Deborah E. Andrus is the second and E-flat 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, Baton Rouge Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Central Ohio Symphony, New Columbian Brass Band, and 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, teaches Woodwind Techniques, and has a thriving private studio. 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.
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.
She spends her summers teaching, performing and eating lobster at the New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine. Dr. Andrus is an Artist-Clinician for the Buffet Group USA and plays Buffet R-13 clarinets.