Andy has spent much of his academic and performing careers exploring the intersection of classical and popular music. His arrangements for the guitar in both solo and chamber settings range from Scottish lute songs and Brazilian choro to the Beatles and Radiohead. In 2016 Andy completed his doctorate at the University of South Carolina where he won the Creative Graduate Performance Award twice (2015 and 2013), performed on the ASCAP-award winning Southern Exposure Concert series, and completed his dissertation which focused on the guitar’s role in the classical/jazz hybrid of third stream music. He has collaborated with the Cica and ebb:flow collectives in multi-disciplinary performances that blended film, lighting design, and collaborative visual art with electro-acoustic and new music premieres. Andy completed his masters studies Austin Peay State University; prior to this he worked as a musician on Holland America cruise lines where he traveled and performed throughout Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean.
Andy’s recent performances include the JASPER Artist of the Year awards ceremony (Columbia, SC), the U.U. Candlelight concert series (Charelston, SC), the Wired Music series, the Southern Guitar Festival, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 7 Conference. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Andy also performs with Demeler (w/Rachel Hansbury, voice) and Duo Cortado (w/Devin Sherman, guitar). He currently serves as co-director of the Asheville Classical Guitar Society.
- D.M.A. University of South Carolina
- M.M. Austin Peay State University
- B.M. Ithaca College