Vocal Coach and Teaching Artist
Andrew is a vocal coach and music director specializing in popular and contemporary repertoire. He is the lead teacher and co-designer for the Contemporary Vocals program at AMDA NY, a voice instructor for The American Musical Theater Academy, a teaching artist at Artistree, and was a founding faculty member and curriculum designer for Purchase College's Summer Songwriting, Creative Vocal Lab, and Vocal Intensive programs. He has also produced studio recordings with P.S. 65's after-school program and music directed for several schools and after-school programs in NYC and the NY Metro area, all in addition to maintaining his private studio.
Internationally, he is co-founder, artistic director, and lead teacher for 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. Nvak, which Andrew started with Tamar Kaprelian, has been the subject of a documentary profile Al-Jazeera English and has offered students collaborations with such leading artists as Serj Tankian, Ben Moody, and Sebu Simonian. In summer of 2018, Nvak will be delivering its flagship workshop in Armenia, as well as a new workshop offering in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem workshop, in collaboration with Seeds for Peace, will focus on creating collaboration between young Israeli musicians of different backgrounds - Jewish, Arabic, and more.
Currently, two songs written by students from Nvak's Armenian workshop are featured in Depi Evratesil, Armenia's qualifying program for Eurovision, with "If You Don't Walk Me Home" (written and performed entirely by Nvak students) recently having advanced to the final rounds.
Andrew's new children's musical, Caveman 2.0 (co-written with Emmy-winner Sherry Coben and Twisted lyricist Kaley McMahon) is receiving its world premiere production this May in collaboration with Artistree's youth theater workshops. Andrew is a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop and a proud participant of The Circle Songbook. 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. In a past life, he may or may not have made a solo record filled with disco and stuff.
Theatrical orchestrations include grammy-nominee Justin Roberts' Hansel and Gretel, Starkid's Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier, Foreverman (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration), Roads Courageous, Edges, 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 Space Pirates, It's Easy!, and Tut, Tut!, as well as arrangements for countless cabaret and concert acts in the NYC area.
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 is active in the studio recording scene, serving as House Arranger and Artistic Director for Stacks of Wax Production and producing & arranging 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 600,000 times. Most recently, he produced Tha Los' (AKA Carlos Valdes) sophomore EP, Night Off.
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 9, Sibelius (7.5)