Vocal Coach and Teaching Artist
Andrew is a vocal coach and music director specializing in popular and contemporary repertoire. In addition to his private practice, he is the lead teacher and co-designer for the Contemporary Vocals/Pop Star! program at AMDA NY (six years running!) and was a founding faculty member and curriculum designer for Purchase College's Summer Songwriting, Creative Vocal Lab, and Vocal Intensive programs. Internationally, he founded Urban Nomad, Shanghai’s first improvisational a cappella ensemble, and co-founded Nvak Foundation, an innovative music education program sponsored by Atlantic Records that focuses on empowering and elevating young people in conflicted and/or struggling regions via popular music. In his three years with Nvak as lead teacher and curriculum designer, Andrew saw his students collaborate with major recording artists - including Ben Moody, Sebu Simonian, and Serj Tankian - and perform their original songs on Armenian Late Night Television. Nvak was also the subject of a documentary profile by Al-Jazeera English.
Andrew is one of the few musical theater performance coaches in New York who also has extensive experience in the pop world as a studio arranger, producer, educator, and vocal coach, allowing his students a competitive edge of authenticity when handling pop, rock, and r&b repertoire.
Andrew is a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop and a proud participant of The Circle Songbook. Andrew's children's musical, Caveman 2.0 (co-written with Emmy-winner Sherry Coben and Twisted lyricist Kaley McMahon) received its World Premiere in May 2018 at Artistree Performing Arts. His songs from musicals in development and cabaret stand-alones have been performed throughout New York, and his short musical Pack Rat (written with lyricist Brett Boles) was selected by Emerson College for their Developmental Lab Series.
Most recently, Andrew generated orchestrations for the 10th Anniversary Gala Concert Starkid: Homecoming featuring Darren Criss, Carlos Valdes, and AJ Holmes. Past theatrical orchestrations include grammy-nominee Justin Roberts' Hansel and Gretel, Matthew Hardy’s Virtuoso (stay tuned for more on that one!), Starkid's Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, Foreverman (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration), Roads Courageous, various pieces for the annual Broadway In Chicago concert in Millenium Park, and the "Still" orchestration for From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook. Andrew composed new string quartet arrangements for a special performance by Against the Current. He was the musical coordinator for the North American premiere of Stephen Schwartz's My Fairytale and has contributed orchestrations to the children's musicals Sally Sells Seashells (And You Can, Too!), Space Pirates, It's Easy!, and Tut, Tut!, as well as arrangements for countless cabaret and concert acts in the NYC area.
In Spring 2019, the Manhattan Four String Quartet toured China with Andrew’s reimagining of the traditional Chinese folk song “Mo Li Hua”.
In addition to having orchestrated Twisted, he also produced its original cast recording (which reached #63 on the iTunes Top 100) and the Twisted: Twisted bonus record, which featured Andrea Ross and Italian jazz vocalists Cluster. (Click here for the Hypable.com review of Twisted: Twisted.) Andrew also co-produced the original cast recording for Hansel and Gretel.
Andrew produced Tha Los' (AKA Carlos Valdes) sophomore EP, Night Off. As House Arranger and Artistic Director for Stacks of Wax Production from 2012-2016, Andrew produced and arranged for artists across the globe in many genres. As of writing this, the youtube video for his disco orchestration of "Call Me Maybe" has been viewed over 650,000 times.
Film work includes original scoring for Dream Lover, arrangements & music production for Thunderstruck: An AC/DC Movie Musical, assistant scoring for The Anonymous People, original songs for Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday, arrangements for the webseries Kef Date, and contributions to several award-winning shorts.
Copyist and Transcriptionist
Oh! Almost forgot: Andrew also does music engraving, transcription, and copyist gigs. Clients have included Stephen Schwartz, Steven Van Zandt & Darlene Love, Starkid, Beat by Beat Press, and Alex Goot; as well as the off-Broadway shows Disenchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom and The City Club.
2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration
Mainstage, Logic X, Sibelius Ultimate