Andrew Gerle (composer) spent the better part of his childhood attending a snotty private school in Baltimore and studying piano in the Prep department at the Peabody Conservatory. He then went on to get his BA from Yale, where he was one of those ridiculous a cappella geeks. As an accompanist and musical director in NYC, he's worked with some pretty cool people, from Kitty Carlisle and John Raitt to Michael Rupert, Mary Testa, Malcolm Gets and Jennifer Holliday. He's had the chance to orchestrate dozens of Broadway songs for symphony orchestras (like the Boston Pops), and has performed in Korea, Taiwan, Russia, and Kentucky.
He wrote book, music and lyrics for BRIGHTER THINGS, a pair of one-acts based on the stories of John Cheever, and music for THE GIFT (with Maryrose), based on the stories of O. Henry. He and Maryrose also wrote the musical short film, LOVE, MOM, starring Tonya Pinkins and directed by Ted Sperling (both Tony-winners now, thankyouverymuch), which has been an official selection in four US film festivals this year. With lyricist Eddie Sugarman, he has created a musical adaptation of Frank Capra's masterpiece, MEET JOHN DOE, which is a featured selection in this year's NAMT festival here in New York, and has been included in the "Bound For Broadway" concerts at Merkin Hall and in this year's ASCAP Workshop.
Just this spring, he founded ALLOY: CONCERT/THEATER, a new generation of song recital featuring staged versions of American art song. The first event, at Columbia's Miller Theatre, featured the premiere of his cycle, "Not Crazy", and a theatrical staging of Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" with Andrew's new piano quintet arrangement.
He could go on, but it gets less interesting from here.