Andrew Shantz is a keyboardist, vocalist, composer, producer and educator with a foundation in jazz and a penchant for musical exploration. In 2003 he completed a BM in Jazz Piano Performance at William Paterson University which has been complimented by studies of composition and improvisation with the late legendary trumpeter Clark Terry as well as pianist Jason Moran and trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Andrew has also attended workshops and served as a staff member at the School for Improvisational Music.
Since 2008 he has been immersed in the world of Hindustani - North Indian - classical music as a vocalist and harmonium player with studies in Kolkata, India l under Smt. Madhumita Saha and in New York under Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee along with special guidance from tabla maestro Pt. Samar Saha.
In 2015 Andrew was awarded a scholarship to further his vocal studies with Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee from the Tapati Basu Roy Charitable Trust.
In 2012 Andrew founded Vanguard Music Studio with partners Anna Evangelista and Attila Mozsolits. VMS offers first rate musical instruction in private lessons, group classes and ensembles and in special workshops and performances. It is a dynamic musical community that inspires creativity and dedication in their students.