Andrew Bishop, D.M.A.

Andrew Bishop
Instructor of Saxophone
Wichita State University
Bachelor of Music, Music Theory-Composition and Saxophone Performance
University of Michigan
Master of Music, Composition and Improvisation
University of Michigan
Doctorate of Musical Arts, Composition

About Andrew

Andrew Bishop is a versatile saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, improvisor, scholar, and educator comfortable in an array musical styles and idioms. He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an Associate Professor and Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He is also the director of the Interlochen Arts Academy Summer Jazz Institute, where he also teaches at the Saxophone Institute with the Prism Saxophone Quartet. Bishop earned five degrees in music, including a DMA in Music Composition from the University of Michigan; two MM degrees in Music Composition and Improvisation from the University of Michigan; and two BM in Theory-Composition and Saxophone Performance from Wichita State University. A dedicated and committed teacher, Bishop was twice the recipient of the Arthur Anderson Professor of the Year Award, the Joyce G. Ferguson Faculty Development Grant for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2021 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching. He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.

Andrew Bishop’s three recordings as a leader, De Profundis, Time and Imaginary Time and the Hank Williams Project received widespread acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, the Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz-New York, All About Jazz-Los Angeles, The New York Jazz Record, Stereophile Magazine, and the Detroit Free Press, among others. Elliot Simon of the New York Jazz Record recently wrote: “De Profundis impresses with its astute combination of musicianship, spirituality and compositional insight.” Furthermore, De Profundis received a “Record of the Year (Honorable Mention)” by the New York Jazz Record in 2015. He leads a variety of his own projects. He has performed with an array of settings and artists and has performed and forged important musical relationships with artists including Geri Allen, Lucian Ban, Dave Ballou, Karl Berger, Kenny Burrell, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Kris Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Michael Formanek, Robert Hurst, Chris Lightcap, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Mario Pavone, Tom Rainey, Hank Roberts, Jacob Sacks, Angelica Sanchez, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, and Matt Wilson among others. He has recorded over 50 recordings as a side-musician.


As a composer and arranger, he has received over 25 commissions from professional organizations, universities, and numerous residencies. He has also received recognition and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); The Chicago Symphony Orchestra; the Andrew W. Melon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His orchestral composition "Crooning" was recorded by the Albany Symphony Orchestra on Two American Piano Concertos (Albany Records) featuring pianists Ursula Oppens and Ian Hobson. He has also completed composition and arranging projects for Geri Allen, Gerald Cleaver, Kris Davis, Ellery Eskelin, Steve Houghton, Robert Hurst, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Liebman, Miles Okazaki, and Matt Wilson.

Teaching is an inextricably bound part of my professional life. I believe in a (1) firm grounding in basic skill sets, along with (2) a view toward the present and future of development. I seek to give students an inclusive perspective on music making in the twenty-first century that involves discourse in highly diversified musical settings, a place where my professional experience and teaching coalesce.

Jazz Festivals (Selected)

•Aspen Jazz Festival in Aspen, CO

•Autumn Jazz Festival in Bielsko-Biala, Poland

•Birdland New York Django Festival in New York

•Braga Jazz Festival in Braga, Portugal

•Chicago Jazz Festival in Chicago, IL

•Detroit International Jazz Festival in Detroit, MI

•Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, WA

•Gent Jazz Festival in Gent, Belgium

•Kalisz International Jazz Piano Festival in Poland

•North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam

•Porto Jazz Festival in Porto, Portugal

•Redwoods Jazz Alliance Series in Arcata, CA

•Washington D.C. Jazz Festival

•Winter Jazz Festival in New York, NY

•Undead Jazz Festival in New York, NY

•Zaragoza Jazz Festival in Zaragoza, Spain


As A Performer

Live at Firehouse 12, Gerald Cleaver’s Violet Hour (Sunnyside Records) 2019

Chamber Music of Stephen Rush (Albany Records) 2019

Something Nearby, Stephen Rush and Naked Dance (Leo Records) 2018

For Real, Steve Allee and Scott Belck Sextet (Blue Crescent Productions) 2017

Keep it to Yourself, Scott Gwinnell and Anthony Stanco Quintet (Cross Street Records) 2017

