Andrea Drury, Choral Director
Native Texan, Andrea Drury, was appointed conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus in July, 2012. In Fall of 2015, Mrs. Drury joined the music faculty of the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville as an adjunct voice instructor. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Vocal Music for ten years at North High School in Evansville where the Concert Choir was ranked in the top ten choirs at the ISSMA Organization competition nine of her ten years. In 2014, Mrs. Drury and her husband were awarded the Artist Award presented by the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana. Mrs. Drury has been nominated for the Evansville Courier and Press Teacher of the Year award two times. In 2012-2013, she served on the ISSMA Organizational Committee for the state of Indiana.
Before settling in Evansville, Mrs. Drury sang with orchestras and opera companies across the United States. Her operatic roles have included Mimi from La Boheme, Violetta from La Traviata, Antonia from Les Contes D’Hoffman and La Ciesca and Nella from Gianni Schicchi. She has performed with Amarillo Opera, Portland Opera, Opera Columbus, Brevard Music Center, Kentucky Opera and Opera North. In 1999, she spent a summer in Italy as a participant in the Opera Theatre of Lucca program in Lucca, Italy performing in many concerts including Mozart’s Mass in C minor as a soprano soloist. In 2003, she was featured as the soprano soloist for the Brahms Requiem with the Santa Fe Symphony and returned there in 2006 to perform Schubert’s Mass in A-Flat. Mrs. Drury has performed as soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Chorus as well as the Evansville Bach Singers. She was a finalist in the Opera Columbus Competition, the El Paso Opera Competition, Longview Opera Competition as well as the winner of an Encouragement Award in the 1999 Metropolitan Opera District Competition and the third place winner of the Agnes Fowler Competition. She has had a strong choral tradition and has had the privilege to sing under such renowned conductors as Robert Shaw, Paul Salamunovich, Rene Clausen, Elmer Isler, Donald Bailey, Robert Young and Hillary Appfelstadt. She is also the conductor of the Trinity United Methodist Chancel Choir.
She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University in 1996 and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University in 2000. Mrs. Drury is blessed with a wonderful and supporting husband and two beautiful sons.