Andrew Elliot Henderson was appointed Director of Music & Organist at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church (MAPC), New York City, 2005. He succeeded his former teacher, John Weaver, following his distinguished 35-year tenure at MAPC. At the church he oversees an extensive liturgical and choral program, including the Saint Andrew Chorale & Orchestra, the New York City Children’s Chorus, in addition to the Saint Andrew Music Society’s Music on Madison concert series. In addition to his position at MAPC, Andrew is on the organ faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, services as the organ instructor at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and is the Associate Organist at New York City’s Temple Emanu-El, one of the world’s largest Jewish houses of worship.
Dr. Henderson, a native of Thorold, Ontario, began studies in organ at the age of 11. Following high school and a year of study at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, he went on to complete his undergraduate degree in music at Cambridge University in England, where he served as Organ Scholar at Clare College, Cambridge. With Clare College Choir he participated in numerous BBC broadcasts, recordings and tours throughout Europe and North America. Henderson then completed a master’s degree in organ performance at Yale University on a full scholarship from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. During his time at Yale, he was Marquand Chapel Organist at the Yale Divinity School, and was awarded prizes for excellence in organ performance and academic studies.
Coming to New York City in 2001 to pursue his doctoral studies at The Juilliard School, Andrew became the Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, New York, where for four years he was actively involved in their renowned liturgical and concert programs. In August 2002 Andrew was a finalist in the international organ competition Grand Prix de Chartres held in Chartres Cathedral, France, and in 2003 he won first prize in the biennial National Organ Playing Competition sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists. The recipient of a C.V. Starr Foundation fellowship, upon graduation from The Juilliard School he received the Richard F. French prize for the best doctoral document, “The Early Organ Works of Charles Tournemire.” He has served as an adjunct assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College, where he taught graduate courses in organ literature.
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