Andrew Kreysa (Percussion)


ANDREW KREYSA is a native of Frederick, MD and has been performing on percussion instruments for over twenty-five years. From 2011-2014 Andrew acted as Conductor and Artistic Director of the South Coast Percussion Ensemble, and from 2014-2016 served as Graduate Assistant to the San Diego State University Percussion Ensemble.


In addition to conducting, Andrew is an avid soloist and chamber musician. Andrew was a winner of the 2011-2012 SDSU Soloist Competition; performing David Gillingham’s Concerto for Marimba No. 2 with the San Diego State University Wind Symphony. In the spring of 2013 Andrew joined the modern music ensemble SWARMIUS; and has since then performed on over fifty occasions across the United States—in New York, Colorado, and throughout California. In April of 2015, Kreysa, along with other members of SWARMIUS were featured soloists with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra, performing the world premier of Joseph Martin Waters’ concerto Suite Noir. In April of 2016, Kreysa made his Copley Symphony Hall debut, as one of three soloists featured with the SDSU Wind Symphony, performing Russell Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur. Mr. Kreysa will be performing Peck's triple concerto once again in January of 2017 at the annual SCSBOA Conference in Anaheim.


Mr. Kreysa’s scholarly writings have been heralded as “insightful” and “thought provoking”. He is coalescing his talents in music and writing through working towards the completion of his first Percussion Method book, which will emphasize the importance and integration of music theory in order to foster a higher level of comprehension, as well as facilitate rapid absorption of music through the use of philosophical and technical rhetoric and exercises. Andrew is celebrating his year anniversary as Instrumental Percussion Staff at Westview High School, and is incredibly proud to part of a staff that is vested in driving young people to realize their fullest potential, in music and life. In addition to dedicating much of his time to Westview, Andrew is a regularly engaged musician; mostly performing in musical theatre productions and modern chamber music.


Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from San Diego State University, and studied under Gregory Cohen, Principle Percussionist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Additionally Andrew has studied under Frank Anthony Ames, Mike Holguin, John Tafoya, and Janis Potter. Andrew has played under Shannon Kitelinger, Matthew Rowe, John E. Wakefield, Edward Maclary, James Ross, and Kenneth Keisler, Andrew lives in San Diego and maintains a large private teaching studio and percussion rental business.


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