Andrew Seligson is a composer, guitarist, and graduate of Oberlin College. He originally hails from Kansas City, Kansas, where he studied composition and music directing with Brant Challacombe. At Oberlin, he focused on combining his study of religion and his study of composition, where he wrote and completed a large scale orchestral symphonic piece based on Lord of the Rings under the tutelage of Matthew Chamberlain and Lewis Nielson. He is a also an accomplished guitarist, having performed at Webster Hall and The Red Lion in New York City, as well as The Phoenix in Kansas City. His focus in the world of music is bringing together literature and various styles ranging from rock and roll in the style of Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to orchestral music inspired by the likes of Gabriel Faure and Edward Elgar. He has recently written his first opera, based on religious texts such as the Hebrew Bible, the Gospels, and the Qur’an, and finding sources of healing and hope within those texts.
In addition, Andrew is a published writer. One of his publications on the work of German Jewish peace builder Martin Buber and his peacemaking vision for the Middle East appeared in the international academic journal "Interreligious Insight". His second publication will be published in the November edition of the same journal. He has studied International Conflict Resolution and International Law with Dr. Djacoba Tehindrazanarivelo and Professor Paul Cousins, and hopes to combine his interest in urban peace-building with his love of music.
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