Andrew Lu (Palo Alto, CA) is a musician and educator. He currently teaches band, strings, and choir at Thomas S. Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, CA. Additionally, he serves on the board and artistic committee of Ninth Planet New Music, a recent merger between two Bay Area organizations– performing ensemble Wild Rumpus and Composer's, Inc.
In 2018, Andrew founded 28/78 New Music Ensemble, a student-run chamber group at University of the Pacific, and served as its director until May 2019. As an active conductor in the Pacific Conservatory community, he led performances with Pacific’s Choirs and Symphonic Wind Ensemble, in addition to premiering several student compositions. Outside of the Conservatory, Andrew has conducted and music directed musical theatre productions with PEP and A Theatre Near U. He was also the Choral Assistant at the Stockton Youth Chorale for two years.
An avid composer, Andrew has collaborated on two new musicals with A Theatre Near U, ’Twas Brillig (2015) and A Beautiful Glass (2016), the latter of which was nominated for an SF Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Original Music. He has also had several original compositions and arrangements performed in various concerts in California.
Andrew graduated with highest honors in May 2019 from Pacific with a B.M. Music Education degree with an Instrumental concentration, where he studied flute with Mathew Krejci, composition with Robert Coburn, and conducting with Eric Hammer, Yejee Choi, Peter Witte and Harvey Benstein. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, NAfME, CMEA and the Barbershop Harmony Society.