Originally hailing from the Los Angeles area, Andrea Randall-Luyties has lived in Houston for 17 years. With over twenty years of performing and teaching experience, she offers one-on-one, individualized instruction in functional technique for healthy belting and legit musical theatre and pop/rock genres, incorporating physical awareness of their instrument while encouraging students to engage in the vulnerability of emotional storytelling. She is also the founder of Singing Through Trauma, where adult clients use somatic singing as a healing modailty to overcome life's hardships and/or past traumatic events in tandem with a licensed therapist.
The majority of Andrea's private studio is made up of high school&endash;aged students preparing to audition for musical theatre programs in college. Her students have won and placed in multiple categories in every NATS event we have ever entered in the Greater Houston area and Texoma Regional competitions. Every year, her students earn over $100,000 in scholarships, and many of her pupils go on to be accepted into prestigious BFA and music programs nationwide, such as Shenandoah, Otterbein, CAP21, The Hartt School, Elon, Texas State, Oklahoma City University, and CalArts to name a few. Alumni students can be found performing on professional Broadway and opera stages nationwide, as well as in national tours, on cruise liners, and on local and regional theatre stages. She also teaches several precocious kids from the TUTS Academy in downtown Houston where her students often perform in mainstage productions.
Andrea is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Music Psychology in Education, Performance, and Well-Being with the University of Sheffield in England, with hopes to continue on into their PhD program. She holds a Master of Arts in Theatre degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and received 7 years of undergraduate training in vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, theatre, and dance from California State University at Los Angeles, University of La Verne, and Citrus College in Southern California. She has had many opportunities to travel and learn about varying styles of music from all over the world.
Andrea has performed such lead operatic roles as the Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, The Dew Fairy in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Marietta in Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta. Also an accomplished performer of musical theatre repertoire, she has performed in dozens of musicals. Favorites include: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, and Carousel.
When she's not teaching voice, Andrea can be found pursuing her other love, directing musical theatre productions for local community theaters. Favorite directoral credits include Next to Normal, Into the Woods, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, and Guys and Dolls.
In addition to her theatrical work, Mrs. Luyties is a seasoned choral performer, having sung with the Crystal Cathedral Choir under the direction of Donald Neuen (on the internationally televised show Hour of Power with Reverend Robert Schueller). In the summer of 2000, she traveled to Austria and Italy with the acclaimed Citrus Singers and was a soloist for the Stadtgründungsfest (City Foundation Festival) in Munich, Germany. She has also been recognized for her solo work with Eruopean ensembles and was a member of the Houston Masterworks Chorus from 2005-2007.
Furthermore, Mrs. Luyties is on faculty with Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method in residence at Baldwin Wallace University, and she is a member of the Pan American Vocology Association, NATS, and MTEA.
Her studio is located in her home in the Bridgeland area of Cypress, Texas, a northwest suburb of Houston, where she lives with her husband (also an experienced singer and pianist of musical theatre repertoire in the Houston area), their two beautiful teen daughters, two cats, and a 50 lbs doddle muppet dog.