Andy is an educator, composer, author, and performer based in Cincinnati, OH where he serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His research focuses on the development of teaching strategies and materials that empower students with well-rounded musicianship and long-lasting creativity.
Andy has presented research at national and international conferences including The National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and the MTNA National Conference. He has published articles and reviews in The Piano Magazine, American Music Teacher, and the MTNA e-Journal. He is the author of Musicianship at the Keyboard: essential skills for the creative musician (VMS Publication, 2021).
As a composer and arranger, he has been commissioned by concert pianists, performing arts guilds, Cincinnati Public Radio, and regional piano competitions. His works range from pedagogical pieces to concert works with emphasis on writing for piano and other keyboard instruments.
Andy is the founder and director of Creative Commissions – an arts outreach initiative that pairs professional composers with young musicians and their primary music teachers in order to collaborate on the creation of a new work. Each new piece is based on students’ strengths, weaknesses, interests, and goals. Started in 2016, the project has involved award-winning composers and students from all over the country.
Andy earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA, MM) and Vanderbilt University (BM). A native of Little Rock, AR, he currently lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife, Julie, and their two kids.