Andrew Senn - Director of Music and Organist
A native of Chicago, Andrew Senn began his music studies on the piano at the age of six. At thirteen he focused his studies on the organ, primarily with William Aylesworth, and also serving as Organ Scholar at The Parish Church of St Luke in Evanston, Illinois. During this time he also undertook coachings with Paul Manz, David Schrader and Martin Jean.
At eighteen Andrew was accepted on a merit-based, full-tuition scholarship to study organ with John Weaver at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. While at Curtis, he held posts at historic St Peter’s Church and Washington Memorial Chapel, the National Shrine in Valley Forge National Park. He also began a ten-year post as an Assistant Organist at the world-famous Wanamaker Organ, where he performed over 2,000 daily recitals.
In August of 2006, Andrew was appointed Director of Music and Organist at The First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. There he continues the rigorous music program set forth by the legendary Alexander McCurdy and continued by such notables as Keith Chapman and John Tuttle. In addition to the all-professional Chancel Choir, he has formed a volunteer Parish Choir as well as a successful concert series.
Known for his colorful programming and exciting playing, Andrew’s engagements have taken him to such venues as The Cathedral of St John the Divine New York, St Thomas Church New York, St Philip’s Cathedral Atlanta, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, and Westminster Abbey, St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle, and the Cathedrals in London, Truro, Rochester and Chichester in England. He has also given recital tours in Germany every year since 2001. Andrew has also served as Organist at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, PA since 2011.