Andrew Pedersen recently won a position with the Houston Symphony. He was a student of Tim Pitts at Rice and a student of Rob Kassinger’s at DePaul.
I actually had the chance to work with Andrew at Northwestern University’s now-defunct High School Music Institute back in 2011, and it was great watching him continue to grow as a player and musician during his years at DePaul.
We dig into the nuts and bolts of Andrew’s Houston Symphony audition process, balancing playing in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago with being a student, Andrew’s audition preparation strategies, advice for his younger self (which I know you’re gong to love!), and much more.
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