Andrew Galuska is Director of Music and Fine Arts at The Community Church of Vero Beach, FL. He has won prizes for organ performance and improvisation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas and abroad. In 2008, Andrew was awarded second-place in the Royal College of Canadian Organists International Improvisation Competition, held in Ontario, Canada. His teachers have included Berj Zamkochian, Stephen Martorella, Robert Bates, and Clyde Holloway, and he has studied French organ literature with Daniel Roth and Olivier Latry. Andrew has studied organ performance and choral conducting at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Rhode Island College; the Moores School of Music, University of Houston; and the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University. Andrew’s organ and choral repertoire spans six centuries with a particularly strong affinity for the masters of Romantic and 20th century music.
Andrew’s active career as a solo artist, choral conductor, collaborative artist, teacher, and lecturer, takes him throughout the United States and abroad. He has performed at such distinguished venues as Stanford University, Tufts University, Miami International University, University of Massachusetts, Mechanics Hall – Worcester, Massachusetts, First Presbyterian Church – Houston, Texas, the First Baptist Church in America – Providence, Rhode Island, St. Thomas Church – New York City, the Eglise St. Jean-Baptiste – Montreal, QC, and the Sarasota Opera Guild. Andrew is frequently invited to appear at conferences sponsored by organizations such as the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, the American Baptist Conference, the United Church of Christ Conference, and the United Methodist Conference. Andrew was selected to perform at the Organ Historical Society’s National Convention in 2005 in Southeastern Massachusetts. In 2007, he was invited to perform at the American Guild of Organists Regional Convention where his recital was hailed as one of the most satisfying of the convention. Andrew has been awarded the Key to the City of Newport, Rhode Island, for his artistic contributions in Rhode Island. He is also a prolific composer with premieres in the United States and Europe.
Andrew's latest commercial recording, Organs of New England, an anthology of organs and organists, was released in March 2013 on the Organ Historical Society/Raven Record label. Here, two of Andrew’s performances were chosen by the Organ Historical Society to be represented. The Organ Works of Franz Liszt will be released in 2015 and features the great organ of Metropolitan UMC in Detroit, Michigan. Sleepers, Wake, a recording of Lessons and Carols, was released in 2009. In November of 2008, Andrew commercially recorded American composer Dominick Argento’s Jonah and the Whale with the Boston Modern Orchestra and the Providence Singers. This is currently the only publicly available release of this great 20th century work on BMOP Record label. Andrew has recorded for commercial release Pipes Rhode Island (RIAGO), where he plays four selections including an improvisation. Stereophile Magazine voted the recording a “Record to Die For” in 2008; the recording completely sold out in 2009.