Andrea Diggs earned her BM (2002) and MM (2004) in Flute Performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, VA where she studied with Frances Lapp Averitt. While there, she received additional instruction from Charlene Romano and LaVerne Sergeant. Years later, she took private voice lessons with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead of Arlington, VA. Her summer studies include the Pierre Monteux School for conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, ME, under the direction of Michael Jinbo and Claude Monteux, and the Orchestral Flute Institute in Detroit, MI directed by Ervin Monroe and Jeffrey Zook.
Ms. Diggs started teaching students of all ages more than 13 years ago and has been on the faculty at Ellsworth Music since 2007. She teaches flute, voice and a music program she developed called Note-able Minds™. Her program was originally for only young children, but now includes opportunities for older children as well as chamber ensembles, Cantores and Juvenes Cantores.
As a performer, she plays flute with Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and substitutes with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in the flute/cello duo, Entropy In Two, with Camilo Pérez-Mejía and plays and sings in the jazz duo, Pat-Diggs-Jazz with guitarist Pat Lowery. Her career career highlights include performing at Embassies in Washington, DC, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and throughout Europe, among other venues, both as a soloist and ensemble member. In the past, she has been a member of The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
Ms. Diggs has adjudicated at various festivals and competitions throughout Virginia and Maryland.