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andrew clarksonAndrew Clarkson has been the director of music and organist at St. Paul's since 2006. He began his piano studies when he was five years old with, among others, Anita Frank (classical), John Mehegan (jazz), George Shearing (jazz), Irving Shire (jazz), Carlo Pinto (classical), Patricia Zander (classical), Kirk Nurock (jazz), and Liz Gorrill (jazz). He has studied saxophone with Lennie Popkin, singing with Craig Wich, conducting with Akiko Fujimoto, and organ with Brian Jones. Andy began composing in 1993. His compositions to date are for piano, accompanied solo voice, and choir (both a cappella and accompanied), with a particular focus on sacred choral music.

In addition to his work at St. Paul's, Andy is the director of the AltarNatives, a chamber group of approximately 24 singers. The AltarNatives have produced two albums: A Celebration of Hymns: Hymns of Faith, Mystery, Healing, and Love and A Celebration of Hymns: Hymns of Praise, Reflection, Prayer, and Assurance. Their performances have included concerts at Trinity Church in Boston, St. Paul's in Brookline, and St. James in Woodstock, VT. Andy has also conducted the Trinity Choir of Boston, assisted in leading the Trinity Youth Choir, and directed the Advent Choir of Johnsburg, NY.

Andy is the founder and director of the Hymn Sing Ministry (HSM), first based at Trinity Church in Boston. HSM involves gathering a group of choristers each month to take their singing of a cappella hymns out to homes and hospital rooms of people on the church prayer list. In September 2001, approximately 20 singers took the first HSM road trip, traveling to New York City to sing at three fire stations and a family crisis center in lower Manhattan after the September 11 attacks.

Andy's compositions are published by both Paraclete Press and Good Faith Press. His most recent recording is found on "I Wonder As I Wander," by the Copley Singers on the Gothic label. In September 2011, following the tenth-anniversary choral commemoration of September 11 held at Trinity Wall Street, James Oestreich of the New York Times singled out Andy's arrangement of "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder" as one of the highlights of the day, describing it as "a powerful setting." More recently, John Robinson of the Boston Musical Intelligencer described Andy's arrangement of "Away in a Manger" as "exquisite." Andy's commissioned works include a cycle of art songs for piano and voice (settings of three John Updike poems) as well as a setting of Dylan Thomas's poem, "Do not go gentle into that good night" for Male Choir.

Andy's choral works have been sung by the Copley Singers (Boston), the Downing College Choir (Cambridge University, England), the Trinity Cathedral Choir (Columbia, SC), the Trinity and Parish Choirs (Trinity Church, Boston), the Canterbury Singers (Trinity Church, Boston), the Men and Boys' Choir (Trinity on the Green, New Haven, CT), the Old South Church Choir (Boston), the Trinity Church Choir (Rutland, VT), the Memorial Church Summer Choir (Harvard University, Cambridge), the Green Mountain College Choir (Poultney, VT), the Band of Voices (Barre, MA), the St. James Choir (Woodstock, VT), the AltarNatives, and the Advent Choir (Johnsburg, NY).

When he is not involved with music, Andy teaches, consults, and writes in the field of organizational behavior. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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