Andrea McGaugh is a versatile musician with a wide variety of creative interests. Currently based in Rochester, NY, Andrea is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received degrees in Voice Performance and Literature (MM '22, BM '15) and Music Education (BM '15), as well as the Arts Leadership Certificate ('22).
Known for her quick wit, compelling acting, and attention to detail, Andrea is committed to bringing multifarious characters to life on the stage and in the recital hall. She recently appeared as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Rochester Summer Opera, and as Doris “the Goddess of Wire-Walking” in Eastman Opera Theatre’s virtual production of Elizabeth Cree. Equally at home in comedic musical theatre, favorite roles include Jack’s Mother (Into the Woods), Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me), Mrs. Paroo (The Music Man), and Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd).
Andrea’s deep love for choral music has led to multiple leadership positions with Rochester choirs. She currently serves on staff as the Choral Assistant in the Eastman Ensembles Library and enjoys frequent engagements with Voices, First Inversion, Musica Spei, and Scivias Medieval Ensemble.
In addition to her love for performing, Andrea is a skilled arts administrator and teacher. Before returning to Eastman for graduate studies, Andrea taught 4th and 5th grade chorus in the Webster Central School District and on the voice faculties of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Rochester Academy of Music and Arts, and the Rochester Musical Theatre Academy. She has held administrative internships with Finger Lakes Opera and Pegasus Early Music and is a proud founding board member for What is Opera, Anyway?