Andrew Stopps has taught for over 25 years in Australia, UK and New Zealand. His teaching experience ranges from a woodwind instrumental teacher and band director in rural South Australia to Head of Music at the Australian International Performing Arts High School in Sydney. In 2009 he moved to New Zealand and in 2012 he was a finalist for the NEITA Excellence in Teaching Award.
He is the founder of the Wellington City Concert Band, NZ Youth Symphonic Winds and the Wellington Band and Orchestra Festival and the GleeNZ Showchoir. He is also the founder and President of the Association of Band and Orchestra Director Aotearoa (NZ) and of the Hoa Project that provides support and mentoring to music teachers around New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Adelaide University and undertook Postgraduate studies in Conducting and Musical Direction at WAAPA in Perth. He is currently undertaking pre-Doctoral studies in Music Education and is Director of the Chilton Music School.
He has been a composer and arranger since high school and his arrangements are being performed by ensembles around the world. In 2019 he travelled to Washington DC for the World Premier of his work Welcome to Aotearoa for concert band and is looking forward to upcoming world premiere performances of his music in both New Zealand and Japan.