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Andrew Pester is an organist, harpsichordist, and musicologist. As an organist, he has performed across the US and in Europe. In addition to his solo appearances, he has performed extensively in collaborative endeavors, including as continuo organist for Monteverdi Vespers (1610) with the renowned renaissance wind band, Piffaro, and as organ soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (version for organ, harp, and percussion) for the rededication of Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University.
Andrew earned his undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music where he studied organ, organ improvisation, and harpsichord with Profs. Hans Davidsson and William Porter. He completed a graduate degree in music at Yale University where he studied organ and improvisation with Profs. Martin Jean and Jeffrey Brillhart. He earned a second graduate degree in religion and the arts, also from Yale.
As a musicologist, Andrew specializes in music of the French Third Republic (1870-1940). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at Duke University where he is completing his dissertation, “L’Orgue fantastique: imagination in the organ lofts of Paris, 1918-1939” which examines the organ and broader French culture in the years between the two world wars.
What biblical character would you like to meet and why?
The Biblical character I’d most like to meet is George.
George is not mentioned in the narratives, but I know he was there. After all, the Gospels speak frequently of the crowds following Jesus, so we know there were far more people observing Jesus than the handful of characters mentioned by name. George might’ve seen Jesus heal the leper. George might’ve eaten with the five-thousand. George might’ve looked on when Jesus raised Lazarus. And George might’ve called for Jesus’ crucifixion. The unnamed people of the Bible are most real to me and are also the ones we are most like in our lives. And like these unnamed early followers, we all have the possibility to witness Jesus’ resurrection, whether in person or in our lives two millennia later.