Andrew Stonerock grew up in Nashville, Tennessee where he was introduced to music at a high level from an early age. As a teenager he realized that he wanted music to be his career. He continues to dedicate himself to being a multi-talented musician with proficiency on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. He is equally comfortable performing and teaching in all styles including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, rock, funk, swing, and dixieland.
As a classical saxophonist he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Midland/Odessa Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, among other. He is currently the alto saxophonist with the Chautauqua Saxophone Quartet. He has recorded with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Colorado Saxophone Quartet and various university ensembles. He has presented solo and chamber recitals and/or masterclasses at the University of North Texas, Oklahoma State University, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Central Oklahoma, Casper College, Midwestern State and others.
As a jazz/commercial saxophonist Andrew has performed with Boyz II Men, Steve Vai, Natalie Cole, John Fedchock, Marvin Stamm, Nenna Freelon and Brad Leali, among others. While living in Denver, he regularly played with the Legacy Jazz Orchestra and the Ninth and Lincoln Big Band and was a member of the Colorado Saxophone Quartet, a saxophone quartet that performs jazz music. Andrew runs his own jazz group (Andrew Stonerock Jazz Quintet) that has been featured at the Kinser Jazz Festival and the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival. Andrew's first CD Pavlov's Waterfall was released in 2015. He will be releasing another CD in the Fall of 2017.
He is also in high demand as a woodwind doubler. Andrew has played over 50 different shows at various theatres including the Buell Theatre, the Arvada Arts Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Light Opera, Actors Guild Playhouse, and Theatre Coppell, among others. While living in Dallas, Andrew was in especially high demand playing in over 20 productions in 4 years.
Andrew is the director of the Guatemalan-American International Jazz Camp, an annual camp that takes place in Guatemala. There, he directs the big band, jazz combos, as well as teaches jazz theory/improvisation and masterclasses. He is also an award winning teacher, having been a three-time recipient of the Silver Medal “Best Should Teach” award, an award recognizing outstanding graduate teaching at the University of Colorado. His students have received music scholarships to universities, won chairs in honor bands and received superior ratings at both local and regional solo and ensemble contests.
Currently, Andrew the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Cameron University. As the Director of Jazz at Cameron University, he oversees all aspects of the Cameron University Jazz Program, including directing the Cameron University Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, as well as teaching courses in jazz theory and improvisation. He teaches private lessons in jazz and classical saxophone and clarinet, and also teaches courses in Music Literature, Aural Skills, American Popular Music, and Woodwind Methods. He has previously taught at Casper College and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Jazz Studies and his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from Ohio University. His primary saxophone teachers include Tom Myer, John Gunther, Jim Riggs, Eric Nestler, and Matt James.