About D'Andrew Parker
D'Andrew is a singer, keyboardist, and music educator who was raised in West Virginia. At West Virginia Wesleyan College he received a Bachelors of Music with an emphasis in voice and piano under the tutelage of world class musicians such as Dr. Larry Parsons, Dr. Melody Meadows, and Dr. Mandy Spivak. Under their guidance, D'andrew has acquired a deep level of understanding in the areas of vocal performance and pedagogy, classic and improvisational piano, and music direction and interpretation.
D'Andrew began his vocal studies at age eight, singing with his church choir and also community theatre. Growing up, he sang lead roles in shows such as "The Music Man," and "Les Miserables." As a young singer, D'andrew performed as a soloist with Chanticleer Children's Chorus of West Virginia, and All State Chorus' High School and Collegiate Chamber Choruses. Most recently, D'andrew has been coaching individuals and groups to perform pieces at the Atlas Theatre in Washington DC. As a vocalist and voice teacher, D'Andrew wants his students to understand from the point of the Late Ella Fitzgerald that "the only thing better than singing, is more singing." D'Andrew specializes in teaching all styles of singing including classical, contemporary, music theatre, and jazz voice to name a few.
At 14, D'Andrew began to teach himself to play piano, later enrolling in traditional private lessons. Practicing every day on a piano gifted from the church, he developed a clear point of view in terms of developing technique and expression within himself and the students he teaches. His musical influences include Oscar Peterson, Pj Morton, and Nina Simone. D'andrew is proficient in classical piano, improvisational piano, and chord piano.
D'Andrew has melded his vocal and piano talents to direct and compose pieces for various singing groups and productions in his community. At West Virginia Wesleyan, D'andrew co-established a singing group called "Joyful Noise" -- a group of community members born on the autism spectrum. Working with children, and especially children with special needs, has been the joy of D'andrew's life. Early on in his career, he embraced the opportunity to teach at the Solidarity Child Rescue Center in Nairobi, Kenya. There he established a middle school choir and organized music performances for the entire community. For two years, he worked at the Blue Lake Fine Arts camp as a performer/Soloist with the Blue Lake Jazz Band and Choral Ensembles. D'Andrew's professional performance opportunities include working as cast member of the popular Broadway show, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," at the historic Lincoln Theatre, and has directed several shows at Arena Stage in DC. D'Andrew has taught general music and concert choir at Cardozo High School in Washington DC for four years. There he has developed music programs and ensembles that have stimulated the climate and culture of the school.
D'Andrew's teaching philosophy is that music should be an exaltation of human spirit. By blending essential music technique, the Suzuki and Kodaly methodologies of music education, and Dalcroze Eurythmics, he aims to unearth unlimited music potential and creation from his students. Above all, D'Andrew is deeply passionate about music as being a listening art. He aims to bring a deeper level of music appreciation to the hearts of his students and guide them into understanding what music means for themselves. What most inspires D'andrew are his students. He believes that he has as much to learn from them, as they do from him and he looks forward to learning together!