GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 6, 2021) – Andrew and Stephanie Huish will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall in the Division of Music in the School of Fine Arts and Communication. Andrew, an assistant professor, will assume the role of Director of Choral Activities. His wife, Stephanie, will serve as adjunct keyboard faculty and collaborative pianist in the Choral Activities Department.
“We are thrilled to welcome this talented couple to the music faculty at BJU,” said Dr. Michael Moore, Division of Music chair. “Andrew brings key expertise and experience across a broad spectrum of choral education, K-12 and higher education. His keen ear for artistry and his heart for the teaching ministry here make him a great addition to our team. Additionally, Stephanie’s extensive experience as a collaborative pianist makes her an integral part of our choral program.”
Andrew holds a BMus in Church Music, an MMus in Church Music/Choral Conducting, and an MA in Bible from BJU. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he serves as graduate associate conductor of the University Choir, teaches undergraduate aural skills courses, and is the collaborative pianist for the Lubbock Chorale.
He has also served as conductor of the Texas Tech University Singers and graduate associate conductor of the university’s treble choir, Scarlet Voce, assisted with undergraduate choral conducting courses, appeared as the bass-baritone soloist in the Lubbock Chorale’s performance of Handel’s Messiah, and was opera chorus master for the university’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.
Prior to attending Texas Tech University, Andrew worked at Queens University of Charlotte as choral accompanist and assistant director of the chorale and chamber singers. He also served as music director of Matthews Christian Academy (NC), where his choirs received several awards in state contests and first place at the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) National Fine Arts Competition.
An award-winning composer, Andrew has studied privately with Joan Pinkston and Susan Brumfield. His choral compositions are published with Beckenhorst Press and Hinshaw Music.
Stephanie earned a BMus in Keyboard Performance and an MMus in Piano Pedagogy from BJU. At Texas Tech University she serves as a collaborative pianist in the voice department and for the graduate choral conducting seminar. Additionally, she serves as a collaborative pianist for the West Texas Children’s Chorus (directed by Susan Brumfield) and frequently collaborates with local secondary school band and choral programs.
Prior to moving to Lubbock, Stephanie worked as a staff accompanist at Queens University of Charlotte and accompanied the secondary choirs at Matthews Christian Academy.
She has adjudicated for the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) and North Carolina Music Teachers Association Piano Performance Festival (NCMTA), served on the board of the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum (2017-2019) and has presented piano pedagogy workshops in the United States and the Philippines.
Stephanie has developed a private piano studio, consisting of students both in the United States and abroad, and she has prepared many of her students for successful auditions at NFMC and NCMTA Piano Performance Festival.
“I am grateful for the outstanding faculty in the Division of Music who invested in me both in and out of the classroom during my time as a student at BJU, and I am delighted to return to work alongside them,” said Andrew. “Stephanie and I deeply resonate with the Division of Music’s mission of empowering musicians to pursue and share the beauty of God through redemptive artistry.”
As Director of Choral Activities, Andrew will teach courses in conducting and group vocal techniques, direct the University Chorale and Chamber Singers, and oversee the choral program. Dr. Pattye Casarow, professor in the Division of Music, will serve in a support role as Associate Director of Choral Activities while Andrew completes his DMA degree recital requirements next year.
“I am eager to work with Andrew and Stephanie and welcome them to our Choral Activities team,” said Casarow. “We are looking forward to continuing BJU’s tradition of choral excellence under his leadership.”