Biography

Andy Boettner‘s musical background is rich and varied.He started singing before he can remember and gained invaluable experience singing and playing drums in bands that covered most of the popular musical-styles but specialized in jazz/blues/pop/rock, and their own original music.

He was a soloist and an ensemble-member throughout grade- school and college performing in quartets, madrigal groups, chamber vocal-ensembles, show-choirs, large choral groups and toured Europe as a soloist and member of the Fullerton Youth Chorale.


Education Background

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Music Education and completed the courses work for a Master’s of Music degree with an emphasis on Vocal Performance at California University at Fullerton.

Andy studied voice privately for three years with Leona Roberts, past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (N.A.T.S.), former head of voice department California University at Long Beach and voice faculty-member at California State University at Fullerton.

Andy studied voice privately with the late Dr. Roger Ardrey for three years and also completed his graduate-level Science and Vocal Pedagogy courses. Later, he privately studied voice and operatic literature with the late Michael Kirkjian and also with Jane Paul, former head of the voice department of California State University at Fullerton. He also studied choral conducting with David Thorsen and with the late Dr. Howard Swan, teacher of famous choral maestro Robert Shaw.

He studied voice privately for three years with the world famous ‘cutting-edge’ voice teacher, Seth Riggs – who first encouraged him to open his own studio.


Teaching and Students

Boettner Vocal Studios was first established in 1976 and has been consistently producing singers of the highest caliber for 34 years. Singers have come from all over the world to benefit from Andy’s extensive grasp of the technical requirements of singing and his unique approach to vocal problem solving.

Some of his students include the multi-award winning pianist-singer-songwriter, Fernando Ortega, Toni Tennille (“The Captain and Tennille”), Bill Medley (“The Righteous Brothers”) John Elefante (“Kansas”), Dave Amato (“Ted Nugent Group”), Steph Fontaine (“Uriah Heep”), Jack Russell (“Great White”). Andy’s students (past and present) include television personalities, Broadway stars, and soloists with the San Francisco Opera, the San Diego Opera, the New York City Opera, and the New York Metropolitan Opera.

2009 has proved to be another incredibly successful year for Boettner Vocal Studios. Recently, three of Andy’s students starred on Broadway in three different productions simultaneously. Graham Phillips was Evan Goldman in “13”, Will Ferrell appeared as George Bush in “You’re Welcome America” and Nicole Parker wowed everyone as Elphaba in “Wicked” while another of Andy’s long-time students, Zarah Mahler, starred as Sally Bowles in the Chicago production of “Cabaret”.


Stage Background

As a stage performer, he has had the opportunity to perform leading roles in:

Musical Theater; Andy has appeared as Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma”, as Clifford Bradshaw in Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret”, and as Riff in Sondheim and Bernstein’s “West Side Story”.

Operetta; as Frank in Johann Strauss jr.’s “Die Fledermaus” and other light opera fare.

Chamber Opera; as Simeon in Debussy’s “L’Enfant Prodigue” and as the Muleteer in Ravel’s “L’heure Espagnole”, as Bob in Menotti’s “Old Maid and the Thief” and as Mr. Gobineau in “The Medium”.

Grand Opera; as the Messenger in Verdi’s “La Traviata”, and Monostatos in Mozart’s “Magic Flute


Awards and Performing Milestones

Winner of the Music Teachers Association of America – “Young Artist of the Year Award”

Winner Orange County Musical Arts Auditions’ - vocal Division

Winner of the “Fullerton Baroque Festival” - vocal Division

He wrote the first curriculum outline for the Vocal Institute division of the world famous Musician’s Institute of Los Angeles

Authored a monthly column entitled “Vocal Notes” for Music Exchange Magazine.

He was awarded six U.S. invention patents for the world’s first portable nebulizer (humidifier) for microphones.

He joined The Captain and Tennille in 1975 and toured the U.S. and Canada as a singer and percussionist.

Received his first Gold album (for 500,000 copies sold) for singing on The Captain and Tennille’s first album “Love Will Keep Us Together”. (The single version of that song was #1 for four weeks and became the years’ top selling single finally winning the Grammy Award for “Record of the Year”).

“I Write the Songs” - another song on which Andy sang from the “Love Will Keep Us Together” record was later recorded by Barry Manilow and became the Grammy Award winning “Song of the Year” the following year.

Received his first Platinum album (1 million in sales) – also for the “Love Will Keep Us Together” album.

Appeared as a regular performer on Captain and Tennille’s weekly television variety hour on ABC.

His second Gold Album was awarded for C&T’s “Come in from the Rain” album – this record also yielded his second Platinum album.

He was awarded a Gold single (for 1 million singles) for Captain and Tennille’s hit single “Lonely Night (Angel Face)” written by Neil Sedaka.

Sang and supplied auxiliary percussion for television segments of “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” and “The Midnight Special”

He received his third Gold album award for Captain and Tennille’s “Keeping Our Love Warm”.

He has appeared on programs across the US with The Beach Boys, America, Cher, Donnie and Marie Osmond, Gregg Almond, Andy Williams, Mac Davis, Jim Stafford, John Sebastian and Bob Hope


Personal performance highlight-of-all-time

The thrill of performing the bi-centennial “White House Concert” with Bob Hope for the Queen of England.


Weirdest personal highlight-of-all-time

TV Guide using my name to fill the need of a vowel-filled ‘word’ for one of their weekly cross-word puzzles.