Andrea Tolmich has had a career as an Elementary and Middle School Orchestra Director in Michigan and New York. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction (violin) from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Abram Boone and Francis Tursi, earned a Masters in Music Education from Queen’s College of the City University of New York and a Masters in the Art of Teaching. Many of her former students have gone on to careers in performing, teaching and composing. In Michigan she started the String Program which grew from 150 students to over 1,000 students. Her orchestras and students received numerous superior ratings at festivals. Her Middle School Orchestra was invited to perform in the Orchestra Festival @ the Annual ASTA/NSOA Conference in 2007. She has worked with Bob Gillespie, Bob Phillips, Michael Allen, Jacqueline Dillon-Kress and other notable music educators.
She was a violinist with the South Shore Symphony on Long Island and a violist and inaugural member with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony in Michigan. Andrea has taught private lessons, coached ensembles and is a Member Emeritus of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, She is an adjudicator for Orchestra and Solo and Ensemble Festivals, is a lifelong member of the American String Teacher’s Association and the Michigan Education Association, is listed in Who’s Who of American Women 2008 and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity.
Andrea currently resides in River Bend in New Bern where she is a member of the Coastal Women’s Forum and performs regularly with the New Bern Civic Theater, Vintage Nouveau, New Bern Civic Strings, and the Crystal Coast Quartet.