November 18, 2013
Andrea L. Meyers, Cellist
Colorado native Andrea L. Meyers has more than thirty-six years of experience as a professional music educator, orchestra director, cellist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, and music advocate. Ms. Meyers received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1991. She began her teaching career as the Director of Orchestras at Fairview High School in Boulder in 1976. In the ensuing years, she served as Director of Orchestras at Ponderosa High School and Douglas County High School, as well as strings specialist at numerous elementary and middle schools. Ms. Meyers retired from full-time public school teaching as Director of Orchestras at Rock Canyon High School in 2009.
Ms. Meyers is a former President of the Colorado American String Teachers Association, Inc., Membership Chair, and Denver Area Representative. She is currently the first National ASTA Membership Chair, and former ASTA Member-at-Large. She volunteers as the ColoradoASTA, Inc. ASTA Certificate Achievement Program Denver Representative and the Advisory Board of the Colorado Music Educators Association as the Membership Chair. In addition, Meyers is a member of the National Council for Orchestra Music Education, NAƒME (formerly MENC) and the NAƒME National Honors Orchestra Board. Her connection with the Douglas County School District continues today through service on the Colorado Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors, promoting elementary instrumental music programs, as well as the DC Downbeat Elementary Orchestra program at DCHS.
In 2005, Ms. Meyers was honored as the CASTA, Inc. Teacher of the Year. At the 2008 National ASTA Conference, she received the National ASTA Outstanding State Chapter Leader Award, the CMEA 25 Year Service, and the Colorado ASTA 2012 Life Time Service Award. She has presided and presented at past CMEA and national ASTA conferences.
Ms. Meyers has adjudicated the Colorado West Performance Invitational, the Clark County School District Advanced Orchestra Festival, in NV, the Colorado High School Activities Association Large Group Instrumental competitions, and numerous other large group/solo and ensemble contests. In 2012, Meyers conducted the National Repertory Orchestra and University of Colorado at Boulder Summer Music Academy Middle School Orchestra. She has also conducted the CASTA Middle School String Camp, the 2nd Annual Honors Chamber Orchestra Festival at Fort Lewis, CO and many festivals and honor orchestras throughout Colorado. Ms. Meyers was a featured conductor of the 2009 Alabama All State Orchestra in Tuscaloosa.
As a cellist, Ms. Meyers has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Greeley Philharmonic, Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and currently with the Arapahoe Philharmonic, and The Denver Pops Orchestra. She participated and performed in the 1988 First World Cello Congress and the 2000 World Cello Congress III.
Today Meyers maintains a busy and active career as a master teacher, musician, and mentor. Though “retired”, she is sought for her magnetism, charisma, depth of experience and positive energy. She represents ASTA, CMEA, CMAA, DMA, NAƒME, and CHSAA on many levels and encourages members to be fine music education advocates, make beautiful music, and take pride in the efforts and musicianship of colleagues and students throughout Colorado and the U.S. A strong advocate and proponent of the vitality and value of music education, Meyers is a regular contributor to NAƒME Teaching Music, and Colorado Music Educator Journal and the ColoradoASTA, Inc., String Vibrations.