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Local Musician Teaching in Africa

When The Massapequan Observer last caught up with local resident Andrew Kromholz, he had just been selected to play a concert at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany.


Four years later, Andrew has graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where he received a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, concentrating on the cello. He also earned a New York State Teaching Certificate. At Crane, Andrew was a winner of the Crane School of Music Chamber Competition with a convincing performance of Schubert’s Quintet in C Major for two cellos.

Earlier this month, his career took a different turn. Andrew was chose to be string director at the Mount Kenya Academy in Nyeri, Kenya. Prior to traveling to Africa, he was a strings teacher at Bethlehem Elementary School in Delmar, NY.

“The World Cup frenzy is already starting by the way,” Andrew wrote on his Facebook page upon landing in Kenya. “Tons of people from Europe coming to Africa and spending the whole month here.”

While in Massapequa, Kromholz was part of a four-man chamber group. Kromholz has been playing his cello for a decade. He has performed for the New York Junior Chamber Symphony and also the C.W. Post Music Festival.