Andrea Vancura earned her Bachelors of Music at the University of Southern California on USC Presidential, General Endowed, and National Merit Scholarships. At USC, Andrea was a member of a variety of performing ensembles, and additionally served as co-founder, music director, and piano accompanist of the Trojan Fine Arts Association. After receiving her B.Mus. degree Magna Cum Laude, Andrea continued her musical studies at UCLA, where she studied with professors Ian Krouse, Peter Golub, and Bruce Broughton, and pursued coursework in film music and sound design, electronic composition, orchestration, dance and music collaboration, and interactive multimedia programming in the Max/MSP environment, graduating with her Master’s in Composition for Visual Media.
Andrea continues to maintain an active performance presence in Los Angeles; at UCLA, she has played trombone, sackbut, oboe, and English horn as a member of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble, UCLA Symphonic Band, UCLA Ellingtonia Orchestra (big band), and the Omni-Musicality Group (intercultural experimental improv), as well as serving as worship band keyboardist and sound engineer at the Westside Vineyard church in West LA. She also continues to combine her compositional and performance talents with her mixing and production skills, writing and producing electronic music as well as high quality sampler-generated mockups of her instrumental works, both standalone pieces and film and games scores.
Andrea teaches trombone/brass, oboe/woodwinds, piano, and composition at Cornerstone Music Conservatory; with students from 4 years old through adults, she creates engaging, enjoyable, relevant lessons tailored to each student’s musical interests and learning style, from the earliest beginners to audition preparation to simply expanding one’s abilities in playing for enjoyment. With extensive experience as a performer, composer, and educator in a wide range of genres and styles, studying with Andrea will allow you to gain the tools and insight to truly express your inner creativity.