• Lee University


  • Andy Harnsberger

    B.M., M.M., Virginia Commonwealth University
    D.M.A., Eastman School of Music


    Assistant Professor of Percussion

    Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance,” Andy Harnsberger enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator. He has performed in a variety of settings across the United States, Europe, and Japan, and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the country each year. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well.”

    Harnsberger has performed as percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra, as well as Currents, a contemporary music ensemble, and has toured extensively as a percussionist and xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews and live performances, to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument. National Public Radio wrote, “Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience…simply phenomenal!”

    Harnsberger earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Harnsberger is Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist. He is also in demand as a clinician across the country, presenting workshops and master classes at many universities each year. Harnsberger is a performing artist and clinician for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Evans Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.


  • Andy Harnsberger