Dr. Stroud’s Education:
- D.M.A. Guitar Performance, Florida State University
- M.M. Guitar Performance, Florida State University
- B.A. in Music, Stetson University
More About Dr. Stroud:
Andrew Stroud began studying the classical guitar with his father while living in Bath, England.
His teachers have included composer Thomas Coffey, renowned American performer Stephen Robinson, French virtuoso Judicaël Perroy, and Bruce Holzman. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University. He completed both Master of Music degree and Doctor of Music degrees at Florida State University. At FSU, Stroud was awarded three consecutive graduate teaching assistantships. He has performed in the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia, the Assad Duo, Paul Galbraith, Roland Dyens, Eduardo Fernandez, Paco Pena, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and many other world-renowned musicians.
Andrew has won accolades at many international competitions including the Columbus State Guitar Symposium, Guitare Lachine Competition (Montreal), Rosario Competition (Columbia, SC), Schadt International Concerto Competition (Allentown, PA), the Dr. Luis Sigall Competition (Vina del Mar, Chile), Guitar Foundation of America Competition, and the Christopher Parkening Competition (Malibu, CA), the world’s largest prize guitar competition.
As a soloist, Andrew has enjoyed performing in a wide array of venues. Among them are the Festival Mediterreano della Chitarra in Italy, featured solo performances in West Palm Beach’s Gala Concert and a performance at the Veteran World Fencing Championships Gala. As a Chamber Musician, he has performed in diverse roles ranging from orchestral music to opera. He has been featured on local and national broadcasts on television and NPR. In 2009, Andrew made his South American debut, giving master classes and concerts in Chile. He has been a featured soloist on series such as the Seven Hills Guitar Series, Guitar Sarasota, and the Troy University Guitar Festival.
Among his other endeavors have been lectures, master classes and teaching.. He has recorded for the Hands on Teaching method, and has authored articles published in Soundboard magazine. He served on the faculty of Wallace Community College as instructor and department chair, where he founded the WCC International Artist Series. He has reviewed texts for W.W. Norton and Co. and in 2012, Lambert Academic Publishing published his book, Johann Kaspar Mertz and Style Hongrois. In 2017, he was appointed director of the lauded guitar program at Servite High School in Anaheim, CA.