20 Under 40: Andrew Harry
In 2013, Andrew Harry, 29, planted his roots in Troup County.
“I am a college professor and collaborative pianist,” Harry said. “At LaGrange College, I teach several general music courses including music history and music skills classes, and I also accompany students and faculty members as well as the choir in a variety of performances. I also work with two choral groups in LaGrange, the Choral Society of West Georgia and the Sons of Lafayette Men’s Chorus, as their collaborative pianist and rehearsal accompanist.”
For several years, Harry has been spreading his love of music to his students and the community.
“I love to do a wide variety of things, and the jobs that I have allow me to be active in several roles,” Harry said. “Perhaps what I enjoy the most about having a diverse array of work to do is that I get to be with a lot of different people, including professional, student and amateur musicians. People of all walks of life connect through music, and I get to be a part of bringing diverse groups of people together, uniting around music, an art that requires each of us to bend our wills toward one another to present a performance that is unified.”
Along with choral groups, volunteering, teaching music and performing, Harry also has adopted two twins, had a baby and traveled all over the country with his wife.
“I have the opportunity at the college to teach students how to be leaders in the music community, I get to demonstrate what it means to be a team member with the choral groups where each of us is a vital member, completely dependent on one another,” Harry said. “I have been honored to be a part of many of the musical happenings around LaGrange through musicals at the college, choral festivals, and church music. I love the community and how everyone is engaged in the arts.”
Harry first found his love of music as a child when his uncle introduced him to his first symphony concert at 10-years-old.
“It was then I decided to be a professional musician,” Harry said. “I am so thankful that through my work at LaGrange College and other freelancing work in the area, many connections have been built, and more opportunities have continued to come up around the LaGrange area.”