Andre Myers

Assistant Professor, Composition
School of Music

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Education

B. Mus., Eastman School of Music
M. Mus., University of Michigan
D.M.A., University of Michigan

Degrees

B. Mus., Eastman School of Music
M. Mus., University of Michigan
D.M.A., University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational & Community Outreach
  • Electronic & Computer Music
  • African-American Musics
  • Improvisation

Bio

Called “an insightful and skillful new voice” (Times Union), and “ingenious. . . powerful” (icareifyoulisten.com), the music of Andre Myers mixes narrative drama, poetry, and meditations on color to create work that aspires to moments of honesty, poignancy, and depth. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andre has three times been commissioned by the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as composer-in-residence for the Philharmonic’s CLASSical music outreach program. His second commission from the Philharmonic, a musical adaptation of Holling C. Holling’s picture book Paddle to the Sea, has been performed regularly since 2005 as a part of the orchestra’s “Koncert for Kids” series, and the composer has narrated the work for tens of thousands of school children.

Andre’s most recent commissions include Studies in Hope: Frederick Douglass for the Albany Symphony, Partita for Solo Violin for the Street Symphony founder and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta; Cadenza & Aria for international viola soloist Brett Deubner; and Quilting: Poems by Countee Cullen for the acclaimed countertenor Darryl Taylor and Orchestra Santa Monica. He has composed for orchestra, choir, solo and chamber ensembles, as well as for theater and dance. His works have been presented in conferences across the United States and Europe, and performed by the Detroit Symphony, the University of Michigan Philharmonic, and the Occidental/Cal-Tech Symphony. Honors include the University of Michigan's Rackham Merit Fellowship and King Spirit Award, the University of Michigan's Willis Patterson Medal, and an associate artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Andre received his B.Mus. in composition from the Eastman School of Music, and his M.Mus. and A.Mus.D. in composition from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers in composition were William Banfield, Warren Benson, Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, David Liptak, Robert Morris, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers and Erik Santos. He has served on the faculty at Occidental College and Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles. Andre currently lives in Redlands, California with his wife Andrea, their dogs Charlotte & Walter, and their cat, Jean-Paul. Learn more at http://andremyers.com