Organist / Assistant Music Director
Simon Andrews was born in England and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of California at Berkeley.
Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten International Composition Prize, his music has been featured at the Aldeburgh and St. Alban’s Festivals, broadcast on BBC radio and widely performed in the London, Oxford and San Francisco areas, as well as New York, Boston and Baltimore, France, Australia, Africa and China. His arrangements and original music for church choirs is published by St. James’ Press.
The documentaries for which he provided the music, The Amish and Us and Saving Pennsylvania, have accumulated more than one hundred airings nationally on PBS.
His edition and completion of the Mozart Requiem has received performances and rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
He is also active as a pianist, harpsichordist and conductor, having worked with the Berkeley Opera, Berkeley Contemporary Opera, North Bay Opera, Capitol Opera of Sacramento, the Concert Opera of Philadelphia and Opera Lancaster, as Music Director of the Harrisburg Choral Society. He has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, and Millersville University.
He was Head of Theory and Chair of the Choral department at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, serving as its Dean from 2010 until its close in 2011, and Director of Music at Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA from 2007 to 2016 where he directed Adult, Youth, Children’s and Bell Choirs and ran a concert series featuring the Chancel Choir and orchestra in works such as Haydn’s Creation, Verdi’s Requiem and the Britten War Requiem.