Theatre Organist: Andrew Van Varick


Young organist Andrew Van Varick was named the ATOS Student of the Year for 2011. His organ teacher is John Baratta. Enthusiastic about theatre organ style playing, Andrew has attended all of the ATOS Summer Youth Adventure camps since inception. After six years at the camp, Andrew sees immense possibilities as a career musician. His home practice instrument is a Rodgers Trio 321 electronic theatre organ. He also rescued an older Allen classical instrument from a dumpster, at which he practices classical and church music. He says he tries to play every day, dividing his time between piano and organ. Having varied musical interests, he also studied the violin for 8 years, but then switched to playing the viola. He takes private lessions in classical piano as well.

His grandmother plays piano and is a Church Organist in Delaware, and his sister, Katie plays the cello. He has played keyboards for productions of Phantom of the Opera, Sweeny Todd, Into the Woods, and Little Shop of Horrors, and says it was a lot of work, but a great experience. Andrew currently substitutes at the organ for services at several churches. He is also a seven year member of the Sussex County Youth Orchestra, and played the violin on a tour with them to England and France.

Andrew also loves and is fascinated by orchestration. Using Finale music composing and notation software he has arranged a substantial repertoire for violin/cello/piano. His arrangements are regularly played by a trio consisting of sister Katie on cello, friend Emma on violin, and Andrew on piano. They have played for quite a few dinners and special events in their local area around Newton, N.J.
We have heard this young upcoming musician on theatre pipes several times recently. In all his performances he has dazzled the audience with his great confidence, style and talent. We look forward to hearing him again!