Concert Bio

 

photo by Monte Fowler

From Fenton, Mi, Andrew travels doing theater organ and classical concerts, accompanying silent films, and lecturing on film scoring for U of M and other venues. Several years ago, he quit his 17-year job at a travel agency and, more recently, retired from actively serving in the Priesthood after the closing of the Church he had been serving. The two changes, together, enabled him to change music from a hobby to his living.

Andrew’s musical studies began with the accordion – winning local and national competitions by playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra for productions of the Theater Department at Michigan State University where he holds his degree with honors in Psychology.

While working at the Wurlitzer factory store in Dearborn, he sought out the late Fr. James Miller for lessons. He studied theater organ techniques with Fr. Jim, then augmented his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason while she was on sabbatical from U of M. Also, he accompanied Fr. Jim on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island, appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements. Also, scholarships from the University of Michigan enabled him to travel on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland – playing 58 instruments and participating in ten public concerts.

It was his association with Fr. Jim that led to his own ordination into the Priesthood and, subsequently, served for 30 years before both parishes were closed – one in Saginaw and the one in Dearborn many years later. When the Bishop asked if he wanted to be reassigned to another parish, he asked if that would require a move and getting an answer in the affirmative, Andrew then officially “retired” as he had no interest in moving the 3/13 Barton into another home.

In addition to theater organ venues, it was in 2003 when Andrew was invited to play meditation music for a local public program for Japan’s Foundation For Global Harmony. The music so transported its founder, that he asked Andrew to create two meditation CD’s for the Foundation to help raise funds for orphanages, hospitals, vocational schools, etc., for children in SE Asia. It led to trips from New York to Hawaii along with five trips to Japan (which included a joint concert with a local violinist) and a trip to Myanmar – performing at each location.

One of the former organists at the Detroit Fox, he currently serves on staff at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.