ANDREW BARNHART

Degree(s): MM Saxophone Performance, The Hartt School, 2013
BA Saxophone Performance, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011

Current Employment/Employer(s):
Saxophone Teacher, Napa School of Music, 2016-present
Library Supervisor, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2016-Present
Co-Founder/Baritone Saxophonist, Asylum Quartet, 2013-Present

Former Employment/Employer(s):
Technical Services Coordinator, Allen Library, University of Hartford, 2014-2016
Music Instructor, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, 2006-2009

Current and/or Former Creative Projects/Performance Opportunities:
I am currently performing with the Asylum Quartet, a chamber ensemble based in Hartford. All four members are former graduate students of Professor Koffman and The Hartt School. I’ve recently relocated back to my native California, and am currently teaching and performing throughout the bay area!

Advice for Current Students:
-Befriend as many different types of people in the music field as possible; not just those that play your instrument. Many (if not most) of your opportunities in the future will come from friendships and connections with people who don’t play saxophone (conductors, composers, other instrumentalists, etc.)

-As a musician, it’s ok to make a career doing more than one thing. You are not failing by having eggs in a few different baskets (performing, teaching, administrative work, etc.). Earning a living from 2-3 different things can allow you to take some creative and artistic risks! Organization skills become very important– scheduling, planning, arranging travel, budgeting.

-Some logistical advice: When you’re done with school, you lose access to a lot of resources overnight (practice space, library privileges, school instruments, funding). You can plan for this, by trying to own as much of your own equipment, music and supplies as possible, living somewhere you can practice, rehearse with a small group and teach, etc. If you’re hoping to do a lot of performing, try to have as many of the different horns as is feasible, and play them regularly. It’s frustrating to have to turn down a gig because you don’t have a tenor, or have never played soprano, or you can’t borrow a bari that week. Get a passport if you don’t have one, so you can travel internationally if the opportunity arises quickly– it takes a while. Lastly, get instrument insurance!