Andrew Boss (b. November 1988, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) is an American composer, pianist and conductor.
Dr. Boss received his Master of Music degree in composition in 2013 under the tutelage of Dr. Kevin Puts at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. Currently residing in Austin, Texas, Dr. Boss received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in composition at the University of Texas at Austin as a Recruitment Fellow under the tutelage of Dan Welcher and Donald Grantham in 2017.
Recipient of the 2013 Otto Ortmann composition award, composer Andrew Boss continues to be recognized in expressing his creative voice. His works have been well-received throughout the country, offering captivated listeners “something that has never been heard before.” (FMTA) Mr. Boss has been the recipient of many awards in his academic career as a composer, including the Virginia Carty Delillo Composition Award for the finale movement of his Symphony for Quintet, the Florida Young Artist Award from the Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA), and The Johns Hopkins career development grant. He was a national finalist of the Young Artist competition southern division for the Music Teachers National Association. He also received the Gayler Music Award (2011), the Presser Award (2010), and the Young Composers Award (2009).
He has been a part of several notable festivals, including the 2013 Norfolk and Bowdoin Music Festivals. He was the program director of the New Music Conflagration (NMC) for their first concert series in 2013-14. He has worked with many musicians and composers such as Martin Bresnick, Derek Bermel, Joseph Kreines, Daniel Crozier, Dmitry Volkov, Jordan Smith, Yury Shadrin, and Tian Lu, among others. He recently collaborated with Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble for the world premiere of his symphony, Tetelestai.
In addition to composing, Dr. Boss is active as a pianist, conductor, and chorus singer. As a pianist, Mr. Boss performs regularly both as a soloist and an accompanist. In November 2012, he was invited to perform a piano recital of classical works and original compositions for the FSMTA 2012 Conference in Boca Raton. As a conductor, and as the selected winning composer, he has directed his own composition, Aftershock, with the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra on May 12, 2013. As a baritone, he was a member of the 2011-2012 Peabody Singers, who performed Honegger’s Joan of Arc under the direction of Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (2011); He was also a member of the 2012-2013 Handel Choir under the direction of Melinda O’Neal. He is currently spending much of his time performing new works by young composers, including participating as the pianist for the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.
Works for Winds
- À la Machaut (2015)
- Blood Moon Ablaze (2018)
- In Adventu Finalem (2017)
- Millennial Inception
- Moments of Silence
- Sound Asleep (2017)
- Star Gazing
- Tetelestai (2014)
- Toward the Hour Arises New Light (2018)
- Until Morning Come (2018)