Andre J. North, Graduate Assistant

            South Carolina native, Andre North is very active as both a performer and educator in the music field. He has performed at several international venues including the 32nd and 35th Annual Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums as well as the 15th World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. He has performed with such ensembles as the Charleston Community Band, University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Nittany Valley Symphony. Notable performances include 2012 fall performances of Darius Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde and William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

            Additionally, Mr. North has received much attention for his contributions to the educational field. In 2011, he was awarded 1st Prize at the 2011 University of South Carolina Discovery Day for his research on Asian music education. As an educator, he has worked as private instructor, chamber music coach, and music arranger for the Congaree New Horizon’s Band Program, private instructor with the South Carolina Community Music Program, Director of Pep Bands at Summit Parkway Middle School, and as recent local instructor in State College, Pennsylvania. Professional affiliations include Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and the North American Saxophone Alliance.

            Andre North graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Performer’s Certificate studying with Clifford Leaman. He is now currently a Graduate Assistant at Penn State University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance under the direction of David Stambler. Additional instructors include Matt Olson, Lauren Meccia, and Adam Estes.