Andrew Ardizzoia (b. 1979) is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began his studies in music at an early age. His catalog of orchestral, band, choral, chamber, and solo vocal works have been performed on four continents by a wide variety of soloists and ensembles. His music, described as “exuberant, rhythmic, and great fun,” as well as “smart, intriguing, and masterful,” has earned numerous awards and commissions including a Zoni nomination (Arizona’s top theatre award), the Hartt School’s Diemente Award in composition, as well as grants from Arizona State University, the University of Hartford, and the Alvin Edgar Fund at Iowa State University.
Recent performances have included the premiere of Andrew’s “Quod erat demonstrandum…” by the Iowa State University Wind Ensemble at the CBDNA North Central conference, and his orchestrations of two movements from Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque by the Iowa All-State Honor Orchestra and the Arizona State University Philharmonia. Andrew’s Etudes and Fugues for solo marimba have been performed by percussionist Matthew Coley in Lucerne, Stuttgart, and across Northern California. Other performances include the premieres of his Ritmos Colorados and Stonewall Magnificats for percussion ensemble, and performances of the Songs of Introspection in both Michigan and Connecticut.
During the summer of 2015, Andrew served as composer-in-residence at the Heartland Marimba Festival and Academy. His works have also been heard at conferences around the world, most recently at the Keiko Abe Lucerne International Marimba Academy (KALIMA), as well as the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Horn Society, and the International Summer Arts Institute. Recent works may be heard on recordings from the International Arts Educators Forum and the Percussion Ensemble at Fort Lewis College.
Andrew’s works have also been performed at Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, both Idyllwild and Interlochen, and at many other colleges, festivals, and museums. Recitals dedicated to his works have taken place in California and Arizona, and his music has been part of art installations, dance programs, and theatrical productions around the Pacific Rim.
Recently completed projects include a new work for the Italian chamber group Trio Najma. Upcoming projects include a new piece for the string orchestra of the Loomis-Chaffee Academy.
Andrew earned the D.M.A in composition with a cognate in music theory from the Hartt School of the University of Hartford in 2014. He also holds the M.M. in composition from Arizona State University, and the B.M. in composition from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. His primary teachers have included Stephen Michael Gryč, Robert Carl, Rodney Rogers, James DeMars, Robert Coburn, and François Rose. He has participated in masterclasses with composers Christopher Theofanidis, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Torke, and Jonathan Newman, as well as with conductor Karla Lemon at the Scotia Festival of Music. He also studied conducting with Henrik Jul Hansen and Eric Hammer. Andrew regularly leads clinics and performances of his music with ensembles of all types.
Andrew was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Composition and Instrumental Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where he will also direct the Muhlenberg Wind Ensemble. He previously served as Assistant Professor of Music at Naugatuck Valley Community College, and has also taught at the Hartt School, Arizona State University, and Paradise Valley Community College. He is a member of BMI, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. His percussion music is published by Heartland Marimba Publications.
Andrew divides his time between Allentown, PA and Hartford, CT. He and his partner Rico Reyes, are parents of a rescued Chihuahua/terrier mix named Joey, who is a very good boy (mostly).