Andrew Barbour earned a BA in Sacred Music from Lenoir-Rhyne University having studied organ with Florence Jowers and Larry Stratemeyer. An active musician in his native North Carolina, Andrew served churches in both accompanist and director roles, led music in ecumenical community events, and participated as organist on several occasions with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A member of the American Guild of Organists, he was also a featured recitalist on chapter programs after having twice been a recipient the Charlotte Chapter’s annual Stigall Scholarship. In addition to his musical activities, Andrew was passionate about raising urban chickens for 16 years. More recently, trekking has captivated his interest after hiking 124 km through the Himalayas to the Mt. Everest Base Camp in June 2017.
Earlier this year, Andrew placed second in the Strader Organ Competition, which led him to the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance with Michael Unger. He currently serves as Principal Organist at St. Gertrude Catholic Church, Madeira, OH.