Andrea is Prelude conductor for EYSO. She has been an Illinois music educator since 2016. She is currently the Orchestra Director for Hauser Junior High School in Riverside, Illinois, a position she has held since 2018. Andrea received her musical training at DePaul University where she studied violin with Ilya Kaler and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree. A Chicago-area native, Andrea began studying violin at the age of nine. She was an active participant in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras for five years and a student in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for advanced young musicians. Andrea is a certified yoga teacher. She shares her home in Chicago with her German shepherd Brahms and two cats, Kiwi and Mango. She is also an enthusiastic cook, gardener, and novice beekeeper.