Updated: May 18
Hello Saint Andrew's family,
I am thrilled to announce to you today that, after an extensive search and interview process, Ms. Audrey Drennen will be joining us in June as our new Director of Music. Her first Sunday with us will be June 5th.
Throughout her interview process, Audrey impressed the search committee with her level of professionalism, her talent and passion for sacred music, her dedication to teaching, and her excitement about doing ministry in a multi-generational Church.
The following is a quick bio, to help you get to know Audrey a bit more. Please join me in welcoming her!
Audrey Drennen is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance at West Chester University, with concentrations in piano, organ, and voice. Her musical journey began with classical piano instruction at age eight. In high school she received piano lessons from Curtis faculty member Susan Nowicki, and in 2016 and 2018 she was selected to play for the Dr. Andor Kiszely Honors Recital at Carnegie Hall. She decided to broaden her musical studies to include sacred music after joining her church choir in winter of 2018, where she developed an enthusiasm for traditional hymns and Renaissance polyphony. Besides singing in the church choir, she joined the church's Gregorian Chant Women’s Schola, studied counterpoint with Jan Krzywicki of Temple University, and participated in CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium in summer of 2019. In Summer of 2021 she was selected through audition to sing with a choir directed by Sir James Macmillan, a prestigious composer who has received commissions from Westminster Cathedral. In Fall of 2021 Audrey began organ lessons with Anita Greenlee and Sandor Kadar. Audrey, who is passionate about teaching, has also acquired much experience in teaching piano and leading choral groups. She has taught piano privately for four years, conducted a choir of ninety children ages K-12 in her senior year of high school, and served as assistant director of the Gregorian Chant Women’s Schola.