Andrew Bruhn is a versatile musician, actively working as a choral conductor, composer, and trumpeter. He is currently Director of Choral Music at Rockford Christian Schools in IL, where he teaches 6-12th grade choirs, AP Music Theory, class piano, basic music theory, and vocal directs for the musical. He is also the choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rockford, IL.
Bruhn spent two years as the director of the Luther Seminary Choir and Luther Brass in St. Paul, MN. He received his Master of Sacred Music degree in choral conducting from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College, where he studied conducting with Anton Armstrong, Christopher Aspaas, and Mark Stover. The American Choral Directors Association and National Association for Music Education have published his writing on vocal music education. He was nominated for a Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2018, and also was 97.5FM of Rockford’s Teacher of the Week in 2019. His school choirs regularly receive superior ratings in organizational contests, and have been a featured performer at the Illinois Music Education Conference (All-State).
Bruhn studied composition with David Cherwien and Alice Parker. His music is published by Choristers Guild, GIA, MusicSpoke, and Concordia. His music is performed by elementary through university level community bands and choirs. He was honored to have two of his pieces selected for a J.W. Pepper Editors' Choice. Andrew won the 2017 IL American Choral Directors Association Composition Contest, and was a semi-finalist for The American Prize in Choral Composition in 2019.
As a trumpeter he has performed with many fine ensembles, including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony; Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra; and Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra. Bruhn studied at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and earned a BM in Trumpet Performance from Wheaton College. He was the October 2004 winner of the International Trumpet Guild’s Young Artist Award. His solo playing has been broadcast on The Lutheran Hour and on WFMT 98.7FM Chicago’s Classical Fine Arts Station. He lives in Belvidere with his musical wife, Lydia, their two daughters, and golden retriever.