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 David Bilger, Anthony Plog, Dr. Don Greene, Philip Collins, Alan Siebert, Keith Benjamin, and Grant Peters.
Andrew is equally comfortable as a performer, teacher, arts consultant, and researcher. He has been recognized by several 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 premier 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. Andrew has presented programs of traditional recital literature as well as both historical performance practice, new music techniques, and “popular” music. 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 virtual studio of students across the U.S., 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 consultant, Andrew has experience with all stages of project development, from concept to market, in a variety of modes. Clients include educational institutions, performing ensembles, summer programs, software companies, and individuals. Past projects include software development, fundraising, public relations, print media production, project proposals, grant writing, web site creation, project management, program structure, production software and technology, institutional collaborations, social media, and digital content distribution. Notable clients include Vision Technologies, the New England Brass Band, Needham Music and Dance, The Conservatory at Newton Highlands, Appel Farm Fine Arts Camp, and members of the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia symphonies.
As a researcher, Andrew has published on many research threads, such as entrepreneurship, film, and pedagogy. 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 consulted with several software companies and is a capable programmer himself, writing and publishing on the use of statistical principals and software to improve technique. Andrew has most recently published on the principals of sound production and embouchure development. 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.