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Amir Shirazi (Ash, they/them/theirs pronouns) grew up in Portland, OR, where they currently reside. They have a background in both theatre and music, and they are an active composer, choral arranger, theatre sound designer, music director for choir and theatre, and songwriter.
Ash is particularly invested in highlighting and exploring the raw, emotive, and connecting power of the human voice.
They currently serve as Artistic Director to Transpose PDX, which is a non-profit choral organization serving the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community of Portland and is comprised of the Transpose Community Choir and a cappella group Acchord. They are also the Committee Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, of which they are also a singing member. Ash is also one of the principal organizers for the the 2021 virtual Trans Voices Festival.
Their theatrical credits include productions with Portland Actors Ensemble (for which they won the Outdoor Shakespeare Festival Award in 2012 for Best Sound Design for PAE's production of Twelfth Night), Post5 Theatre Company (Love's Labour's Lost), Milagro Theatre (for which they won a Drammy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music for Milagro's production of ¡O Romeo!), Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Echoes), Corrib Theatre (Lifeboat), and Portland Center Stage (Macbeth, Hedwig and the Angry Inch).
Boston College '09
Disciplines: Music, Economics
Concentrating in theory and composition, Ash graduated with a B.A. in Music with departmental honors after completing an a cappella mass for their composition thesis, earning a 3.831 music GPA. While at Boston College, they performed with the Boston Collegium (early music), the BC Dynamics (a contemporary a cappella group, which they also led as Music Director), and the Boston College University Chorale (under the direction of John Finney). Ash was recognized with an award for "Outstanding Arrangement in the Northeast" at an NCHSA competition.
While at Jesuit High School, Ash was invited to attend a private Choral Leadership Workshop series and sang in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Men's Ensemble. They also served as Vice President of the Drama Club, performed in numerous plays and musicals, and were selected to direct two shows for the annual Student Directed One-Acts.