Cello, Violin, Viola, Bass, Guitar Teacher, Parent
Andrew Travers grew up in Sioux Falls and began studying music in the fifth grade following a performance of Jaws by a visiting orchestra recruiter. What followed, with the help of lessons, camps, and competitions, was a growing love of music, performance and teaching.
After a magical summer attending the Interolochen Arts Camp and auditioning into he World Youth Symphony Orchestra, he attended college at the University of Connecticut and studied cello performance with Mary Lou Rylands. After graduation he moved to Las Vegas, where he taught privately and in the CCSD, and played with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and in The Lion King.
Also during his time in Las Vegas, Andrew invested himself supporting Viola Fest and Bass Workshop, creating and running Cello Day, and teaching in the inner-city violin program FAYM.
In 2010, he returned home to Sioux Falls with his wife, Maria, who teaches Yoga and creates art. Maria and Andrew have two wonderful boys: Liam born in 2008 back in Las Vegas and Lysander, born in 2013 in Sioux Falls. Andrew teaches private cello students, and orchestra at Sioux Falls schools: George McGovern Middle School, Hawthorne and All City Elementary Schools. He also plays in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal cellist in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew completed Every Child Can, and Suzuki Book 1 training at the MIC: Chicago Suzuki Institute in the summer of 2015 with Barbara Wampner. He continued his training with Barbara Wampner and completed Book 2 and 3 at MIC: CSI in the summer of 2016.