Mountain Shark, David Haughey (Independent Release) 2016

Save Your Breath, Kris Davis’ Infrasound (Clean Feed) 2015

Gershwin On the Fringe of Fire, Bill Lucas (Block M Records) 2015

Alternations, Coalescence Percussion Duo (Independent Release) 2015

Dark Matters, Steve Rush (Vinyl Release) 2014

No Man’s Land, Jacob Sacks Quintet (Yeah Yeah Records) 2014

Courage Music, Ellen Rowe Quintet Featuring Ingrid Jensen (PKO Records) 2013

Junction, Hot Club of Detroit (Mack Avenue Records) 2012

Getting Housed, Bobby Streng’s House Big Band (PKO Records) 2012

Meg Mell, Tim Flood Quartet (Envoi Recordings) 2012

Branches and Bark, Ben Rolston (Envoi Recordings) 2012

Stars, Justin Walters and Stars (Schoolhouse Records) 2012

Naked Dance, Steve Rush (Vinyl Release) 2011

Be It As I See It, Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June (Freshsounds-New Talent Records) 2010

Detroit, Gerald Cleaver’s Violet Hour (Freshsounds-New Talent Records) 2008

Love Stories, Tim Hauser (King Records) 2007

Denai Pass, Ellen Rowe Quartet (PKO Records) 2005

Mood Swing, Kathy Kosins (Chiaroscuro Records) 2003

Freakshow, Dan Worley (Misc. Records) 2002

Tribute to Count Basie, Paul Keller Orchestra (PKO Records) 2002

Misfit, Dave Sayers Quartet (Dreambox Media Recordings) 2001

Sylvan Way, Ellen Rowe Trio and Quartet (BOPO Records) 2001

Adjust, Gerald Cleaver and Veil of Names (Freshsounds-New Talent Records) 2001

Timescape, Ed Sarath and Timescape featuring Karl Berger (Arts Education Synthesis, Inc.) 2000

An Evening with Tony Amore, Andy Kirshner and the Phoenix Ensemble (Aquamule Records) 1999

Region, Jacob Sacks (Unleaded Records) 1999

Block, Aaron Siegel’s Block (Siege Records) 1998

Out of Nowhere, Toledo Jazz Orchestra (Toledo Jazz Society Recordings) 1998

The Seven Martyrs of Tehran, Craig Owens (Buffalo Records) 1995

As A Performer And Composer Or Arranger

De Profundis, Andrew Bishop (Envoi Recordings) 2015

Chisel and Stone, Ellen Rowe and Andrew Bishop Duo (PKO Records) 2014

Hank Williams Project, Andrew Bishop (Envoi Recordings) 2007

Push, Bottomed Out (Envoi Recordings) 2006

Time and Imaginary Time, Andrew Bishop (Envoi Recordings) 2005

Groovin’, Toledo Jazz Orchestra (Toledo Jazz Society Recordings) 2002

Paris Blues, Bird of Paradise Orchestra (BOPO Records) 2001

Lowdown, University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble (BOPO Records) 1999

Bingo, Bird of Paradise Orchestra (BOPO Records) 1998

As A Composer

Debut, “Flea Circus,” Duo Nyans (University of Montana Recordings) 2017

To Dust, “Soccer Fields of Sarajevo,” Sotta Voce Trio (Independent Release) 2010

Two American Piano Concertos, “Crooning,” Albany Symphony Orchestra (Albany Records) 2001

Windsong, “Accents of Eccentricity,” Steve Houghton-Percussionist (Shperc Records) 1997

