Andrea began piano when she was 6 and was involved in 10 years of classical instruction. At the age of 14, she received training in chordal and improvisational piano. She was very successfully involved in high school UIL competitions vocally, as well as in playing UIL piano accompaniment for other competitors, throughout the years. She has participated, also, in numerous other singing, playing, and recording engagements spanning 34 years.
Andrea began accompanying church choirs at the age of 14 and has helped develop, lead, play piano, and sing for church worship ministries, during the past 2 decades, in various cities throughout America. Her activities include involvement in hundreds of weddings, funerals, graduations, retreats, conferences, mission trips, and community service opportunities, including nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, and prison ministry.
When she was 9 years old, Andrea felt God’s specific call to set aside a family for the purpose of worship to God. She believed in and pursued that vision. To date, Andrea’s various five children have been involved in that calling through singing and through playing piano, violin, harp, viola, cello, guitar, recorders, Irish whistles, bass, and percussion. Her husband, Don, in actively involved in the ministry through professional sound engineering and recording. Additionally, it has been Andrea’s great delight to be given the privilege of instructing children and adults, alike, in traditional and improvisational piano to facilitate their worship, thus passing on her love of music and God to many others. Andrea has taught piano for the past twenty years.
Andrea, also, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Texas at Austin and did 10 years of labor and delivery staff nursing and charge nursing at Seton Medical Center in Austin. As well, she has a thorough enjoyment of animals (especially dogs and horses). Her extended family includes miniature horses, dogs, cats, and birds. For ten years, she and her children weekly visited rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes, bringing music, Maltese dogs, and trained Cockatoos to encourage the residents.
Beyond the realm of music, Andrea also loves poetry, cooking, caring for her husband and five children, and home schooling, for the past 13 years. The greatest joy of her life, though, is in knowing why she was created, from a very young age—to honor her Creator through worship of which He is so worthy. She joyfully and passionately gives music back in gratitude to God Who gave it to her.