GROUP INDEPENDENT / EDUCATOR
Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as "A Master of Musical Nuance", ANDY HARNSBERGER enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Europe, and Japan and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion and has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also been featured at Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. His compact disc, "Vertigo," has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as "a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings...His performance makes it clear that he is master player, not only technically, but musically as well."
Dr. Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony as well as the contemporary music ensemble "Currents", and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument. "Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience... simply phenomenal!" - National Public Radio
Andy Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He has been Director of Percussion Studies and Artist in Residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee since 1997. He resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist, performing as many as 40 concerts per year. He is also in demand as a clinician across the country, presenting workshops and masterclasses at many universities each year. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, and SABIAN Cymbals, Ltd.