Andrew Harms

Andrew Harms holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a concentration in German Studies, Master of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in English Literature and Composition from Missouri State University.

Andrew has taught, researched, and performed all over the world, including most of the fifty states, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Czech Republic. Andrew has been an award winner at a multitude of national and international competition, including the U.S. Fulbright Program, WAMSO Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, and the National MTNA Chamber Music Division Competition. Equally at home in solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire, Andrew has performed with many of the country’s top symphony orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra; in addition, Andrew has performed and recorded with the Missouri Chamber Players, the Missouri Brass Quintet, and the Springfield Brass Quintet. An enthusiastic supporter of new music and alternative ensembles, Andrew has commissioned over a dozen new works featuring the trumpet, including Voices from an Unseen World by Stephen Variames, Anticitizen One by Paul Poston, Zelik by Annika Socolofsky, and Contraptions by John Cheetham.

Andrew teaches an overflowing studio of young brass players in Boston, MA, where he also plays third trumpet in the Lexington Symphony. Andrew also plays Solo Cornet in the New England Brass Band, and serves on the Board of Directors. In the past, Andrew has worked and taught in Austin, TX, beginning a scholarship program to serve at-risk communities. He has also served as brass faculty and Assistant Department Head of Music at Appel Farm Fine Arts Camp, near Philadelphia, PA, where he founded the program’s first full symphony orchestra, the Appel Farm Philharmonic. Andrew’s primary area of research is the trumpet repertoire and the trumpet’s role in propaganda film associated with the 1930’s German Fascist Aesthetic, and his work has culminated in a presentation fusing the propaganda film of Leni Riefenstahl with the trumpet sonatas by Paul Hindemith and Karl Pilß. Andrew’s current projects include a resource for trumpeters teaching French horn, a methodology for intonation pedagogy, and a book treating many of the orchestral repertoire’s toughest rhythms.

Andrew’s primary teachers include Phil Collins, Alan Siebert, Craig Morris, Keith Benjamin, Keith Johnson, and Grant Peters. Andrew has also studied with Matthew Ernst, Chris Kiradjieff, Reinhold Friedrich, and Charles Geyer.

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