Dr. Deborah Andrus
  • Artist-Lecturer in clarinet
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Woodwind Trio
  • Clarinet Pedagogy
  • Clarinet Literature


Deborah Andrus is the second and Eb clarinetist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the SATORI Chamber Ensemble, the DeMarina Trio and the East Winds Quintet. Before moving to Pennsylvania, she held the principal clarinet position with the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra. She has performed with many ensembles across the United States, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, the New Columbian Brass Band and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 2010, Dr. Andrus toured mainland China, giving concerts and masterclasses with Trio Clavino.

Currently, Dr. Andrus is the Artist-Lecturer in Clarinet at Moravian College and Lehigh University where she teaches clarinet, directs the clarinet ensembles and teaches Woodwind Techniques. In 2009, she was the recipient of the T. Edgar Shields prize for Outstanding Studio Teaching at Moravian College. Before moving to Pennsylvania she was Professor of Clarinet at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. In addition to teaching college students, Dr. Andrus has a thriving private studio in the Lehigh Valley. Her clarinet students have won positions in All-State, All-East and All-National Honor Ensembles, as well as winning local, regional and national competitions.

Dr. Andrus earned her doctorate as a Presidential Fellow at The Ohio State University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Music from The Crane School at SUNY Potsdam. Her teachers include Alan Woy, James Pyne, Theodore Oien, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Mark Nuccio.

A passionate teacher of all students of the clarinet, Dr. Andrus is the clarinet author for Teaching Woodwinds, a woodwind methods resource for music educators, which can be found at: teachingww.com.

Dr. Andrus is an Artist-Clinician for the Buffet Corporation and plays Buffet R-13 clarinets. In her free time, Dr. Andrus enjoys reading, yoga, cooking and traveling with her family.