Andrew Earle Simpson
Andrew Earle Simpson (b.1967), composer and pianist, received degrees from Butler
University, Boston University, and Indiana University. In 1997, he joined the faculty of
the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, in Washington,
D.C. where he is head of the division of Theory and Composition. A composer of opera,
film, orchestral, chamber, choral, dance, and vocal music, his most recent projects
reflect an interest in cross-disciplinary music, silent film, and theatrical music.
He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, American Composers
Forum, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Loeb Classical Library
Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and the Maryland State Arts
Council, among many others.
Simpson’s music has been performed across the United States and abroad by such
ensembles as the Cedar Rapids Symphony Chamber Players, Indianapolis Chamber
Orchestra, Contemporary Music Forum, counter)induction, Tampa Bay Composers Forum,
Great Noise Ensemble, Pictures on Silence, Red Cedar Trio, Boland-Dowdall duo,
Lyralos Ensemble (Greece), Catholic University Opera Theater, Cantate Chamber
Singers, numerous other professional and university ensembles, and by such
conductors and performers as Theodore Antoniou, Tim Hankewich, Marvin Hamlisch,
Brian Ganz, Michael Cameron, Nancy Ambrose King, Noah Getz, and Tim McAllister.
An active silent film composer, pianist, and organist, Simpson is House Film
Accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater, and also appears regularly
at the National Gallery of Art. He has also performed at the Giornate del Cinema
Muto in Pordenone, Italy, the New York Public Library, AFI Silver Theater,
Slapsticon, Cinefest, and other venues. Recent performances include the Kennedy
Center in Washington, DC, a concert of his film music with musicians from the
Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the New York Public
Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center.