Previously an Associate Professor and the Director of Bands at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, Andrea Strauss supervised all aspects of the Band Program in the School of Fine & Performing Arts. As well as leading the marching band, chamber orchestra, and wind ensemble, Andrea Strauss led the development of a new instrumental music education program. Within this capacity, Strauss supervised curriculum plans, ensemble organization, and instrument purchases. She held responsibility for hiring adjunct faculty in the program as well.
A talented administrator and educator alike, Strauss also served as Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. During her tenure, Andrea Strauss led ensembles to performances in a number of locations, including Ireland, China, and Australia. In addition to boasting considerable talents as a conductor, Strauss remains a respected authority on music education and frequently contributes her expertise to conferences across the United States as well as an array of publications.
Andrea Strauss frequently receives invitations to speak on methods of instruction and conducting. Past appearances include the 26th Annual Florida State University Tri State Band and Festival Conducting Conference, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the Southeast District of Tau Beta Sigma’s Fall Workshop.
A conductor with a diverse knowledge of training, Strauss has given speeches on a number of topics, including “Tai Chi and Yoga To Improve Conducting,” “5 Rehearsal Strategies to Improve Teaching and Conducting,” and “Communication, Intonation: Keys to Success.” Andrea Strauss also offers her insight to a variety of periodicals including The Woman Conductor, National Band Association Journal, The Podium, and the Music Educators Journal.