Andrew Hannon’s musical life is a combination of diverse influences. He composes for the concert stage and has performed in metalcore bands. His music alternates between moments of violence and serenity creating elements of tension that are often reflected in conceptual elements. In addition to musical tension, he incorporates various uses of technology as an aesthetic statement. For example, Two Lost Loves draws its material from anonymous voicemails, Night Watch transmits audio through audience’s smart devices, and News Flash uses a YouTube video as source material for audio and video.

His compositions are performed throughout the United States and has collaborated with many fantastic performers and ensembles. His music can be heard and purchased at his website, andrewhannon.com. Andrew earned his DMA in music composition from the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on composition pedagogy, fear and aural skills, and the music of Ligeti. He is Assistant Professor of Music Composition in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he strives to build community and mentor students.