Andrea grew up in the Washington, DC area and was fortunate to begin her guitar studies with former Airmen of Note Jazz Virtuoso Rick Whitehead. She was selected as Outstanding Soloist and named to the All-Star Jazz Ensemble at the James Madison University Jazz Festival. She also received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for young musicians.
An alumna of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music Performance program, her instructors included William G. Leavitt, Laurence Baione and Jon Damien. She served as Berklee Regional Admissions Alumni Representative earning recognition for Outstanding Service and Rep of the Year.
Post-Collegiate training includes extensive Suzuki Method pedagogy courses and classical guitar studies with Robert Guthrie of Southern Methodist University.
As a performer, her experience includes big bands and combos as well as solo guitar and chamber music at venues in the US, Canada, Latin America, and Europe (Scotland, Norway, Poland and Germany.) She performed for the President of the United States in an Inaugural Event, for dignitaries of the Nation of Grenada and was even included in the Guinness Book of World Records as part of two of the Largest Ensembles ever assembled.
As an educator, Andrea founded Guitar Arts Studio in Houston, Texas. The Guitar Arts program includes private lessons, music theory classes and an ensemble for pre-college aged students. Guitar Arts Studio is a National Model Program for Suzuki Guitar and one of the premier guitar programs for young children in the US.