ANDREA RAMSEY

Andrea Ramsey

- Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Presenter -

Sara Teasdale

“The dreams of my heart and mind may pass. Nothing stays with me for long. But I have had from a child, the deep solace of song.”

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The Octavo Series

Upcoming Event

The Octavo Series

APRIL 15-18, 2017 • Join guest conductor Andrea Ramsey in a celebration of her music at Carnegie Hall. Octavo Series

“Andrea Ramsey is one of those rare individuals whose very presence inspires. Her effervescent spirit, gracious demeanor and zest for all that's 'good' in life is not only reflected through her personality, but through the music she writes and ensembles she conducts. The world needs more people like her and certainly the music profession benefits from her talents."

Dr. Eph Ehly, Choral Conductor and Clinician, Professor Emeritus, Conservatory of Music & Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Abbreviated Biography

Andrea Ramsey

Dr. Andrea Ramsey is a composer, conductor, and music educator. Her teaching experiences range from work with adolescent and children’s voices to frequent guest conducting of all-state and honor choirs, to her current position as the Associate Director of Choral Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, Andrea has over 70 published choral works in print. A native of Arkansas, she is an active member of ACDA, ASCAP, and NAfMe, and believes strongly in the positive impact created through the performance of meaningful choral music.


LIST OF WORKS


HEAD SHOTS (High Resolution available for Download)

Professional Affiliations

  • ACDA (American Choral Directors Association)
  • ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers)
  • NAfME (National Association for Music Education)
  • CMS (College Music Society)
  • NCCO (National Collegiate Choral Organization)

Full Biography

Andrea Ramsey

Composer, conductor, and scholar, Dr. Andrea Ramsey enjoys a working with singers of all ages and abilities. Currently, she is on faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder, as Assistant Professor of Conducting and Associate Director of Choral Studies.

Dr. Ramsey enjoys guest conducting opportunities with all-state choirs, and has also conducted honor choirs for divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, she serves as principal conductor for the Pacific International Young Women’s Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon.

An ASCAPlus award-winning composer, she has approximately 90 published choral works in print with traditional publishers such as Alliance, Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, Colla Voce, G. Schirmer, GIA, Pavane, Santa Barbara and Walton. She is also venturing into digital publishing via web-based music marketplace, www.musicspoke.comA composer with a teacher’s heart, Dr. Ramsey enjoys collaborating with choirs through residencies. She maintains close ties as composer-in-residence for the Allegro Choirs of Kansas City, and has also enjoyed residencies at Ithaca College, and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.

As a scholar, Dr. Ramsey has presented for state, divisional, and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and also at the 6th Annual Symposium on Sociology in Music Education, as well as The Phenomenon Singing Symposium in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. An active member of ACDA, CMS, and ASCAP, she believes strongly in the positive impact created through rehearsing and performing meaningful choral music.

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El Mar

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular

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Through the Dark

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Beside the Still Waters

Accompanied, Junior High/Middle School, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB

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I Loved All Lovely Things

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On Some Solemn Shore

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Green Glass

Psalm of Hope

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Women's Chorus

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That Which Remains

High School/Collegiate, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Unaccompanied, Women's Chorus

Orange Glass

There Has To Be a Song

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Video, Women's Chorus

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To Daffodils

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Voces Lucis

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Canst Thou Love Me Lady?

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB

Orange Glass

Cover Me With the Night

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB

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Tell My Father

Accompanied, Men's Chorus, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, With Additional Instruments

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I Shall Not Live in Vain

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Secular, Unison/Two Part

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Mueveme

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Out in the Fields

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Sacred, Secular, Unison/Two Part

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Psalms for the Soul

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, Women's Chorus

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Puer Nobis Nascitur

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Sehnsucht nach dem Frulinge

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Unison/Two Part, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Songs from Above

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unison/Two Part

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To Hold All Sounds

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Up Above My Head

Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unaccompanied, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Let All the World in Every Corner Sing

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, Women's Chorus

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What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby?

