ANDREW ESQUER is a freelance composer, arranger/orchestrator, lyricist, music educator, music director, and playwright from Sanger, California, who specializes in music for stage and screen. A recent graduate of San Diego State University (B.M. Global Composition), Andrew now lives in New York City and is studying toward an M.M. in Screen Scoring at NYU Steinhardt. He also previously attended California State University, Fresno, and Fresno City College, studying instrumental music education, piano performance, voice performance, composition, and music technology.
Andrew’s interest in composition and arranging began at a young age, first for his original wheelhouses in the pep band, marching band, and concert band genres. As his interests diversified into the film score genre, he has written multiple themes for sports broadcasts, entered several scoring competitions, and has written for projects with his videography company, MINEstudios. His interest in writing for projects that tell stories has led him to develop the Andrew Esquer Music Programmatic Initiative, an effort to write music for concert settings that find ways to incorporate narratives into the score and/or performance.
In 2005, Andrew began his career as a music director for musical theatre, being given the position of music director for Sanger High School’s theatre department, Apache Theatre, just two weeks before their production of DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2005) was set to open. His work with the group continued through 2010, wherein he also worked on productions of GREASE, DISNEY’S HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and FOOTLOOSE! In 2010, he began work at Jefferson Elementary School, where he continued to work through 2018 as the theatre music director and chorus director. In 2016, the school was recognized by the Fresno County Office of Education as a silver recipient of the Superintendent’s Model Arts Award for achievement in the Arts, and was the only school in the state of California to earn honors as a Gold Ribbon School and Title I Academic Achieving School and to receive Exemplary Program Awards in Arts Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition. In addition, Andrew was the original Resident Director of Music and a founding member of the Blossom Trail Players, the city of Sanger’s premier new community theatre group, and has served as music director for their productions of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2015), MEREDITH WILLSON’S THE MUSIC MAN (2016), BYE BYE BIRDIE (2017), GUYS AND DOLLS (2018), and AN ODE TO NEW YORK (2018), a ten-minute medley of music for the organization’s nascent Junior Company, arranged and featuring custom songwriting by Andrew. In addition, he worked with Fresno City College’s theatre department, serving as music director for their production of GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT (2017), and as a keyboard player for the New Wrinkles production ON THE ROAD TO BROADWAY (2018). While in San Diego, he continued work as a performer and synthesizer programmer for productions of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (2019) at San Diego State University and LITTLE WOMEN (2019) with Patio Playhouse in Escondido, CA, the latter for which he also served as Assistant Music Director. Most recently, he served as Music Director for Vanguard at Westminster Theatre’s production of NUNSENSE (2020), which was tragically cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. He remains available as a freelance music director, arranger/orchestrator, keyboard programmer, and performer for New York area theatre groups.
Not satisfied by just writing narrative-based music or serving as a music director, Andrew has branched into work as a playwright and librettist. His first original play, SLEEP: A SHORT MUSICAL, debuted in 2016 as part of Fresno City College’s TEASERS series of student-created, student-run short plays. Well-received by audiences and critics alike, the play was the first musical in TEASERS history and is now being adapted into a one-act musical. His second short musical, THE THIRD DEATH OF PANCHO LaGUARDIA, was also written (though not selected) for TEASERS, and is also an ongoing project.
Currently, Andrew continues work as a composer, arranger/orchestrator, and music director for hire while attending New York University, studying screen scoring. At present, he studies under Irwin Fisch. He has previously studied composition under Dr. Joseph Waters, piano under Dr. Brandon Bascom and voice with Rebecca Sarkisian and Kathy Barba.
- NYC/Tri-State Area
- LA/Southern California
Interested in touring?
- Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
- Theatrical Composer (Music only)
- Theatrical Lyricist
- Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
- Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
- Music Assistant
- Vocal Arranger
- Dance Arranger
- Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
- Music Copyist
- Music Transcriber
- Pit Musician (Keyboards)
- Music Contractor/Coordinator
- Keyboard Programmer
- Sound Designer/Composer
- Music Producer/Record Producer
- Recording Studio Engineer
- Home Studio Whiz
Current HS, College, or Grad Student?