As an award-winning music director and vocal technician, and vocal coach, Andy Kust specializes in the multi-faceted training of the contemporary singing actor. 

With his studio just 5 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Andy’s clients include professional actors, and select high school students that are auditioning for college and university musical theater programs.

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Andy has been active as a vocal technician and coach for over a decade, with clients that perform professionally across the country and around the world. After earning his M.M. in Theater Music Direction and Performance from Arizona State University, and his B.A. in Music from Luther College, Andy served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Duluth for five years, where he taught vocal technique, musicianship, repertoire, and audition techniques for the B.F.A. Musical Theater program. Andy’s recent collaborators include The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Ordway, The Hennepin Theatre Trust, The Duluth Playhouse, The Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, and Theatre Latté Da.

PROJECTS

Currently, Andy is conducting and playing keyboards for the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre production of MAMMA MIA!, directed by Michael Brindisi and choreographed by Tamara Kangas Erickson. MAMMA MIA! runs from March 1st 2019 through February 22nd 2020.

On Monday, August 19th, Andy will be music directing for the first ever performance of The 24 Hour Musicals in Minneapolis. This event brings together the extraordinary talent of local and nationally-known artists to create and perform brand new theatrical works in 24 hours. Proceeds will support the Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education Program as well as the University of Minnesota Duluth Theatre Department.

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VOCAL TECHNIQUE

As a vocal technician, I work with my clients to help define, identify, and develop a functional and sustainable vocal technique that can be applied to their artistry as a singing actor and vocal athlete. I am committed to teaching based on the most current advances in vocal science, anatomy, physiology, and acoustics. I am also an active member of The New York Singing Teachers’ Association, The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Musical Theater Educators’ Alliance. Together, we can….

  • Collect an arsenal of personalized exercises to encourage strength, flexibility, and efficiency in all parts of the vocal instrument.

  • Develop technical mastery in the development and blending of the vocal registers.

  • Coordinate the relationships between the breath, the voice, and the resonances.

  • Identify and apply the differences between the various kinds of mixing and belting.

  • Employ sustainable practice habits, performance preparedness, and vocal hygiene.

  • Strategize solutions for coping with the problems that arise from challenging vocal roles.

  • Develop and maintain professional-level musicianship when learning music.

  • Practice efficient and effective memorization techniques.

  • Build a repertoire that challenges, stretches, and reinforces our technical goals.

  • Provide you with MP3 warm up tracks for when you’re on-the-go.

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VOCAL COACHING

As a vocal coach, I work with my clients to find and excavate songs that showcase their type, their brand, and their talents. I keep a busy schedule as a professional music director, audition accompanist, masterclass presenter, and national tour substitute keyboardist, which allows me to keep my fingers on the pulse of the trends in the business of musical theater. Together, we can….

  • Build a book of repertoire from my library of over 2,500 musical theater scores and hundreds of pop anthologies.

  • Break down songs dramatically, beat-by-beat, to allow for clear, purposeful storytelling.

  • Identify and employ the style tags that differentiate and define the eras of musical theater.

  • Navigate the ever-expanding world of pop/rock musical theater styles.

  • Create professional-quality accompaniment tracks for practice, auditions, or performances.

  • Find audition-specific repertoire to focus your goals on upcoming shows or roles.

  • Refine your audition package so your product is consistent, and your successes are planned and purposeful.

  • Record your video auditions for online electronic submissions.

  • Prepare and polish your college audition package.

  • Provide you with MP3 warm up tracks for when you’re on-the-go.

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THE RESULTS

During my time coaching in Minnesota, Arizona, and New York, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of excellent singing actors, including many that are enjoying healthy careers in the business. 

My clients have appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in National Tours, International Tours, and have been cast at regional theaters across the country, including The Guthrie, Phoenix Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The MUNY, The Ordway, The Children’s Theatre (Minneapolis), and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. 

Additionally, as a college audition coach, my clients have been accepted to the musical theater programs at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ithaca, Syracuse, Florida State University, Arizona State University, Baldwin Wallace University, Drake University, NYU Tisch, NYU Steinhardt, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Texas State University, Shenandoah University, and the University of Minnesota Guthrie Program. 

 

RATES

$40 for a 60-minute work session.

Contact Andy at andrew.d.kust@gmail.com with any questions or to set up an appointment. Generally, Andy is available for coachings on Sunday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.