Andrew Surmani is CEO of Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse and Assistant Professor of Music Industry Studies/Academic Lead of the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration program in the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication at California State University, Northridge. Previously, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Alfred Music .
Surmani is co-author of the best-selling series, Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory. He was a founding board member and is a Past President of the international Jazz Education Network (JEN). Surmani holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, and a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from California State University, Northridge. While at Northridge he played with the CSUN Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz "A" Band.
Andrew is a native of Oakland, California who now resides in Los Angeles. He played trumpet in the California All-State Honor Band, the McDonald's All-American High School Marching Band and Jazz Band, and the Walt Disney World All-American College Jazz Band. He has toured throughout the USA, Europe and Japan, and has performed in the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Istanbul International Jazz Festival (Turkey), Jazz à Juan (Juan les Pins, France), Jazz à Vienne (France), Umbria (Italy), Wigan (England) and the Lake Biwa (Japan) jazz festivals. He has also performed in the concert halls of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. After playing lead trumpet in shows at Walt Disney World, Andrew returned to southern California to complete his MBA degree and began working for Alfred Music. Andrew is also on the Music and Arts Technology Industry Advisory Board at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)., the College Music Society Editorial Board and the Technology In Music Education (TI:ME) Advisory Board.
- Caleb Chapman's Soundhouse
- California State University, Northridge Profile
- Artist House video on Alfred Music
- Artist House video on Music Education
- SB&O April 2012 Music Publishing Article Featuring Andrew Surmani
- IUPUI Music & Arts Technology Advisory Board
- Andrew Surmani on Twitter
- The Changing Face of Wholesale in MMR Magazine, August 2013
- Links to publications at Alfred Music