Director, Vocal Jazz Studies
Andrea Calderwood’s performance résumé includes work with such internationally recognized artists as Ben Folds, Terry Ellis, Dave Pack, John Williams, The L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra, Doc Severinson and the Boston Pops. Andrea has won a number of prestigious awards, including The Friends of Jazz Award, The Harriet Genung Award, The Plotkins Vocal Scholarship, and The Outstanding Vocal Soloist Award at the Monterey Jazz “Next Generation” Festival. Andrea received her BA in Music from California State University, Fullerton and completed Masters studies at California State University Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. After receiving a scholarship from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, Andrea studied with veterans Christine Guter and Jeff Jarvis.
An accomplished arranger and teacher, Andrea received a 2010 Downbeat Award for Jazz Arranging at the graduate level from Downbeat magazine. Her private high-school students have been named to the California All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble from 2009-2012, and 2014-2015. Andrea has served as choirmaster for Ben Folds with the Dallas Symphony, adjudicated the Brandon jazz festival in Manitoba, Canada, the Cuesta College vocal jazz festival, and served as a judge for the Western ICCA finals. Andrea is an ACDA, JEN, CAJ, and CMEA member, as well as being a veteran instructor. She has taught at Los Angeles College of Music, Musicians Institute, College of the Canyons, Cerritos College, Fullerton Union High School, and is now the Director of Jazz Vocal Studies at Long Beach City College.