Bio

Andrew Byrne is a voice teacher, vocal coach, composer, performer and music director. He was twice named one of the “Favorite Vocal Coaches” in NYC Backstage Reader’s Choice Awards, and is also a frequent contributor to their experts column.  In the past few seasons, his students have been seen in over 40 Broadway shows, including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Evita, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, On the Town, Finding Neverland, If/Then, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Hair, Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Something Rotten!, Spring Awakening, Phantom of the Opera, Young Frankenstein, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, A Chorus Line, Mamma Mia!, Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables and The Light in the Piazza.

 

Andrew was the singing coach for The Real Thing, starring Ewan MacGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon, and The Bridge Project, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes.  His Broadway and off-Broadway conducting/keyboard credits include Les Misérables, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change and A Class Act.   He has music-directed projects for such companies as Sundance Theatre Lab, The York Theater, Primary Stages and the New York Musical Theater Festival.  Other regional conducting credits include The Full Monty and Ragtime for the Weston Playhouse, Ragtime for North Shore Music Theater, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella for Yale Repertory Theatre, and Pump Boys and Dinettes for St. Michael’s Playhouse.

Andrew has served on guest faculty at the University of Michigan's musical theater department.  He was also on the faculty of the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, holding positions in both the music and theater departments. He holds a Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from Arizona State University, as well as an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Western Michigan University.

Andrew has a passion for travel and for bringing his style of voice training to other countries.  In the past few years, he has taught for such organizations as Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne, Australia), American Musical Theater Live! Paris, The Shanghai Theatre Academy, The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), the Danish Actor's Association and The Danish Academy of Musical Theater.  He was named the first ever cultural envoy to Belarus by the U.S. State Department to be the vocal coach on the first-ever Russian language production of Next to Normal.

As a composer/lyricist, Andrew's songs are performed all over the country and internationally; check out his youtube page here.  His arrangements have been heard on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and his song "A Contemporary Musical Theater Song" is featured in the film Waiting in the Wings.  His work has been featured on Seth Rudetsky's Obsessed! video series, as well as such prominent blogs as Americablog and Towleroad.   Performances of his parody of Goldrich and Heisler's "Taylor the Latte Boy" have received more than three quarters of a million views on youtube.

In his performing career, Andrew has taken on many leading roles in musical theater, including Robert in Company, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, and Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. His operatic roles have included Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, the Vicar in Albert Herring, and Edwin in Trial by Jury.   Andrew studied at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and at the Bay View Music Festival.