Hello! My name is Victor Andzulis, and I am Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. In a STEM obsessed culture, many doubt the value and viability of a career in the arts. However, I believe that the career prospects for classical musicians are still strong, especially if they learn to use the creativity and problem-solving skills they gained in their music studies to their advantage. Our world would be a better place if we learned to value beauty over violence, and our society needs creativity in order to advance and progress. These things can only happen if we continue to train young artists to go out into the world and teach and share their art.
While I believe that classical musicians can still build thriving careers today, they may look different than they did 50 years ago. I believe the secret lies in a broader approach than has been typically emphasized. Future music professionals need to hone their teaching skills and their performing skills, expose themselves to different styles of music, and spend time mastering essential career and business skills. Since my days as a student, I have managed to build a career that feeds both my passion and my family, but it has required a broad approach and a lot of creativity. Since finishing school, my career has included teaching private lessons in a school, conducting middle school orchestra, teaching elementary general music classes, playing viola in symphony orchestras, being a church pianist, teaching a summer camps, music directing musical theatre, running a home studio, being a staff pianist and adjunct instructor, freelance collaborative piano work, and now holding a full time professorship. Some of these jobs I loved, some of them taught me what I don’t love, but all of them gave me invaluable experiences that have led me to where I am today. My hope is that I can use my experience and research to help our future generations of professional musicians to navigate a successful career in the 21st century.
Victor Andzulis is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Piano Studies at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY where he also maintains a private piano and strings studio. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of West Florida, Olive Baptist School of Performing Arts, Trinitas Christian School, and Pensacola Christian Academy. Andzulis is an active member of the MTNA, serves as Chamber Music/Collaborative Arts Chair on the executive board of the KMTA, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. From 2013-2015, he served as Vice-President for Programs of the Pensacola Music Teachers Association. He has had the privilege of being a summer faculty member at music camps and workshops in the Bahamas and Curacao.
Andzulis also maintains a very active performing schedule as both a soloist and collaborative pianist, frequently performing in concerts throughout the United States. His passion for the collaborative arts and sensitivity to his fellow performers have made him a sought after accompanist. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the University of the Cumberlands, he also serves as collaborative pianist for student and faculty performances, as well as the Chamber Choir and Chorale. He has performed with such noted artists as Ray Gibbs, Howard Reddy, Hanan Tarabay, Leo Day, Jane Redding, Andrea Dawson, Hillary Herndon, and Katrin Meidell.
Andzulis received the Master of Music in Collaborative Keyboard degree from the University of South Alabama where he studied with Dr. Robert Holm. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music (magna cume laude) and a Master of Arts in Music (Graduate of Distinction) from Pensacola Christian College where he studied piano with Dr. Pitagoras Goncalves, Dr. Amy Bombard, and Daisy de Luca Jaffe.
Also an active violist, Andzulis has been a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and in orchestras with the Pensacola Choral Society and the Pensacola Little Theatre. During his studies at Pensacola Christian College, he served as principal violist of the Pensacola Christian College Symphony and the String Ensemble and for three years was violist for the PCC String Quartet in Residence which was often featured on national radio and television programs. He studied violin, viola, and chamber music with Dr. Alberto Jaffe and viola with Brian Brown, and has performed in master classes for Maggie Snyder, Rudolf Haken, Hillary Herndon, Juliet White-Smith, and George Taylor.
Andzulis lives in Corbin, KY with his flutist wife, Megan Andzulis, their children, Ethan and Evelyn, and their miniature schnauzer, Bond.