Gretchen C. D’Andrea holds a Masters in Arts in Teaching Degree and a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in flute. Over many years, Gretchen has produced and directed musicals in both public and private school settings, and in 2003 attended an Opera Production Program focused on honing skills for producing original operas in school settings, sponsored by the MET at Princeton University.
Gretchen’s theater experience includes founding and directing Clepsydra (1989-93), a musical theater group specializing in Renaissance period performances. In this role, Gretchen produced and directed music for original plays written by ensemble members. Gretchen has also served as a founder of the Milford Performing Arts Center in its inception, and, in that role, composed original music for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, a children’s musical drama.
As the high school level, Gretchen has lead the High School Vocal Ensemble at Whitinsville Christian Academy, where she also produced and directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2006, Gretchen arranged a performance of area musicians, scripting a presentation ofSummertime, to raise money for young people pursuing theatre and music degrees. In 2009, Ms. D’Andrea gathered Uxbridge students across grade levels to present a public production of Scrooge at Uxbridge High School. In 2014, she reprised Scrooge with volunteers from the Woodstock CT community to help raise funds to contribute toward the rebuilding of the Congregational Church of Pomfret, CT.
Currently, Gretchen directs band and chorus, and teaches general music in Uxbridge, MA (since 2000). She plays flute in the East Woodstock Community Band and loves to read in her spare time.