Artistic Director

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Andrew Burger is a conductor, vocalist, and instrumentalist from Niskayuna, New York. He is also Artistic Director of the Octavo Singers of Schenectady, Director of Music Ministries at the Niskayuna Reformed Church, Adjunct Professor and former Director of Choruses at RPI, Section Leader for Albany Pro Musica, and Chorus Director for the Albany Symphony. He studied conducting at Bard College under the renowned James Bagwell, where he served as Assistant Conductor and Administrator, conducting the Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Symphonic Chorus, and The Orchestra Now. Selections of Andrew’s musical accomplishments include conducting Beethoven’s Mass in C, Bach’s Wachet Auf, Durufle’s Requiem, Fauve’s Requiem, Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bruckner’s Te Deum, as well as serving as rehearsal conductor for Handel’s Messiah. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in music education from The College to St. Rose. As a student, he won the Concerto Competition playing Gregson’s Tuba Concerto. An active vocalist and instrumentalist, Andrew sings throughout the Capital Region and maintains a small lesson studio for voice and brass. While not pursuing his musical career, Andrew is foreman and retail manager at his family’s business, a large and thriving vegetable farm and greenhouse in Nikskayuna.