Christopher Thibdeau is a cellist, conductor, and teacher based in Boston. Currently, he is a finalist for the Conductor position of the Indian Hill Music Youth Sinfonia. He has served as the Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, the Interim Music Director of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Assistant Conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra, the Conductor and Artistic Manager of Orchestras for the Atlanta Music Project, the Conductor of the El Sistema-inspired music program Bridge Boston, the Conductor of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival, the Associate Conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra (New York), and the Cover Conductor of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (Kentucky) and Firelands Symphony Orchestra (Ohio).
In addition to his educational work, Christopher has presented workshops and concerts in New York, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and other areas across the US. Mr. Thibdeau also spent ten days as a guest artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul where he taught cello and conducting lessons and also had the opportunity to instruct the first ever female Afghan conductor, Negin Khpolwak.
Mr. Thibdeau began studying the cello at the age of 8 and conducting at the age of 13. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music where he studied cello with Alan Harris and orchestral conducting with Neil Varon, and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Carl Topilow.
Andrew Worden is a drummer, percussionist, and composer in Boston, MA where he is Faculty and Assistant Dean of Entrepreneurial Musicianship at the New England Conservatory.
As a composer, Andrew's percussion music is programmed frequently at conservatories and universities around the world with recent performances in France, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, and across the United States. His music has been performed by the Paris Percussion Group, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, and was featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2017. As a composer for multimedia, Andrew's original scores can be heard in the documentary Spiritus (Student Academy Awards, finalist) and the children’s book series Yum & Yuk.
Alongside composer Ivan Trevino, Andrew recently started The Big Trouble, a songwriting collective focused on creating music for percussion and vocals in an indie-rock aesthetic. The Big Trouble was the recipient of a Boston Foundation Arts Grant in 2017 and has since released their debut album on Spotify and iTunes.
Andrew earned the MM in Percussion Performance & Literature and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Michael Burritt.