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, Sacred, TTB/TBB/TTBB

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Vision

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular

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In the Bleak Midwinter

High School/Collegiate, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Unaccompanied

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The Rising

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Women's Chorus

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Jubilant Cicadas

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

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Aurora Lucis Rutilat

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Lineage

Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unaccompanied, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Anyone Can Sing

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

Orange Glass

This Indeed is Music

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

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Ave Verum Corpus

High School/Collegiate, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Unaccompanied

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Shenandoah

High School/Collegiate, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular, Unaccompanied

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Travelin’ Home

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Hallelujah for the Day!

Junior High/Middle School, Men's Chorus, Sacred, TTB/TBB/TTBB, Unaccompanied, Video, With Additional Instruments

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Heaven Unfolding

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, Secular, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Puer Natus Est

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Sacred, Unison/Two Part, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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All That They Had They Gave

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SATB/SSAATTBB, Secular

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We Are Blessed

Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Unaccompanied, Video, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

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Alterations

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Secular, Unison/Two Part

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Sanctus

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Over Hill, Over Dale (included in “Hark, Hark, the Lark”)

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unison/Two Part, Women's Chorus

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Hark, What Music Fills the Sky?

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Unison/Two Part, Video, Women's Chorus

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The Gift to Sing (coming soon)

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

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The Soul’s Own Speech

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Sacred, SATB/SSAATTBB, Women's Chorus

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Richer for Her (coming soon)

Accompanied, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Orange Glass

Truth (coming soon)

High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Unaccompanied, With Additional Instruments, Women's Chorus

Green Glass

Honeybees

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, Junior High/Middle School, Secular, Unison/Two Part

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A Witness to Majesty

Accompanied, Children's Chorus, High School/Collegiate, Junior High/Middle School, SA/SSA/SSAA, Secular, Women's Chorus

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Commissioning a New Work

Commissioning a new work can be a dynamic and invigorating experience:

  • Breathe first life into a completely original composition
  • Stretch yourself as a conductor to interpret and create from scratch
  • Add to the body of repertoire for choral conductors and singers
  • Allow your audience to hear a work never before performed
  • Treat your singers to an inside-out experience and connection with a living, breathing composer
  • Consider combining with other choirs to commission a new work as a consortium and save on cost

quoteAs an educator and conductor, the selection of high quality repertoire of substance is one of the greatest foundational factors of success. Dr. Ramsey's compositions provide content that is musically satisfying in technical concepts and elicits aesthetic response. She chooses texts care-fully and sets them so they work for the singer and the listener. close quote

Dr. Julie Yu
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

Commissioning A New Work

What does it cost?

Before providing a cost estimate, Andrea gathers a complete understanding of what the commissioning choir and/or conductor is looking to achieve or experience through the process. Taking into consideration the following factors: creative appeal of the project, voicing & instrumentation, calendar availability, recent commissions, duration of the work, and budgetary considerations of the commissioning body, an estimate is crafted. This may be a fee range or an exact figure depending on the project.

Who makes the decisions?

The commissioning party decides upon: Wording of the title dedication, Desired duration of the piece, Voicing and instrumentation, Style & mood, Vocal range limitations

The composer decides upon: Text, Musical setting of text

As the text is typically the starting point, it’s imperative that Andrea connects creatively with the text. The commissioning body is strongly encouraged to suggest meaningful text options, as frequently these options may work. However, the composer reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the text.

Are there any satisfaction guarantees?

Once the above details have been decided upon, a contract will be created before any composing is done to ensure that both parties are happy with the defined parameters and that all requests are clearly understood. As beauty and art are subjective forms, no guarantee is offered, but Andrea does her best to fully understand the commissioning body’s desires for the work and to honor those. It is not uncommon for her to send 1-2 page previews to commissioning parties as she begins to compose to ensure she is on the right track.

What is the time frame?

It is generally best to contact Andrea at least two years in advance of when the piece is needed for the first rehearsal. It will not take two years to craft your piece, but as Andrea is full-time faculty at the University of Colorado Boulder and frequently traveling for guest conducting and presenting, it may take longer for her to complete certain projects. Visiting the project calendar below can also help a potential commissioner to see what works are up next for Andrea

Will the work be published?

