Andrea K. Quinn


Andrea Kemper Quinn
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Phone: (843) 762-8295
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Andrea Kemper Quinn has been the Director of the Orchestra, Piano & IB Music at James Island Charter High School since 2007. The Piano program was established in 2008 and has grown to be the largest, most successful non-magnet Piano program in the tri-county area. The Orchestra Program most recently received a straight Superior rating at the 2018 SC State Music Performance Assessment. She spent 9 years teaching Chorus at JICHS from 2007-2017 and saw enrollment more than triple under her direction. Her Piano and Strings students perform regularly in and around the community. Quinn was Co-Chair of the Leadership Team for the 2017-18 school year and Fine Arts Chair for JICHS from 2015-2018.  She has been a finalist several times for Teacher of the Year at JICHS. She was a panelist for the Patriots Point Science Café Program to speak about “Science Behind Music, Math and Messages” in the Spring of 2018 to veteran teachers in CCSD. 


A native of Miami, Florida, she has her Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina where she was the Graduate Assistant of the USC String  Project. Quinn earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a double-principal in piano and cello from the University of Miami. She has studied cello with Dr. Robert Jesselson, Natalia Khoma, and Ross Harbaugh. She has studied piano with  the late Dr. Teresa Escandon and Celia Rodriguez. Quinn is a graduate of Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, SC.


Quinn is currently active in MENC Orchestra & Piano Associations and a member of the Lambda Kappa Psi Music Honors Society. Including the JICHS Curriculum, Quinn has taught IB Music, middle school Chorus, Orchestra, and Guitar as well as Elementary Strings and General Music in her more than 16 years as a music educator.  Although the successes are many, Quinn’s main goal is to instill a love for music to her students and to become life-long appreciators of the performing arts.


Quinn appears as featured solo cellist throughout the Charleston area in a multitude of settings and is known for her classical-style playing as well as her ability to improvise in a less standard setting. Most recently, she was a featured cello soloist for the 2018 SC ACDA SSA choir through her work with Lowcountry Pianist, Inc. Quinn has been the Guest Conductor for the Beaufort and Berkeley All County Middle School Orchestra as well as being selected several times as the Large Cello Choir clinician for the SC Cello Choir event held at USC and the College of Charleston. Quinn has served as an adjudicator at several orchestra festivals as well.Quinn currently is a member James Island Presbyterian Church where she volunteers her time and performs as an Alto in the Chancel Choir, is Assistant Conductor of the Mid/High and Elementary Youth Choirs and plays as cello soloist often. She recently married John Quinn of Charleston, SC in the summer of 2017.



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