• Andy Harnsberger
    Andy Harnsberger,
    Assistant Professor of Percussion

    B.M., M.M., Virginia Commonwealth University
    D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
    Email: aharnsberger@leeuniversity.edu

    Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance”, Andy Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer, and educator. He has performed in musical venues across North America, South America, Australia, Japan, and Europe, and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the United States each year. He has been a featured artist at the Tamborimba Percussion Festival in Cali, Colombia and the Patagonia Percussion Festival in Argentina, and was on the artist/faculty for the Sulzbach-Rosenberg/Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany in 2014 and 2015. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings...His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.”

    Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year. His compositions have been performed at PASIC and around the world and he is a multiple recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents”, and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument.

    Andy Harnsberger is Assistant Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Andy is a performing artist and clinician for Malletech Instruments and Mallets, Remo Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.

    "Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience...simply phenomenal!" - National Public Radio

    "Andy Harnsberger is an inspirational clinician. He doesn't just tell students that great things are possible; he shows them how to make their goals a reality. His ability as an educator, combined with outstanding musicianship and incredible technique, is why he has been a clinician time and time again at UCA, and why he is always invited back." - Dr. Blake Tyson, University of Central Arkansas

Music Events Calendar

12/15
Lessons & Carols
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The Chapel
Lessons & Carols

Address: 1020 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311

The Lee University School of Music and School of Religion join together to present a service of lessons and carols, uniting Biblical lessons...

1/06
School of Music Auditions
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School of Music Auditions
For more information please contact McKenna Fetzer, (423) 614-8675, mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
1/16
School of Music Auditions
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School of Music Auditions
For more information please contact McKenna Fetzer, (423) 614-8675, mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
1/17
Faculty Recital: Megan Chisom, viola with Phillip Thomas, piano
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Squires Recital Hall
Faculty Recital: Megan Chisom, viola with Phillip Thomas, piano
1230 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311
1/24
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
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Pangle Hall
Presidential Concert: Susannah Biller Kness, soprano
Originally from Cleveland, Tennessee, Soprano Susannah Biller has been praised for her “incandescent, exquisitely supple soprano” (Dallas Morning News) and her “light, sweet lyric voice and coloratura...
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