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Andrew Pester is the Associate Director of Music & Organist. He joined the staff of Providence UMC in 2014, initially as Music Associate & Organist and later in his current capacity. At Providence he assists with the daily operations of the adult music programs and is the director of the children’s music programs. He is also the principal organist for services at Providence.
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 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. He also performs duet concerts with his wife, concert organist Dongho Lee.
Andrew is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. with distinction), Yale University (M.M., M.A. in Religion), and Duke University (Ph.D.). His primary teachers include Profs. Hans Davidsson, William Porter, Martin Jean, Jeffrey Brillhart, and Robert Parkins. He earned his doctoral degree in historical musicology with a dissertation titled “L’orgue fantastique: Imagination in the Organ Lofts of Paris, 1918-1939.” (Dr. Philip Rupprecht, advisor.)
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.