Youth Orchestra Conductors
Symphony Conductor & Music Director
Educated in the rich musical tradition of the Rome's Conservatory as a conductor, composer, and pianist, Dr. Andrizzi has become a versatile musician with a vast experience in the symphonic and operatic repertoires and a passion for the many areas of the musical arts. As a conductor, he has worked with various symphonic and operatic companies. In the past several years, he has conducted at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Orchestra della Città di Ravenna, and Chicago Philharmonic, among others. He has also collaborated with important music festivals, including the Millennium Park and the Ravinia Festivals. Many international artists, including Ferruccio Furlanetto, Frederica Von Stade, Frank Almond, James Pellerite, Almita Vamos, and Joyce Castle have performed as soloists with Dr. Andrizzi in concertos, operas, recitals, and recordings.
An active teacher and performer, Dr. Andrizzi has worked since 2013 as the Conductor and Head of the Orchestral Program at the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He is very passionate about his work with young musicians and has often collaborated with international artist programs, including the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Musica Lirica, and the Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program. Dr. Andrizzi has clinic-ed and worked with music programs both in the US and in Europe, and has conducted the Illinois All-State Orchestra. Among his previous positions, Dr. Andrizzi was the Music Director of the Cervantes Orchestra of Chicago.
Dr. Andrizzi was a recipient of the Honorable Mention Award at the International Competition for Conductors of Contemporary Music “4X4 Prize” and a winner of the “P. Barrasso” International Competition for Chamber Music. He has recorded for Albany Records.
Born in Rome, Italy, Dr. Andrizzi began his conducting studies with Bruno Aprea. Further studies continued at Northwestern University under the guidance of Victor Yampolsky. He also served as assistant of James Conlon (Los Angeles Opera) and Sir Andrew Davis (Lyric Opera of Chicago).
Andy is a graduate of the DePaul University School of Music, and is in demand as a trumpeter/cornetist as well as a clinician and conductor. He is an active freelance trumpeter in the Chicago area and is currently principal cornet with the international award winning Chicago Brass Band. In 2008 and 2010, Andy won first prize in the North American Brass Band Association high brass technical solo competition. He is an active judge in Chicago area solo/ensemble festivals and has also given trumpet masterclasses at various institutions, such as Loyola University.
In addition to performing, Andy is an instrumental music instructor at London Middle School in Wheeling. His teachers have included Matt Lee, John Hagstrom, and David Inmon.
Jillian began her study of music at the age of 4 with Suzuki violin lessons through the Western Springs School of Talent Education. Since her early teens, Jillian has been in frequent demand as a collaborative musician. She has also performed at several national and international venues, including performances in Symphony Center at Orchestra Hall and by invitation at the Suzuki Association of the Americas biennial conference in Minneapolis. Jillian is a recipient of the National School Orchestra Award in addition to both academic and performance-based scholarships from Illinois State University where she graduated with a degree in Music Education. Jillian served as both secretary and vice president for the Illinois State University Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She is currently an active member in this organization as well as the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and has completed Suzuki training for Every Child Can and books 1 through 7 at Chicago Suzuki Institute.
Jillian currently serves as the 4th and 5th grade Orchestra teacher in the Woodstock District 200 schools where she directs over 200 students weekly in addition to teaching a studio of private string students.