Dr. Andrew Harms holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a concentration in German Studies, a 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 also completed performances studies at the University of Miami. Andrew’s most influential teachers include Craig Morris, Philip Collins, David Bilger, and Anthony Plog.
Andrew is equally comfortable as a performer, teacher, and researcher. He has been recognized as a finalist by a multitude of national and international conferences, competitions, and organizations, including the International Trumpet Guild, National Trumpet Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the U.S. Fulbright Student Program. Andrew has been involved in the commissioning and premieres of over a dozen new works, including Contraptions by John Cheetham, Zelik by Annika Socolofsky, and Anticitizen One by Paul Poston, and has performed with several of Boston’s top new music ensembles, including Sound Icon and the New England Philharmonic. Andrew has presented programs of traditional recital literature as well as both historical performance practice and new music techniques in the United States and abroad. Andrew also holds the position of Solo Cornet with the New England Brass Band, and serves on the organization’s Board of Directors.
Andrew currently curates a studio of students across the New England area, and has lead studios and music programs in Missouri, Texas, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Maine, and Massachusetts. Seasonally, Andrew serves on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where he conducts the staff and student brass ensembles. Andrew has previously served on the faculties at New England Music Camp and Appel Farm Fine Arts Center. Andrew’s students participate in many of New England’s top honor bands and orchestras, and have participated in prestigious study programs such as the Boston Youth Symphony and Tanglewood. Many have gone on to study at music schools and conservatories across the country.
As a researcher, Andrew’s primary field is film music, particularly that of German composers in the 1930’s and 1940’s as they related to the Nazi propaganda program. Andrew has presented extensively on the trumpet’s role in Leni Riefenstahl’s films and their influence on the trumpet music of the period, such as Paul Hindemith and Karl Pilß. Andrew has taught seminars on film music at New England Music Camp and in Boston, MA. Additionally, Andrew has conducted research on the veracity of Torelli’s famous concerto and has performed many of the composer’s works with string ensemble.