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2018 Grammy Music Educator Award Nominee

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

I am humbled to announce that I have been selected as a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. Thanks to all those who nominated me; I consider myself truly blessed!

Click here for details about the Award and the 2018 nominees!

Philadelphia Wind Symphony 2016-17 Season!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The 2016-17 Philadelphia Wind Symphony concert season has just been announced! Concerts are free to all audience members; see www.philadelphiawindsymphony.org for directions and details. Hope to see you there!

 

Concert #1 – Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 pm
Paul Bryan, Conductor
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College – 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Concert #2 – Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 pm
Paul Bryan, Conductor
Liberti Church, Philadelphia – 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Concert #3 – Monday, March 20 at 7:00 pm
Wesley Broadnax, Conductor
Drexel University, Philadelphia – 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Concert #4 – Friday, May 5 at 8:00 pm
Virginia Allen, Conductor
Liberti Church, Philadelphia – 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Concert #5 – Friday, June 16 at 8:00 pm
Paul Bryan, Conductor
Liberti Church, Philadelphia – 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Wilbur Watts Singers on NBC-10

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Wilbur Watts Intermediate School Choir achieved 3rd place in the More FM Christmas Choir Competition and were featured on NBC-10:

The Philadelphia Wind Symphony

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

New Products on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Hello all! I’m happy to announce new products on Teachers Pay Teachers, just in time for the beginning of the school year! Presenting Artist Profiles: Popular Music. Contains brief biography handouts on significant musicians spanning multiple genres and decades. Also includes section highlighting the artist’s musical style and catalog of their most famous songs. Perfect for any general music or performing arts class at the elementary through high school level. Check it out at the following link:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Artist-Profiles-American-Popular-Music-1402896

This series of handouts contain brief biographies of some of the most significant musicians of American popular music. Various styles and genres are represented across decades of music in pop culture. Each biography contains a section on the artist’s representative musical style and a short catalog of their most famous songs. Biographies include:

Adele; Alicia Keys; Beastie Boys; Beyonce; Bob Dylan; Bob Marley; Britney Spears; Christina Aguilera; Elvis Presley; Eminem; Garth Brooks; James Brown; Johnny Cash; Justin Timberlake; Lady Gaga; Led Zeppelin; Madonna; Metallica; Michael Jackson; Nirvana; Ozzy Osbourne; Ray Charles; Run-D.M.C.; Shakira; Stevie Wonder; The Beatles; Tupac Shakur; U2; Whitney Houston teacherspayteachers-logo

Summer Lessons are Back!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Well, it’s that time again. Time to break out the shorts, enjoy sleeping late, and more time to practice your instrument! And in preparation for the summer of getting ready for those winter auditions, what could be better than working on your technique by taking lessons? Whether you’re a student preparing for that All South Jersey audition in December, or an adult who’s always wanted to try for the first time, I’d be happy to help you reach your goals. I provide anywhere from 30 minute to 1 hour instruction for students of all ages and ability levels. In addition, I’m also pleased to offer a FREE half-hour introductory lesson!

To find out more information, including scheduling and pricing, please feel free to call at 609-707-2465 or e-mail at andrew.lesser@yahoo.com!

 

Philadelphia Wind Symphony Concert – Sunday, March 4

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

The second concert of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony will be held on Sunday, March 4th at 3:00 pm in Caplan Hall, located at the University of the Arts in Center City. Directions and ticket information can be found at www.philadelphia windsymphony.org.

Program:
Overture to “La Forza del Destino” – Verdi/arr. Lake
Symphony No. 3 – Giannini
Children’s March: “Over the Hills and Far Away” – Grainger
Mandalen Landscapes – Sparke
Scenes from “The Louvre” – Dello Joio

 
 

Auditions: Prep, Prep, and More Prep

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Thinking of the NJASK test my students will be taking early next month, I remembered an old quote I learned years ago: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”. Of course, I’m not one to believe in luck, but I do believe that the opportunity to succeed is out there for those who not only look for it, but also are prepared when opportunity finds them. My school is scheduled to administer the NJASK tests to all our 3-6 grade students, and I’m sure the teachers, parents, and adminstration will be wishing them “good luck” before they begin. We all know that it is not luck that will determine how well they do, but how much they have been prepared by their teachers, and how much they have prepared themselves by studying and completing their assignments.

As a musician, the first thing I think of when I hear the word “test” is the synonym “audition”. By now, college auditions are in full swing and students are auditioning all over the world to get into the conservatory of their choice. Whenever I was about to take an audition, the idea of preparation meeting opportunity always stuck in my head whenever my competition would wish me a courtesy “good luck”, whether they meant it or not. I thought, since the opportunity of getting into this school had already presented itself, all I had left was my preparation. Since I had absolutely no control over how my competition were to perform, all I could focus on was how great I could make myself. I learned that if I went into an audition knowing that I had prepared 100 percent to the best of my ability, then I gained the confidence to do my best no matter what happened. Of course, I didn’t always have a great audition, but since I knew that had nothing to do with lack of preparation, I left without any regrets.

As both a performer and an educator, I can say without hesitation that preparation is the key to a successful audition. The other advice that I’ve learned over the years is during an audition, don’t think! All the thinking you do should be done during practice, so by the time the audition comes, you should be able to perform on instinct. Many people start second guessing themselves when the real pressure of the audition is upon them, as opposed to the more relaxed environment of the solitary practice room. Speaking of which, performing the audition material in front of other people also is a good preparation tool. Finally, enter the audition room with the attitude that if the worst happens, it’s really not the end of the world. Doing poorly at an audition can only serve to instruct on what we can do to make the next audition better. Many symphony orchestra members comment on how they lost many auditions before they won their position. The key is no matter how hard things get, don’t get up! Perseverance, preparation, and confidence are all essential for a successful performance. So get out there, do your best, and enjoy the journey!

Compositions Available for your Spring Concert!

Friday, March 18th, 2011

My new piece, Castle Overture, is a 5 minute, Grade 3+ piece reminiscent of the Medieval tales of knights and castles that your students will fall in love with. Also on the list for Spring Concert pieces is The Labyrinth, a Grade 5+ powerhouse currently published with Musica Propria. Snow Through a Window is also available through Kjos Publications for those of you who can’t get enough of winter! Check out the Compositions link to listen to these pieces!

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