Andrew is staff organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has performed for the Flint and Ann Arbor chapters of the AGO, has lectured on film scoring for the University of Michigan Dearborn, and travels widely doing concerts and scoring/accompanying silent films.
A resident of Fenton, Michigan, Andrew's musical studies began with the accordion, winning local and national competitions by playing transcriptions of classical orchestral music. He later appeared in the orchestra of Broadway productions at Michigan State University where he holds his degree with honors in Psychology. He studied theater organ techniques with the late Fr. James Miller, and then augmented his studies with Dr. Marilyn Mason at the University of Michigan while she was on sabbatical. He, also, accompanied Fr. Jim on his second tour of Australia and Norfolk Island, appearing both in joint concerts and solo engagements. Also, scholarships from the University of Michigan enabled him to travel on two Historic Organ Tours led by Dr. Mason covering France, Italy, and Switzerland – playing 58 instruments and participating in ten public concerts.
In addition to his classical and pop concerts, it was in 2003 when Andrew was invited to play for a public program in Michigan for Japan's Foundation for Global Harmony. The music so transported its founder, that he asked Andrew to create two meditation CD’s for the Foundation to help raise funds for orphanages, hospitals, vocational schools, etc., for children in SE Asia. It led to a trip to Hawaii and five trips to Japan including performing at the Foundation’s Heart Expos in ’04 and ’07, and for their 11/11/11 Festival.
From Dr. Tom Peacock, organ curator, at the Ironwood Theater after a performance of “Phantom” in October of '14: “Just wanted to tell you, again, how absolutely stellar your performance was Saturday night! Your interpretation of the film captured the mood of each and every scene and blended seamlessly with the action. For me, it was a truly memorable performance! In case you didn’t notice, the audience was equally in awe. You were simply fantastic ... please hurry back to Ironwood (Michigan) so we can experience, again, the sound of our Barton played so masterfully!”
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