Andrew Courtney has won the Chamber category of the 2016-17 Azusa Pacific University/J. W. Pepper High School Composition Contest for his composition Trio for Flute, Viola, and Cello.

Mr. Courtney is a junior in the pianist program at the Orange County School of the Arts in Southern California. He has been composing for 5 years, studied the piano for 12 years and sung with the All-American Boys Chorus for 8 years, first as a boy soprano and currently as a member in their graduate a cappella group; he also conducts rehearsals for the group.

Andrew recently won 2nd place in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and has been selected to participate in masterclasses with Nina Scolnik, Lucinda Carver, Edward Francis, and Shun-Lin Chou. He was a member of a piano trio that won first place in the American Fine Arts Festival and subsequently performed in Carnegie Hall. He studies with Margery Burger.

As a composer, Andrew has had multiple pieces performed, notably several arrangements for the All-American Boys Chorus. He participated in a masterclass with Narong Prangcharoen, composer in residence for the Pacific Symphony. He has spent two summers at California Summer Music, where he studied with Aaron Jay Kernis. In 2016, he was selected for the Sunset Chamberfest Young Composer’s Workshop. Earlier this year, Andrew was awarded Honorable Mention in the Frost Composition Competition and in the Webster University Young Composer Competition.