willoughby, music director), two important ensembles serving southern New Jersey.
As part of the 2013 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Lish and clarinetist Dawn Marie Hamilton collaborated with Eric Ewazen (on piano) to perform the NY premiere of Ewazen's Wildflowers. Originally scored for piccolo, clarinet, and piano, Lish performed on the alternate flute part, which was the world premiere of that version.
In 2012 Lish won an opportunity to perform the Chimarosa Flute Concerto for Two Flutes with renowned soloist Carol Wincenc and the Pocono Flute Society Flute Choir at their annual flute festival. In December 2012 Lish performed Bulla's Rhapsody for Flute and Band with the Wilkes University Civic Band under the direction of Dr. Phil Simon.
Lish and flutist David DiGiacobbe performed an arrangement of Doppler's Andante and Rondo for Two Flutes (arr. Nancy and William Silvester) with the Eastern Wind Symphony. That recording was officially released on the CD, Wind Tableaux. She soloed with the Teaneck Community Band as part of their five week summer concert series under the direction of Evan Cooper. Rhapsody for Flute and Band (Bulla) and The Carnival of Venice for Flute and Band were on the program for that concert. Lish also performed on bass flute with the Times Square Flute Orchestra as part of the National Flute Association's annual convention and helped break the Guinness World Record for world's largest flute ensemble (at least for a short while) under the leadership of Sir James Galway.
Opera/Musical theater performances include: Les Miserables, Candide, West Side Story, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma!, Ragtime, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man in Concert, Miss Saigon, Once on This Island, Kiss Me Kate, Mystery of Edwin Drood, Picture of Dorian Gray (Liebermann), Ballad of Baby Doe, La Boheme, and others.
Lish is a member of AFM Local 77, the National Flute Association, the New Jersey Flute Society, the Pocono Flute Society, and has held membership with the New York Flute Club and Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.
Current Equipment: 14k Handmade Powell Flute with a Martin Gordon Headjoint, Kowalewsky Grenadilla Palanca Traverso, Grenadilla/Cocuswood Haynes Piccolo, Silver Rudall Carte Alto, Jupiter Bass.