Most likely, but the composer reserves the right to choose whether or not to publish, and in what format. Andrea works with a variety of traditional publishers (Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, GIA, Carl Fischer, Walton, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, and Pavane) yet is also venturing into digital distribution through new composer marketplace, MusicSpoke (www.musicspoke.com) Regardless of whether the piece is published traditionally or digitally, it is likely that it will be made available to others after your ensemble’s premiere of the work.

How Do I Get Started?

Send a commission inquiry directly to Andrea Ramsey:
Sending an inquiry is in no way binding. It just opens a conversation.
Please use the form below, or submit via email to Andrea: andrearamseymusic@icloud.com

Sample of Past Commissions

Sample of Past Commissions

Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association

University of Kentucky Women’s Chorus

Oklahoma All-State Children’s Choir

Waukee High School, Des Moines, IA

Turtle Creek Chorale, Dallas, TX

Allegro Choirs of Kansas City

Tennessee Music Educators Association

Crescent City Choral Festival, New Orleans, LA

Sistrum Women’s Chorus, Lansing, MI

ACDA Women’s Chorus Commissioning Consortium

quoteAndrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day!

In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air.

When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. close quote

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

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Event Calendar

2016

May 9-10
Adjudicator, Michigan School Vocal Music Assoc.

May 13-14
Adjudicator, Utah Music Educators Association

May 23-24
Guest Clinician/Conductor, Southern Pines, NC

June 20-21
Presenter, Ohio ACDA

June 24-28
Crescent City Choral Festival
Composer-In-Residence
New Orleans, LA

July 4-10:
Young Women's Choral Festival at picfest , Eugene, OR - www.picfest.org

July 26-29
Guest conductor,
Let Freedom Sing Festival, Philadelphia, PA

August 4-5
Presenter, Minnesota ACDA

August 10
Presenter, Orange County Public Schools Choral Music Educators Prof. Development
Orlando, FL

September 25-26
Guest conductor,
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

October 21-22
Adjudicator,
Ole Miss Choral Festival
Oxford, MS

2017

February 2-4
Guest Conductor,
South Carolina All-State Elementary Choir

February 8-11
Presenter, Texas Music Educators Association

February 22-24
Guest conductor,
Kansas Mixed High School All-State Choir

March 3-5
Delaware All-State Children's Choir

March 8-11
ACDA National Convention, Minneapolis, MN

April 15-18
Guest conductor, Manhattan Concert Productions Octavo Series, Carnegie Hall, NYC

April 23-24
Coda Concerts, Composer-in-Residence, Carnegie Hall, NYC

June 3-4
Coda Concerts, Composer-in-Residence, Carnegie Hall, NYC

November 17-19
Guest Conductor, Minnesota All-State JH/MS Treble Choir

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Salt Lake City

Upcoming Events

See you in Salt Lake City!

Hello February!   The national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City,…

February 4, 2015

picfest

Upcoming Events

picfest 2016

Join Andrea at picfest 2016! www.picfest.org  

January 13, 2015

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Announcements

Brand New Website

Andrea is pleased to present a her brand new website! The site was designed by…

September 4, 2014

Resources

- Documents for Download -

The Meanings of the Choral Experience

Grades 7 -12

The Meanings of the Choral Experience

Link to PDF (2.3 MB)

Swagger, Gentlemanliness & Brotherhood

National ACDA Presentation

Swagger, Gentlemanliness & Brotherhood

Link To PDF (1.5 MB)

Andrea Ramsey - Head Shots

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Andrea Ramsey - Head Shots

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Embracing the Non-Auditioned JH/MS Chorus

Presentation

Embracing the Non-Auditioned JH/MS Chorus

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Send A Message

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Contact Andrea

Contact Andrea

For commissioning, guest conducting or presentation inquiries, please email:
andrearamseymusic@icloud.com

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“Andrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day! In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air. When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. "

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

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Young Women's Chorus

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"Andrea Ramsey brings both expertise and excitement to her work as a choral clinician. Andrea represents the best of our ideals as choral leaders; the singers fortunate enough to be in her presence are the beneficiaries."

