Primary Discipline(s):

  • Piano

    Theory Discipline(s):

  • Pedagogy

Education - Studies

  • BMus (Performance), Wilfrid Laurier University
  • MM (Pedagogy and Performance), University of Michigan
  • DMA (Pedagogy and Performance), University of Michigan


  • University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, OH
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Professional Activities

In addition to piano, Andrew Hisey teaches rudiments, history, and harmony to all levels and all ages, with an emphasis on building strong musicianship and creative skills. Dr. Hisey works to integrate these subject areas into every level of practical teaching.

He undertook piano performance studies with Garth Beckett, Nina Lelchuk, and Arthur Greene. His piano pedagogy studies were with Joanne Smith. Andrew took part in master classes with Ivan Moravec, Eugene Istomin, Kendall Taylor, Alma Brock Smith, and Lev Vlassenko.

Dr. Hisey is a frequent workshop presenter for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and for The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. He has independently presented workshops on the piano works of Dmitri Shostakovich; nurturing independent learning skills; a survey and practical applications of piano etudes and exercises; developing tools for creativity; and developing contrapuntal playing skills.

Andrew Hisey is often approached to adjudicate festivals and local, regional, and state-level competitions. He has served as a senior examiner/adjudicator for Music Development Program for eight years across Canada and the United States. He acts as a mentor examiner for The Royal Conservatory, an adjudicator certification facilitator for The Music Development Program, and, most recently, an evaluator for written piano pedagogy exams.

Dr. Hisey is an active solo and collaborative performer, having played recitals across Ontario and in many of the American midwest states. He was the CFMTA East Division Young Artist in 1987, won the University of Michigan Graduate Concerto Competition in 1993, and has performed with the Oberlin Symphonic Winds and with numerous chamber groups. Dr. Hisey has presented the complete cycle of Dmitri Shostakovich's Op. 87 Preludes and Fugues for piano, along with most of Shostakovich's works for piano.

As an editor for Frederick Harris Music, Andrew Hisey played a pivotal role in the development of the Celebrate Composer editions (twenty-seven volumes), Christopher Norton Connections (sixteen volumes), and Piano Play by Forrest Kinney (six volumes). Since 2011 Dr. Hisey has been a regional leader (upper midwest) for The Achievement Program. He served as vice-chair of the music department at St. Olaf College from 2007 to 2011. He was instrumental in the creation of the MTNA E-Journal and currently chairs its editorial committee. As a co-founder he has served on the executive committee of the National Group Piano/Piano Pedagogy Forum since 2000. Additionally Andrew is on the board of directors for the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and served two terms on the American Music Teacher (official journal of MTNA) editorial committee and as president of the Minnesota MTA Foundation Board from 2007 to 2011.

Professional Affiliations

  • MTNA
  • Minnesota MTA