Biography

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Andrew received a B.Mus. from Mount Allison University in 2003 and has been working with choral and instrumental ensembles as a singer, performer and conductor ever since. He went on to receive an M.Mus. in choral conducting from Memorial University in 2007, under the mentorship of Doug Dunsmore, Donald Buell, Marc David and Kellie Walsh.

Since 2003, Andrew has conducted several ensembles, including the Bedford Community Orchestra, Nova Voce, the Memorial University Festival and Chamber Choirs, the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble. Along with his wife Beth, Andrew serves as Co-Artistic Director of the Coastal Sounds Choir Association, where he conducts the Coastal Sounds Community Choir, the Aurora Women’s Choir and the Christmas Cantata Project. Andrew is also the Adult Choral Director of Topsail United Church in Conception Bay South, NL. Andrew has served on the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Music Teachers Association since 2011.

Although Andrew’s background in music began with the saxophone, since graduating from Mount Allison he has focused his attention on singing and working with choirs, including performances with the Halifax Camerata Singers, Nova Voce, Nova Scotia Youth Choir, the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, the Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir and currently sings with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Susan Quinn. Andrew recently had the highlight of his musical career where he was privileged enough to conduct QVE in Carnegie Hall in May 2014.

Andrew taught for 3 years at the Nova Scotia Choral Federation’s annual Sing Summer choir camps in Berwick, NS and is the conductor of the Coastal Sounds Choir Camp program held every summer in Conception Bay South, sponsored by the CSCA.

Andrew maintains an active private studio for vocal, guitar and woodwind students, and has taught conducting privately as well. He has also worked as a clinician for school and community choirs.