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Andrew Chopra: Profile

EDUCATION

Jacksonville University (Jacksonville, FL)
- Degree: Bachelor of Music
- Major: Music Composition and Theory
- Minor: Aviation Management and Flight Operations
- Graduated May 2007
- University Honors
- Departmental Honors in Music
- Summa Cum Laude
- Phi Kappa Phi
- 2006 and 2007 recipient of the JU College of Fine Arts Excellence Award in Music
- 2004 and 2005 recipient of the Delius Scholarship for music composition
- Studied music composition principally under Dr. William Schirmer
- Additional music composition study under Tony Steve and Dr. Peter Mathews as well as electronic composition under Dr. Dennis Vincent



SELECTED MUSICAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- Held Junior Music Composition Recital on April 16, 2005 at Jacksonville University.
- Presented “String Ensemble No. 1” and a brief analysis of it at NCUR 2005 (The National Conferences on Undergraduate Research), which occurred April 21-23, 2005, with publication in the 2005 Proceedings.
- Presented “Dies Irae ‘The Day of Wrath’” and “Overture: The Frontier” at NCUR 2006, which occurred April 6-8, 2006, with publication in the 2006 Proceedings.
- At St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in addition to serving as principal organist, at various points directed/conducted several of the ensembles, including a men’s choir, handbell choir, recorder consort, wind ensemble, brass ensemble, and primary choir.
- Arranged and orchestrated songs by Fusebox Funk for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to accompany the band on the September 30, 2006 concert, part of the Symphony’s Plugged In Series.
- Held Senior Music Composition Recital on April 28, 2007 at Jacksonville University.
- Arranged and orchestrated songs by Grateful Dead for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra to accompany the band Glass Camels on the May 18, 2007 concert, part of the Symphony’s Plugged In Series.
- Currently serves at Holy Cross Lutheran Church as an associate director of music and an organist and directs the choir, handbell choir, youth choir, and instrumental ensemble there.



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, FL (2004-PRESENT)
Associate Director of Music
Substitute organist/pianist

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville, FL (2006-2007)
Arranger and Orchestrator

St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, FL (2002-2006)
Associate Music Director
Interim Organist/Ensemble Director
Substitute organist/pianist



MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) - Member
- Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) - Member
- American Guild of Organists (AGO) - Member
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society - Member
- Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honor Society - Member
- Fine Arts Honor Society - Member
- Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity - Pledge
- First Coast Wind Ensemble - Member



SELECTED LIST OF MUSICAL WORKS (YEAR)

Winter Storm (1995)
The King’s March (2002)
Rondo (2003)
Fanfare 2003 (2003)
Praise the Lord (2003)
The Creation (2003)
Clarinet Trio (2003)
Duet for Saxophone (2003)
Four Atmospheres (2004)
Rainforest Adventures (2004)
Suite for Oboe and Bassoon “The Clowns” (2004)
String Ensemble No. 1 (2005)
Quintet for Strings (2005)
Percussion Octet (2005)
Heather’s Dance Piece (2005)
String Quartet No. 1 (2005)
Dies Irae “The Day of Wrath” (2005)
Overture: The Frontier (2005)
Scherzo for String Orchestra (2007)
Dawn of a New Age (2007)
Fanfare for Brass Quintet (2007)
Book of Songs (2007)
Le Vampire (2007)
Prelude and Fugue for Piano (2007)
Choral Motet (2007)
Palindrome for Marimba and Dance (2007)
Symphonic Poem No. 1 (2007)
Music for Two Cellos (2007)
* Several cues written in the film music genre



CONCERT PREMIERS

- “Rainforest Adventures” - April 17, 2004 - conducted by Tony Steve - Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble concert
- “Dies Irae ‘The Day of Wrath’” - April 2, 2005 - conducted by Tony Steve - Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble concert
- “Heather’s Dance Piece” (cue for senior JU dance major’s choreography) - April 8, 2005 - Jacksonville University 2005 Senior Dance Concert - The Florida Theatre (Jacksonville, FL)
- (several works) - April 16, 2005 - Junior Music Composition Recital of Andrew Paul Chopra - Jacksonville University Terry Concert Hall
- “Overture: The Frontier” - April 19, 2005 - conducted by Artie Clifton - Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble concert
- “Fusebox Funk” (arrangements and orchestrations) - Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra / Fusebox Funk - September 30, 2006 - conducted by Michael Butterman - The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall (Jacksonville, FL)
- “Le Vampire” - April 19, 2007 - conducted by Andrew Chopra - Jacksonville University Percussion Ensemble Concert
- (several works) - April 28, 2007 - Senior Music Composition Recital of Andrew Paul Chopra - Jacksonville University Terry Concert Hall
- “A Tribute to the Grateful Dead” (arrangements and orchestrations) - Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra / Glass Camels - May 18, 2007 - conducted by Scott Gregg - The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacoby Hall (Jacksonville, FL)
- “Music for Two Cellos” - October 16, 2007 - Alexei Romanenko and Sofia Every - University of North Florida “Music of Our Time” concert



