Dr. Andrew E. Henderson
Andrew Elliot Henderson became Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC) in July 2005. Andrew succeeded his former teacher, John Weaver, following his distinguished 35-year tenure at MAPC. At the church he directs an extensive liturgical program with a number of choirs, a choral society, the Saint Andrew Chorale, the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison series, and oversees the 185-voice New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC graded choral program. In addition to his position at MAPC, he serves as the Associate Organist at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El – one of the largest Jewish houses of worship in the world, as chair of the organ department at the Manhattan School of Music, and as the organ instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Henderson, a native of Thorold, Ontario, holds degrees in music from Cambridge and Yale Universities. At Cambridge he held the position of Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge from 1996 to 1999, and at Yale he completed his graduate studies in organ performance on a full scholarship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The recipient of a C.V. Starr Foundation fellowship, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Juilliard School in 2007, receiving the Richard F. French prize for the best doctoral document. From 2001 to 2005 he was the Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College, where he taught graduate courses in organ literature.
Andrew was a finalist in the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres held in Chartres Cathedral in 2002, and the following year he won first prize in the biennial National Organ Playing Competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As well as performing recitals in St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, London, and in most major venues in New York City and at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Recent performances include organ and continuo playing with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra, The Oratorio Society of New York, The Collegiate Chorale, in addition to performing solo recitals in Krakow, Poland (Krakow Philharmonic Hall), at the Elora Festival (Ontario), and in Colorado (Boulder Bach Festival), Georgia, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Carolina, at the historic Round Lake Auditorium in Upstate New York and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Andrew has been featured as a recitalist and workshop leader at national and regional gatherings of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship and Music Arts, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the executive board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His performances have been featured on the nationally-syndicated public radio programs Pipedreams and With Heart and Voice. His first solo CD, Andrew Henderson at St. John’s, Elora,was recorded and released in 2010.
A Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, his teachers have included John Tuttle, Barrie Cabena, David Sanger, Thomas Murray and John Weaver. Andrew is married to organist Mary Wannamaker Huff, who is the Associate Director of Music at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Artistic Director of the New York City Children’s Chorus at MAPC. Andrew and Mary have two musical boys, Elliot and Christian.
You can hear audio files from his recent CD and various recitals – and find out more about Andrew’s upcoming concerts – on his website at: www.andrewhenderson.net.