Andy Larson is Visiting College Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium at The University of Akron. Dr. Larson graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University in May of 2013. He also holds the Master of Music degree (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 2007) and the Bachelor of Music degree (Louisiana State University, May 2005).
Prior to his appointment at Akron, Larson held teaching positions at Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana State University (graduate teaching assistant), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (teaching assistant). Larson's students have won prestigious competitions, entered the military band system, won performing positions, and have begun successful business careers.
As a performer, Larson is comfortable in a variety of settings. His DMA chamber recital was a complete performance of "Birth of the Cool" by Miles Davis. More recent programs have included traditional works for tuba, music for tuba and live electronics as well as a few improvisatory-based works that are discussed ahead of time but not rehearsed.
Larson's current research interests include experimentalism and the tuba, entrepreneurship as it relates to the arts, avant-garde techniques, chamber music coaching, and promotion of the tuba as a solo and collaborative instrument.
Larson lives in Akron with his girlfriend Rachel, dog Sonya, cat Stella, and way too many bicycles.