Andrew Stopps is Head of Music at St Patrick’s College Silverstream. Since moving to Wellington from Sydney in 2009 to take up Director of Music at Scots College, he has been active in music education and the music scene around New Zealand. He has been President of the NZ Concert Band Association (4 years) and is currently still on the board and is also a board member of the Asia Pacific Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He is also the founder of the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival and of the Wellington City Concert Band and the NZ Youth Symphonic Winds.
His areas of advocacy (and passion) are instrumental (and ensemble) music and supporting Instrumental Music Teachers and Music Teacher Education, helping to develop a robust tertiary music education program and support new teacher graduates in music, particularly in secondary music. He is also a composer and arranger or concert band and orchestral music.
He is always happy to chat and support any music educators in any way he can with resources, visits, chats or a friendly ear (or email box). Please feel free to contact.