Andrew Stickman is a performer, songwriter, and educator from Omaha who graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance. His repertoire while at UNO consisted of Bach, Villa-Lobos, Barrios, Tarrega, Brouwer, Albeniz, and arranging his own compositions and other popular pieces. Stickman’s former group, the Omaha Guitar Trio, won an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Jazz in 2014 and 2016 and has been nominated for several years. Before OCoM, Andrew taught privately since 2007 to all ages and skill sets throughout Omaha.
Since joining OCoM’s faculty in 2014, Stickman has taught group guitar lessons at the KROC center, 5th-8th grade guitar classes at the St. Augustine Indian Mission school on the Winnebago reservation, on-site Music Theory classes, and has developed and led programs like GuitOrchestra (large guitar ensemble) and Rock-Lab (youth Rock band ensemble).
Stickman’s noted charismatic performances have spanned across several styles and genres, including rock, flamenco, classical, heavy metal, country, folk, and blues. In 2021, the artist performed in Chatham, NY at the historic MacHaydn theatre for their award winning production of ‘Man of LaMancha’. Stickman performs professionally at recitals, schools, universities, weddings, funerals, hospitals, rock venues, concert halls, restaurants, Live-stream concerts on Youtube/Twitch/Facebook, musicals, salon and house concerts, for audiences both intimate and casual, but always enthusiastic.
While studying classical guitar at UNO, Andrew began teaching music, sat in as a studio musician for various local artists, played with multiple album-producing rock bands, played bass in a touring pop-flamenco band with his professor Hadley Heavin, and founded the Omaha Guitar Trio in 2010. OGT toured across the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, giving lectures and presentations at schools, teaching and hosting masterclasses/workshops, and performing recitals and salon concerts. Andrew currently plays with the tribute band the Album Party that covers full length albums by David Bowie, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Huey Lewis and the news, velvet underground, and Devo.
Stickman’s love of music was instilled in him by his parents who nurtured his musical palate at a very young age. He played by ear for more than 10 years before he changed his life forever and learned how to read music and study the proper technique of classical guitar.