High School Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically.
|Andrew Carroll, Piano (Jazz)|
|Freelance jazz pianist; undergraduate degree in progress, University of Southern California|
Jazz pianist, Andrew Carroll is 25 years old and hails from the Central New York area. He began piano studies at the age of four and discovered jazz piano when he was nine years old as the keyboardist for the award winning middle school jazz quintet, Too Blue.
Throughout his high school career at Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, NY. Andrew was an active participant in many of the school’s music programs as well as a sought out performer in the community. His finely honed skills earned him a spot in the 2005 Gibson-Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz ensembles which included his appearance with the GRAMMY Combo Ensemble on The Late Show with David Letterman. Other awards while in high school included a 2005 Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for Instrumental Jazz Soloist, and Outstanding Piano Soloist Award from the Essentially Ellington Competition, two IAJE Outstanding Musician Awards and Scholarships, and an Honorable Mention and Merit Award in Jazz Keyboard from the ARTs Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS), a program of NFAA.
Following high school, Andrew enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Southern California - Thornton School of Music - where he had the distinct honor of being the pianist for the Thornton Jazz Orchestra. Under the direction of Shelley Berg, the group recorded a yet to be released CD with Steve Miller at Capitol Studios. Andrew is credited for his arrangement of two of the charts on the record. In December 2006, Andrew was selected as a Thornton School of Music Burt Bacharach Scholar by his professors at USC.
Andrew currently resides at his home in Fayetteville, where he freelances around the Central New York area, teaches and works on recording projects. He recently started working for Signature Music in Syracuse as a part time piano instructor. He has accompanied vocalists Jane Monheit, Nancy Kelly and Ronnie Leigh. He has also worked with local legends such as Ralph Lalama, Phil Flanigan, Marcus Curry, Mike Melito, Joe Carrello, Rick Montalbano, Jimmy Johns and John Rhode. In the past year he has worked as a piano player at more than 200 engagements both private and public.