|Andrea Shaut |
Since graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in music performance, pianist Andrea Shaut has become a prominent musician in the Hudson Valley music scene. Andrea’s first love is working as a collaborative artist and accompanist. Outside of the West Point Glee Club, her accompanying highlights have been performing Carmina Burana with Ars Choralis at Opus 40, traveling abroad (Hungary, Italy, Austria) with the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, and accompanying musicians at “Maverick Concerts” in Woodstock. Andrea founded the Hudson Valley Recital Project, a recital series featuring professional and student musicians, to strengthen community and education through music. As a concert pianist, Andrea has performed as soloist with SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble and regularly performs solo recitals. In 2014, she released her debut CD, Simple Beauty, a collection of solo piano music dedicated to the memory of her grandmother.
In 2009, Andrea and her husband formed a wedding band, “The Kazz Music Orchestra,” based in the Hudson Valley/New York City areas. Over the last 5 years, the band has won Wedding Wire’s “Couple’s Choice Award,” which ranks them in the top 5% of wedding bands in the country. Andrea also won 2015 & 2014’s “Couple’s Choice Award” for her solo piano work as a ceremony musician. Andrea plays in “Swingin’ Jive Patrol.” SJP is a (mostly family) 10-piece little big band that hosts and plays at an annual fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, raising over $35,000 in 7 years. She is the musical director/organist at The Reformed Church of the Comforter, and maintains a private music studio of 30 students. Recently, Andrea became an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Ulster, teaching applied piano. Other notable performances have included playing with the NYC Salsa/Latin Jazz Band “Los Bandidos”, Motown/R&B/Soul Band “Groove Buffet” at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club in Times Square and playing in Aruba with the Ageless Jazz Band. Keep up with Andrea at www.andreashaut.com or www.hvceremonymusic.com