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Andrei Strizek is a doctoral musicology student at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign. He holds an assistantship at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, in the Events office, where he advances all of the School of Music concerts and several Marquee performances.

Andrei is an active performer, and is in demand as a music director and keyboardist for many musical theatre productions.

He earned his Bachelor's of Music Education from UW-Eau Claire in 2005, after studying with Dr Jerry Young, Dr Mark Heidel, Dr Randal Dickerson, and Dr Donald Patterson, and his Master's of Music Education from the University of Illinois in 2011.

He holds a wide range of interests, from musical theatre to jazz and popular music history to aesthetics, from the use of technology in education to audience development.

Please contact Andrei if you have any questions, comments or suggestions!

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Saturday
Oct162010

In Memoriam

Five years ago today we lost five incredible people, including my good friend Branden. Stepping into the job at Chi-Hi less than a month after the accident, still a "student teacher," was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences I've ever had. Today I've been reliving memories, of that awful morning and the horrible phone call, the coming together of friends and family, the beauty of Lux Aurumque at the Wind Symphony concert that afternoon, the memorial services, and so much more.

I have so much I could say, yet so little that I want to share with anyone. Instead, I want to post these videos - some of Branden's favorite pieces - in honor and in memory. We still miss you, and we were blessed to spend even a few minutes of our lives with all of you.

Happy birthday Branden. Forever Cardinal Bound.

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