Houchins, Andrew

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Andrew Houchins


Born: 1959

Country: Kansas, US

Studies: Pittsburg State University, Kansas; The University of Memphis; The University of Florida

Teachers: John Baur, Donald Freund, Ladislav Kubik


Andrew Houchins studied with John Baur and Donald Freund at the The University of Memphis where he received his master’s degree in composition and received a doctorate in composition from The Florida State University studying with Ladislav Kubik. He also studied in Prague at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute, where he received a performance of Songs: Four Haiku for Voice, Horn, and Piano, at the Dvorak Museum. He has written for diverse ensembles including solo, electronic, and small and large ensembles, and his compositions have been played at numerous venues and conferences throughout the United States. Fanfare and Eulogy was a finalist in the Lancaster Festival Chamber Orchestra Competition and Andy’s commissions include Elements, for flute, bassoon, piano, and percussion, written for the Kansas Music Teachers Association, and Face Off, for percussion duo, written for the Conservatory at Lynn University. Dr. Tracy Freeze with the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble premiered his percussion concerto, The Big Bang. Vignettes, for euphonium and orchestra was written as a showcase for Dr. Nathan Gay, and Minor Issues, for bassoon and piano, was premiered at the Conservatorio Plurinacional de Música Hall del Conservatorio in La Paz, Bolivia, last May. Dr. Houchins is a Professor of Music at Emporia State University teaching theory, composition, and technology, and is a member of the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc., and was initiated as a Friend of the Arts by the Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity in 2008.

Works for Percussion

Duo for Clarinet and Percussion - Multiple Percussion, Clarinet
Face Off - Percussion Duo
Fire From Within - Percussion Quartet
The Big Bang - Multiple Percussion, Wind Ensemble
The Big Bang (perc. ens. version) - Multiple Percussion, Percussion Sextet
The Mad King - Marimba
String Theory: Multiverse Level 1 - Percussion Quartet, Marimba Quartet