At rehearsal, he’s all business. His head is buried in the music. On this night he’s working on the Mass in Blue, a jazz mass by Will Todd. It’s a complicated piece, rhythmically variant, and harmonically dense. Tonight, the pages are flying. You can tell pianist Andrew Strout is up for the challenge. He is ready, focused, and more than capable.
Strout is a senior, but you’d never know it. His look belies his age. Under a cover of long curly hair and studious glasses is a fresh-faced young man who could pass as a freshman. As most friends, fellow students, and faculty will tell you, he is a shy kid with a mature attitude.