STUDIO INFORMATION

Software
- Sibelius 5
- Pro Tools M-Powered 7.3
- Reason 3.0
Sampling Software
- EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Silver Edition + Silver Pro XP
- EastWest/Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs
- Quantum Leap RA
- Quantum Leap Stormdrum
- Garritan Personal Orchestra
- ProjectSAM True Strike
- ProjectSAM SAM Orchestral Brass
- ProjectSAM SAM Organ Mystique
- ProjectSAM Flute & Piccolo Effects



ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Andrew Chopra was born on February 28, 1984 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. When he was two years old, he and his family moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he has grown up and still currently resides. He is the only musician within the family. While having many interests, music has been a passion for him throughout his life and ultimately his career choice.

At an early age, Andrew developed a creative style and started playing on a small organ that his family had. In first grade, at the age of six, he started taking formal piano lessons and has continued to do so. In addition, he has studied organ for about six months and clarinet for one year. Throughout grade school, he participated in concert band and was in a school choir for one year. He was also involved in local juried piano competitions, as well. Other hobbies for Andrew included Tae Kwon Do and Boy Scouts as a child, computers, and aviation. In addition, at the age of twelve, he started taking flying lessons. In 2002, he received his Private Pilot’s license and in 2004 his Instrument Rating. Furthermore, as a cancer survivor, he has been involved extensively with the American Cancer Society, Leukemia Society, Dreams Come True, Aslan House and Camp Boggy Creek.

Recently, Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and Theory at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He also received a minor in Aviation Management and Flight Operations. He studied music composition under the principal composition instructor Dr. William Schirmer, and he has also studied composition under the percussion instructor Tony Steve and received training from Dr. Peter Mathews, as well. In addition, he studied piano under W. Eugene Hudson and Scott Watkins. Furthermore, Andrew has been involved extensively with the subject of music technology, including synthesis, sampling, and audio manipulation, having studied under Dr. Dennis Vincent. Additionally, while at JU, he actively participated in the Jacksonville University Wind and Percussion Ensembles as a pianist and percussionist.

Andrew has also been active in the Lutheran church. In late 2006, he finished serving a position as an associate music director at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church during their interim period. While there, in addition to serving as principal organist, at various points he directed or conducted several of the ensembles, including a men’s choir, handbell choir, recorder consort, wind ensemble, brass ensemble, and primary choir. Currently, Andrew is serving at Holy Cross Lutheran Church as an associate director of music and an organist. Additionally, he directs the choir, handbell choir, youth choir, and instrumental ensemble there.

Furthermore, Andrew has been privileged to work with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on two occasions. For the symphony’s Plugged In Series concert on September 30, 2006, he transcribed five songs by the band “Fusebox Funk” and then arranged and orchestrated them for the orchestra, which then accompanied the band in performance. For the symphony’s Plugged In Series concert on May 18, 2007, Andrew transcribed, arranged and orchestrated six songs by the “Grateful Dead.” The orchestra then accompanied the band “Glass Camels” in the performance. Overall, both concerts were a success and provided a great experience.

Currently, Andrew is applying to graduate school. In addition, he presently participates in the First Coast Wind Ensemble as a percussionist and keyboardist. Career aspirations after graduate school include film scoring and possibly teaching music theory and composition, although he does have interest in being a music director at a church, as well. He cites several composers as inspirations: J.S. Bach, L.V. Beethoven, Aaron Copland, W.A. Mozart, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and several contemporary film composers, such as John T. Williams and James Horner. Finally, Andrew credits his three excellent composition instructors from JU: Dr. William Schirmer (composer of over 4,000 works), Tony Steve, and Dr. Peter Mathews.



(Updated 10/27/07)