Executive Director/Founder, piano and theory instruction
Dr. Merrill, known as Andi by all of her friends and students, spends most of her afternoons teaching at Opus Ithaca. When she is not teaching, Andi can be found on the Cornell University campus, where she lives with her husband and two sons as part of the Faculty in Residence program. From 2006-2009 she was on the piano faculty at Ithaca College where she taught lessons and classes, and for 8 years she held the position of assistant organist/pianist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ithaca. Andrea holds the following degrees in music: Doctoral degree (DMA) in piano accompanying and chamber music from the Eastman School of Music; Master of Music degree in piano accompanying from Arizona State University; and Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Ithaca College. Andrea also studied piano at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria. She has recorded two albums of the music of Kenneth Kreuzer on Sphere Sound Records with trombonist Hal Reynolds, and flutists Christine Gustafson and Jeanne Sperber. Andi continues to be an active adjudicator and performer.