As A Producer

Snapshots, Adam Unsworth (Equilibrium Records) 2013

On the Shoulders of Giants, Pat Booth (Envoi Recordings) 2013

Lovely Properties, Derek Worthington (Envoi Recordings) 2013

Succinct, Spoke (Envoi Recordings) 2012


Bud Like, arrangement at the request of saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson 2019 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums

for John Malachi, Vancouver Youth Jazz Orchestra 2018 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Invitation, Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band 2017 3 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano, bass, drums

So Many Stars, Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band 2017 3 saxophones, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, piano, bass, drums

All Terrain Vehicle, Capital Saxophone Quartet 2016 soprano, alto, tenor, baritone saxophone

Low Life, Edgefest Ann Arbor 2014 2 bass clarinets, 2 contrabasses

Remembering Euphoria, Aurea Silva Trio 2013 flute, bassoon, piano

Beat’ s Remark, Robert Hurst and the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble 2011 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (1 bass), guitar, piano, bass, drums

Inner Voices, David Liebman and Chamber Winds 2010 soprano saxophone soloist, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, piano, bass, percussion

Peaches and Regalia, Opus 21 through the National Endowment for the Arts 2010 clarinet, alto saxophone, cello, piano, 2 percussion

Fountain of Love, Opus 21 through the National Endowment for the Arts 2010 2 voice, clarinet, alto saxophone, violoncello, piano, 2 percussion

Rooftops, Opus 21 2009 solo tenor saxophone

Ballad Age, Edgefest 2009, featuring mulit-woodwind artist Marty Ehrlich 2009 flute, clarinet, alto saxophone and bassoon (or bass clarinet)

Jubilant Symmetries for Winds and Percussion, Albion Chamber Winds 2008 2 horns in f, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, percussion

Juke Joints of Burgundy, Toledo Symphony Chamber Music Commission 2007 flute, harp, contrabass

April Hymn, State University of New York at Oswego 2006 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones (1 bass), guitar, piano, bass, drums

Flea Circus, Andrew Dahlke, University of Northern Colorado 2006 clarinet, alto saxophone, piano

Rugged Variants in Black, Festival of the Forks (40th Anniversary Commemorative Composition) 2006 clarinet, soprano saxophone, violoncello, banjo, guitar, bass, drums

New and Used, Detroit Composers Collective 2003 3 saxophones, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Behavior of Circles, Albion College Center for the Contemporary Expression in the Arts 2003 electro-acoustic, solo saxophone, dancers, video

Three Elegies, Warren Jazz Festival 2002 3 saxophones, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, piano, bass, drums

Weaver of Dreams, Toledo Jazz Orchestra 2001 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Ago-go, University of Toledo Contemporary Music Festival 2000 symphonic wind ensemble

Crooning, Albany Symphony Orchestra (1998-99 Concert Season) 1999 chamber orchestra

Rose Colored, Dogs of Desire (Albany Symphony Orchestra’s New Directions Ensemble) 1997 2 voice soloists, chamber orchestra

Don’t Stop the Parade, Abilene Christian University Wind Ensemble 1997 symphonic wind ensemble

More Than Sugar, Abilene Christian University Jazz Ensemble 1997 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums

Bingo, Matt Wilson and the University of Northern Iowa Jazz Ensemble 1996 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums

Pamela, University of Michigan Theater Department 1996 mixed instrumentation (performed by actors)

The West is Wild, Wichita Jazz Festival (25th Anniversary Commemorative Composition) 1996 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums

Fire, Dogs of Desire (Albany Symphony Orchestra’s New Directions Ensemble) 1994 chamber orchestra

Soccer Fields of Sarajevo, Sotto Voce Trio 1994 soprano voice, alto saxophone, piano

Accents of Eccentricity, Steve Houghton 1993 2 percussion

And Then I Stepped Into the Rain Forest, Wichita State University Wind Ensemble 1992

B.M., Theory-Composition - Wichita State University

B.M., Saxophone Performance - Wichita State University

M.M., Composition - University of Michigan

M.M., Improvisation - University of Michigan

D.M.A., Composition - University of Michigan