Andrei Gorchov, Flutist & Associate Conductor of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra
I have been teaching flute lessons in Marin County since 2001. I teach at my private studio in Corte Madera and at my home in Novato. Lessons are $40 for half hour, $60 for 45 minute and $80 for an hour. I have taught students as young as age 7 up to middle school, high school, college level and adult. My students always end up with a lifetime of enjoyment from playing the flute, exploring the vast and wonderful repertoire, and making music together.
Additionally, my students have advanced to local, state, national, and international awards and honors, including: National Flute Association (NFA) High School Competition Soloist Finalist, The Sir James Galway International Flute Festival (Switzerland) masterclass soloist performer, Tanglewood, Curtis, Juilliard, Peabody summer festival performers, California State Honor Bands, and Bay Area concerto soloists with the orchestras of YPSO, MSYO, OYO, SF Conservatory of Music Prep, the Marin Symphony Orchestra, and the Prometheus Symphony.
During the lessons, students will develop skills on the flute including acquiring a beautiful tone, proper hand position, varied articulation, breath control, and dynamic ability. Students will also develop strong skills of reading music, developing good rhythm, and become familiar with a broad range of stylistic performance elements. There are various opportunities for students to perform if desired, including recitals, community performances, honor bands, and youth symphony programs.
My students currently perform in, or have performed in: Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, Marin County Honor Band, Northern California Honor Band, California All State Honor Band, National Flute Association High School Finalist, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oakland Youth Orchestra, Curtis Institute Summer Fest, Oberlin Summer Academy, Juilliard Winds, Boston University Institute Tanglewood, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Honors Performer.
“Andrei is not only a great flute teacher but kids love him! ” ~David F., Larkspur CA
“I can’t begin to describe the gentle and clear method that Andrei uses to create musicians.” Lisa P., San Francisco CA
“Andrei started teaching my daughter flute from 4 years ago, he is such a talented teacher that my daughter enjoys every class and has learned a lot from reading music to toning to breathing control etc etc, Andrei also encouraged her to participate in MSYO & MMC and kept challenging her to next level” ~Lisa L., Corte Madera CA
I have a great love for music education. It was of the utmost importance to me as a young performer and I couldn’t ask for anything more than to pass that along to future generations of musicians. I enjoy teaching as much as my students enjoy playing and I gain great satisfaction from helping them to learn and grow in their musicianship.
I employ a variety of teaching techniques to address a wide range of learning styles and am sensitive to the needs of individual students. I do not utilize one specific method; rather, I feel it is important to adapt my teaching style to best fit the needs and demands of each student.
In addition to teaching the flute, I am a widespread music educator in Marin County. I am the associate conductor and manager of the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra and have served on the board for the Marin Music Chest Awards. Additionally, I am the Director of Music at Marin Lutheran Church, and I have taught music classes at the San Domenico School Conservatory and at Redwood High School. I have a B.M in Flute performance from San Francisco State University and have studied with Linda Lukas and Paul Renzi of the San Francisco Symphony. My conducting studies were with Michael Morgan, esteemed conductor of the Oakland Symphony and Jan Pedersen-Schiff the director of SingersMarin.
Congratulations to two graduating 12th grade students who I started on flute, both accepted into top conservatories for flute performance: Juilliard and Eastman. Congratulations Maya and Chris!