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An experienced professional in music education, Andrea Strauss recently established the Instrumental Music Education Degree Program at Shorter University’s School of Fine & Performing Arts. Ms. Strauss joined the faculty at Shorter University in 2009 with nearly 30 years of experience as a music educator. In creating the new Instrumental Music Education Degree Program, she developed an educational curriculum, organized performing ensembles, and assisted in hiring adjunct faculty. As an educator at the university, she taught courses such as marching band methods, string pedagogy, instrumental conducting, instrumental music education methods, and instrumental techniques. She also directed performing groups, including the wind ensemble, the marching band, and the chamber orchestra. Her former positions at the university included Director of Bands, Associate Professor of Music, and Assistant Director of Instrumental Activities. In addition to her career in music education, Andrea Strauss also possesses extensive professional experience as a conductor and music director, and she presently serves as a Conductor and Artistic Director for the Tara Winds Community Band. Based in Georgia, Tara Winds performs across the United States, as well as internationally. Ms. Strauss and Tara Winds recently participated in the Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference held in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, Andrea Strauss excelled as the Associate Director of the Atlanta Olympic Band, which notably performed for the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and Bill Clinton’s Presidential Inaugural Parade. She also served as the Associate Director and the Director of Bands at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 16 years.

Work experience

Aug 2009Jul 2012

Associate Professor/Director of Bands

Shorter University


Jun 1997Feb 2001


University of Southern Mississippi