Dr. Tim Sharp
Executive Director
American Choral Directors Association

“Ramsey's music makes for a deeply satisfying sing. In "I See the Heaven's Glories Shine," her understanding of the color palette of the treble voice meets the rich imagery of the poetry. This is a composer with something to say and the means to say it. The women of the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble took refuge in this piece, returning again and again to the message of optimism & strength.”

Sandra Snow, Ph.D.
Prof. of Choral Cond. & Music Ed.
Michigan State University

"As an educator and conductor, the selection of high quality repertoire of substance is one of the greatest foundational factors of success. Dr. Ramsey's compositions provide content that is musically satisfying in technical concepts and elicits aesthetic response. She chooses texts carefully and sets them so they work for the singer and the listener."

Dr. Julie Yu
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

"One of the most talented ‘young lions’ emerging in the choral field. As a conductor and motivator, Andrea is among the best. As a composer and arranger, her works are always artistically set and meaningful. Her lovely music has reduced me to tears on numerous occasions."

Bill Grace
Choral Music Educator,
Conductor & Adjudicator
30 years + experience in Missouri Public Schools

"A master teacher, a master musician and a master composer. She chooses texts carefully and seems to have that necessary instinct to know what texts children will love. Her melodies are creative and memorable and her music will stand the test of time. She is a rare combination of talent and efficiency. Her energy and vibrant teaching ideas make her a first class composer and clinician."

Janeal Krehbiel
Founder,
Lawrence Children's Choir

“Ramsey's music makes for a deeply satisfying sing. In "I See the Heaven's Glories Shine," her understanding of the color palette of the treble voice meets the rich imagery of the poetry. This is a composer with something to say and the means to say it. The women of the Michigan State University Women's Chamber Ensemble took refuge in this piece, returning again and again to the message of optimism & strength.”

Sandra Snow, Ph.D.
Prof. of Choral Cond. & Music Ed.
Michigan State University

“Andrea Ramsey successfully revitalized all the conductors and students with whom she came in contact at our state convention. She related to us and offered great practical knowledge. Missouri Choral Directors were sent back to their own trenches with fabulous ideas to use in rehearsals the very next day! In addition, the leadership of MCDA found Andrea to be incredibly efficient, well prepared and extremely professional. This is was a welcome breath of fresh air. When choosing a composer for the first-ever commission by the Missouri Choral Directors Association for the 7th & 8th Grade State Honor Choir, Andrea’s attention to text and beauty of line were the top reasons we asked her to compose for us. She inquired about our needs and met them expertly. "

Christy Elsea
R & S Chair for Middle Level Choirs
Missouri Choral Directors Association

“...one of my favorite young composers of choral music. Her music shows great range-- lyrical, dramatic, beautiful-- and she has the rare talent write really fresh-sounding music but well within the capabilities of all kinds of ensembles. Her text choices are remarkable and varied. I'm always excited to see each new piece of Andrea's!”

Lee Kesselman
Composer & Arranger
Director of Choral Music
College of DuPage, Chicago, Illinois

"Andrea Ramsey brings both expertise and excitement to her work as a choral clinician. Andrea represents the best of our ideals as choral leaders; the singers fortunate enough to be in her presence are the beneficiaries."

Dr. Tim Sharp
Executive Director
American Choral Directors

“I've found that Dr. Ramsey's quality works are very appealing to a wide variety of age level groups. This rare feat is accomplished by very few and she will certainly be one of the most often programmed composers."

Dr. Joshua Oppenheim
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

“I've found that Dr. Ramsey's quality works are very appealing to a wide variety of age level groups. This rare feat is accomplished by very few and she will certainly be one of the most often programmed composers."

Dr. Joshua Oppenheim
Co-Director of Choral Activities
Kansas State University

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